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New Oil & Gas Safety Framework to 'Learn Lessons of Gulf'
Coastal Notes
Ireland's new safety framework for oil and gas extraction and production will be informed by lessons learned after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, The Irish Times reports. A report published last week by the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER)…
Campaigners Call on Govt to Back Aarhus Convention
Coastal Notes
Grassroots campaigners have called on the Government to ratify a UN convention on public access to decision-making on environmental issues. According to The Irish Times, activists at the first All-Ireland Community Campaigns Gathering in Dublin recently claimed that coastal communities…
Dublin Bay Prawn Festival Heads for Howth
Coastal Notes
This weekend sees the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival (1-3 April) take place at Howth Harbour and throughout the peninsula, writes Jehan Ashmore. Throughout the three-day festival which starts this Friday, a wide ranging programme of events and activities will be…
Minister Grants Foreshore License for Corrib Pipeline
Coastal Notes
New Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has signed off on a key foreshore licence to Shell Ireland, paving the way for the completion of the controversial Corrib gas project. The Irish Times reports that the licence, subject to conditions,…
Dirty Dunes a Danger Says Coastwatch
Coastal Notes
Coastwatch has claimed that a ministerial order for the protection of sand dunes in Co Wexford is being breached, The Irish Times reports. The order was made in January by former environment minister John Gormley to protect the Tinnaberna dunes…
A Southern Expedition Claims 'new found land' in Needles Channel
Coastal Notes
It may not quite live up to the adventurous exploits of Scott and Shackelton, but an intrepid group from the Hamble-based Royal Southern Yacht Club, led by Mike 'Pike' Jones, Peter Delbridge and Tim Robinson, sought out new Solent territories…
Clare County Council Approves Doolin Development
Coastal Notes
The controversial €6 million deveopment of Doolin Point has been backed unanimously by Clare councillors. Clare county manager Tom Coughlan had recommended giving approval for the revised plan, which was submitted after surfers expressed concerns over the impact of the…
MEP Highlights Possibilities for Marine Tourism
Coastal Notes
An Irish MEP has urged the new Government to exploit the "endless possibilities" of marine tourism in Ireland. Speaking at the European Parliament in Strasbourg earlier this week, Sean Kelly MEP said: "“My own constituency of Ireland South alone boasts…
Renewable Energy 'Milestone' for Northern Ireland
Coastal Notes
The UK's Crown Estate has announced a consultation on making areas of Northern Ireland's sea bed available for renewable energy projects, Business & Leadership reports. The consultation process will inflence leasing rounds for offshore wind and tidal energy projects in…
Donegal Wind Farm Faces Criticism
Coastal Notes
A Donegal conservation group has hit out at An Bord Pleanála for approving plans for a 13-turbine wind farm in a scenic Gaeltacht area. The Irish Times reports that businessman PJ Molloy originally sought permission for 35 wind turbines with…
Irish Sea Marine Habitats to Get Greater Protection
Coastal Notes
Areas along Cumbria's coast could have greater protection under new plans for the conservation of marine habitats. The Irish Sea Conversation Zones project is currently recommending areas to the UK government that could be designated for marine conservation. BBC News…
Carey Courts Criticism Over Corrib Pipeline Approval
Coastal Notes
Controversy has arisen over the decision by outgoing Minister for Energy Pat Carey to grant key consents for the Corrib gas pipeline on the day of the general election. According to the Irish Times, the Department of Energy said consent…
NI Minister Welcomes Renewable Energy Forum
Coastal Notes
Northern Ireland Energy Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed the setting up of the Offshore Renewable Energy Forum, tasked with evaulating the potential of Ireland's offshore resources. "Members of the forum can help shape the sustainable development of offshore renewables in…
Corrib Pipeline Go-Ahead Rests With Energy Minister
Coastal Notes
Energy Minister Eamon Ryan will issue a decision "in the coming weeks" on Shell Ireland's plans to complete the Corrib gas pipeline, The Irish Times reports. The news follows yesterday's ruling by An Bord Pleanála which approved revised plans final…
Ireland's Fog Signals to Fall Silent
Coastal Notes
The Commissioners of Irish Lights has said it consulted widely about discontinuing the last remaining fog signals around Ireland's coastline, The Irish Times reports. Nine lighthouses operated directly by the authority in the Republic and Northern Ireland, along with several…
Ho Ho Hold-up
Coastal Notes

Ho Ho Hold-up

21st December 2010
Yacht clubs in snowy weather are even odder than snow resorts in summer. But in America's sailing Mecca of Newport, Rhode Island, there was a further inversion at the East Providence Yacht Club on Sunday night after the annual pre-Christmas…

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