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MacDara Conroy

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MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

Minister Accepts Recommendations Of Report On Irish Search & Rescue Oversight
#SAR - The report of a team appointed to review “oversight” in Ireland’s search and rescue aviation operations has been published. Among its short-term recommendations is that the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) “formally and clearly assigns” the…
The Destination County Cork stand at Southampton. The boat show runs till this Sunday
#MarineTrade - Cork Harbour is ably represented at the Southampton Boat Show this week. The Port of Cork has teamed up with the Royal Cork Yacht Club and Bantry Bay Port Company to promote the Rebel County’s marinas and cruising…
Fish Kill Confirmed On 5km Stretch Of Dublin’s River Tolka
#Angling - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has confirmed a fish kill on the River Tolka that was reported earlier this week. Fisheries investigators found dead fish over a 5km stretch of the river in the Tolka Valley Park area, following…
Newcastle RNLI’s volunteers check out the first stricken vessel of their marathon seven-hour storm callout
#Rescue - Newcastle RNLI was involved in the rescue of three yachts in Strangford Lough during Storm Ali on Wednesday (19 September). The lifeboat volunteers were first alerted at 11.40am to go the aid of a stricken yacht at Newtownards Sailing…
A still from upcoming surfing documentary Made In Ireland
#Surfing - If you’re in Bundoran this Saturday (22 September), you may be able to catch the world premiere of a new documentary on the legacy of Irish surfing. Made In Ireland will screen at The Chasin’ Bull at 6pm…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
#DLHarbour - Dun Laoghaire County Council is currently involved in final negotiations over the takeover of Dun Laoghaire Harbour. In his response to a Dáil question on the timeline for transfer of the port to the local authority, Transport Minister…
Richard Hayes sailing solo on his round-Ireland Laser
#Laser - The Galway Advertiser is reporting that Galway Bay Sailing Club member Richard Hayes has completed a solo circumnavigation of Ireland by Laser dinghy. Hayes sailed 54 days over three-and-a-half months since 27 May to complete the near 2,500km…
Public Invited To Have Their Say On National Marine Planning Framework Report
#OurOceanWealth - A new report aims to brings together a clear picture of all activity in Ireland’s seas for the first time. Published yesterday (Tuesday 18 September), the National Marine Planning Framework Baseline Report has been branded “a key part…
Caravan Blown Off Cliff Near Clifden As Storm Ali Sweeps In
#StormAli - Emergency services were trying to access a caravan blown off a cliff near Clifden in Co Galway this morning (Wednesday 19 September) as Storm Ali sweeps across the country. According to TheJournal.ie, a Swiss woman in her 50s…
Irish Lights Hiring eNavigation & Maritime Services Director
#Jobs - The Commissioners of Irish Lights are hiring a Director of eNavigation and Maritime Services. Reporting to the chief executive, the successful recruit will lead on policy, regulatory and technology assessment relevant to the maritime safety domain, and engagement…
iMARL’s ‘deep ocean listening’ technology is an integral part the SEA-SEIS project currently on a mission to deploy seismometers in Ireland’s offshore waters
#MarineScience - Researchers from the Dublin Institute for Advances Studies (DIAS) departed Cobh yesterday (Monday 17 September) on the RV Celtic Explorer with a mission to monitor seismic activity on the North Atlantic Ocean floor. As Silicon Republic reports, the…
National Yacht Club Sets Date For 2018 Winter Liftout
#NYC - Lift-out day on the National Yacht Club platform is scheduled for Saturday 13 October, weather permitting. Platform space is limited and applications for keelboats should be returned as soon as possible, with a cheque made payable to the…
INFOMAR under discussion at FEMME in Bordeaux last week
#MarineScience - The extensive work carried out jointly by the Marine Institute and Geological Survey Ireland through the INFOMAR programme received substantial exposure and recognition at the 16th Forum for the Exchange of Mutual Multibeam Experiences (FEMME) in Bordeaux last…
Larne lifeboat volunteers will raise a cuppa for Macmillan later this month
#RNLI - Larne’s volunteer RNLI crew are throwing open the doors of the lifeboat station as they host a coffee morning to raise funds for Macmillan, the cancer support charity, from 10.30am to 2pm on Saturday 29 September. The crew…
Last year’s National Ploughing Championships were also held in Screggan, near Tullamore
#Angling - Novice anglers are invited to try their hand at fishing at the upcoming National Ploughing Championships. Inland Fisheries Ireland will attend the three days that kick off in Screggan near Tullamore, Co Offaly from tomorrow, Tuesday 18 September,…
Tim Norwood and Finn Cleary pictured at the RS Feva Europeans in Weymouth last month, where they came fourth in the Silver fleet
#RS - Thirteen Fevas battled it out with Tim Norwood and Finn Cleary of the Royal Irish Yacht Club who took their class Southern title with five bullets to count as the RS Southern Championships concluded yesterday (Sunday 16 September)…
Baltimore is hosting more than 50 entries across three RS fleets this weekend
#RS - Three races were completed yesterday (Saturday 15 September) on day one of the RS Southern Championships at Baltimore Sailing Club. In the RS200, Frank O’Rourke and Emma Hynes on .com from Greystones Sailing Club lead the fleet with…
Portaferry RNLI's inshore lifeboat
#RNLI - Yesterday evening (Saturday 15 September) at 4.45pm, a volunteer RNLI crew from Portaferry launched to the aid of two men in trouble in the water just off Ballyhenry Island. The two men had been using a personal watercraft…
Hugh O’Connor receiving the Topper Challenge Cup in Rush last weekend
#Topper - Hugh O’Connor of the National Yacht Club was presented with the Topper Challenge Cup for the series last weekend at Rush Sailing Club. Afloat.ie’s Junior Sailor of the Month for August amassed a string of impressive victories this…
Lough Erne Yacht Club on Gublusk Bay
#WaterSafety - Lifejackets should be made compulsory on Northern Ireland’s waterways, the inquest into the drowning of a former Lough Erne Yacht Club commodore has heard. As BBC News reports, coroner Joe McCrisken suggested that Michael Beattie may have had…
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