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An artist's impression of the redeveloped baths in Clontarf
Dublin Bay
#Clontarf - The revived seawater baths in Clontarf opening next week will only be available to sports clubs, it has emerged. According to RTÉ News, owners the Cullen family say the bathing area — which is slated to be ready by…
Morning has broken as the biggest boat in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017, the JV 115 (Tom Brewer) rounds the Fastnet Rock.
Coastal Notes
#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,…
A new Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 is commissioned at MGM Boats this week
MGM Boats
Just as the Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 success story that is BAM! celebrates yet another victory in the West Indies this weekend, a sister-ship is being unveiled in Dun Laoghaire Harbour by Irish Jeanneau dealers MGM Boats.  The new Dublin Bay…
MGM Boatyard complete an antifoul spray on a racing yacht at their Dun Laoghaire Harbour Yard. See video below.
MGM Boats
MGM Boatyard in Dun Laoghaire Harbour is offering a new antifouling service with a performance finish that will likely be of interest to the large resident Dublin Bay Sailing Club fleet of over 250 boats. Boatyard Services Manager, Paul Gavin…
John Mullins
Port of Cork
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr. Shane Ross TD on the re-appointment of Mr. John Mullins as Chairman of the Port of Cork. Mr. John Mullins said: ‘I am grateful of the trust placed in me by Minister…
The changing waterfront scene of the old Verolme dockyard in Rusbrooke, Cork Harbour as the cranes are dismantled this week.
Cork Harbour
#CorkHarbour - A pair of historic cranes which have loomed large over Cork Harbour for six decades are being dismantled. The cranes the Evening Echo writes, were used for building ships at the Verolme Dockyard at Rushbrooke, which closed in…
MJM Group director Naoimh McConville
Cruise Liners
#CruiseLiners - Fit-out firm MJM Group has said it will be looking increasingly to China after completing its first dry-dock project there. As the Business Telegraph writes the group's director Naoimh McConville says she hopes the company's recent deal to fit-out an…
An artist's impression of the redeveloped baths in Clontarf
Dublin Bay
#Clontarf - The seawater baths on Dublin Bay in Clontarf will reopen next week more than two decades after their closure, as RTÉ News reports. The news followed the granting of a seven-day publican’s licence for the bar and restaurant…
The newest addition to Arklow's expanding mixed flagged cargoship fleet, the Arklow Viking which at time of writing was only launched just hours ago!
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - The newest cargoship launched for Arklow Shipping took place this morning at the Dutch yard of Royal Bodewes which so far has completed eight sisters, writes Jehan Ashmore. Arklow Viking, yard No. 729 was launched at 10.00hrs and…
The same shipyard that built Strangford Lough ferry M.V. Strangford II in 2016, Cammell Laird on Merseyside, has been contracted a £10m order for a ro-ro 'freight' ferry from a Isle of Wight operator, Red Funnel
Ferry
#FerryNews - An Irish Sea shipbuilder, Cammell Laird, Birkenhead on Merseyside, has been contracted to build a £10m ro-ro 'freight' ferry for a Isle of Wight operator, Red Funnel The new ship according to a Red Funnel announcement, is designed…
Ro-ro ferry Aisling Gabrielle of Scenic Carlingford Ferry is seen underway from Greenore Co.Louth. The vessel is currently off-service for annual dry-docking though services remain operating using a relief ferry.
Ferry
#FerryNews - Aisling Gabrielle, the ro-ro vessel that launched the first ever Carlingford Lough ferry service last year departed Arklow Port this morning for dry-docking purposes, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 44-vehicle Aisling Gabrielle opened the new cross-border service linking Greenore…
RMS St Helena prior to her final leg of the round trip voyage (No. 268) in James Bay off the capital of the South Atlantic island. Afloat adds the RMS last Saturday returned to Cape Town, South Africa marking the end of an era.
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - RMS St. Helena, the last ever Royal Mail Ship completed its last ever journey – and it was surprisingly emotional, says Jonathan Hollins writing in the UK's Independent newspaper. The word “lifeline” is one too often bandied about…
A mix of Raider, Warrior, Beneteau and Bayliner marques up to 19–feet in length were on display at the Angling Show in Swords, representing the new home market in this category
Boat Sales
Irish boat sales firms will be eagerly anticipating a return to better times after a spate of interest from dealers in an early season consumer exhibition in Dublin. A north Dublin Angling show, held last weekend, witnessed the start of a…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour ownership is moving from the Harbour Company to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council under the Harbours Act
Dublin Bay
Minister Transport Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD expects the final report of the risk assessor on the hand over of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company to the local County Council will be presented to the council at…
 It wasn’t a thriller, but everyone who wanted a race got a race………..with the exception of one retiree who obviously had too much excitement for the day!
Dublin Bay
All the weather forecasts were suggesting that there should have been wind for yesterday’s Frostbites in Dun Laoghaire Harbour! XCWeather was projecting 7 – 12 knots of SSW, the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Weather station was showing 6.6 – 10 knots…
Red Bull Flugtag is returning to Dun Laoghaire Harbour this May
Dublin Bay
Taking flight from Dún Laoghaire Harbour on Sunday, 20th May, the Red Bull Flugtag will return to Irish shores this summer. It will see over 50 teams attempt to push the limits of human flight, as they launch their handcrafted…

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