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Minister of State Damien English launches the draft NMPF at Dun Laoghaire Marina
Sixteen different sectors and activities are within the scope of the draft National Marine Planning Framework (NMPF) launched yesterday (Tuesday 12 November). And plans for a system of designated Strategic Marine Activity Zones among its main ambitions, as previously reported…
Gerald Fleming presents Will Ireland Survive 2050? on RTÉ One tonight
“The sea will come and take” Dublin and Cork by 2050 if nothing is done to deal with the consequences of climate change, Gerald Fleming will say in an RTÉ TV documentary tonight as The Irish Times reports. The former…
The Draft National Marine Planning Framework for public consultation will be published on Tuesday 12 November
The eighth and latest stakeholder advisory meeting on the National Marine Planning Framework takes place tomorrow, Tuesday 12 November, from 10am at the Commissioners of Irish Lights in Dun Laoghaire. Tomorrow’s meeting will also see Damien English, Minister of State…
Government Agrees Terms For Oil Exploration Ban
Seán Canney, Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, has confirmed the policy principles that will underpin the Taoiseach and Minister Bruton’s announcement to cease new exploration for oil offshore Ireland. This announcement, in an address…
Tanya Gillanders, Irene Smith, Denis Maher and Sharon McMahon with some of this year’s Carlingford Ambassadors
Earlier this month, 19 young people graduated on the Loughs Agency’s Carlingford Ambassador Programme, an expansion of its successful Foyle Ambassadors scheme. Supported through funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Ireland, in partnership with Co-operation Ireland,…
Reality Meets Myth In Author’s Adventure Along Ireland’s Coast
An encounter with late poet and sailor Danny Sheehy enlivens author Philip Marsden’s adventure along Ireland’s wild Atlantic way, as he writes for The Irish Times. Marsden had set out to research a book about mythical islands — which took…
Dun Aengus on Inis Mór
Galway Bay FM reports that almost €100,000 has been ring-fenced for the completion of coastal protection works on Inis Mór in the Aran Islands. The works will focus on arresting erosion at the island’s coastal cemetery, which locals fear will…
 A clip from ‘Ireland’s Deep Atlantic’ produced by Ken O'Sullivan was broadcast in 2018 by RTE and is now a part to the Junior Cert curriculum. His book Sea Fever is on sale now
Ken O’Sullivan spent the summers of his youth in what he describes as a ‘Huckleberry Finn-type existence’ on Fenit Island, Co Kerry, his father’s home place and that of his family since 1750. Getting the fishing bug at aged 10,…
The 1903 shipwreck SS Manchester Merchant located in Dingle Bay, Co. Kerry surveyed in 2019 by INFOMAR’s RV Keary
The annual INFOMAR Seminar is a celebration of the year’s work by Ireland’s national seabed mapping programme. INFOMAR is funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and is jointly managed and operated by Geological Survey Ireland and…
 A four horned crab in red seaweed dress discovered at Geeha on Galway bay
Coastwatch is appealing for volunteers over the Spring tide period to participate in its annual coastal survey which has been extended to October 21st writes Lorna Siggins Recent stormy weather and heavy rain have curtailed this year’s effort, and Coastwatch coordinator…
Dredging and Quay Wall Construction Works at Smooth Point, Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre, Co. Donegal
Dredging and quay construction works will be underway at Smooth Point, Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre from late October 2019 until July 2020. Plant on site shall include the Capall Mara Backhoe Dredger (Callsign: MBSF3), modular pontoon dredgers, split hopper barges,…
The vessel brought ashore on Inis Oírr earlier today
An apparent coastguard vessel from the United States has washed up in the Aran Islands today (Tuesday 3 September). In a post on their Facebook page, the Doolin Ferry Company reported spotting an object in the water on the way…
Pauline Walsh (53) from Tullamore was last seen on Tuesday 6 August
A group searching for a woman missing near the Cliffs of Moher has contacted Afloat.ie in an appeal for her whereabouts. Pauline Walsh was last seen on Tuesday 6 August in the Hag’s Head area in Co Clare, and since…
The works are being carried out from the AMS Retriever
Geophysical surveys are being undertaken in the Irish Sea in outer Dundalk Bay from this week. The work is required to provide bathymetric and subsurface information for the development of the Oriel Wind Farm project. Survey work was expected to…
The 29er found on a Co Mayo beach earlier this week
A member of the Ireland 29er Facebook community reported an unusual find on a Mayo beach earlier this week — a dinghy in good condition washed up right by the dunes. Helpfully the ‘mystery’ boat still had its registration badge…
Smooth point - the project will add a further 120 metres of workable quay space in the County Donegal harbour
As part of Project Ireland 2040, The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, announced the signing of a €14.7 million capital works contract to deliver a 120m long quay development and associated works at Smooth Point,…

Coastal Notes Coastal Notes covers a broad spectrum of stories, events and developments in which some can be quirky and local in nature, while other stories are of national importance and are on-going, but whatever they are about, they need to be told.

Stories can be diverse and they can be influential, albeit some are more subtle than others in nature, while other events can be immediately felt. No more so felt, is firstly to those living along the coastal rim and rural isolated communities. Here the impact poses is increased to those directly linked with the sea, where daily lives are made from earning an income ashore and within coastal waters.

The topics in Coastal Notes can also be about the rare finding of sea-life creatures, a historic shipwreck lost to the passage of time and which has yet many a secret to tell. A trawler's net caught hauling more than fish but cannon balls dating to the Napoleonic era.

Also focusing the attention of Coastal Notes, are the maritime museums which are of national importance to maintaining access and knowledge of historical exhibits for future generations.

Equally to keep an eye on the present day, with activities of existing and planned projects in the pipeline from the wind and wave renewables sector and those of the energy exploration industry.

In addition Coastal Notes has many more angles to cover, be it the weekend boat leisure user taking a sedate cruise off a long straight beach on the coast beach and making a friend with a feathered companion along the way.

In complete contrast is to those who harvest the sea, using small boats based in harbours where infrastructure and safety poses an issue, before they set off to ply their trade at the foot of our highest sea cliffs along the rugged wild western seaboard.

It's all there, as Coastal Notes tells the stories that are arguably as varied to the environment from which they came from and indeed which shape people's interaction with the surrounding environment that is the natural world and our relationship with the sea.

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