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Afloat.ie: Buoys Installed on Dun Laoghaire Coast
Marker buoys to indicate the distance jet skis and powered craft must keep from the foreshore were installed at popular boating and swimming locations last weekend. The move is in accordance with Beach bye-laws introduced by the Council earlier this…
New Team at the Helm of Whitehaven Marina
It’s been a busy six months since Marina Projects took over the running of Whitehaven Marina in April this year on the far side of the Irish Sea. They have invested over £50,000 in improvements to the Marina, which have…
Coleraine Connections Expand
Coleraine on the north coast, with its access to open sea through the River Bann estuary, is of growing interest to cruising folk, both as a home port, and as a convenient location where boats may be securely left in…
O Cuiv Grant for Inis Meain
Eamon O Cuiv TD, Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, has announced that he has sanctioned a grant of €60,602 to carry out safety works on Cé an Chalaidh Mhoir, Inis Meain, Co. Galway. The works include the installation…
North Sea States Unite Against Marine Pollution
Today (Friday 9th October 2009) all North Sea states and the European Community agreed on the framework of an Action Plan to combat illegal and accidental pollution of the greater North Sea and its approaches. The Action Plan (to be…
Warning Over Wave Energy Quota
Government targets on wave energy provision will be "missed" unless significant changes are made to the offshore licensing and lease system, according to the new national body representing wave and tide energy reports Lorna Siggins in this morning's Irish Times…
Roll On/Roll Off Services for Árainn Mhór
Éamon Ó Cuív TD, Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, has announced that a roll on/roll off contract for Árainn Mhór, Co Donegal, for the period of the 1 September 2009 to 31 August 2014 has been agreed between…
€20,000 for Slipway at Poll an Mhadaidh Beach in Co. Donegal
Éamon Ó Cuív T.D., Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, has announced that he has sanctioned a grant of €20,000 to finish works on the slipway at Poll an Mhadaidh Beach on Árainn Mhór in Co.  Donegal. Work began…
State’s Seabed Mapping Programme to Generate €275m in Revenue
Delegates at an international conference of marine scientists, SEABED 10, in Dublin next week will hear how an independent study has valued the benefits of the state’s marine mapping programme at €275 million. This is more than four times what…
Ministers Announce Support for Rural Development Organisation
Éamon Ó Cuív T.D., Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and Minister of State, John Curran T.D., confirmed today that funding would be made available to support the creation of a single representative organisation for all rural and local…
Roaringwater Bay to Get Freight Service
Éamon Ó Cuív TD, Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, has sanctioned a grant of €35,000 for Sherkin Island Development Society to provide a freight service for Oileán Cléire, Long Island, Sherkin Island and Hare Island. This funding will…

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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