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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

Rescue 116 pictured over Wicklow in August 2015
As the second anniversary of the Rescue 116 tragedy approaches, it has emerged that a draft final report into the incident is still months away from completion, according to the Irish Examiner. The four crew of the Sikorsky S-92 search…
Jim Warny suited up for a subterranean dive near his home in Ennis last year
#Diving - This year’s Dive Ireland International Expo opens tomorrow (Saturday 2 March) at the Great National Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh. Hosted by the Lough Derg Sub Aqua Club in association with the Irish Underwater Council, the two-day event…
The ‘dinosaur remains’ found in the mud in the River Boyne on Tuesday
Drogheda Coast Guard had a prehistoric mystery on their hands earlier this week with what the station is calling “probably the most unusual tasking we ever had or ever will have”. The coastguard team were tasked on Tuesday (26 February)…
Whale & Dolphin Strandings In Cork This Week ‘Only A Percentage Of What Is Actually Dead At Sea’
#MarineWildlife - Unusual weather for this time of year may be responsible for a recent spate of whale and dolphin strandings on the Cork coast in the past week. The Irish Examiner reports that among the eight strandings were the…
Tracy Edwards and crew celebrate on the deck of Maiden, as featured in the new documentary which opens on Friday 8 March
The Irish Film Institute in Dublin joins the list of locations for a special screening of Alex Holmes’ Tracy Edwards documentary Maiden on Thursday 7 March. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Cork’s Gate Cinemas will also host the preview followed…
New Dublin Port Customs Check Posts Will Be ‘Pinch Point’ Says CEO
New customs checkpoints in Dublin Port are expected to be a ‘pinch point’ for hauliers, according to the port company’s chief executive. Eamonn O'Reilly tells RTÉ News that delays are likely to result from the new border inspection posts as…
Banna Strand on Tralee Bay is TripAdvisor users’ favourite of Kerry’s beaches this year — but loses out on the top spot to Inchydoney in Cork
#TopBeaches - Kerry dominates TripAdvisor’s list of the best Irish beaches for 2019, with the Kingdom taking six of the top 10 places. Ladies Beach at Ballybunion (9th), Coumeenoole (6th), Derrynane (5th) and Inch Beach (3rd) all make return appearances…
Tidal kites like these have been tested in the optimum conditions of Strangford Lough over the last few years
#SeaPower - Northern Ireland is well placed to capitalise on the growing trend towards renewable energy thanks to its unique tidal resources, according to a leading researcher in the field. Dr Carwyn Frost of Queen’s University Belfast tells Emily McDaid…
Eel at Lough Muckno
A new heritage group is seeking to preserve traditional net fisheries under threat of disappearing from Ireland’s landscape. The Traditional Net Fishers Steering Group was established earlier this year by “a group of like-minded individuals” who united to examine ways…
Map of the Old Salmon Weir on the Shannon where the incident occurred
RTÉ News reports that a 12-year-old girl was hospitalised after an incident on the River Shannon in Limerick city yesterday morning (Saturday 23 February). It’s understood that she was one of four girls on a boat that overturned in the…
Grand Canal Basin taken from the top of the Montevetro building
A floating food market is one of a number of ideas being mooted for in Grand Canal Dock by Waterways Ireland, the Dublin InQuirer reports. Such a scheme would include a waterfront dining area and a co-working space along with…
Sarah ‘Skinny’ Dwyer Is DBSC’s SB20 Class Captain For 2019
Sarah ‘Skinny’ Dwyer has been appointed the SB20 class captain in Dublin Bay Sailing Club for 2019. Originally set to take up the post of vice captain to Pat O’Brien, Dwyer has been promoted as other commitments will keep O’Brien in Bahrain…
No More Blue Lights & Sirens For Irish Coast Guard Road Vehicles Under New Directive
Irish Coast Guard staff have been ordered to cease their use of blue lights and sirens with their road vehicles when travelling to incidents, as TheJournal.ie reports. The new directive says risks associated with the use of so-called ‘blues and…
Humpback whales fluking in Skalfandi Bay, Iceland
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) is bringing stories from the Celtic Mist’s historic marine wildlife survey voyage around Iceland to libraries and other venues nationwide. Already the IWDG has visited 10 venues across eight counties in its ‘On…
Australia SailGP Team celebrate their win in the home water’s of Sydney Harbour on the first stop of the inaugural race series
More than 20,000 people turned to for the inaugural SailGP event on Sydney Harbour this past weekend, with the home team Australia — helmed by local hero Tom Slingsby — beating Japan in the final to clinch the first victory…
Thunder Child II cutting through the waves off Cork over the weekend
This past weekend saw the successful launch in Cork of Thunder Child II, the next-generation wave-piercing monohull from Safehaven Marine designed to set a new powerboat world record. Crafted at Safehaven’s boatyard in Youghal, the XSV20 cruised into East Ferry…
Rocco Wright sailing in Palamós
It was a strong seventh-place finish overall for Howth Yacht Club’s Rocco Wright at the International Palamós Optimist Trophy, which concluded yesterday (Sunday 17 February) on Spain’s Costa Brava. The youngster remained in medal contention among a 110-boat gold fleet…
The body of Canadian national Randy McNalley was recovered at the Pinto on 14 August 2017
A Canadian national who died on a diving expedition off Donegal in 2017 was one of two separate diving tragedies in the region within weeks of each other, as RTÉ News reports. As reported at the time on Afloat.ie, the…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
A public meeting on the future on Dun Laoghaire Harbour will take place at the Dun Laoghaire Club on Eblana Avenue from 8pm on Thursday 28 February. ‘The People’s Harbour’ was also the topic of a recent meeting between Dun…
Red Bull’s cliff divers are also returning to Polignano a Mare in Italy this year
Sunday 12 May is the date to save for the debut of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock. The capital hosts the annual high diving series for the first time after three previous visits…
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