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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

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…
A normally busy but deserted Forty Foot in Sandycove this morning
Dublin local authorities have issued bathing ban notices for a number of popular swimming spots after a sewage leak at the Ringsend wastewater treatment plant, as RTÉ News reports. Swimming is currently prohibited along the coast between Dollymount in North…
Guy O’Leary (right) after his swim with fellow cancer patient @mindfuljimbo
Guy O’Leary’s challenge to swim a mile each day during the month of May has so far raised a whopping €70,000 for Cancer Research UK. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Guy — son of Dun Laoghaire Marina developer and local sailing stalwart…
Breaching humpbacks in Cape Verde this past April
Sixteen years after the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group’s (IWDG) first attempt to find the origins of Ireland’s humpback whales, a chance excursion on the latest expedition to Cape Verde has finally revealed the breeding grounds for these threatened marine…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s decision to withdraw plans for a €30 million berth for cruise liners in Dun Laoghaire “represents a victory for those who want to resist any significant future commercial role for the harbour and for the town”, according to…
Dublin Bay prawn on subtidal sand at South Rigg in the Irish Sea, one of the UK’s new marine protected areas
Forty-one new marine conservation zones on England’s coast will create a ‘blue belt’ of protected waters for marine wildlife eight times the size of greater London, as the Guardian reports. The string of new protected areas runs from Bournemouth to…
The Empress of Britain as seen in 1931. Nine years later it was bombed and torpedoed by the Nazis off Donegal
“Substantial progress” is being made in the recovery of gold bullion from a ship wrecked off Donegal nearly 80 years ago, as RTÉ News reports. Atlantic Subsea Ventures is involved in the salvage operation at the Empress of Britain, a luxury…
The event had been scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday 2 June
This weekend’s Bundoran RNLI Soapbox Race will no longer be going ahead on Sunday 2 June due to poor weather forecast for the region. In a statement, the organisers said: “It is with regret that we have decided to cancel…
Rescue 115 is the Irish Coast Guard's Shannon-based helicopter
The Irish Coast Guard has warned over the dangers of laser pointers after a rescue helicopter was targeted during a training operation on Tuesday evening (28 May). According to TheJournal.ie, Rescue 115 was conducting manoeuvres north of Doolin at around…
Save The Date For 2020 Poole Regatta
Be sure to put down 23-25 May 2020 in your diaries as the International Paint Poole Regatta returns next year for three days of racing and social events on the Dorset coast. The British Nationals in the J24 and J80…
The oil terminal jetty at Cloghan Point south of Whitehead, Co Antrim
Locals in Whitehead, Co Antrim have been vocal in their opposition to plans that would see the oil terminal at Cloghan Point upgraded to a large-scale distribution hub, as Belfast Live reports. LCC Group, the company behind the Go petrol…
File image of the Garda Water Unit
A former member of the Garda Water Unit who died on a diving excursion at the weekend has been remembered by colleagues as “a really popular guy who had won several awards for water rescues”. The Irish Times reports that…
Live Chat With Jeanneau On New Sun Fast 3300
Jeanneau development chief Hervé Piveteau is answering questions in a YouTube live chat today (Monday 27 May) about the new Sun Fast 3300 as its latest video hyping the new craft is premiered. Described by the French yacht builder as…
Spirtle is easily identified by her distinctive skin markings
Sightings of an unusual looking bottlenose dolphin off the East Coast in recent weeks have turned out to be a Scottish scrapper named Spirtle. Images of the dolphin seen off South Dublin and North Wicklow earlier this month showed what…
Mexican sail training tall ship Cuauhtémoc is in Belfast this weekend
Mexican tall ship Cuauhtémoc is the star attraction at the Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival which continues till tomorrow, Monday 27 May. The sail training ship is among the host of vessels — including Naval Service OPV LÉ Samuel Beckett —…
TY students from Lanesboro Community College visiting their local angling hub last week
Chronic lack of maintenance of the Lanesboro Angling Hub on the River Shannon at Lougg Ree is putting the amenity at risk, as the Longford Leader reports. Hub secretary Philip Gordon warned that “several serious issues” are affecting the area’s…
Racing on the final day of the 2019 Laser Europeans in Porto
Some dazzling performances in the week’s final races saw Howth Yacht Club youth prospect Jamie McMahon sail 11 points clear of his closest rival to clinch the U21 Laser Radial title at the Laser European Championships in Porto yesterday (Saturday 25…
Cowes Week Title Sponsor Appoints Administrators Amid Investigation By Financial Regulators
Island Echo is reporting that Cowes Week title sponsor Lendy Ltd has entered administration just weeks before this year’s edition of the annual Isle of Wight sailing fixture. The Portsmouth-based property finance firm today (Friday 24 May) appointed administrators following…
Folding hinged propellers help reduce drag under the surface
Ensuring there’s no unnecessary high resistance in the water is one key to the success of X-Yachts hull designs over the years, as CEO and founder Niels Jeppesen explains in the latest instalment of its video series, which you can watch below.…
OSTAR & TWOSTAR To Remain In Plymouth, RWYC Confirms
Plymouth’s Royal Western Yacht Club has confirmed that it will run its OSTAR and TWOSTAR transatlantic races in 2020 from Britain’s Ocean City as it has done every four years since the first race in 1960. “These races from Plymouth…
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