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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

Drummans canal is close to the Waterways Ireland marina at Drummans Island pictured here
The start of cutting season next month could see the reopening of a disused canal in Co Roscommon for paddle sports, as The Irish Times reports. Drummans canal was built in 1719 as one of a number of private canals…
Second National Record For Irish Free Diver In World Championship
Claire Walsh celebrated the finale of free diving’s world championship with a second national record within as many days. The Kildare woman reached an Irish record depth of 44 metres in the free immersion dive yesterday (Saturday 14 September), an…
Claire Walsh approaches her record depth in yesterday’s CWT dive
Claire Walsh’s second dive at the Aida Depth World Championship has seen her set a new Irish record, as RTÉ News reports. Ireland’s first woman to compete in free diving's worlds reached a depth of 36 metres in the constant…
The Yukon River flows through some of the world’s most remote wilderness
Former kayaking champion Jim Kennedy is embarking on a new adventure — as part of a two-man team taking on the world’s longest non-stop paddle race. Kennedy has partnered with fellow Irish champion kayaker Colin Wong to represent Ireland in…
The West Coast as seen from the Ring of Kerry
Overseas visitors holidaying in Ireland’s coastal areas spent €1.94 billion in 2018, while marine tourism generated €650 million in the same period. That’s according to new research from NUI Galway’s Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU), which also identified activities such…
Claire Walsh is representing Ireland this week at the Aida Depth World Championship
Irish free diver Claire Walsh will have to wait a little longer to get back out on the water as the Aida Depth World Championship has been postponed due to heavy rains and thunderstorms in Nice today (Tuesday 10 September).…
Fishing net around the minke whale’s tail on Tyrella beach
The public has been urged to “stay clear” of a minke whale carcass found washed up on Tyrella beach in Co Down yesterday morning (Monday 9 September). According to ITV News, the 27ft marine wildlife giant was found with what…
Dublin Bay
Dublin Bay’s sea level seems to be rising faster than forecast — and at twice the global average over the past two decades. The Irish Times reports on this startling claim from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s (DLRCoCo) climate change action…
Meitheal Mara Calls On Volunteers New To Ireland For Latest Boat Building Project
Cork city’s community and traditional boatyard Meitheal Mara has put out a call for those new to Ireland for its latest boat building project. The new 12-week programme will see participants have a direct hand in building their own traditional…
Baltimore all-weather lifeboat on exercise with Rescue 117 prior to call out on Saturday 7 September
A motorboat that became propped up on pot buoys in Baltimore Harbour at the weekend made a direct call for help to the local RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat which was returning to base nearby. The incident occurred on Saturday evening (7…
Wastewater has overflowed from the Ringsend treatment plant more than 100 times since 2015, according to figures seen by TheJournal.ie
Wastewater overflows from Ringsend’s over-capacity treatment plant have made algal blooms in Dublin Bay much more likely, says one marine expert. Speaking to The Green News, Karin Dubsky of Coastwatch Ireland said overflows from Ringsend which have occurred after heavy…
Jack Lowe at work photographing Dungeness RNLI’s volunteers
Nearly five years into his epic project to photograph every RNLI lifeboat station with a Victorian-era camera, Jack Lowe this week began the Northern Ireland leg of the mammoth undertaking. Starting yesterday (Tuesday 3 September) at Red Bay, Lowe’s four-week…
Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant, adjacent to the beach where locals reported foul-smelling matter this week
Dublin City Council says a blanket of noxious material on a beach in Ringsend is rotting seaweed and not residue from the adjacent wastewater treatment plant. As The Irish Times reports, the foul-smelling brown slick at Shelly Banks prompted numerous…
The vessel brought ashore on Inis Oírr earlier today
An apparent coastguard vessel from the United States has washed up in the Aran Islands today (Tuesday 3 September). In a post on their Facebook page, the Doolin Ferry Company reported spotting an object in the water on the way…
Richard Kennedy on board Seachrán, sailing for Inisbofin
Richard and Rita Kennedy’s sailing trip around Ireland was meant to be a 10-week journey. It ended up an odyssey spread over two summers. But the time was more than well spent, as their leisurely sail became an exploration of…
File image of Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat and rescue water craft
Northern Ireland lifeboat crews marked the end of the summer season with a number of callouts over the weekend. On Saturday afternoon (31 August) Portaferry’s inshore lifeboat wad called out to reports that two Flying Fifteen keelboats had capsized on Strangford…
A Sowerby’s beaked whale breaching
Concerns remain for the health of a rare beaked whale refloated from a Co Waterford beach at the weekend, as The Irish Times reports. The Sowerby’s beaked whale stranded near Helvick Head on Friday (30 August) and was twice returned…
George’s Dock between the IFSC and the CHQ Building is the site for the proposed €12 million white-water course
Plans for a white-water rafting circuit in the heart of Dublin have come back to the fore, as The Irish Times reports. Earlier this year Dublin City councillors were presented with plans for scheme, which aims to transform George’s Dock…
Trinity Conference To Discuss Ireland’s ‘Poor Performance’ On Marine Protected Areas
The global climate crisis and how it relates to biodiversity and ocean protection is a big topic for discussion at a two-day conference in Trinity College Dublin which starts tomorrow (Monday 2 September). The ‘Bigger and Better’ Marine Protected Area…
Red Bay RNLI tows the yacht to safety
Five people were rescued off North Co Antrim yesterday afternoon (Friday 30 August) when their 33ft yacht got into difficulty near Rathlin Island. Red Bay RNLI’s volunteer crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat 1.20pm following a report that…
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