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The proposal involves providing protection of the harbour from East/Northeast by restoring the south harbour wall to approximately where it was before the collapse of the pier end and Lighthouse in 1957
Bray Municipal District has agreed a plan and to provide funding for the rejuvenation of Bray Harbour on foot of a proposal made by The Bray Harbour Joint Development Committee. The proposal involves providing protection of the harbour from East/Northeast…
Schull Harbour in West Cork
The Department of the Marine is giving €112,500 for the installation of the pontoon which the local community has already procured at Schull in West Cork. Other West Cork locations are also to get funding for improvements - €56,250 for…
Marine Notice: Remedial Works At Bundoran Outfall
#MarineNotice - Marine Notice No 14 of 2018 advises that as part of the Donegal Group B Sewerage Scheme, remedial works are being carried out this week by Norfolk Marine at the Bundoran outfall in Donegal Bay. These works were…
Postponed: Glenua Presentation “From the Aegean to the Fastnet Race 2017" will not take place tomorrow, 1 March however the event has been rescheduled to next week, see details below.
#CoastalNotes - “Even Dermot Cronin, just home from competing in the 2018 Caribbean 600 in stormy conditions more typical of the Fastnet Race, can’t compete with “The Beast from the East”! Consequently, the weather forecast for tomorrow (Thursday 1 March)…
Morning has broken as the biggest boat in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017, the JV 115 (Tom Brewer) rounds the Fastnet Rock.
#Presentation - Friends of Glenua are to hold a presentation entitled: “From the Aegean to the Fastnet Race 2017-Trom agus Éadrom” The presentation by Dermot Cronin will take place on Thursday 1 March (20:00) at the Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club,…
Rigs like the Blackford Dolphin have been used for offshore exploration in Irish waters
#Oil&Gas - Cher has backed a bill to ban offshore drilling for oil and gas in Irish waters that passed its first vote in the Dáil yesterday (Thursday 8 February). Using the hashtag #HellToTheYes, the pop music legend threw her…
Stena concerned that the marina development will interfere with operations of Fishguard Harbour and their ferry operations. Above: Rosslare route ferry, Stena Europe berthed at the south Wales port on the Pembrokeshire coast.
#CoastalNotes- A multi-million pound marina development planned for Fishguard Harbour, south Wales have fallen through. This morning (Thursday) reports the Western Telegraph, the Conygar Investment Company released a statement to the London Stock Exchange, writing off their £2m investment in…
Marine Notice: Cable Route Survey Off North-West Coast
#MarineNotice - Fugro will be carrying out marine operations on behalf of TE Subsea Communications LLC for the HAVFRUE Subsea Cable System Project from this weekend. The survey project is scheduled to begin on Saturday 20 January and last for…
The Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in Doonbeg
#Doonbeg - US President Donald Trump’s sea wall proposal for Doonbeg has hit another stumbling block — this time from a planning activist who’s turned his attentions to the controversial plans. As TheJournal.ie reports, Peter Sweetman has lodged an appeal…
The Hook Head event will include ‘A Fire in the Head' spoken word evening, celebrating the turning of the Celtic year
Hook Head Lighthouse is to celebrate Ireland’s ‘Fire Goddess,’ reports Tom MacSweeney, by staging the first Imbolc Festival to be celebrated at the 800-year-old lighthouse. Imbolc is a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of spring, it is also the…
Humpback whale off west Cork
#Lecture - The Friends of Glenua first 2018 lecture entilted ‘Whales & Dolphins in Ireland’ Current Knowledge & New Discoveries is to be presented by Dr. Simon Berrow, next Thursday 11 January.  As usual the lecture programme is held in the Poolbeg Yacht &…
The Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in Doonbeg
#Doonbeg - Clare County Council has granted permission for coastal erosion works adjacent to the Trump International Golf Links in Doonbeg, as RTÉ News reports. Planners at the council approved a revised proposal from the golf resort for works comprising…
Cork’s coastline is dotted with many unmonitored harbours and piers
#CoastalNotes - A new harbour patrol for the South Coast? That’s what Cork County Council is proposing in new measures to curb what’s being seen as a “free for all” along the county's  lengthy coastline. According to the Irish Examiner,…
Several events were held in Waterford to mark the centenary of a shipping disaster in 1917, among them along the city quays as pictured above.
#WW1ceremony - The relatives of two men who died when two merchant ships were torpedoed by a German submarine in December 1917 have spoken of their pride at seeing their family members remembered at a ceremony in Waterford. As The…
Plastic & Nitrates Concerns For Irish Shores In Latest Coastwatch Survey
#CoastalNotes - Plastic continues to litter Ireland’s coastline, with over 8,800 drinks bottles recorded around the island’s shores in the 2017 Coastwatch survey. Preliminary results from the volunteer survey conducted in September and October show that more than four-fifths of…
Ireland has sovereign rights over one of the largest marine areas in Europe
The steps towards delivering a planning system for the seas around Ireland has been set–out by Government this week.  Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy and Minister Damien English published the 'roadmap' on Wednesday. 'Towards a Marine Spatial…

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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