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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

Sutton Dinghy Club, which has been awarded more than €55,000 towards the upgrade of its facilities
Sutton Dinghy Club received the biggest amount out of four local allocations for sailing as the 2018 round of the Sports Capital Programme is completed. The north Co Dublin club was awarded €55,971 towards the upgrade of its clubhouse facilities…
Lee Early died in an incident on Arranmore Island early on Sunday
Arranmore RNLI has paid tribute to lifeboat volunteer Lee Early, who died on Sunday (17 November) after an incident at a pier on the Co Donegal island. TheJournal.ie reports that Early (26) and another man, who survived the incident, were…
Lerwick lifeboat crew at the scene of the grounded vessel late Friday night
Lerwick lifeboat launched late Friday night (15 November) to the aid of a fishing vessel which had grounded on rocks just north of the Shetland Islands harbour. The 26-metre, Inverness-registered trawler was stuck fast and was listing when the Severn-class…
Air Corps 112 will be grounded for a total of 16 days between now and the end of next February
Extra pressure will be put on the Irish Coast Guard’s helicopter rescue services this winter as the State’s air ambulance plans to shut down for 16 days between now and next February. As RTÉ News reports, “mounting staffing and training…
Lifejacket Issues See Irish Coast Guard Boat Operations Suspended
All Irish Coast Guard rescue boat operations are suspended as of yesterday (Friday 15 November) as the organisation launches a probe into a malfunction in its standard issue lifejackets. RTÉ News reports that the coastguard’s rescue boats in 23 stations…
Carlingford Lough as seen from Greencastle in Co Down
The Loughs Agency has organised two morning seminars around the theme of maritime heritage in the Foyle and Carlingford areas later this month. The first will take place at Greencastle Golf Club next Friday 22 November from 9.30am to 12.30pm,…
Revenue Guidance For Compliance With Green Diesel Ban For Pleasure Craft To Come Before New Year
The Revenue Commissioners will prepare guidance material for their website and update relevant tax and duty manuals in advance of the upcoming ban on the use of green diesel for private pleasure craft, it is understood. That’s according to the…
The Bay of Saint-Brieuc in Brittany
The Bay of Saint-Brieuc in Brittany will host the start of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro for its 51st edition on 30 August 2020, it has been announced. As Sail World reports, the schedule for next year’s Figaro was moved…
Strangford Lough in Co Down
Residents around Strangford Lough were baffled at the weekend of a mysterious ‘humming’ sound heard around its waters, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. The droning noise can be faintly detected in a video posted by Ian McConnell on Twitter, who…
A Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat event is set to debut at the Olympic sailing competition in 2024
“The tide is turning” on the prospect of offshore sailing at the Olympics, says Seahorse Magazine as it proposes how the new keelboat category could make the sport more accessible than ever. Last year’s introduction of the Mixed Two Person…
East Antrim Boat Club on Larne Lough was also singled out by the awards panels for ‘Embracing Modern Communications’
Strangford Lough Yacht Club and East Antrim Boat Club in Northern Ireland have been named among the 10 finalists selected for the RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Award for 2020. East Antrim Boat Club is also…
The lifeboat Douglas Euan & Kay Richards approaches the stricken vessel at an island in Upper Lough Erne
Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launched yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 12 November) to a vessel adrift close to an island in Upper Lough Erne north-east of Knockninny Marina. Winds were north-westerly Force 2 when the lifeboat Douglas Euan & Kay Richards arrived…
Minister of State Damien English launches the draft NMPF at Dun Laoghaire Marina
Sixteen different sectors and activities are within the scope of the draft National Marine Planning Framework (NMPF) launched yesterday (Tuesday 12 November). And plans for a system of designated Strategic Marine Activity Zones among its main ambitions, as previously reported…
Philip Boucher Hayes presents Hot Air: Ireland’s Climate Crisis tonight on RTÉ One
Following last night’s stark warning for Irish coastal cities and towns, RTÉ’s On Climate season of TV programmes continues tonight (Tuesday 12 November) with a look at how climate change, pollution and overfishing have directly affected biodiversity around Ireland’s coasts.…
Revenue ‘Yet To Reveal Changes For Oil Suppliers’ Ahead Of Upcoming Green Diesel Ban
With only seven weeks until the ban on the use of green diesel for private pleasure craft comes into force, the Revenue Commissioners have yet to formally declare to oil suppliers what changes are required under the new legislation, according…
Gerald Fleming presents Will Ireland Survive 2050? on RTÉ One tonight
“The sea will come and take” Dublin and Cork by 2050 if nothing is done to deal with the consequences of climate change, Gerald Fleming will say in an RTÉ TV documentary tonight as The Irish Times reports. The former…
The Draft National Marine Planning Framework for public consultation will be published on Tuesday 12 November
The eighth and latest stakeholder advisory meeting on the National Marine Planning Framework takes place tomorrow, Tuesday 12 November, from 10am at the Commissioners of Irish Lights in Dun Laoghaire. Tomorrow’s meeting will also see Damien English, Minister of State…
Building the breakwaters at Ringaskiddy for the new Cove Sailing Club marina
Cove Sailing Club in Cork Harbour has expressed excitement at progress being made on its new marina. Planning approval was granted this past May for the marina at Whitepoint, scaled down from a larger scheme that faltered in the planning…
Bundoran RNLI’s volunteer crew make their way to the scene
Four people have been rescued from an island off the Sligo coast after their vessel washed up on rocks. Bundoran RNLI’s volunteer crew launched to the incident at Inishmurray Island yesterday afternoon (Sunday 3 November) along with the Irish Coast…
The woman was airlifted to hospital by the Irish Community Rapid Response helicopter
Update: The Irish Mirror has since reported that the 20-year-old student recovered from the Caragh River at the weekend had died in hospital. The Irish Times reports that a University of Limerick student is in critical condition after getting into…
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