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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

Origin Green Ireland’s stand at last year’s China International Seafood Show in Qingdao
Later this week Andrew Doyle, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, will lead Irish participation in Qingdao, China at the Seafood Expo, one of the largest seafood fairs in the world. Irish seafood exports…
Despite his Figaro ambitions, David Kenefick would be more interested in the Moth than an offshore event at the Olympics
As reported earlier today, World Sailing’s AGM confirmed the inclusion of a new Mixed Two-Person Keelboat event to replace the previously agreed Mixed One-Person Dinghy at the Paris Olympics in 2024. The International Finn Association has released a statement on…
Fermanagh man Albert Robinson put his craftsperson skills to remarkable use in recreating tools used by Ireland's canal-building navvies
#InlandWaters - Tools created by local Fermanagh craftsperson Albert Robinson were a key feature during this year’s World Canals Conference. The tools, displayed in archive exhibition ‘Reflections, the Lasting Legacy of the Waterways’, brought to life the story of the…
Flossie Donnelly presenting Dun Laoghaire Harbour with Ireland’s first Seabin this past summer
#Seabin - Five months after local coastal litter campaigner Flossie Donnelly saw the installation of Dun Laoghaire Harbour’s first Seabin, the enterprising youth has presented the National Yacht Club with its own water-cleaning device. According to the Dun Laoghaire waterfront…
BBC Pearl heading upriver as captured by Eddie English this morning
Eddie English of SailCork has shared video of an unusual arrival in Cork Harbour this morning in the shape of cargo ship BBC Pearl. The 150-metre Antiguan-flagged vessel is a heavy-lifting specialist and comes equipped with two massive cranes for the…
Hugo Boss at London’s Tower Bridge last year
British offshore skipper Alex Thomson and his crew sailing the IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss have officially broken the 24-hour distance record for a 60ft monohull, as Sail-World reports. Thomson — who sailed with fellow 2020 Vendée Globe challenger Nin O’Leary on…
The latest order from San Juan will bring the total of Interceptor 48 pilot vessels to 17
Safehaven Marine’s latest commission comes from Puerto Rico, as its capital San Juan has ordered an Interceptor 48 pilot boat. This will be the 41st pilot vessel and the 17th in the Interceptor 48 class produced by the Cork Harbour boatyard,…
Sky lanterns look beautiful, but pose a risk to aviation - and a nuisance to emergency services
Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard has issued an appeal against the use of sky lanterns ahead of next week’s Hallowe’en celebrations. Sometimes called Chinese lanterns, the airborne paper lights carry a flame inside and are often used at social occasions such…
Women On Water Ready For Winter Turkey Shoot Challenge
Women on Water at the National Yacht Club are entering two 1720 Sportboats in the DBSC Turkey Shoot — and you could be a part of the action. Experienced women sailors will have their own boat (€100pp) but those newer…
Royal Cork To Host 2019 Youth Sailing Pathway Nationals
#YouthSailing - The Royal Cork Yacht Club will host next year’s Irish Sailing Youth Pathway Championships, it has been announced. The dates to save are 25-28 April 2019 when Ireland’s largest youth regatta comes to the world’s oldest yacht club.…
‘Operation Orca’ Set To Survey Scottish Killer Whales On Celtic Voyager
#MarineWildlife - The RV Celtic Voyager departed the Port of Cork yesterday (Wednesday 24 October) for ‘Operation Orca’, a 12-day survey of an offshore killer whale community associated with the Northeast Atlantic mackerel fishery. A team of marine scientists from…
No More Green Diesel For Irish Leisure Boaters, EU Court Rules
#GreenDiesel - Recreational boaters in Ireland face an end to fuelling with green diesel, following a ruling by the European Court of Justice. According to the Irish Examiner, Ireland has been infringing EU law by allowing the sale of cheaper…
Patsy Dan Rodgers, pictured here in 2004, succeeded his father as King of Toraigh in the 1990s
#IslandNews - Tributes have been paid to Patsy Dan Rodgers, the King of Tory Island in Donegal who died late last week aged 74, as The Irish Times reports. President Michael D Higgins was among the first to hail Rodgers,…
Ferry Hits Yachts, Runs Aground In Foggy Cowes Harbour
#Ferry - A passenger ferry has been involved in a collision with a number of yachts amid foggy conditions in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, as RTÉ News reports. The UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency has confirmed that no…
Humpback whales are among the many species recorded by citizen scientists in the IWDG's datasets
#MarineWildlife - The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group’s (IWDG) datasets for cetacean sightings and strandings around the Irish coast are now back online after previous versions were corrupted in a cyber attack. The launch coincided with the hosting in Kilkenny…
Jim Warny ready to explore caves near his Ennis home in April this year
#Diving - Irish Water Safety has honoured cave diver Jim Warny for his role in the rescue of the Thai football team earlier this year. Warny also gave a presentation on the Tham Luang rescue operation at the IWS conference…
Vintage Windsurfers Set For Gathering In Dun Laoghaire This Weekend
Vintage windsurfers from all over Ireland are coming together for the first time in more than 30 years in Dun Laoghaire this weekend. Tomorrow (Saturday 20 October) the National Yacht Club plays host to The Gathering, organised by Two Score…
Anglers Reminded Of Water Safety Guidelines As Drowning Death Toll Reaches 3 For 2018
Three anglers have died in Ireland so far this year as a result of drowning, according to the latest figures from Irish Water Safety. The sobering news has prompted a reminder from Inland Fisheries Ireland to all anglers to follow…
SmartBay Project Recruiting Community Liaison Co-ordinator
#Jobs - SmartBay Ireland is seeking to recruit a community liaison co-ordinator for its marine and renewable energy test site and subsea observatory in Galway Bay. The successful candidate will have a contract with SmartBay, but the focus of the…
Try Sailing At Howth Yacht Club’s Open Day Next Monday
#HYC - The doors of Howth Yacht Club will be open next Monday 22 October to anyone curious to try sailing or boating in North Co Dublin. HYC will be one of many clubs across Ireland holding open days to…
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