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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 basking shark feeding on plankton in Keem Bay
One of the world’s largest sharks had become a regular visitor to an Achill Island beach, as Independent.ie reports. Local tourist officials have recorded almost daily sightings of the 20-plus-foot basking shark in the waters of Keem Bay over the…
Jenny Egan with her bronze medal from the Canoe Sprint World Championships
The Olympics is not the “Holy Grail” for Jenny Egan despite her recent international success in sprint and marathon kayaking. In a new Q&A with the Irish Examiner, the Leixlip-based paddler talks her beginnings in the sport (“Mum says I…
Greystones Harbour is the focus of a protest by fishermen who argue they’ve been excluded amid recent redevelopment
Recent redevelopment of Greystones Harbour has effectively shut the fishing industry out of the Co Wicklow town, local fisherman have told The Irish Times. A group of 10 fishermen say they were promised new arrangements when the €300 million development scheme…
Vintage Barges Bring ‘Floating Fringe Festival’ To Mountshannon For June Bank Holiday Weekend
Vintage barges and fantastic events are promised in the line-up as the Mountshannon Arts Festival returns this June Bank Holiday, Thursday 30 May to Monday 3 June. Inspired by this year’s theme, ‘Roots and Wings’, the festival features all facets…
Dorian van Rijsselberghe, who will be competing at the Medemblik Regatta next week
The dinghy classes are not the only subjects of open letters to World Sailing chiefs as they meet in London this weekend, with Dutch windsurfer Dorian van Rijsselberghe issuing his own missive criticising the retention of the RS:X class without…
Oisin McClelland in action at the Finn Europeans in Athens this week
Fionn Lyden and Oisin McClelland — who are currently competing at the Finn Europeans in Athens — are among dozens of concerned Finn sailors who have put their names to an open letter to sailing chiefs over the removal of…
Jedi starts the 2018 Round Ireland race just days prior to the man overboard incident that’s the subject of Kenneth Rumball and John White’s talk
Kenneth Rumball and John White are taking the Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School’s popular ‘man overboard’ lecture to the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s London clubhouse this evening (Thursday 16 May). On 29 June 2018, the J109 yacht Jedi started…
Olympic Equipment Selection High On Agenda For World Sailing’s Mid-Year Meeting
Selection of sailing equipment for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris has been a major taking point ahead of World Sailing’s Mid-Year Meeting in London, which gets under way tomorrow (Friday 17 May). The Events Committee and Equipment Committee will…
Rhiannan Iffland of Australia dives from the 21m platform at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Saturday 11 May
Red Bull’s official media partners have shared some specular footage of the action from this past weekend’s Cliff Diving World Series stop in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Crowds numbering some 145,000 were in attendance over Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May,…
Cove Sailing Club Celebrates Planning Approval For New Marina At Whitepoint
Cove Sailing Club has announced that Cork County Council gave approval on Monday (13 May) to its plans for a new 25-berth marina located at Whitepoint. Earlier this year saw the display of new plans for the marina, scaled down…
RS Aero racing during the equipment selection sea trials in Valencia this past March
RS Sailing has issued an open letter to World Sailing in its bid for the men’s and women’s Olympic single-handed dinghy classes currently appointed to the Laser and Laser Radial. Late last year the RS Aero was selected along with…
‘No public right of way’ exists over the deepwater quay in Cobh, says the Port of Cork Company
The Port of Cork has issued a “clarification” over its closures of the deepwater quay in Cobh after gardai were called to a recent protest at the facility. The Irish Examiner reports that there was what gardai described as a…
Rescue 118 airlifted the casualty to Letterkenny University Hospital
Independent.ie reports that a man has died following what appears to be a diving-related incident off the coast of Inishowen in Donegal on Sunday afternoon (12 May). The man in his 30s was rushed to Letterkenny by the Irish Coast Guard…
Bottlenose dolphin playing with a paddleboarder in front of Dalkey Island
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is currently carrying out a visitor survey for Dalkey Island to assist in the long-term management and protection of a key historical and ecological site in Dublin Bay. Dalkey Island, which is owned by the council,…
Prof and his Star partner Ben Cooke leading the first race at the 2007 Bacardi Cup in Miami
Maurice ‘Prof’ O’Connell joins the media team for next week’s Star Europeans and Star Sailors League on Lake Garda. The professional sailor and coach, and one-design expert with North Sails Ireland, will be providing the in-studio commentary and analysis with…
Diving at the iconic Northbank Lighthouse in Dublin Bay on 2 May to celebrate the return of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series to Ireland
The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series makes its long-awaited debut in Dublin this afternoon (Saturday 11) with events kicking off at Dun Laoghaire’s Carlisle Pier at 5pm. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, entry is now free for the two-day…
The Fló Beo team are experienced open water swimmers ready for the challenge ahead
A trio of self-described ‘ordinary’ women will be attempting the extraordinary later this summer when they set out to swim the length of the River Shannon for charity. Fló Beo, which means ‘the living flow’, developed from an idea that…
The Lusitania’s main telegraph was recovered in a supervised dive off Kinsale on 25 July 2017
The US businessman owner of the Lusitania wreck off the West Cork coast has gifted it to a local heritage group planning a new museum around the historic vessel, as the Irish Examiner reports. Gregg Bemis signed over the wreck…
Japan and Australia nose to nose in San Francisco at this weekend's SailGP event
Australia’s SailGP team repeated their performance from February in Sydney as they raced to victory against Japan in the US debut of the event this weekend. Thousands were in attendance at the Marina Yacht Club Peninsula Race Village to see…
‘Racing for the Corinthian Challenge Cup on Lough Derg’ by Montague Dawson, which was sold at auction in London on 1 May
A painting by a renowned maritime artist of yachts racing on Lough Derg has fetched more than €87,000 at auction. Afloat.ie reader James Gilna tipped us to the sale of ‘Racing for the Corinthian Challenge Cup on Lough Derg’ by…
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