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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…
Whiterocks cliffs and beach at Portrush
#CliffFall - An RNLI beach lifeguard aided a man who fell onto rocks while walking a steep cliff path on Whiterocks beach in Portrush yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 30 March). The call for help came after a member of the group…
The crew aboard the Marine Institute's RV Celtic Explorer relaunch the boat during their blue whiting survey
#CoastalNotes - Marine Institute researchers assisted marine technology students from Cape Fear Community College in the USA by deploying their miniature marine research vessel from the RV Celtic Explorer last Sunday 20 March. The students in Cape Fear Community College’s…
Star Wars Shoot Coming To Malin Head? Not So Fast, Says Govt
#StarWars - Rumours that Star Wars film crews are set to decamp for the Donegal coast are just that, as the Government department responsible has not confirmed permission. According to TheJournal.ie, location scouts for Lucasfilm have been spotted in the…
#CoastalNotes - The rights of coastal communities involved in the likes of small-scale fishing and seaweed harvesting must be respected in any 'Blue Growth' strategy, a UN expert has said. The Irish Times reports on comments made by UN fisheries…
Keith Roberts and his son, Graham, discovered CFCC’s unmanned research vessel while kayaking in Ireland. The boat has traveled 6,000 miles in eight months
#CoastalNotes - An American college's unmanned research vessel has been found on the shores of a Connemara island some eight months after students put it to sea 6,000 miles across the Atlantic in North Carolina. As Port City Daily reports,…
#CoastalNotes - 'Poisonous parsnips' on Co Antrim coastal beaches have prompted warnings to dog owners, as BelfastLive reports. Warning signs were put up at Ballygally, Carnfunnock and Drains Bay earlier this month after locals found evidence of hemlock water dropwort roots,…
#Corrib - A prime example of "how not to undertake a development" – that's how a new planning report by British engineers describes the Corrib gas field project off the Mayo coast, according to The Irish Times. Two of the…
#NorthCoast - Ireland's North Coast – one of the island's emerging surfing hotspots – was the big winner at the 2016 OutdoorNI Awards, as the Coleraine Times reports. A third of the accolades presented on the night went to activities…
The historic harbour of Saundersfoot is folded neatly into the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The iconic Harbour provides a sheltered location on the southerly coastline of Pembrokeshire, making it a great place to moor or launch a boat.In 2015, the…
#CoastalNotes - The Canadian coastguard hat found washed up on a Co Waterford beach before Christmas may have been traced to Newfoundland, according to CBC News. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Tramore man Craig Butler found the barnacle-encrusted hat while…
#CoastalNotes - Just weeks after a US Coast Guard life ring was found on the Clare coast comes news that a hard had belonging to the Canadian Coast Guard washed up in Tramore on the South Coast. As CBC News…
#LifeRing - A life ring belonging to the US Coast Guard was found more than 6,000km from home on the Clare coast recently. As BreakingNews.ie reports, the ring was spotted from the air by the crew of the Shannon-based Irish…
#Oil&Gas - A drop in exploration costs alongside the fall in commodities prices is driving increased interest in Providence Resources' Barryroe prospect, as The Irish Times reports. "Work continues with a number of parties to progress the Barryroe farm out…
A fascinating collection of ancient charts and maps of great maritime interest will be auctioned in Dublin later this month. The Richard S.J. Clarke Collection of Cartography includes 200 lots of early fifteenth century Dutch, French and British maps of the Irish coastline. The…
To date students from St. Colman’s Community College in Midleton have removed more than 12 tonnes of marine litter from beaches, waterways and rivers across the East Cork area. In recognition of this outstanding achievement, St. Colman’s Community College was…

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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