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Armada Wreckage Washed Onto Sligo Shore
#SpanishArmada - More wreckage from Spanish galleons shipwrecked off the northwest coast more than 400 years ago has been washed up on a Sligo beach. And according to The Irish Times, it's possible that this weekend's low tides could expose…
Inchydoney Tops 'Best Beach' List For Second Year Running
#Beaches - And the title of Ireland's best beach goes to... Inchydoney in West Cork, as TheJournal.ie reports. This marks the second year in a row that the Clonakilty strand took the top spot in TripAdvisor's annual ranking of Ireland's…
Baltimore Harbour Landing Pontoon & Gangway to Aid Boating Visitors & Aquatic tourism
#baltimore – First pictures from Baltimore Sea Safari marine company show the West Cork village's smart new central pontoon and gangway being put in place in the inner harbour. The new Baltimore harbour facility will be beneficial as a landing…
Bantry Bay Oil Terminal Sold to US Based Owners
#WhiddyOilTerminal – Bantry Bay Oil Terminal has been acquired by Houston, Texas based Zenith Energy, an international liquids and bulk terminal company from Phillips 66. The terminal has a storage capacity of more than 8 million million barrels holding a…
RFA ‘Atlantic Patrol Tasking North’ Replenishment at Sea Tanker Offshore of Greystones
#UKNavalTanker - RFA Wave Knight (A389) a 31,500dwt tanker which supplies the Royal Navy was some 20 nautical miles offshore of Greystones Harbour during a mid-week northbound passage in the Irish Sea, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 10,000nm range Royal Fleet…
Shipwrecks, Murder, Jedi Knights: Ireland's Islands Have Stories To Go With The Views
#Coastal - Ireland's coastal islands offer some astounding vistas, as this breathtaking video from the Smithsonian Channel shows perfectly. The clip from the American TV channel's Sky View series sweeps high above the Aran Islands to highlight the rugged beauty…
'Rescue' Needed For Sensitive Sites After Storm Rachel Coastal Damage
#StormRachel - Ireland needs a dedicated 'rescue unit' to protect sensitive heritage sites around the coast from severe weather, as news of damage to some vulnerable spots emerges. Michael Gibbons, an archaeologist from Connemara, told The Irish Times that while…
Doolin Pier Visitor Facility & Masterplan Announced
#doolin – Clare County Council has announced plans to develop a Visitor Services facility at Doolin Pier as part of an overall masterplan for the development of shoreline facilities in the County Clare coastal village. The Council says the proposed…
West Cork Weather Buoy Records Second Highest Wave
#WaveRecord - The M3 weather buoy has measured the second highest wave ever recorded off the West Cork coast, according to The Skipper. The buoy measured an individual wave of 16.9 metres at 10am last Thursday 15 January in the…
Wicklow Aerial Video Captures Garden Coastline & Stunning Sea Views
#wicklow – No surprise that this County Wicklow from the air vid features the Garden County's stunning coastline but Skycam Ireland's crisp footage via drone goes so much further to capture incredible coastal scenery right on the Capital's doorstep. There is spectacular…
Coastal, Seabed Maps & Guides Go Irish
#CoastalNotes - Irish school pupils will benefit from the publication of new maps and guides to the country's onshore and offshore geology in the Irish language. Derek Evans writes in The Irish Times on the recent launch of An Geolaíocht…
Weather Bomb Causes 'Reverse Waterfall' At Doolin
#WildAtlanticWay - Check out this video shot by Eoin O'Hagan for Clare Virtually that shows the intense results of the first winter storm of the year at Doolin in Co Clare. Indeed, the winds from the so-called 'weather bomb' were…
Petronas Subsidiary Takes Majority Stake In East Kinsale Gas Prospect
#Oil&Gas - Kinsale Energy will take an 80% stake in Landsdowne Oil and Gas's Midleton/East Kinsale gas prospect in the Celtic Sea, as The Irish Times reports. The deal will see the Petronas subsidiary assume 100% of costs for drilling…
Former Aran Island Ferries Meet in Dublin's Grand Canal Dock Basin
#FormerAranFerries - In recent weeks St. Bridget another former Aran Islands ferry entered Dublin's Grand Canal Dock Basin to join Naomh Éanna, the 1956 built ship that served CIE until withdrawn from service in 1988, writes Jehan Ashmore. The veteran…
Dead Jellyfish On Galway Beach Still Pack A Sting, Experts Warn
#Jellyfish - Summer may be long gone, but jellyfish attracted by the warmer waters of recent months are still posing a hazard on Galway's beaches, as the Connacht Tribune reports. Recent weeks have seen Salthill strewn with the remains of…
Shell Gives Up On Rockall, Says 'No Further Potential'
#Oil&Gas - The Irish Times reports that Shell and its partners have relinquished their State licence for hydrocarbon exploration at Rockall, claiming that it has "no further potential". The decision – which means Shell no longer holds any offshore exploration…

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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