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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

Drawing showing the extent of the proposed marina and boardwalk at Trinity Wharf in Wexford town
Wexford County Council has issued public notice of its application for a foreshore lease “for the purpose of land-based developments, a marina and a bridge/boardwalk”. The newspaper advertisement published yesterday provides the location in Irish Transverse Mercator co-ordinates, which translate…
File image of Baltimore RNLI's all-weather lifeboat
The first of three callouts in 24 hours for Baltimore’s RNLI lifeboat volunteers was yesterday morning (Tuesday 25 June), when the all-weather lifeboat was launched to provide medical assistance and evacuation to a man on Cape Clear Island. The lifeboat…
The ‘orange slick’ at Salthill near Dun Laoghaire this morning, Tuesday 25 June, now confirmed by DLRCoCo to be caused by an algal bloom
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School (INSS) has expressed its frustration over the second discharge this month of wastewater into Dublin Bay, which has seen new bathing bans issued at several popular swimming spots in the capital. While the…
Residue from what DLRCoCo has now confirmed as a bloom of Noctiluca scintillans washes up at Sandycove on Tuesday morning 25 June
Heavy rains in recent days have led to another wastewater overflow at the Ringsend treatment plant, as well as other pumping stations, that has prompted a new swimming ban at several Dublin Bay beaches. It marks the second time this…
The porbeagle shark caught and released off West Cork last Tuesday
Don’t be fooled by the fearsome appearance of the shark above — as while it may look like a great white, it’s actually a different species, and one not often seen in Irish waters. The seven-foot, 300lb porbeagle shark was…
Greystones was yesterday the site of a flotilla protest by fishermen who claim they have been shut out of the harbour since 2008
The Irish Times reports that a planned blockade of Greystones Harbour in a row over access for local fishermen was “toned down” as a meeting to discuss their issues was arranged for this coming week. Last month, it was reported…
Saskia Tidey (left) and Charlotte Dobson with their bronze medals from the Hempel World Cup Series Miami in February this year
The Royal Irish Yacht Club’s Saskia Tidey and her Team GB sailing partner Charlotte Dobson have launched a crowdfunding campaign to support their efforts to qualify for the 49erFX class in next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. The pair, who…
Hervé Gastinel
International Boat Industry is reporting that Hervé Gastinel has stepped down as chief executive of Groupe Beneteau with immediate effect. Gastinel, who was CEO of the French boatbuilding group since 2015, has been replaced by Beneteau chairman Jérôme de Metz.…
Fonte da Telha beach near Lisbon
An Irish father of three has died after kitesurfing during a holiday in Portugal, as Independent.ie reports. The man, named locally as Tom Griffin, took ill on Fonte da Telha beach near Lisbon last Wednesday 12 June. Tribute have been…
Newly Connected Arranmore Appeals Around The World For New Residents
The community of Arranmore is appealing to people around the world to consider bolstering their numbers on the island off Co Donegal. The Gaeltacht island, northwest of Dungloe, recently became Ireland’s first offshore digital hub thanks to Three Ireland’s mobile…
The property comprising the two cottages and outbuildings, adjacent to the now automated lighthouse on Rathlin O’Birne Island
Just €75,000 is the asking price for two fixer-upper lightest keeper’s cottages on a Donegal island, as BreakingNews.ie reports. The cottages, which boast six bedrooms between them, are located on Rathlin O’Birne Island, some three nautical miles west of the…
The lion's mane jellyfish is also known as the giant jellyfish or hair jelly
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has put up warning signs in the lifeguarded area of Sandycove in south Dublin after sightings of lion’s mane jellyfish in the water. Though the notice was put in place yesterday (Thursday 13 June), it’s emerged…
The waters of Lough Leane turned a soupy pea-green colour last July due to the algae
Kerry County Council is once again warning pet owners to be vigilant around Lough Leane in Killarney after the detection of blue-green algae, as RTÉ News reports. Samples taken in recent days show the presence of the algae, which has the…
Al Mennie getting a tow-in to his next big wave
Big wave surfer Al Mennie talks to the Belfast Telegraph about how he keeps fit and healthy between his challenging surfing experiences. In a candid Q&A, the Portrush surfer — who features in BBC Two NI show Tide this Sunday…
Crosshaven Trad Sail Returns This Weekend With Packed Programme
Crosshaven Trad Sail returns for another year this weekend from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 June with a packed programme of festival events around the historic boat regatta. Registration (€25) is open for participating skippers, with early arrivals potentially having…
Dunmore East’s all-weather lifeboat Elizabeth and Ronald
Dunmore East RNLI launched yesterday (Tuesday June 11) in what turned out to be a nine-hour mission to assist a 24m fishing trawler with six crew on board. The vessel had suffered a fouled propeller 40 miles south of the Co…
Le Grand Bleu as seen in July 2010
The Port of Cork has advised of traffic delays on Cork’s city quays with the pending arrival of what’s being described as the world’s largest private yacht in the city this morning (Wednesday 12 June). Le Grand Bleu arrived in…
Elbe No 5 pictured in 2015 before its more recent renovation
A newly restored tall ship dating from the 19th century has been sunk after a collision with a container ship near Hamburg in Germany. The Guardian reports that six adults and two children were injured among the 43 passengers rescued…
Dún na Séad II in Crosshaven. Next week the fast ferry will host the Dutch royal family on a special visit
A high-profile royal visit is set to bring out the orange in Cape Clear Ferries’ orange-and-white branding next weekend. The company’s new fast ferry from Schull and Baltimore to Cape Clear Island will take a different route next Friday 14…
Naval Service vessel LÉ Róisín at Rockall conducting routine maritime security patrols in October 2012
Authorities in Ireland have rejected Scotland’s threat of “enforcement action” against Irish trawlers in the waters around Rockall, as the two states fall into a spat over fishing rights in the North Atlantic territory. The Irish Times reports on a…
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