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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

Aerial view of the redeveloped Dun Laoghaire Baths
The Dun Laoghaire Baths will finally reopen this month, four-and-a-half years after redevelopment works began, with the local authority sending out invitations to the official opening on Tuesday 13 December. The project has been a long time coming, with works…
Concept art for George’s Dock Lido
Campaigners for a heated outdoor swimming pool at the site of Dublin City Council’s ill-fated whitewater rafting course proposal have released conceptual images to visualise how it could transform the Docklands area. Last year the two doctors behind the plans…
A new bridge over the Ulster Canal at Derrykerrib in Co Fermanagh
Ireland’s Rural Development Minister has called on Northern Ireland leaders to consider investment in restoring the full length of the Ulster Canal. Speaking at the site of a new marina in Clones, part of the second phase of Irish Government-funded…
Civil Defence vehicles on a beach
BreakingNews.ie reports that two bodies have been recovered from waterways in Co Clare over the weekend following in two separate incidents. In Ennis, a body was recovered from the River Fergus on Saturday afternoon (26 November) after it was found…
Annalise Murphy
After calling time on her Olympic career this past summer, Rio 2016 silver medallist Annalise Murphy has been adjusting to life away from sport — and as she shares with the Irish Examiner, it hasn’t always been plain sailing. Among…
Yvonne Cronin, community and stakeholder manager with DP Energy and Clean Coasts Ballynamona founder Proinsias Ó Tuama at the launch of the new sponsorship deal
Volunteer coastal cleaners in East Cork have gained the support of the joint venture behind a new proposed offshore wind farm project to boost their efforts in tackling the scourge of marine litter on the Irish coast. As the Irish…
File image of Belfast Harbour Police
BBC News reports that the body of a man who went missing from a ferry in Belfast Lough late last month has been found. Claims that a man had fallen overboard from a ferry on the night of Saturday 29…
The Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in Doonbeg in the foreground, with Doughmore Beach and the Atlantic ocean curving away in the background
Former US president Donald Trump’s golf resort in Doonbeg has been warned by the local authority over what it claims to be an unauthorised fencing erected at the property. According to TheStory.ie, which has more details on the story, Clare County…
Tiger shark
Researchers from Trinity College Dublin are among a team of marine scientists that have used tiger sharks to discover the world’s largest seagrass ecosystem. According to The Irish Times, the team attached cameras to the sharks who inhabit the enormous…
Stena Superfast VIII pictured in Cairnryan in 2019
A major search operation for a man believed to have gone overboard from a ferry in Belfast Lough at the weekend has been stood down and the matter handed over to police. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, searches were suspended…
Nina McGowan
A Balbriggan woman has set a new world record in free diving, as the Northside People reports. Nina McGowan logged the deepest ‘no fins’ dive ever recorded for her age category at the CMAS Outdoor Freediving World Championships in Kas,…
The HMS Enterprise in poor condition at Kilkeel Harbour in October 2022
Afloat.ie reader Lee Maginnis has provided an update on the current condition of the old minesweeper HMS Enterprise in Kilkeel Harbour, and the news is not good. The former Royal Navy minesweeper with a storied history was previously anchored in…
File image of the shore of Belfast Lough west of Bangor
RTÉ News reports that searches are ongoing in Belfast Lough today (Sunday 30 October) after claims that a man fell overboard from a docked ferry on Saturday night. The PSNI has asked the public to avoid the area as a…
Blue-green algae turned the waters of Lough Leane turned a soupy pea-green colour in July 2018
Sustainability researchers in Galway have called for greater public engagement in improving water quality in Ireland’s lakes and rivers. Writing for RTÉ Brainstorm, the researchers from the University of Galway’s Ryan Institute say they conducted interviews with a variety of…
Salmon smolt
On a special climate-focused edition of RTÉ’s Prime Time this past week, the news programme put the plight of Ireland’s wild salmon stocks in the spotlight. Reporter Oonagh Smyth visited the Dawros River in Connemara where salmon runs have allegedly…
File image of sea trials for an Interceptor 48 pilot boat from Safehaven Marine
Safehaven Marine says it has signed contracts with P&O Maritime Logistics for an Interceptor 48 — its fifth pilot boat for the company. “It’s always great to have a repeat order, especially a fifth as it’s a fine testimony to…
A normally busy Forty Foot in Sandycove was deserted in June 2019 due to a suspected wastewater overflow from the Ringsend treatment plant
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says as much as 500 million litres of potentially untreated wastewater is being released into Ireland’s rivers and coastal waters every day. As the Irish Independent reports, the agency warns that it will take decades,…
File image of an iceberg in Greenland’s Disko Bay, north of the Davis Strait
An Irish artist is part of an international expedition that’s dropping hydrophones into the waters off Greenland to record the sounds of melting icebergs. According to the Guardian, Siobhán McDonald will use the recordings from the underwater microphones in a…
Met Éireann extended its Status Orange weather warning from Wexford to Louth as the thunderstorm rolled along the East Coast
A wind turbine off the coast of Co Wicklow is believed to have been struck by lightning amid an intense thunderstorm on Wednesday afternoon (19 October). Smoke was spotted billowing from the 3.6MW turbine in the Arklow Bank Wind Park…
A ‘boxing kangaroo’ flag flown during Australia’s defence of the America’s Cup in Fremantle in 1987
A member of the 1983 America’s Cup winning crew has visited Skerries Sailing Club to follow a lead on a rare team flag that went missing when Australia II won the Auld Mug. According to ABC News, the ‘boxing kangaroo’…
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