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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

A 4x4 vehicle sinking in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Wednesday afternoon
A warm afternoon in Dublin Bay yesterday (Wednesday 24 July) also saw three callouts for Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard within the space of an hour. The first at 5pm involved a Jeep-type vehicle spotted floating in the harbour. Satisfied that…
Alan reaches shore after the final swim of his seven-week, 500km challenge
After seven weeks and 500km of open water, ‘Marathon Man’ Alan Corcoran completed his epic swimming challenge from the Causeway Coast to Tramore on Monday morning, 22 July. Sadly Alan wasn’t able to join supporters in the mass public swim…
The stricken yacht is moored at Ardglass Harbour
Eight French sailors were happy to see Newcastle RNLI when their motor yacht had engine troubles off the Co Down coast last Friday night (19 July). Conditions were poor, with fog and rain and a southerly Force 3 wind with…
File image of Portmarnock beach in north Co Dublin, where the incident occurred on Monday
A member of the US Coast Guard and three of his relatives have been praised by the father of a young girl rescued after she was swept out to sea from a Dublin beach. As The Irish Times reports, Walter…
Lock 1 on the Grand Canal at Suir Road
RTÉ News reports that a lengthy section of the Grand Canal in Dublin has been drained after the partial collapse of a trunk sewer in the city. The breach of the sewer system at Suir Road in Inchicore has had…
Finns in action during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
The Finn class has announced proposals to ‘rebalance the slate’ of Olympic sailing as it identifies a lack of opportunity for heavyweight men and lightweight women. The mixed one-person dinghy class, which late last year was removed from the Games…
Inland Fisheries Ireland Secured Prosecution Of Landowner Who Removed Gravel From Munster Blackwater
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) secured a conviction against Mr Bryan O’Neill, a riparian landowner on the Munster Blackwater, for removing spawning gravel during last summer’s drought. On Tuesday 16 July, Judge John King convicted Mr O’Neill at a special sitting…
Team Ireland in Antigua ahead of the competition
Howth Yacht Club’s Rocco Wright scored a tremendous result for Ireland as he placed 10th in the Optimist Worlds in Antigua earlier this week. He was followed closely in the final standings by 13th-placed James Dwyer Matthews of the Royal…
Participants in the Frances Thornton Memorial swim in 2016
Close to 130 hardy souls will take to the waters of Galway Bay tomorrow (Saturday 20 July) for the 14th annual Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the early sell-out event is one of Ireland’s…
Spirtle is easily spotted by her distinctive scarring from severe sunburn three years ago
Nearly two months after she was spotted off the East Coast, Spirtle the dolphin has been filmed frolicking off the shores of Kerry, as the Irish Mirror reports. The young dolphin is distinctive for the heavy scarring and discolouration on…
The massive barrel jellyfish encountered off the Cornwall coast on Saturday
Divers off the coast of Cornwall captured the remarkable moment when they encountered a ‘giant’ jellyfish the size of a human being. As the Irish News reports, biologist Lizzie Daly and wildlife cameraman Dan Abbott were filing for the UK’s…
Conor Totterdell (RStGYC) at the start of the Chicago to Waukegan Race last month
The Royal Cork’s Volvo Ocean Race winner Justin Slattery is among the Irish interest involved in this year’s Chicago Yacht Cub Race to Mackinac, which got under way yesterday (Friday 12 July). Afloat.ie’s Sailor of the Month for June 2015…
Lightning at sea is a risk for all tall-masted vessels in stormy conditions
A shocking video shows the moment when a sailboat moored in a US harbour was struck by lightning. The dramatic flash was caught on camera by a passer-by at the marina in South Boston as stormy weather rolled through the state…
The dolphin landed across the bow of a boat in Tralee Bay earlier this week
O’Sullivan’s Marine have shared with us a photo of the surprise moment when a dolphin landed on the bow of one of their boats. The sudden encounter was all the more startling as the marine mammal almost knocked a child out of…
Puffins on Little Saltee off Co Wexford
New research on Irish puffins has revealed that the sea birds swap the skies for the sea and make use of strong total currents to save energy when they search for food. The two-year study by MaREI and conservation charity ZSL…
New Bill Would Mandate That MCIB Members Have Relevant Marine Accident Experience
A new bill before the Dáil seeks to amend the “bizarre circumstances” that mean there is no legal obligation for members of the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) to have relevant marine accident experience. As TheJournal.ie reports, the Merchant Shipping…
Alan Corcoran at swim off the East Coast last week
‘Marathon Man’ Alan Corcoran has reached Howth and Dublin Bay, 36 days into his 500km open water swimming challenge from the Causeway Coast to Tramore. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Alan took on the mammoth task after completing an already…
Paal Janson, chairman of the Irish Marine Federation
Feedback from the public and interested stakeholders is being sought on the Government’s Marine Planning Policy Statement by Friday 9 August. The statement sets out efforts to bring marine planning “into the mainstream of Government functions” as issues surrounding land…
Shannon Harbour in Co Offaly has eight of Ireland’s total of 28 houseboat berths
Despite the growing demand for houseboat living in Ireland, there are only 28 residential moorings across the whole of the country, as RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland reports today (Wednesday 3 July). Grand Canal Dock alone has a waiting list…
The casualty prepared for transfer to the Kilmore Quay lifeboat
A man was taken to hospital with hand injuries by Irish Coast Guard helicopter after a Mayday call on a yacht off Kilmore Quay on Saturday (29 June). The local RNLI lifeboat crew were en route to another vessel that had…
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