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Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed with Minister of State Joe McHugh at the launch of the Small Craft Harbour in Killybegs, Co Donegal
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed TD today launched two new major marine projects in Killybegs, Co. Donegal. The first of these was the redevelopment of the United Fish Industries (UFI) fishmeal plant which has just been…
The Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare
#Aarhus - Environment Minister Denis Naughten has launched the public consultation for a second implementation under the UN's Aarhus Convention on community participation in environmental issues. Ratified in June 2012 after a long call by environmental and coastal community campaigners,…
Kaitlyn Dow's self-built vessel Lancer made landfall in Connemara on Saturday 17 September
#Unmanned - Following our previous alert for an unmanned yacht off the Galway coast, the mini-yacht has been found after making landfall. Kaitlyn Dow's self-built vessel Lancer was launched off the US coast four months ago as part of a…
Trump International Golf Links & Hotel at Doonbeg, Co Clare
#Doonbeg - Donald Trump's plans for a defensive sea wall at his Doonbeg golf resort face renewed protest via an international social media campaign, as The Irish Times reports. #NatureTrumpsWalls is the name of the campaign run in tandem by…
The project involved the fitting of four 50kWp Solar PV panel arrays to the roofs of terminal buildings, garage and shore shop as above
#SolarPort - As part of a drive to become the world’s greenest ferry operator, Stena Line has just delivered an innovative solar project at its Port of Holyhead in Wales.  The project involved the fitting of four 50kWp Solar PV…
The imposing Dún Briste sea stack at Downpatrick Head, Co Mayo
#SeaStack - A famous sea stack off the Co Mayo coast has been climbed for the first time in more than 25 years, as Independent.ie Travel reports. At the end of August, Iain Miller and his climbing partner Paulina Kaniszewska…
Exhibition: Glas Journal 2016 – Deep Mappings of Dun Laoghaire Harbour
#Exhibition - For Glas Journal 2016, two series of handmade books will be displayed in the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire, within an installation of projected harbour arms, forming a ‘place ballet’ of familiarity and attachment. The journals…
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…

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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