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'Excellent' Result for Clare Bathing Areas in EPA report
#clarebeaches – A newly published report by the EPA on Bathing Water Quality around Ireland has found that County Clare's 11 designated bathing areas were adjudged to have "Excellent Water Quality" during 2014. The marine environment news has been described…
94% Of Irish Beaches Meet Stricter Bathing Quality Standards
#CoastalNotes - Ireland gets an 'A' for seaside bathing, as 94% of beaches have met the EU's new stricter water quality standards. And as RTÉ News reports, three out of every four Irish beaches have been rated as 'excellent' on…
Skerries Named Among 'Most Beautiful Cities In Europe'
#CoastalNotes - TheJournal.ie might not take the news entirely seriously, but it's true – Skerries has been named among the 10 most beautiful cities in Europe. The North Co Dublin coastal town and fishing port might only have a population…
Waves Setting Records Around Irish Coast
#WaveRecord - The waves just keep getting higher off Ireland's coast! Following our report in January this year that the M3 weather buoy measured the second highest wave off the West Cork coast comes news of an even bigger swell…
Sunshine Brings Out Best Of Ireland's Beaches - But Don't Act The Fool On The Water
#OnTheWater - This week's unseasonably fine weather saw thousands flock outside to enjoy the sunshine - and many of them headed to Ireland's finest beaches, some of which were highlighted by JOE.ie. Among the most beautiful stretches of sand selected…
West Cork To Benefit From Fishery Harbour & Coastal Capital Programme Says TD
#WestCork - A West Cork TD has welcomed the recent announcement of the near €18 million Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the package announced last month by Marine Minister Simon Coveney is primarily…
Dunmore East In Focus In New Video Profile
#CoastalNotes - Online video channel IrishTV has turned its cameras on Dunmore East for the latest edition of Waterford County Matters – going out on the water with the local RNLI lifeboat for a training exercise, discussing seasonal trade with…
Youghal Boardwalk Rebuilding Works Under Way
#CoastalNotes - Works have begun on replacing the boardwalk in Youghal on the East Cork coast that was destroyed in last year's winter storms, as the Irish Examiner reports. The original timber-framed 'eco-boardwalk' at Claycastle beach was open less than…
Coastal News: Connemara 'Disappearing', Landfill Erodes Into Irish Sea, Plastic Pollutes Oceans
#CoastalNotes - Is Connemara at risk of disappearing into the sea? According to one geologist, that's a distinct possibility. As the Irish Mirror reports, Jonathon Wilkins noticed that the tide was flooding channels in a peat bog near NUI Galway…
'Spiritual Motorcycle Journey' Celebrates Long History Of Strangford Lough
#CoastalNotes - The history of Strangford Lough stretching back some 10,000 years is the subject of a 'spiritual motorcycle journey' by local writer Peter Moore, as the News Letter reports. Moore, a motorbike enthusiast and archaeology graduate, hopes his new…
Mayo Fishermen Slate State Over Corrib Pipeline Damage
#Corrib - Mayo fishermen have criticised the State's response to the damaged Corrib Gas Field pipe, claiming that no Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials had yet been to the site, as The Irish Times reports. Last Friday news emerged that…
Video Captures Drone's-Eye View Of Wild Atlantic Way
#CoastalNotes - Via TheJournal.ie, check out this breathtaking video by photographer Peter Cox, who mounted a camera to a remote operated drone to capture stunning coastal vistas on the Wild Atlantic Way. Using little more than consumer-level tech, Cox was…
€17.8m Fishery Harbour & Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, today announced the full details of a €17.8m Capital Investment Package for the ongoing development of Ireland's publicly owned fishery harbours and local harbour network .In announcing the initiative…
Spanish Point Drilling Delayed By Oil & Gas Exploration Firm
#Oil&Gas - Providence Resources has delayed exploration of its Spanish Point well off Co Clare "pending discussions with partners and the Government", as The Irish Times reports. Already pushed back from last summer due to the longer-than-planned refurbishment of the…
Providence Positive About Drombeg Prosect
#Oil&Gas - Providence Resources is talking positive about its Drombeg prospect off the south-west coast, as The Irish Times reports. The site in the southern Porcupine Basin was surveyed last summer by the Polarcus Amani, said to be one of…
Coastal, Lake Spots Among Ireland's 'Most Picturesque Destinations'
#CoastalNotes - Coastal spots and waterways feature heavily in HeraldScotland's list of the most picturesque destinations to visit in Ireland. Some of these will be well known to locals and tourists alike, such as the wonders of Antrim's coast and…

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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