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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

World Sailing Claimed To Be In Dire Financial Straits In Wake Of Olympics Postponement
A vice-president of World Sailing has appealed for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to advance its share of revenue from Tokyo 2020 as the governing body faces dire financial straits. Scott Perry told insidethegames that the postponement of the next…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour is in the heart of the boating industry on the East Coast
The Irish Marine Federation (IMF) has joined a call by European boating industry associations for support from the EU to address the Covid-19 outbreak and its profound effects on the sector. Eighteen associations have signed a policy paper from the…
‘We’re Here For You’: Online Orders Welcome At Viking Marine
While Viking Marine’s Dun Laoghaire store remains closed to the public amid the measures against Covid-19, the chandlery remains open for online orders by debit or credit card. And it’s also maintaining a limited delivery service, both locally and nationally…
SailCork Continues Online Pilotage Courses Following ‘Huge Success’ Of Launch
SailCork continues its new series of online pilotage courses this week with a guide to exploring the South Coast from Youghal to Mizen Head. The Cork Harbour-based sailing school hailed its first distance-learning module, which explored Cork’s ‘Hidden Harbour’ last…
O’Sullivans Marine Still Open For Online Orders
O’Sullivans Marine in Tralee continues to accept online orders for its thousands of marine products amid the current Covid-19 measures. But in the interest of staff and customer safety, deliveries and collections will not be available until the present restrictions…
Loughs Agency Advises Against Angling In Its Waters Under Covid-19 Restrictions
Loughs Agency chief executive Sharon McMahon has contacted anglers, angling clubs, fisheries and angling governing bodies to update them on the impact of Covid-19. The letter urges the angling community to follow the guidance provided and to keep up to date…
MD Frank Kowalski and his Safehaven Marine team exercising the State’s recommended physical distancing measures for a safer workplace last month
New restrictions prompted by Covid-19 require new ways of working for Irish businesses, and until the most recent measures announced by the Government, Safehaven Marine in Cork was among those rising to the challenge. The performance boatbuilder spread out its production…
File image of Dublin Port
It’s business as usual at the Irish Maritime Development Office — albeit remotely for now to protect employees, clients and stakeholders amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The IMDO says it is firmly committed to supporting the Department of Transport, Tourism…
Join Irish Whale & Dolphin Group On Facebook Live For ‘Flukey Friday’
A new home education initiative from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group goes live on social media this morning (Friday 3 April) with its latest edition. Join Sibéal Regan, Simon Berrow, and other marine mammal experts from 11am for Flukey Friday…
Fiona Hederman explains the coming alongside manoeuvre in the second of INSS’ video lecture series
This past Monday (30 March), the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School launched Sailing School from Home — a series of free short theory lecture videos on topics ranging from kids’ sailing to powerboating, yachting and shore-based programmes. “We hope…
Waterways Ireland headquarters in Enniskillen
Yesterday, Wednesday 1 April, marked 20 years since the creation of Waterways Ireland, following the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 and 1999’s British-Irish Agreement Act. “During these days when the Covid-19 virus overshadows our thoughts, it is particularly important not…
Stormont Minister Closes Northern Ireland’s Angling Waters In Efforts To Control Covid-19
All DAERA angling waters in Northern Ireland have been closed with immediate effect in efforts to control the spread of Covid-19, as the Newry Times reports. The confirmation comes from Edwin Poots, Stormont’s Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs,…
A Water Safety Ireland life ring
Water Safety Ireland has warned that children are at greater risk of drowning during the current period of Covid-19 restrictions. The organisation points out that over half a million primary school-age children are confined to an area within 2km of…
RYA Urges British Boaters To Think Again Before Cancelling Payments & Support Local Networks
British boaters are being encouraged to support their local boating networks wherever possible during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. As Boating Business reports, the RYA is asking people to think again before cancelling payments to sailing clubs, marinas, class associations and…
HBIRL78 (or NA10446) sighted off Boa Vista in Cape Verde on 10 March
Despite desktop research replacing field work during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group recently made a breakthrough in confirming a second Irish humpback whale at breeding grounds off Cape Verde — following last year’s confirmation of what…
File image of leisure boats in Albert Lock on the Shannon Navigation
In a statement to its members, the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) confirms that personal use of vessels for leisure purposes is now prohibited under the Government’s added restrictions on movement to combat Covid-19. “All citizens on the island…
Dun Laoghaire Marina in south Dublin
Dun Laoghaire Marina has been closed to berth-holders with immediate effect, following the Taoiseach’s announcement last night (Friday 27 March) of more measures restricting movement to slow the spread of Covid-19. In a statement sent out following Leo Varadkar’s address…
Portree lifeboat approaches the grounded cargo ship MV Kaami
An exclusion zone was set up around a cargo ship out of Drogheda that ran aground in Scotland’s Hebrides earlier this week, as it was battered by persisting storm conditions. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, eight crew were airlifted from…
Wet wipes and disposable household wipes must be binned and not flushed
Improper disposal of wet wipes could cause the coronavirus to spread via Ireland’s recreational waters, it’s being claimed. The Green News reports on Coastwatch Ireland’s warning over the use of wet wipes, which are linked to around 90% of wastewater…
The former Stena ferry terminal building at St Michael’s Pier
More details have emerged of new plans for a technology hub at the site of the former Stena ferry terminal in Dun Laoghaire. Lapetus Investments Ltd, trading as Quarterdeck Innovation, envisions a “co-working innovation space” within the St Michael’s Pier…
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