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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

File image of Ballina train station
Mayo county councillors have called for a formal letter demanding that Dublin Port Company reverse its decision to end the regular rail freight service to Ballina, as The Western People reports. At a meeting of Ballina Municipal District this morning…
Emirates Team New Zealand against the Auckland city skyline in the 2021 America’s Cup
New Zealand’s reportedly rejected multi-million-euro offer to host the next America’s Cup could give some indication of how much Cork Harbour’s ambitions would cost. According to Marine Industry News, the Auld Mug holders Emirates Team New Zealand are opening discussions abroad…
Minke whale sighted off West Cork
The remains of a whale washed up on a Co Wexford beach are likely to be those of a minke whale, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) says. According to The Irish Times, the dead whale was discovered on…
A wildlife charity has urged the public to take care when disposing of face masks after it’s alleged a puffin became entangled in a mask and died. According to The Irish Times, the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) said it was…
Killiney Beach in south Co Dublin
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has closed two popular south Dublin beaches over elevated levels of bacteria in the water, as RTÉ News reports. The temporary notice advising against swimming at Killiney Beach and White Rock Beach was issued yesterday (Saturday…
The Wexford blue whale mosaic takes shape
A unique whale-shaped mosaic which is set for permanent public display aims to connect present-day Wexford with its storied maritime past, as RTÉ News reports. With the help of artist Helen McLean, Wexford Arts Centre has been creating the patterned…
Lough Corrib in Co Galway
The Connaught Telegraph reports that Galway city councillors are tendering for a study on the feasibility of a new blueway for Galway and Mayo. According to details on the State’s eTenders website, the proposed blueway would extend from Lough Mask…
One of several hundred trout killed in an alleged pollution incident on the Three Mile Water over the spring bank holiday
Authorities in Northern Ireland are investigating a fish kill that’s claimed hundreds of trout in a stretch of the Three Mile Water in Co Antrim. According to BBC News, many of the dead trout “were sizeable fish of spawning age”.…
Rescue 116 and Dun Laoghaire RNLI off Dalkey
A swimmer rescued off Dalkey yesterday afternoon (Thursday 3 June) has died in hospital, as reports. It’s understood the deceased, a man in his 20s, had been swimming at the Vico Baths below Hawk Cliff when he got into…
The River Barrow in Carlow town
A teenage boy said he “had no choice but to jump in” and rescue a mother and daughter from drowning in the River Barrow in Carlow at the weekend. As RTÉ News reports, Miley Doran (17) told how he saw…
CORUM L’Épargne was the first of the IMOCA 60s and the whole fleet to arrive in Cascais
IMOCA 60 yacht CORUM L’Épargne and the VO65 one-design of The Austrian Ocean Race Project have come first in Leg 1 of The Ocean Race Europe. Fickle breeze challenged all 12 international teams as they raced into Cascais in Portugal…
Simon Duggan’s remarkable image of #HBIRL21 breaching off Baltimore while whale-watchers on the MV Wave Chieftain look the other way
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) says it has confirmed its first humpback whale match between Ireland’s waters and the Canary Islands. Images of a fluke and dorsal fin captured by Alex Brenner at Valle Gran Rey on La Gomera…
Lahinch Beach in Co Clare
Irish beaches need full weekend lifeguard service at the very least this summer, a Co Clare surfing instructor says. Lahinch-based Ben Bennett told RTÉ’s Claire Byrne that lifeguard cover on Ireland’s coastal beaches lags behind that in the Frame and…
Portmarnock Beach in Fingal
Scientists at NUI Galway warn that a deadly bacteria found in many highly rated sea swimming spots in Ireland is not currently tested for as EU regulations do not require it. According to The Irish Independent, reseaechers with NUI Galway’s…
The Irish Coast Guard’s Shannon-based helicopter Rescue 115
The Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee has heard that the Irish Coast Guard’s rescue helicopter service costs the state around €60 million annually. An initial 10-year contract with CHC Ireland to provide services with Sikorsky S-92 helicopters from four bases began…
File image of Kilkeel RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Kilkeel RNLI launched their inshore lifeboat to the aid of two fishermen stranded in Carlingford Lough on Saturday (22 May). The fishermen had been lifting creels just off Cranfield Point on the Northern Ireland side when the 25ft boat’s propeller…
File image of red diesel available at a fuel station
The British Government has announced a three-month delay in the implementation of the red diesel ban for private pleasure craft in Northern Ireland. The move follows lobbying by Bangor Marina and others in the NI leisure boating industry who emphasised…
Aerial image of the Meenbog peat slippage and its environmental impact last November
Works to restore watercourses impacted by a bogslide in the North West last year could take “a number of years” to complete, according to the Loughs Agency. As previously reported on, anglers in Donegal and Tyrone fear that the…
Aerial image of basking sharks feeding off Kilkee in Co Clare
More than 2,000 people have already signed an online petition in support of legal protection for basking sharks in Irish waters. The appeal was started by Simon Berrow of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group to encourage TDs to support…
File image of Howth Harbour
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is seeking tenders for the resurfacing of repair bays within its boatyard at Howth Fishery Harbour Centre in North Co Dublin. The request for tender is divided into two lots and calls…
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