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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…
Slieve League on the southern Donegal coast is part of the International Appalachian Trail
#Donegal - The coastline of Co Donegal is as much an attraction for adventure tourists as it is for those drawn to its rugged beauty, according to Outside magazine. And some of those seeking thrills have even made the north-east…
'Atlantic' Director Talks Impact Of Economic & Ecological Change On Coastal Communities
#Documentary - "It’s about understanding the ocean, working with the ocean. Not just seeing it as something to grab, but as something you look after." That's the message of new documentary Atlantic by Irish filmmaker Risteard Ó Domhnaill, who spoke…
Trump International Golf Links & Hotel at Doonbeg, Co Clare
#Doonbeg - Donald Trump may be topping Republican Party polls on the road to The White House, but the billionaire businessman has hit a stumbling block in proposals for his Doonbeg golf resort, as The Irish Times reports. An Bord…
Actress Aoibhinn Garrihy whose family run Doolin2Aran Ferries at Doolin Pier Co Clare shares her local knowledge with Minister Brendan Howlin and Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council John Crowe during the Official opening of the new €6m Pier at Doolin, Co. Clare, by Brendan Howlin, T.D., Minister for Public Expenditure & Public Reform earlier this year
The new Doolin Pier development has won the prestigious Irish Concrete Society Award for Infrastructural Projects delivered during 2015. The award was presented this week to Clare County Council, the contractor L & M Keating Ltd; consulting engineers Punch Consulting,…
New Documentary 'Atlantic' Tells Story Of Struggling Coastal Communities
#Documentary - A new documentary from the maker of The Pipe takes on the powerful interests "carving up" Ireland's ocean resources. Opening in Ireland on 29 April, Risteard Ó Domhnaill's Atlantic is narrated by Emmy Award-winner Brendan Gleeson, and was…
Doolin Pier in County Clare
Clare County Council has today (Tuesday, 12 April 2016) announced the appointment of consultants for the design of proposed shoreline facilities at Doolin Pier, including a new visitor facility. A new €6m pier was officially opened in June 2015 in…
Shipwrecks Found On Connemara Coast Add To Region's Maritime History
#Shipwrecks - Two new shipwrecks have been discovered in Connemara in areas known to be used by smugglers in centuries past, as The Irish Times reports. Currach fisherman John Bhaba Jeaic Ó Conghaíle found the skeletal remains of what's thought…
Sandymount Swimming Baths at Merrion Strand, where bathing quality remains poor in the EPA's latest assessment
#BathingQuality - Six Irish coastal beaches – half of them in the Greater Dublin Area – fall short of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) minimum required standard for water quality. Rush's south beach and Loughshinny in north Co Dublin joined…

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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