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New Observation Tower Will Give Views of the Irish Sea
#COASTAL NOTES - BBC News reports that construction has begun on a new observation tower on the Lancashire coastline with views over the Irish Sea. The new tower at Rossall Point, which will reach 14 metres (46ft) upon completion, will…
Dolphin Group Comments on Dalkey Island Prospect
#DALKEY ISLAND PROSPECT - The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has joined the chorus of opposition to the proposed oil and gas exploration off Dalkey Island in Co Dublin. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Providence Resources has applied for…
Dun Laoghaire Meeting also to Discuss Dalkey Oil Drilling
#DALKEY ISLAND PROSPECT – An urgent meeting to discuss calls for a public enquiry in respect to the Dalkey Island Prospect is to be held in Dun Laoghaire next Tuesday (31st January). The meeting which is to address the serious…
Community May Split Over Application for ‘Dalkey Island’ Prospect
#DALKEY ISLAND PROSPECT -With only days left until the public consultation closes on an application for oil and gas exploration off Dalkey Island, Co. Dublin, locals are grappling with the potential risks and benefits of such a development following last…
Public Enquiry into Oil Drilling Gets Strong Backing from Dalkey Residents
#DALKEY ISLAND PROSPECT- At a public meeting held by Dalkey Community Council last night, it was almost unanimously agreed that a public enquiry should be held over the foreshore licence sought by Providence Resources to carry out exploratory drilling for…
Screening Shown of Unique Lives Lost at Sea Ceremony
#MARINERS WITH MEMORIES – At the weekend representatives of the maritime community, relatives and visitors alike attended a screening of the 'Mariners with Memories' ceremony, which was shown in the Maritime Museum, Dun Laoghaire. The ceremony which took place in…
Green Party Calls on Minister to Hold Enquiry over Dublin Bay Oil Exploration
#DALKEY ISLAND PROSPECT – The Green Party has called on the Minister for the Environment ,Phil Hogan, to hold a public enquiry in to the application to grant a license to Providence Resources' PLC to carry out a site survey…
Dalkey Meeting to Discuss Proposed Oil Drilling
#'DALKEY ISLAND' PROSPECT – In response to a proposed exploratory search for oil and gas operation by Providence Resources off Dalkey Island, Co. Dublin, as previously reported on Afloat.ie, a public meeting is to be held by Dalkey Community Council…
Campaign to Stop Planned Oil Drill off Dalkey Island
#DALKEY ISLAND PROSPECT - An online petition organised by Protect Our Coast in protest over plans by Providence Resources to start exploratory drilling for oil and gas off Dalkey Island, in south Co. Dublin, has reached over 2,000 signatures to…
Display of Oil Exploration Plans for Dalkey Island Prospect
#DALKEY ISLAND PROSPECT – Plans by Providence Resources to search for oil and gas off Dublin and Wicklow coastlines, along the Kish Bank Basin are currently on display in Dalkey and Dun Laoghaire Garda Stations. An application for a foreshore…
New Firth of Clyde Pilot Extends to NI Coast
#CLYDE – The first of the Clyde Cruising Club's Sailing Directions to be published under the Imray imprint is the 148 page Firth of Clyde book. The book is in fact the merger of Martin Lawrence's Yachtsman's Pilot series with…
Record Wave Detected By Offshore Weather Buoy
#WAVE – The biggest ever wave in Irish waters was recorded yesterday when storm force winds off the Coast of Donegal produced monster rollers of over 20 metres (over 60 feet) in height off the Northwest tip of Ireland. At…
New Book Documents History of Down Coastal Towns
#COASTAL NOTES - A new book detailing the "colourful history" of Helen's Bay and Crawfordsburn in north Down has been launched, the News Letter reports. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/coastal-notes Twixt Bay & Burn features a number of rare photographs among interesting and little-known…
Tanker and Lifeboats Conduct Emergency Exercises off Dalkey Island
#MARINE RESCUE EXERCISE-By coincidence two separate emergency exercise practise drills took place yesterday off Dalkey Island, the first involved a 12,921dwt tanker in broad daylight while the second exercise involved lifeboats under pitch-dark conditions, writes Jehan Ashmore. The tanker Cumbrian…
New Radar System Could Improve Coastal Forecasts
A new radar system in Galway Bay could help predict extreme weather events more accurately, The Irish Times reports. http://afloat.ie/port-news/galway-harbour/ http://www.afloat.ie/resources/weather/ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/1027/1224306561936.html Scientists at NUI Galway's Ryan Institute, in collaboration with the IBM Smarter Cities Technology Centre in Dublin, have…
Wexford Club Honoured in Coastcare Merit Awards
Wexford Sub Aqua Club has been recognised for its commitment to the environment in an awards ceremony in Dublin last week. The Wexford People reports that Minister of State Fergus O'Dowd presented the club with An Taisce's Coastguard Initiative of…

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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