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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

Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Could Brexit present an opportunity for Dun Laoghaire’s harbour? In a letter to The Irish Times last Tuesday 8 January, local Fine Gael councillor John Kennedy spells out his reasons why the port could be positioned as an additional resource…
The Dunleary returned to home port in the autumn of 2017, 80 years after moving across the Irish Sea for lifesaving service in Lancashire
The Dunleary Lifeboat Project is the subject of a new exhibition at the DLR Lexicon in Dun Laoghaire from next week. Running from Tuesday 22 January to Monday 4 February, the exhibition is being held in partnership with Advanced Tourism…
Awards For Marine-Related Projects Among 2019 BT Young Scientists
Marine science-related projects were among those awarded at the 2019 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in Dublin yesterday (Friday 11 January). Rachel Cotter and Jack Mullen, pupils of Coláiste Muire in Crosshaven, Co Cork, placed second in the intermediate…
Galway Hookers racing off Connemara as seen on TG4’s Bádóirí
#OnTV - A new four-part documentary series on the people of Ireland’s west who keep the Galway Hooker sailing tradition alive behind tomorrow night (Thursday 10 January) at 8pm on TG4. Bádóirí provides an insight into seven Connemara families, part of…
George's Dock between the IFSC and the CHQ Building is the site for the proposed €12 million white-water course
#GeorgesDock - Dublin City councillors were yesterday presented with plans to transform George’s Dock into an “elite” white-water canoeing amenity for sports and rescue training, according to The Irish Times. Last April, it was reported that a design tender had…
A Cuvier’s beaked whale surfacing in the Mediterranean in July 2016. The deep-ocean species is rarely spotted in the wild but record numbers were stranded on beaches between north-west Ireland and western Scotland last year
#MarineWildlife - New research as ruled out viral outbreak as a cause of mass strandings of deep-ocean beaked whales and others in Scottish and Irish waters last year. As Scotland’s The Herald reports, tissue samples collected from tests on 26…
The snake found by a member of Youghal Coast Guard last Thursday 3 January
A reptile feared to be a venomous turtle-headed sea snake was found on a beach on the East Cork coast on Thursday 3 January, as the Irish Examiner reports. However, minds were put at ease when the dead snake spotted…
An eel caught at Lough Muckno in Co Monaghan
Former commercial eel fisherman in Galway will receive compensation up to a maximum of €3 million from this month, as Galway Bay FM reports. Applications were opened till the end of November for the Support Scheme for Former Feel Fisherpersons…
A Public, Policy-Led Plan With Climate Change Focus: What Ireland Wants From New Marine Spatial Plan
A policy-based plan that puts climate change front and centre and steers away from privatising coastal resources is what the country wants from the State’s National Marine Planning Framework, as The Irish Times reports. Details have been released from the…
Oisin McClelland (bottom row, third from left) pictured with Finn sailors around the world who are too heavy for the new offshore keelboat class
Minutes of the meeting that decided the inclusion of an Olympic keelboat event in place of the Finn class have been confirmed by the World Sailing council, according to Sail World. Controversy has arisen after last month’s decision at World…
Stand-up paddle boarders ride the waves off Dollymount
Ireland’s hottest surfing spot is… Dublin? It might not be Mullaghmore, but many surfers swear by the waves off Dollymount Strand in Dublin Bay, widely believed to the the longest in Ireland. Local kitesurfers already know the score — the…
Dublin Bay Sailing Club Announces 2019 Season Dates
Dublin Bay Sailing Club has announced its key dates for the 2019 sailing season, which kicks off right after Easter. Tuesday races will begin on 23 April with the last races taking place on 27 August. Thursday racing takes place…
Tom Butler surfing the giant wave off Nazaré on Friday 14 December
#Surfing - A regular visitor to Ireland’s big wave surfing hot spots may have broken the world record for the biggest wave ever surfed, as The Irish Times reports. Cornish surfer Tom Butler rode a giant swell at Nazaré in…
The Republic of Ireland disputes the UK’s claim to the territory of Lough Foyle between Donegal and Derry
#Fishing - The UK Government has been accused of “coasting” on plans for Britain’s and in particular Northern Ireland’s fisheries post-Brexit, as the News Letter reports. MPs on the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee have written to fisheries secretary Michael…
Luxury yachts berthed at St Katherine Dock for the London On-Water Boat Show - relaunching in 2019 as the London Yacht Show
#TradeNews - Organisers of prestigious yacht shows in Florida and Monaco have taken over the boutique London On-Water Boat Show and are set to relaunch the brand next May as the London Yacht Show. As Motor Boat & Yachting reports,…
Irish Ferries’ flagship Ulysses will not be sailing this afternoon or tonight due to the warning for gale-force winds on the Irish Sea
Irish Ferries has cancelled all further sailings to and from Dublin and Holyhead today (Friday 7 December) on the foot of a Status Orange gale warning for Irish coastal waters and the Irish Sea. The warning from Met Éireann issued…
Connemara Airport is Aer Arann Islands’ base on the mainland
#IslandNews - Air service between the Aran Islands and the mainland has been saved for two more weeks after a short-term tender was agreed, as The Irish Times reports. Aer Arann Islands gave notice in June that it would terminate…
The dolphin spotted in the River Liffey earlier today
A dreary, stormy day in Dublin city centre was brightened with the appearance of a common dolphin swimming up the River Liffey as far as the Loopline Bridge. The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) says it got its first…
Gale Warning For Irish Coastal Waters As Storm Diana Comes To Batter The Country
Met Éireann says a Status Yellow gale warning is in effect on all Irish coastal waters and on the Irish Sea as of 6am this morning (Tuesday 27 November) as the first of two waves of stormy weather conditions passes…
Thunder Child II Taking Shape At Safehaven Marine
Thunder Child II is finally taking shape at Cork-based performance boatbuilders Safehaven Marine, with “another couple of more months” go before launch for sea trials in the New Year. As previously noted on Afoat.ie, the XSV20 design developed over the…
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