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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

Arklow RNLI tows a yacht with three crew who lost engine power near the Co Wicklow harbour on Saturday
#Lifeboats - Arklow’s volunteer RNLI crew rescued four people in two separate callouts over the weekend. The first launch was on Saturday afternoon (6 October) to a yacht which had gotten into difficulty and was without power about one mile…
Book Your Place At Howth Yacht Club’s Autumn League Final Banquet
#HYC - Be sure to reserve your place for the KBC Autumn League final night banquet hosted by Howth Yacht Club on Saturday 20 October. The venue is also available for Christmas parties this upcoming festive season — with room…
Learn To Sail Virtually With New Simulator For PC & Mac
A new sailing simulator for PC and Mac computers will appeal to experienced sailors and novices alike, its makers hope. Officially launched at the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble yesterday (Friday 5 October), eSail Sailing Simulator puts you in…
Irish Lights Through A Changing Ireland Subject Of New Exhibition In Dun Laoghaire
‘Safety at Sea Through War and Upheaval’ is the title of an exhibition now running at the dlr Lexicon in Dun Laoghaire, highlighting the history of Ireland’s lighthouses between the years 1911 and 1923. Using resources from the Irish Lights…
Friends of the Irish Environment says the proposed site of the Ballylongford gas terminal’s jetty is an important habitat for bottlenose dolphins like this one
#CoastalNotes - Extension of planning permission for a €500 million gas terminal at Ballylongford on the Kerry coast now faces judicial review, as Green News reports. Friends of the Irish Evironment (FiE) was granted leave in the High Court to…
Galway Hosts Public Meeting On Marine Planning Framework
Sean Kyne, Minister of State with responsibility for rural affairs and natural resources, was speaking this morning (Friday 5 October) in Galway’s Town Hall Theatre, as Galway Bay FM reports. The minister was attending one of a series of regional…
Dun Laoghaire Coastguard Recruiting New Volunteers
#Coastguard - Do you live in or around Dun Laoghaire and have time to volunteer? Do you drive? Are you aged between 18 and 65? If so, you may be the right fit for Dun Laoghaire Coastguard, which is currently…
A file photo of Baltimore RNLI
Next Wednesday evening (10 October), Baltimore RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew will lay a wreath at the Catalogues to commemorate the centenary of the wreck of the Thomas Joseph. The 60ft lugger was wrecked on the Catalogue Rocks between Sherkin Island and…
Irish Sailing To Host Umpire Seminar Next Month
Mark the first weekend in November on your calendar for Irish Sailing’s upcoming seminar for prospective race umpires. The two-day course on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 November at the Royal St George in Dun Laoghaire provides the first step…
A dogfish caught on camera by the SmartBay observatory in Galway Bay
#MarineScience - More than 70 leading marine scientists from across Europe met in Galway recently to discuss open access to research on ocean observation. The Marine Institute in Oranmore hosted the second general assembly of the EU-funded Jerico-NEXT Project, which…
A computer blueprint of the F50 catamaran - touted as the world’s most advanced racing vessel
America’s Cup winners Larry Ellison and Sir Russell Coutts have launched a new stadium yacht racing league to challenge the Auld Mug’s dominance of inshore team racing. Described by Oracle co-founder Ellison as “the evolution of sailing”, SailGP will begin…
Councillor Dónal Smith said the transfer of the harbour without indemnity for its debts was "an albatross around the necks" of Dun Laoghaire constituents
#DLHarbour - Councillors in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown have expressed anger and frustration over the transfer of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company’s multi-million liabilities to the local authority. Transport Minister Shane Ross was in the Seanad this afternoon for statements on the transfer…
Brussels Issues Brexit Preparedness Notice On Maritime Security
#Brexit - The latest notice from the European Commission to stakeholders on Brexit preparedness concerns the field of aviation and maritime security. Subject to any transitional arrangement that may be contained in a possible withdrawal agreement, as of the withdrawal…
The Armed Forces of Malta, pictured here in 2015, were involved in yesterday’s diver rescues
#Diving - The Times of Malta reports that an Irish diver was rescued off the Mediterranean island in rough seas yesterday (Tuesday 2 October). The operation at the Wied il-Mielah Window was one of two separate rescues by the Armed…
Allblack Racing at sea in January 2017
#Power - Irish powerboat racing team Allblack Racing claimed a new record on the Cork-Fastnet-Cork route this past summer. The team’s Allblack SL44 powerboat set a time of two hours, six minutes and 47 seconds, with an average speed of…
Optimist spring training in Baltimore earlier this year
#Optimist - The International Optimist Dinghy Association Ireland (IODAI) is now recruiting both national and international coaches for its annual spring training week in Baltimore in February 2019. Coaches must be available from Sunday 17 to Friday 22 February for…
A native white-clawed crayfish
#Crayfish - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) says it welcomes new legislation to strengthen existing measures to protect the native white-clawed crayfish. The European Union (Invasive Alien Species) (Freshwater Crayfish) Regulations 2018 will provide Irish authorities with powers to prevent the…
The LÉ Niamh was one of two ships held at base over crew shortages last week
#Navy - According to The Irish Times, two Naval Service vessels were prevented from leaving their Haulbowline base last week due to crew shortages. The LÉ Orla and LÉ Niamh were both kept at their docks while reserve members were…
Former pro Fergal Smith pulls in to a barrel while surfing at home in Lahinch
#Surfing - The first part of Made in Ireland, Mikey Corker’s new documentary on Irish surfing’s past and present, is now streaming on the Red Bull website. The film had its premiere in Bundoran last month, and now the whole…
Places Available On New Day Skipper Theory Course At INSS
#INSS - If you missed out on a spot in the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School’s current RYA Day Skipper Theory course, not to worry — as the school has announced details of its next course which begins later…
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