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Lifeguards are needed for beaches at Benone, Downhill, Castlerock, Portstewart, Portrush West, Portrush East, Whiterocks and Ballycastle on the Causeway Coast and at Tyrella, Murlough and Cranfield in county Down.
The RNLI has launched its search for budding new lifeguards to start their career on some of Northern Ireland’s most popular beaches, as applications open for 2022. Recruitment for this season’s team of RNLI beach lifesavers on the Causeway Coast…
Dara McGee's - ' Coconuts with and without husks, along with Sea Heart (Entada gigas) Fanore, Co Clare, 20.07.2019
Marine biologist Declan Quigley has said it is “conceivable” that some of the 67 coconuts recorded in Irish waters over the past half-century could have drifted from tropical areas across the Atlantic. In a paper published on the recent discovery…
A centuries-old tradition took place on New Year’s Day at the 800-year-old Hook Lighthouse as the Dunbrody Archers took part in a traditional “arrow ceremony”, the ancient tradition which dates back to 1687.
On the coastal narrow road to Hook Lighthouse in Co. Wexford was lined with sea foam as cars arrived on New Year’s Day from 7.30 a.m. for a ceremony that dates back to 1687. An outcrop of rock behind the…
“Iontas na bhFarraigí Ceilteachta” is a three-part series presented by Eoin Warner which will be broadcast on TG4 from January 12th.
The courtship rituals of bottle-nosed dolphins, basking sharks congregating off the Irish coast and the sex-shifting cuckoo wrasse are documented in a new wildlife series on the Celtic coasts. “Iontas na bhFarraigí Ceilteachta” is a three-part series presented by Eoin…
The next time you are out and about along the coast or near a waterway, take two minutes to pick up some litter you see
In a brand-new video, Clean Coasts is urging people to have a green New Year and choose a resolution they can commit to by pledging to do a #2minutebeachclean. The video shows Dave (played by Bryan Quinn) trying to go…
Octogenarian Paddy Conaghan from Arranmore
A Donegal octogenarian has set himself the mammoth task of going for an open water swim at as many Irish beaches and piers as possible. As RTÉ News reports, Paddy Conaghan is living out of a van for the duration of his…
The Hemlock Water-dropwort, also known as Dead Man's Fingers, is a flowering plant in the carrot family
Ards and North Down Council has warned the public that Hemlock Water Dropwort, also known as ‘Poisonous Parsnip’ has washed up on Groomsport beach where it was seen and reported by a member of the public. Groomsport is about two…
The new Maritime Area Planning Legislation will play a significant role in the Government’s response to climate change and to reaching the renewable energy goals set forth in the Climate Action Plan
The Maritime Area Planning Bill 2021 has passed through all stages of the Oireachtas in what has been described as the most extensive reform of marine governance since the foundation of the State. The Bill establishes in law a new…
Machair is a Gaelic word meaning
Conservation of Ireland’s coastal machair habitats will benefit from some €7.4 million in funding, Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan has said. Some €5.7 million of the total sum of €7.4 million will be drawn from the new EU…
Clean Coasts and Irish Water are asking you to ‘Think Before You Flush’ on World Toilet Day
This Friday (November 19th) is UN World Toilet Day, a day to celebrate toilets and raise awareness of the 3.6 billion people worldwide living without access to safely managed sanitation. To mark the day, the Think Before You Flush campaign…
The rubbish bin from South Carolina that was found on the beach at Mulranny, Co Mayo at the weekend
A refuse barrel from South Carolina has been found washed up in an unexpected spot — on a beach more than 5,500km away in Co Mayo. Myrtle Beach City Government shared their surprise email exchange with Keith McGreal, who discovered…
The coconut found recently on Owenahincha Beach in Rosscarbery
A young reader from West Cork has contacted Afloat.ie to appeal for information about a coconut he discovered washed up on a local beach. Michael Kearney (14) writes: Recently I got very excited when I found a coconut washed up…
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TechWorks Marine has scheduled the deployment of three trawl-resistant acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs) in Tralee Bay from next week. The three bottom-mounted ADCP frames will be positioned on the seabed at various depths between Monday 1 and Saturday 13…
Drone with camera mount at flight with a forest background
The use of drones could play a key role in sustainable coastal fisheries in Ireland, according to a new study. As the Irish Examiner reports, researchers at University College Cork (UCC) evaluated a wide range of applications for drones on…
The Coastal Atlas of Ireland involves the work of over 140 contributors
The Coastal Atlas of Ireland is one of seven titles nominated for An Post’s Best Irish Published Book of the Year. The atlas published by Cork University Press involves the work of over 140 contributors ranging in expertise from archaeology…
Two Irish environmental coalitions are calling on the Government to ensure the necessary Dáil Committee time is given to debating the new Maritime Area Planning Bill. The Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) and the Environmental Pillar say that Ireland is “marching…

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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