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MacDara Conroy

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

The current planned location of BigStyle’s new SUP hub at the Coal Harbour. Below, artist’s impression of the space
Irish watersport school BigStyle has announced the development of a new hub for stand-up paddleboarding at Dun Laoghaire’s Coal Harbour. The news comes just months after the business, which has expanded as far afield as East Africa, mooted plans for…
Dun Laoghaire’s currently vacant ferry terminal building
Proposals for a ‘food court’ at Dun Laoghaire Harbour’s currently vacant ferry terminal have been welcomed by one leading local stakeholder. In a written submission seen by Afloat.ie, Alistair Rumball of the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School supports the…
The Danica Hav docked in Gdansk, Poland in 2016
A captain found drunk in charge of his ship in Belfast docks has been fined £500, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. Fifty-eight-year-old Oleg Okolobvich was arrested after fellow crew were forced to step in to avoid the cargo vessel Danica…
New MYC Commodore Daniel Flavin receives his pennant from predecessor Matt Ryan at the club’s recent AGM
Malahide Yacht Club’s new commodore Daniel Flavin promises continued expansion of the north Co Dublin club’s training and development programme in the year ahead. In addition, moves to improve facilities at both clubhouses will be part of an overall work…
Incumbent Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross
New rules for sports grants introduced after a controversy involving private schools two years ago could affect eligibility for yachts clubs in the future, it is feared. Ten sports clubs across the country — two private schools and eight golf…
Minister of State Damien English launches the draft NMPF at Dun Laoghaire Marina last November
A number of public events scheduled for later this month and early February on the draft National Marine Planning Framework have been postponed. Events had been due to take place in Killybegs on Monday 27 January, Wexford town on Thursday…
Devenish Island is one of 11 sites that form part of the proposed Lough Erne Spiritual Trail
Shared stories of folklore and the history of spiritual sites around Lough Erne will be the subject of a public meeting at Waterways Ireland HQ in Enniskillen later this month. Hosted by Waterways Ireland in partnership with the Lough Erne…
Cloudberry the Arctic ringed seal pup was found in Quilty, Co Kerry on Sunday
An Arctic ringed seal pup recovered from the Kerry coast ahead of Storm Brendan has delighted her carers by finding her appetite. Named Cloudberry, after an Arctic flower, the little marine mammal was first spotted on 2 January but scarpered…
Thunder Child II on the water during Storm Brendan on Monday 13 January
Safehaven Marine put Thunder Child II to the test against the might of Storm Brendan yesterday — showing just how well the wave-piercing powerboat can handle the roughest elements at sea. Sea trials for the XSV20 design began a year ago…
Team New Zealand’s AC75 Is A Flyer In Training For America’s Cup World Series
New footage from Emirates Team NZ (see below) shows just how fast its AC75 foiling yacht can glide over the water. The team is continuing training ahead of the first leg in the America’s Cup World Series which begins this April…
Photographer Jack Lowe with his more-than-a-century-old camera alongside Castletownbere RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Annette Hutton
Five years into his remarkable and challenging project to photograph all RNLI lifeboat station in the UK and Ireland with a Victorian-era camera, Jack Lowe has visited 147 stations and met more than 2,000 volunteers. And it’s not over yet,…
Great Blasket Island off Co Kerry is a popular tourist destination in the summer months
The owners of three rental cottages on Great Blasket Island have been “inundated” with queries about a caretaker vacancy on the Co Kerry island, according to Extra.ie. The “unique” job position advertised on the Great Blasket Island Twitter account calls…
The National Rowing Centre on the River Lee in Ovens, west of Cork city
The National Rowing Centre is among 25 initiatives benefiting from a €77.4 million cash injection under the new Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF). The Cork facility, advocated by Cork County Council and Rowing Ireland, is on the provisional list…
Northern Ireland Sailing Group Rides The Online Waves
Sailing and Cruising NI is RYANI’s newest affiliated body, and over the last two years has established what’s been described as a “one stop shop run by sailors for sailors” in Northern Ireland. In a new interview with RYANI development…
Colin Finnie’s yacht Simba was found aground on a reef in the Red Sea in mid December
The wife of a Scottish businessman has appealed for help in finding his whereabouts after his yacht was discovered empty during a 5,000-mile solo trip. Colin Finnie (67) was last in contact with his family six days before his 45ft…
File image of the marina at Port Bell in Barcelona
An Australian sailor who took part in the former Volvo Ocean Race has died in an incident in a Spanish marina before the New Year. Metro.co.uk reports that the body of 37-year-old Zane Gills was found under the yacht he…
HM Coastguard searching for the angler feared missing from Blackpool’s South Pier on 2 January
An angler from Blackpool learned he was the subject of a nine-hour search and rescue operation only after being told about the incident by an employee at a bait shop in the Lancashire town, as the Blackpool Gazette reports. It’s…
Waterways Ireland Rings In New Year With Guide For Boaters & Waterways Users
Waterways Ireland marks the New Year with a Special Marine Notice providing general information for boaters and users of Ireland’s inland waterways. Masters and owners are strongly recommended to check the Waterways Ireland website for general information about the waterways and…
Hooded seal spotted in Toormore Bay on New Year’s Day
A seal rarely sighted in Irish waters was among the first sightings of the New Year by eagle-eyed supporters of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG). The hooded seal was spotted by Helen Tilson of Schull Sea Safari on…
Scene from one of the many trawlers filmed for the new series of Tabú on TG4
The owner of a fishing trawler that took part in a new TG4 documentary series has revealed that the vessel caught fire and sinking during filming. According to the Irish Examiner, the Susanne II was one of several vessels being…
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