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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 former HMS Active was split in two by missile fire during the Pakistan Navy drill earlier this month
A former Royal Navy frigate was sunk in spectacular fashion during a live-fire exercise off Pakistan, as Mail Online reports. HMS Active was commissioned in 1977 and saw active duty in the Falklands War among other missions before being sold…
Tokyo Olympics Doubtful, Says Man Who Ran London 2012
The head of the organising committee for the London Olympics in 2012 has said the Tokyo Games scheduled for this summer look “unlikely” to go ahead. As the Guardian reports, Sir Keith Mills told the BBC he “would be making…
Aoife Ní Niocaill’s GAA football was found on the shore of Llanrhystud in Wales
A family in Waterford got a big surprise at the weekend when they learned a football they’d lost in the water was found on the Welsh coast. As the Irish Examiner reports, Aline Denton was walking on the shore near…
Oceans of Online Learning Resources For Home-Schooling Families
Families schooling their children at home during the January lockdown can find a wealth of free online activities and resources from the Marine Institute’s Oceans of Learning series. According to Marine Institute chief executive Dr Paul Connolly, the series “highlights…
Kaikōura on New Zealand’s South Island, halfway between Christchurch and Wellington
Tributes have been paid to a Dublin-born woman who drowned off a coastal town on New Zealand’s South Island. As Stuff reports, 56-year-old Eve Parkin was reported missing in South Bay off Kaikōura on Tuesday 12 January. After a multi-agency…
The X4⁶ is one of the five yachts still available for 2021 but built slots are limited
X-Yachts’ Danish yard has only a limited number of build slots left for sailing in the 2021 season, restrictions allowing. If you are ready to use sailing as your ‘escape’ in 2021, you can choose from the X4⁰, X4³, X4⁶,…
Artist’s impression of the white-water rafting centre proposed for George’s Dock
Coats for the controversial white-water rafting centre proposed for George’s Dock have risen to €25 million as Dublin City Council seeks expressions of interest in the contract. RTÉ News reports on the latest figures release by the council which show…
Dingle Harbour in Co Kerry
Efforts to drive tourism in the Dingle Peninsula may be doing more harm than good, according to a newly published report. As the Irish Independent reports, the Fáilte Ireland Visitor Experience Development Plan — which was completed before the disappearance…
Schull Harbour in West Cork
Cork county councillors have expressed further frustration at the local authority’s decision not to submit the Schull Harbour regeneration project for rural development funding. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, hopes for the multi-million-euro improvement scheme for the West Cork sailing…
Islander James Coyne in a still from the video series Inishbofin in Lockdown
A new video series is providing vivid snapshots of life among a Connemara island community during lockdown. Filming for Inishbofin in Lockdown was completed last spring — when Inishbofin, off western Connemara, joined the three Aran Islands in agreeing to…
New Panel of Surveyors to Ensure Compliance with Code or Practice for Small Fishing Vessels
The Department of Transport has re-established a panel of surveyors to conduct surveys of small fishing vessels of less than 15m for compliance with the relevant Code of Practice, which was recently under review. The panel was established three weeks…
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson posing with a crab caught in Orkney last year
A crisis in Scotland’s fishing industry since the end of the Brexit transition period has only worsened as a leading logistics provider has called a halt to deliveries of fresh seafood to the EU amid a raft of delays. As…
Jim Schofield with the plywood-and-epoxy hull of his ClassGlobe 5.80
An amateur sailor is putting his lockdown downtime to good used by building a boat he plans to sail solo across the Atlantic, as RTÉ News reports. Inspired by a worldwide ‘build at home’ challenge, 57-year-old Jim Schofield started work…
File image of a fishing boat in Howth Harbour on the Irish Sea
Ireland’s fishing fleet stands to lose more than a quarter of the quota of its largest fishery in transfers to the UK under the recent Brexit trade deal. And the quota share for herring caught in the Irish Sea will…
Rolex China Sea Race 2021 Cancelled Amid Pandemic Concerns
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has cited “continued uncertainty regarding international border openings” amid the coronavirus pandemic in its decision to cancel the 2021 Rolex China Sea Race, which had been due to start on 31 March. In a statement,…
File image of boats racing on the Solent, between Britain’s south coast and the Isle of Wight
An Irish-born sailor died after sustaining a “traumatic brain injury” while sailing around the Solent late last year, as Southampton’s Daily Echo reports. An inquest opening heard that Paul Kavanagh (63) was hospitalised on Friday 4 December after it was…
Kinsale Yacht Club’s Online Day Skipper Course Returns This Month
The coronavirus pandemic forced a sudden change of plans for Kinsale Yacht Club’s day skipper course last March. But after jumping in at the deep end and working out on the fly how to adapt the usual on-the-water lessons to…
File image of wind turbines at Arklow Bank
A foreshore licence granted for expansion of an offshore wind farm near Arklow now faces a High Court challenge from an environmentalist and planning activist, as The Irish Times reports. Peter Sweetman — whose previous objections include the proposals for…
Crosshaven Boatyard Appeals to Customers for Patience Under Latest Pandemic Restrictions
With the rise in COVID-19 cases and in line with Government guidelines, Crosshaven Boatyard has no option but to close its gates for the time being. In a statement on social media, the Cork Harbour boatyard appealed for private boat…
File image of the DBSC fleet at sail on Dublin Bay
The National Yacht Club has offered its congratulations to Dublin Bay Sailing Club on its recognition as Mitsubishi Motors Sailing Club of the Year for 2021. As our own WM Nixon wrote last week, it marks only the second time…
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