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Starting tomorrow, National Heritage Week (18-26 August) where among events will be those of a 'nautical' theme and activities taking place throughout the country
#HeritageWeek - Its that time of year again as National Heritage Week (18-26 August) begins tomorrow. Numerous events on land will be held across the country in addition to those of a nautical theme and directly taking place at sea.…
Survey Says Just 8% Of Irish Waterside Spots Are Litter-Free
#Litter - Only 8% of beaches, harbours and rivers in Ireland can be considered clean, according to the first national survey on littering at waterside spots. An Taisce investigated 50 sites nationwide on behalf of the Irish Business Against Litter…
The previously unseen rocks on the shore of Lickeen Lake in North Clare that indicate that the lake may have been formed along a zone of folded and faulted rock that resulted from continental collision almost 300 million years ago
Recent low water levels due to the prolonged drought have revealed previously unseen rocks on the shore of Lickeen Lake that indicates the North Clare lake may have been formed along a zone of folded and faulted rock that resulted…
Doolin ‘is in pristine condition’, says local Eugene Garrihy, despite a new report claiming otherwise.
#CoastalNotes - Eugene Garrihy a Clare businessman writes The Irish Examiner has criticised the results of a new survey that has labelled Doolin a “litter blackspot." Mr Garrihy, father of Dancing with the Stars celeb and Fair City actor Aoibheann…
The discovery of five beaked whales in a single day has been described as 'highly unusual'
#MarineWildlife - Five dead whales have been found along Ireland's west coast and as BBC News reports, they may have been caused by naval sonar, an expert has said. Dr Simon Berrow, of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG),…
"Small Wonders" by Internationally published artist Karen Ingham who is to hold an exhibition 'Deluge' later this month in Milford Haven, south Wales. Deluge will depict the impact human activities are having on the planet’s ecosystem.
#MarineWildlife - Internationally published artist Karen Ingham will be holding an exhibition at Milford Waterfront, south Wales later this month depicting the impact human activities are having on the planet’s ecosystem. The exhibition ‘Deluge’ to be staged between 14th- 28th…
Ireland is nearing a time when we will have to rely on the kindness of strangers for supplies of natural gas given dwindling gas supplies notably at the Kinsale Gas Field. Afloat adds above Naval Service L.E. Róisín patrols with the backdrop of one of the facilities two production platforms offshore of Co. Cork.
#CoastalNotes - In the The Irish Times, Cantillon comments that The Irish Academy of Engineering is not a body given to over-reaction or wild predictions. In fact, the organisation behaves much like the professionals in its ranks, carefully assessing problems…
Sleek Profile: LÉ Róisín is open to public guided tours this August Bank Holiday Weekend while the OPV is berthed at Rathmullan Pier, Lough Swilly in Co. Donegal
#NavalService - L.E. Róisín, leadship of a pair of 'Róisín' or OPV80 class offshore patrol vessels will be open to the public in Co. Donegal this August Bank Holiday weekend. The OPV is berthed at Rathmullan Pier, Lough Swilly where…
Photo montage illustrating the layout of the new cycle and walking route
#Coastal - Planning permission has been granted for a new coastal cycle and walking path between Baldoyle and Portmarnock, as The Irish Times reports. The new 1.8km path, which has much local support, will take cyclists off a narrow country…
Pile driving has been completed in Schull for the new North Harbour pontoon
Piledriving for Schull Harbour's new North Harbour pontoon is finished and the new pontoons are to be floated into position this week writes Bob Bateman.  A crane is now on site to lift the walkway into position. As Afloat.ie reported previously, the…
Smoke from the dune fire blows over the car park at Curracloe beach this afternoon
#Fire - A number of fire brigade units worked together to bring a blaze in the dunes at Curracloe beach in Co Wexford earlier today, Sunday 22 July. According to TheJournal.ie, the flames were at some points reaching 10 feet…
The Siem Stingray will carry out August’s deep water surveys and other works on the Corrib pipeline
#MarineNotice - Shell E&P Ireland Limited has begun a campaign of inspection of the Corrib Gas Field pipeline and associated infrastructure with repair and maintenance as required. Engineering tasks are also scheduled for well P3. The near shore pipeline inspection…
A pilot cutter Afloat adds is underway having set off from Milford Haven, south Wales where the waterway will be at the centre of the 'Haven of Heritage' event next week.
#Ports&Shipping - Learn about the rich maritime heritage of the Milford Haven Waterway in south Wales in addition to surrounding towns that will be showcased during a unique event next week, on Thursday 26 July.  To celebrate Visit Wales’ ‘Year…
Rounding the Fastnet Rock, is part of regatta weeks in West Cork
Schull Regatta is among some 18 coastal community projects across County Cork from Baltimore to Fountainstown will benefit from €241,100 in funding this year. Another beneficiary is Passage West Maritime Museum that has received €18,555 for the redevelopment of the…
Grants For More Than 100 Additional Fisheries Local Action Group Projects
#Fishing - Marine Minister Michael Creed has announced details of grants worth €1.5 million under Ireland’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) to more than 100 coastal-based projects. The grants support a total investment of €2.4 million in these additional…
The estuary of Milford Haven where the south Wales port holds its annual consultative meeting later this month. Afloat adds beyond the Cleddau Bridge and on the left is Irish Ferries Rosslare route cruiseferry Isle of Inishmore berthed in Pembroke Dock.
#Ports&Shipping - An invitation to members of the public and the business community has been made to attend the Port of Milford Haven’s Annual Consultative Meeting later this month. The event is taking place at the Bridge Innovation Centre in…

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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