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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

Watch Out For Tagged Seals
The Irish Seal Sanctuary (ISS) has put out a call for observers to look out for tagged seals. Following the news that a seal pup rescued and tagged by the ISS was discovered in Wales, the sanctuary is looking to…
Irish Anglers Dominate World Open Pike Classic
Irish anglers showed their dominance at the Waterways Ireland World Open Pike Fishing Classic on the River Erne at Enniskillen recently. Bothers Eddie and Frankie Roofe from Enniskillen came tops in the boat fly event, claiming the top three spots…
Canoeists Sought For Weil's Disease Survey
Canoeing Ireland is currently conducting a survey for new research at UCD aimed to reduce the risk of Weil's disease infection among Irish paddlers. Those who have at one time contracted a medically confirmed case of Weil's disease (Leptospirosis) are…
Minke Whales in Big Numbers Off Southwest Coast
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has recorded two surprisingly large aggregations of minke whales off the southwest coast. The group reports that regular observer Nick Massett counted a group of eight minke whales off Slea Head in Co…
Bridge Restored Thanks to Gweebarra Fishing Club
Volunteers from the Gweebarra Fishing Club have completed work on a footbridge across the river near Doochary, the Donegal Democrat reports. The new bridge is part of a three-year project to develop accessibility on the riverside for walkers and anglers…
Wind Farm 'Ready to Go Tomorrow'
The backers of a proposed new wind farm in the Irish Sea near Wicklow have said the project would be ready to go "tomorrow" if given permission to connect to the national grid. Planning permission has already been obtained by…
Irish Seal Sanctuary Receives Surprise Donation
A young supporter of the Irish Seal Sanctuary (ISS) has donated €450 to help the seals she visits regularly. Staff at the sanctuary in Courtown, Co Wexford were amazed when 13-year-old Sarah Butler donated her personal savings towards the care…
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…
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