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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

Marine wildlife entangled in a ghost net in the Maldives
Each year enough commercial fishing gear to reach the moon and back is lost or discarded in the world’s oceans. That’s according to what’s being touted as the most comprehensive study ever conducted on lost fishing gear, as the Guardian…
Rosie Foley pictured in training
A former Irish rugby international has become only the second Irish woman to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. Rosie Foley recently crossed 32.3km between Catalina Island and the mainland of Southern California to match the rugby union…
A still from video captured by Guillen Coast Guard’s drone as it illuminated the area for Crosshaven RNLI to rescue a woman trapped by the rising tide at White Bay on 11 October 2022
The Irish Coast Guard has shared video of a drone-assisted rescue in Cork Harbour which it says illustrates the increasing importance of new technology in emergency responses. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Crosshaven RNLI rescued a woman who was cut…
Still from video of the 2.82m Atlantic bluefin tuna caught and measured some 50km off the Pembrokeshire coast
An Atlantic bluefin tuna hooked off the Pembrokeshire coast recently is believed to be the biggest fish ever caught in Welsh waters. As Wales Online reports, the 900lb (408kg) monster catch was made by Simon Batey and Jason Nott while…
File image of Great Blasket Island and its holiday cottages
This year’s caretakers of Great Blasket Island have spoken of their “beautiful time” on the island looking after its holiday cottages over the summer months. But they also shared their disappointment at the behaviour or some of the hundreds of…
A cannon from La Surveillante which lies 30 metres below the surface in Bantry Bay
A diving team based in Fermoy have captured up-close images of a shipwreck that lay undiscovered in Bantry Bay for nearly 200 years. The French naval frigate La Surveillante was deliberately scuttled by its captain in 1796 during the failed…
Part of Dublin’s original sea wall dating back to the late 1720s
Part of Dublin’s original sea wall dating back to the late 1720s has been discovered during excavations beneath a former electricity substation at Dublin Port. Announcing the find today (Wednesday 5 October), Dublin Port Company also revealed the discovery of…
Bens Surf Clinic in Lahinch
A sea swimmer was resuscitated after sustaining a head injury in the water at Lahinch in Co Clare on Saturday afternoon (1 October), as the Irish Examiner reports. It’s understood that the woman casualty was retrieved from the water to…
Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers (right) with Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath ahead of today’s Budget announcement
Sports in Ireland have received a relatively modest €8 million funding boost in today’s Budget announcement, as The Irish Times reports. About half of this figure will go towards supporting sailors, rowers, paddlers and other athletes’ preparations for the 2024…
Cetacean spotters at Clogher Head in Co Kerry for this year’s All-Ireland Whale Watch Day on Saturday 20 August
Despite lower attendance and a reduced sighting rate, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) says it is “delighted” with the return of its All-Ireland Whale Watch Day last month. Held on Saturday 20 August during Heritage Week and for…
Competitors in a previous Liffey Swim
The annual Liffey Swim was held in Dublin city centre on Saturday (24 September) with nearly 500 people taking part, as RTÉ News reports. Dublin Swimming Club’s Ken Dent took the men’s honours, leading from the outset and setting a…
Image of one of DLRCoCo’s Harbour Patrol RIBs at harbourside
Afloat.ie recently highlighted some of the significant changes at Dun Laoghaire Harbour under the stewardship of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. One of those that’s been arguably less heralded is the introduction last year of a new safety patrol boat service…
Downpatrick Head was a stop on the 2021 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series circuit
A man has been rescued from a sea cave on the Co Mayo coast in which he has been trapped for close to 24 hours. A multi-agency rescue operation had been awaiting low tide this afternoon (Sunday 18 September) to…
A shaken Bear the dog is brought to safety by Doolin Coast Guard volunteers after his cliff fall ordeal
A dog has escaped serious injury as he was rescued from the sea after falling more than 70 feet from a cliff near Doolin in Co Clare. As TheJournal.ie reports, Irish Coast Guard volunteers responded to the call for help…
The three massive cranes could only pass under the Bayonne Bridge in partly assembled form
Three huge cranes which left Cork Harbour at the end of August have arrived at their final destination the New York area, as RTÉ News reports. Tom MacSweeney covered the three Limerick-built cranes upon their departure from Port of Cork…
Skerries RNLI’s inshore lifeboat returning from Rush with Rockabill Lighthouse in the background
Skerries RNLI were tasked on Thursday morning (8 September) following emergency calls to Dublin Coast Guard reporting a small RIB with a person on board in difficulty off Rush beach. Pagers were sounded shortly after 11.30am and the volunteers quickly…
‘Rush hour’ on the River Shannon
Safety on the water must be improved as demand for staycations on the inland waterways increases. That’s the warning from boat operators on the Shannon, as reported in The Irish Times, who have raised various issues such as a lack…
File image of a lesser weever fish
Beachgoers in West Cork have been advised to don footwear on the sand to protect against nasty stings from weever fish. As the Southern Star reports, the venomous marine wildlife — whose spined dorsal fins and gills deliver a painful…
Alinghi Red Bull Racing’s Boat Zero was pushed onto her side during a violent rain squall that swept over Barcelona on Wednesday afternoon 31 August
There were highs and lows for Alinghi Red Bull Racing in Barcelona on Wednesday (31 August) as after a successful first day of sailing in the America’s Cup venue, their AC75 capsized in a violent rain squall, as Marine Industry…
Olympic champion rower Paul O’Donovan competing in the 2021 Liffey Descent
“Extremely low” water levels have prompted the cancellation of this month’s Liffey Descent canoe and kayak race. In a statement, organisers said that there is “no hope of of any relieving rainfall according to the long-range forecast” to replenish the…
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