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A County Cork Community cleaning-up at Ballynamona Beach
‘Clean Coasts Ballynamona’ will take their coast cleaning project to Ballynamona Beach near Shanagarry in East Cork this weekend. On Sunday morning next, August 14, at 10 am. they will carry out a beach clean at Ballynamona. ‘Clean Coasts Ballynamona’…
The 'public visitor moorings' installed in Youghal are for the overnight use of visiting boats only
Youghal harbour is open for visiting boats following the installation of eight visitor moorings in the Cork town this week. The moorings, first proposed by the community action group 'Build a Marina in Youghal' have been installed by Cork County…
Slieve League on the Donegal coast
#CoastalNotes - Donegal's history and relationship with the coastline are celebrated by a new coastal trail launched earlier this month. As the Donegal Democrat reports, a special training programme has been developed for business owners and others along the new…
Lawrence Cove and the new nav buoys installed
New navigation buoys have been installed at the entrance to Lawrence Cove, near the village of Rerrin on Bere Island, one of the most sheltered harbours in Bantry Bay on Ireland's South–West coast.  A marina at Lawrence Cove is located opposite…
 Pictured with the marker buoys in Kilkee, Co. Clare (L-R) James Lucey (Irish Coastguard), Robert Tweedy (Kilkee Sub Aqua Club), Clare McGrath (Clare County Council), Seamus Downes (Kilkee-based Lifeguard), Martony Vaughan (Irish Coastguard)
Clare County Council, supported by An Garda Síochána, The Irish Coastguard and Irish Water Safety, has announced the installation of marker buoys delineating the speed limit for powered craft in the vicinity of Kilkee pier. The buoys, which have been…
Seaweed-Rich Coastal Air Combats Iodine Deficiency Says New Research
#Seaweed - Could breathing in the iodine released by seaweed on Ireland's coasts be improving our health? The answer is quite possibly, according to new research as reported in The Irish Times this week. Scientists at UCD and NUI Galway…
Trump International Golf Links & Hotel at Doonbeg, Co Clare
#Doonbeg - Controversial proposals for coastal defence works at Donald Trump's Doonbeg golf resort have not been proved necessary, according to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. As The Irish Times reports, the department's submission to Clare County…
Trump International Golf Links & Hotel at Doonbeg, Co Clare
#Doonbeg - Doonbeg businesses and residents have come out in almost unanimous support for coastal defence works at Donald Trump's golf resort in the Co Clare village. Two months ago the billionaire businessman and US presidential hopeful was stumped in…
Work under way in mid-May on the piling for the new Visitors Pontoon at Dunmore East, which will have Disabled Access. The final pile is being driven today (May 30th), and the official opening is scheduled for July 1st.
A completely new 60-metre Visitors Pontoon is being installed in Dunmore East in a location immediately northwest of the old Lighthouse and the steel tank pontoon which was placed there as a temporary measure for visitors two years ago writes…
From left Michael John O’Mahony, Director, An Taisce’s Education Unit; and Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney TD raising the flags on Portmarnock’s Velvet Strand at the announcement of  An Taisce’s Blue Flag and Green Coast Awards 2016
An Taisce announced the International Blue Flag Award and the National Green Coast Award recipients for the 2016 bathing season. A total of 141 awards were presented by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr. Simon Coveney,…
Tanker, Bro Transporter with pilot cutter depart Dublin Port, in the distance the Clontarf Road to Dollymount
#FuelPipeline - A controversial €20m aviation fuel pipeline proposed by a developer, planned to stretch from Dublin Port to Dublin Airport, must indemnify Dublin City Council against any environmental damage caused by accidents on the line. The Herald writes that…
The Boeing 767 is transported across the road from the beach at Enniscrone to the new glamping site
#PlaneSailing - The Boeing 767 that wowed Ireland as it sailed by barge from the Shannon Estuary to a Sligo coastal town arrived at its new home, according to RTÉ News. Preparations were being made last night (Saturday 7 May)…
The Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful campaign launching Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week
#CleanCoasts - Almost 3,000 volunteers took to beaches around the country during Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week 2015 to remove a staggering 10 tonnes of marine litter from the coastline. With a target to remove a further 11 tonnes from beaches…
The Boeing 767 bound for Enniscrone on its barge in the Shannon Estuary
#PlaneSailing - Video has emerged of the Boeing 767 being sailed by barge from the Shannon Estuary up the coast to Enniscrone for its new life as part of a 'glamping' site in the Co Sligo seaside town. Local funeral…
The dramatic underworld of Aillwee Caves
A series of fun and educational events exploring how the history, culture, flora and fauna of the Burren have been shaped by the region’s geology will take place as part of ‘The Burren Rocks 2016’ in County Clare on May…
The Boeing 767 ready for lifting onto the barge at Knockbeg Point
#PlaneSailing - A funeral director's ambitious plans for a unique 'glamping' site in Enniscrone will move a step closer to fruition later this week as he prepares to sail a passenger jet by barge up the coast from Shannon. That's…

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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