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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 Cliffs of Moher in North Clare
The most popular location in Ireland for taking selfies is … the Cliffs of Moher. That’s according to a new roundup of the 25 most popular selfie spots compiled by travel website EnjoyTravel. The breathtaking North Clare coastal cliffs round…
Robert Courts MP, UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for aviation, maritime, security and civil contingencies, with award recipient Philip Wrenn and Baroness Garden of Frognal
Irish Coast Guard winchman Philip Wrenn has been presented with the Billy Deacon SAR Memorial Trophy at a ceremony in London this week. As previously reported on, the crewman with the Shannon-based coastguard helicopter Rescue 115 was recognised in…
File image showing an example of mussel seed
Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue has signed a new Statutory Instrument that permits fishing for mussel seed within the State’s exclusive fishery limits. SI No 461 of 2021 — Sea-Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction (Mussel Seed) (Opening of Fisheries) Regulations 2021 —…
Boats in Cork Harbour
Cork Harbour’s ambitions to host the America’s Cup in 2024 have an unlikely champion in former Munster Rugby captain Doug Howlett. But as the New Zealander tells The Currency, his sporting passions extend beyond rugby into the sailing realm —…
Emirates Team New Zealand racing against their future challenger of record INEOS TEAM UK
Business leaders in Cork believe the city’s chance to host the 2024 America’s Cup is “ours to lose” and could be secured with the Government’s guarantee of funding. But as the Irish Examiner reports, there are fears that recent political…
Multi-time Irish national surfing champion Easkey Britton is now a marine social scientist
On the publication of Easkey Britton’s memoir Saltwater in the Blood, the Irish Examiner profiles the former professional surfer-turned-marine scientist whose philosophy has taken on a new significance for many amid the pandemic. Much as Dr Britton’s current career sees…
File image of the River Blackwater at Fermoy
Fears are growing that Fermoy’s celebrated coarse angling festival may not take place again as the pandemic has hit key businesses in the East Cork town. As the Irish Examiner reports, the Fermoy Coarse Angling Association called off two events…
A seagrass meadow in Kilmore Quay that’s threatened by invasive seaweed
In Co Wexford, a seven-year-old boy has joined the grassroots effort to conserve vulnerable seagrass beds around Ireland’s coastline. According to RTÉ News, Shem Berry has lent a helping hand to volunteers who have been clearing an invasive seaweed, Sargassum…
Northern Ireland Environment Agency logo
Northern Ireland’s inland waters have seen a third fish kill in as many months after hundreds of dead trout were found in a Co Fermanagh river, as BBC News reports. The grim discovery in the Kesh River on Wednesday (1…
#HBIRL113, a humpback whale new to Irish records, sighted off West Cork on Sunday 29 August
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) says last Sunday 29 August will stand out as “particularly memorable” for sightings of humpback whales, with the marine wildlife giants spotted at four separate locations. At Slea Head in Co Kerry, Jimmy Flannery of…
Map showing the proposed site of Bremore Port
The Irish Independent reports that a proposed new port for the East Coast has taken another step closer to fruition with the launch of a tender for the team to plan the project. As previously reported on, Drogheda Port…
Dead trout in fish kill incident on Three Mile Water in Co Antrim in August 2021
Co Antrim’s Three Mile Water has been afflicted by a second fish kill this summer — and a local angling group says it could take years to recover. The Belfast Telegraph reports on the incident which was discovered on the…
File image of Stena Edda in Liverpool
A cargo vessel skipper who nearly caused a collision with a Stena Line passenger ferry in Belfast Lough has been fined more than £6,000, as BBC News reports. Southampton Magistrates’ Court heard that 64-year-old Kolapi Utime was captain of the…
The Department of Transport has issued a new Marine Notice on the correct use of lifejackets or personal flotation devices (PFDs) on fishing vessels. It follows the report earlier this month from the Maritime Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) into the…
The ‘Fenit 3’ dolphins, identified as members of the Moray Firth population
A trio of dolphins who surrounded a swimmer rescued after hours at sea off the Kerry coast earlier this week have been identified as a group from Scottish waters more than 1,000km away. As previously reported on, the swimmer…
Ruairí McSorley in the viral video ‘Frostbit Boy’ in 2015
The swimmer rescued off the Kerry coast on Sunday (22 August) after a lifeboat crew spotted him surrounded by a pod of dolphins is the star of a popular online video, it’s emerged. As reports, Ruairí McSorley shot to…
Artist’s impression of the new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists over the River Corrib
Galway City Council has welcomed An Bord Pleanála’s approval for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge adjacent to the Salmon Weir Bridge over the River Corrib. The council’s chief executive said the new bridge is a part of its Galway…
Wally the Arctic walrus resting on a pontoon in the Isles of Scilly in July 2021
Wally the Arctic walrus’ trail of destruction along the South Coast may be curbed by the provision of a ‘floating couch’ for the large marine mammal, as the Irish Examiner reports. Following his return to Irish shores earlier this month…
Four Seasons in a Day poster
A documentary on the lives of people in coastal communities connected by the Carlingford Lough ferry will have its premiere in a special outdoor drive-in screening this Thursday (19 August). Four Seasons in a Day is one of six documentaries…
Finn the dolphin greets experienced divers checking on his welfare in Carlingford Lough earlier this month
Photos that emerged last month of cuts on the back of Carlingford Lough’s resident dolphin have prompted an investigation, as reports. Finn the dolphin has become a popular sight off Carlingford and Greenore on Co Louth’s Cooley Peninsula since…
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