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Potential Oil-Field off Dalkey
In an update issued last week by Providence Resources, it was revealed that its exploration well located 10-miles off the exclusive Dublin Bay suburb of Dalkey has a presence of potential direct hydrocarbons, according to a report in The Sunday…
Hello 'Halloween' Sailors
As the mid-term break looms, need something to do? The Irish National Sailing School & Club have some remaining places available on their Halloween Multi Activity Camp week (Tuesday 26-Friday 29 October) between 9am-5pm daily. The week is for 7-18…
Notice to INSS sailors: Bank Holiday Arrangements
The Irish National Sailing School & Club would like to remind sailors that there will be No sailing this weekend due to the Bank Holiday Monday (25 October). Please note that, as per our schedule, there wiill no Junior Club…
Report Released on Marine Leisure Conference
In a report on the Marine Leisure Conference, which took place in New Ross in September, the event was received with a great response. The conference was part of the fifth annual Ireland Newfoundland Festival with over 60 participants and…
Wind Farm 'Ready to Go Tomorrow'
The backers of a proposed new wind farm in the Irish Sea near Wicklow have said the project would be ready to go "tomorrow" if given permission to connect to the national grid. Planning permission has already been obtained by…
Connemara Celebrates Sea Week
The annual Sea Week festival is underway in Connemara, with events taking place throughout the region till Monday 25 October. Now in its 26th year, Connemara's Sea Week celebrates the marine environment with an eclectic mix of music, poetry, science…
Local Mooring Association Created to Manage Glenuig Bay Moorings
After community consultation in Scotland, brokered by The Crown Estate, agreement has been reached on the allocation of moorings in Glenuig Bay, on the Sound of Arisaig south of Mallaig. The issue of moorings in the Bay had been contentious…
Coastal Harbours Benefit from Infrastructure Funding
Malahide is one of over a dozen harbours around the coast to benefit from an announcement by Sean Connick TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food today that funding has been approved for harbour development…
Ireland Missing Out on Wind Energy Boost
Ireland's failure to exploit our offshore wind resources means we are losing out on serious economic and employment growth, according to a wind energy lobby group. Michael McBennett, president of the National Offshore Wind Association of Ireland (NOW Ireland), spoke…
Corrib Project is 'Safe' Says Shell
Any potential risk from the Corrib gas pipeline off Ireland's west coast has been "overstated", according to representatives from Shell. On the final day of the An Bord Pleanála hearing into the final phase of the pipeline, the oil company's…
Survey of Irish Coast Begins Next Weekend
Boat owners may be able to help survey Ireland's shoreline this October in a European wide eco-audit of the continent's coastline.Members of the public are being urged to volunteer for the first survey since 2005. It starts in Ireland next…
New Website to Promote 'Tralee's Hidden Gem'
Fenit Harbour Company has launched a new website to promote its harbour and marina facilities, one of the most westerly marinas in Europe. Using the slogan, 'Tralee's Hidden Gem', Chairman of the Harbour commissioners, Brian O'Sullivan outlined plans for the…
Politicians Aim to Restart Courtown Marina Project with EU Cash
The Irish Marine Federation (IMF) has thrown its weight behind MEP Nessa Childers' efforts to raise funds in Europe for a stalled marina in Courtown. Wexford Councillors and County Council officials have come together to seek European assistance to help…
Clyde's Rhu Marina Gets £1.4 Million Investment
The Crown Estate is pleased to announce that it is making a significant financial investment of £1.4 million in Rhu marina on the Firth of Clyde, Scotland. By early 2011 the sailing community will benefit from a safer and all year…
Father Ted Wreck Celebrated
The wreck made famous in the opening credits of the TV series Father Ted hs beign feted this weekend, the 50th anniversary of its demise on the rocks. Irish Times marine correspondent Lorna Siggins writes of the celebrations on Inisheer…
Old Gaffers Hit the Liffey
The first opening of the Samuel Beckett Bridge to accommodate a flotilla of sailing craft dressed overall will be the highlight of water activity on the River Liffey in the coming weekend. Organised by the Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association…

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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