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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…
Phillips 66 Pulls Out of Sale of Whitegate Oil Refinery
#WhitegateOilRefinery – The Irish Independent writes that the US oil company, Phillips 66 has pulled the sale of Ireland's only oil refinery at Whitegate in Cork as attempts to find a buyer failed. Last June, Phillips 66 hired Deutsche Bank…
Pollock Holes Are 'Eighth Wonder Of The World' Says Kilkee Diver
#PollockHoles - Kilkee personality Manuel Di Lucia takes The Irish Times's Lorna Siggins on a tour below the depths to see the renowned Pollock Holes, a unique marine environment on the Irish coastline that he believes deserves special protection. The…
Naval Service OPV Transits East-Link Toll Lift Bridge On 30th Anniversary
#[email protected] – Naval Service OPV L.E. Aisling (P23) took the honour of passing through Dublin's East-Link Toll Bridge as the Liffey road crossing celebrated opening to traffic 30 years ago today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The final of the 'Emer' OPV…
Irish Offshore Oil & Gas Exploration 'Moving In Right Direction' Says Minister
#Oil&Gas - The Government is redoubling efforts to survey Ireland's coastal waters for new and exploitable oil and gas resources – and determine their impact on the ecosystem and protected marine wildlife. As TheJournal.ie reports, the pronouncement by Minster of…
Farmer Finds 'Important Piece Of History' At Spanish Armada Wreck Beach
#SpanishArmada - A rudder from a ship that formed part of the Spanish Armada discovered at a beach in Co Sligo recently has been transferred to the care of the National Museum for preservation and study. As Sligo Today reports,…
Uncharted Rocks & Revised Depths Round Ireland
#unchartedrocks – The survey ships of the INFOMAR project – the Marine Institute's Celtic Voyager and the Geological Survey's Keary, Geo and Cosantoir Bradan – have been busy recently, and a lot of previously uncharted rocks have now been surveyed…
Barryroe 'Main Priority' For Providence As Negotiations Reach 'Advanced Stage'
#Oil - Providence Resources says it is at "an advanced stage" in negotiations to farm out its Barryroe oil field prospect off Cork, as The Irish Times reports. Commenting on the Irish energy company's half-year results released today, CEO Tony…
Cargo Dust from Ringaskiddy Clogged Pfizer Filters
#CargoDustPfizer – The Examiner writes that in a serious incident dating to last year, the Port of Cork has admitted it was involved when dust from cargo being unloaded in Ringaskiddy clogged the air filters of a major pharmaceutical plant.…
‘Rotten Eggs’ Smell in Cork City Blamed on Dredging Works
#CitySmell - Strong smells affecting Cork city for the past four days are being blamed due to dredging works near the city quays. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which monitors air quality in the city, said the disturbance of marine…
Ireland's Coastal Connection Set To Change Under New Foreshore Bill
#CoastalNotes - The new Foreshore Bill is set to "radically change" Ireland's relationship with our coast, according to Coastwatch Ireland co-ordinator Karin Dubsky. As The Irish Times reports, Dubsky was speaking at the launch of the 2014 Coastwatch Survey, welcoming…
Join The World’s Largest Coastal Cleanup This Weekend
#BigBeachClean - Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean is happening this weekend 20-21 September. And once again Clean Coasts is teaming up with the International Ocean Conservancy for the International Coastal Cleanup event. Last year 645,015 volunteers in nine countries removed…
Listing Ireland's 'Best-Loved Seaside Spots'
#Seaside - Ireland might not boast the beautiful Victorian-era piers that make Britain's seaside resort towns such an attraction. But as Tanya Sweeney writes in the Irish Independent, we've got our own coastal getaways that have maintained their appeal across…
Providence Asks Shareholders To Quell Speculation As Barryroe Farm-Out Deal Nears
#Oil - Providence Resources says it is "nearing completion" of its negotiations to secure a farm-out partner for its Barryroe prospect off the Cork coast, as The Irish Times reports. Speaking at the Irish-based oil and gas company's AGM earlier…
Dangerous Jellyfish Removed From Dublin Beach
#Jellyfish - The Irish Mirror reported on Friday that 17 dangerous lion's mane jellyfish were removed from Sandycove Beach on south Dublin Bay. However, that may be just the tip of the iceberg in their numbers as the giant venomous…

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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