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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

Galway Welcomes Anglers for Irish Fly Fair
Fly fishing enthusiasts will converge on Galway next month as the city hosts the first annual Irish Fly Fair. Some of the world's top fly tyers will be on hand to show off their craft, and professional casters will demonstrate…
Sligo Surfers Tops at Rossnowlagh
Sligo have been crowned champions of 2010 after a hard-fought final at the Rossnowlagh Intercounties over the weekend. The Sligo team's combination of veterans (David O'Donnell, Kerry Larkin) and juniors (Gearoid McDaid and Aaron O'Hare) was more than a match…
Connemara Celebrates Sea Week
The annual Sea Week festival is underway in Connemara, with events taking place throughout the region till Monday 25 October. Now in its 26th year, Connemara's Sea Week celebrates the marine environment with an eclectic mix of music, poetry, science…
Rossnowlagh Intercounties This Weekend
Surfers from across the country will be converging on Donegal this weekend for the annual Rossnowlagh Intercounties from 16-17 October. The All-Ireland event in Ballyshannon is a team competition, and is seen as an important social gathering for Ireland's surfing…
Investigators Praise Pilot Who Ditched Into Irish Sea
The pilot of a light aircraft that ditched into the Irish Sea last year has been commended for his flying skills and quick thinking after taking the plane down safely. John O'Shaughnessy was flying the two-seater plane from Wales to…
Whale Breaks Long Distance Record for Mammals
A humpback whale has broken the world record for long-distance travel by any mammal. The female whale swam at least 9,800km from the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil to Madagascar in the Indian Ocean in search of a…
Portrush Surf Cam Goes Live
Surfing action from Portrush can now be enjoyed from all around the world following the launch of a live webcam at Whiterocks Beach. Martin Kelly of Portrush Surf School teamed up with the town's Royal Court Hotel to set up…
Killer Whale Stranded on Mayo Beach
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) reports that a killer whale was found stranded in Tullaghan Bay, Co Mayo earlier this month. A post morten was carried out on the carcass of the female killer whale by Conor Ryan…
Dunmore East Seal Shooter is Fined, Loses Guns
Waterford Circuit Court has upheld the District Court's prosecution of a fisherman for animal cruelty after the shooting of a seal in Dunmore East harbour. The unnamed shooter – who was formally licensed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service…
Cornwall's Bennett Claims Kitesurfing Crown in Kerry
Cornwall's Will Bennett once again came up trumps at the British Kite Surf Association's (BKSA) annual Wavemaster event at Brandon Bay, Co Kerry recently (SEE VIDEO BELOW). Bennett claimed his fourth successive Wavemaster title after a tough final duel with…
Ireland Joins Ironman Calendar for 2011
Galway will play host to Ireland's first ever Ironman triathlon next year. Registration opens next Monday 11 October for the Ironman 70.3 event on 4 September 2011, which will comprise a 1.9km swim in Galway Bay, a 90km bike ride…
The Boat Factory Premieres In Belfast
A new play based on the lives of Belfast shipyard workers had its world premiere in East Belfast last Tuesday (5 October). The Boat Factory tells the story of Davy Gordon, beginning as he follows in his family's footsteps onto…
Ireland Victorious In 19th Pike International
Ireland celebrated victory over Britain in the 19th International Pike Championships last week in Galway and Roscommon. The 10-strong Irish squad secured the win after a hard-fought two-day contest on the river Suck, despite traling behind by 23lb in the…
Dead Dolphin in Youghal Prompts Vigilance
Following the discovery of a dead dolphin in Youghal last week, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has called on locals to be watchful for marine mammals in distress. The common dolphin was found washed up on Clay Castle…
Donegal Surfers Celebrate Top Showing at Easkey
John Britton of the famous Rossnowlagh surfing dynasty was among the winners at the Billabong Easkey Open in Co Sligo last weekend. (SCROLL DOWN FOR GREAT YOUTUBE VID) The national school teacher from Ballyshannon took the senior title home to…
Good Tips for Beginner Boat Buyers
So you're taking the plunge and buying your first boat, but you don't know where to begin. Luckily there's a host of hints and tips online to guide boating novices towards their first purchase, and the latest guide at Cool…
Message in a Bottle Washes Ashore at Loop Head
When Adam Flannery joined his family on holiday to Kilbaha, Co Clare this summer, little did he know that he would be assisting in a school science project that began some 6,000km away. Yet that's exactly what happened when the…
Monty Halls Gives Talk on 'Capturing Giants'
Renowned diver Monty Halls is set to present a public talk on his marine animal work filming whales, sharks and dolphins around the world tomorrow night (7 October). Halls, who has been in Ireland since April making his latest documentary…
Study Shines Spotlight on Starry Smooth-hounds
New research from University College Dublin on marine animals may bring closer attention to one of Ireland's least well known species of shark. Dr Edward Farrell of UCD's School of Biology & Environmental Science spent the last four years of…
Ireland Missing Out on Wind Energy Boost
Ireland's failure to exploit our offshore wind resources means we are losing out on serious economic and employment growth, according to a wind energy lobby group. Michael McBennett, president of the National Offshore Wind Association of Ireland (NOW Ireland), spoke…
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