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Airport Police & Fire Service rowers thank St. Patrick's Rowing Club for the use of the quad boat during training for the club's ‘Endeavoar 2022, a 250-kilometre row along the West Coast of Ireland
The Airport Police & Fire Service Rowing Club has thanked River Liffey-based St. Patrick’s Rowing Club in Dublin city for the loan of its quad boat to train for this year’s ‘challenging’ club charity event. ‘Endeavoar 2022’ is a 250-kilometre…
The IWAI Powerboat Branch RIBs on the River Liffey in Dublin city centre
The 'mystery' to local observers of just who was behind the impressive 15-boat strong RIB raid fleet powering across Dublin Bay last Sunday morning was answered this week on social media when it emerged the boats, ranging from 5 to…
200-year-old records concerning Dublin Port rescued from the Four Courts fire of 1922 are to be restored by the conservation team at the National Archives of Ireland with funding support from Dublin Port Company. Viewing the records for the first time in 100 years were National Archives Director Orlaith McBride, Beyond 2022 Project Conservator Jessica Baldwin and Dublin Port Company Chief Executive Eamonn O’Reilly.
Dublin Port Company is supporting the State’s effort to recover from the Four Courts fire of 1922 by funding the conservation of 200-year-old records concerning Dublin Port. On 30 June 1922, the Public Record Office of Ireland at the Four…
Paul Keogh (centre) speaks of what the Naomh Cronan project meant to the Clondalkin community after receiving the Jolie Brise Cup from Old Gaffers Association President Patrick Vyvyan-Robinson (right), with Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association Hon Sec Darryl Hughes (left) in  Ringsend's Poolbeg Y&BC in Dublin Port
The saga of the building and sailing of the traditional Galway Hooker Naomh Cronan by Clondalkin Community in west Dublin goes back nearly thirty years. And though the story has regularly featured in Afloat.ie,the various lockdowns had made it difficult…
Stella Maris Rowing Club at Ringsend's annual May Day Parade
Community spirit was alive and well on the River Liffey this week as Stella Maris Rowing Club joined Ringsend's 14th annual May Day Parade in Dublin City last Monday. A marching band and appearances from various clubs, organisations, and members…
The ketch Ilen adds something exotic to the already complex London skyline
These past few days have been purest serendipity for historic Irish boatbuilders. Just two days after the 1926-vintage West Cork-built Limerick ketch Ilen was celebrated beside the River Thames in London on Wednesday, the 1937 Tyrrell of Arklow 43ft ketch…
The winning crew from St Patrick's celebrate at the Boyne Boat Race
St Patrick’s Rowing Club in Ringsend scored their first win of the 2022 season in the Boyne Boat Race in Drogheda last Sunday (1 May). The top result from one of two crews fielded in the event will set the…
Two of three currachs launched on the Liffey in late April ahead of the 2022 Liffey City Currach Regatta
This year’s Liffey City Currach Regatta takes place this coming Saturday 7 May, with crews assembling at St Patrick’s Rowing Club in Ringsend at 10am for registration before the first race at 11.30am. Racing will continue throughout the afternoon with…
Currach launch - from left to right; Gerry Doyle, Ciaran Healy and Ed Tuthill in the three-seater currach, named Faoilean (Seagull) built during lockdown is rowed on the River Liffey
Three currachs were successfully launched on the River Liffey yesterday to the sound of traditional music tunes and the boats were blessed in a ceremony at Poolbeg in Dublin city. As Afloat reported earlier, the boats were launched by the…
Currach at the Custom Hosue on Dublin's River Liffey. The boats feature in a short video (below) by Pat Larkin of Misery Films
Three currachs will be launched on the River Liffey this Saturday. Traditional Boats of Ireland Editor Criostoir Mac Cartaigh has been invited to officiate at the launch proceedings. Launching at noon from the slipway beside the Stella Maris Rowing Club in…
Quiet determination – Rachael Blackmore in winning form
The possibility that stellar jockey Rachael Blackmore, the winner of the Grand National in 2021 and the Cheltenham Gold Cup this year, might just be descended from a noted Dublin nautical family has emerged from traditional boat enthusiast and maritime…
The new Dublin Port Pilot boat 'Dodder' was accompanied on its journey home up the Liffey by its sister ship, the DPC Tolka and flanked by tug boats Beaufort and Shackleton
Dublin Port Company has taken delivery of a new Pilot Boat named DPC Dodder. The state-of-the-art vessel represents a significant investment to support the critical service performed by the pilots and pilot boat crews on the River Liffey and Dublin…
The 72nd Colours Boat Race will see Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin go head-to-head on the Liffey
The 72nd Colours Boat Rowing Race between Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin will take place on Friday, 18th March for the first time in three years. The colours boat race sees Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin…
The common dolphin spotted in the Liffey at Poolbeg on Saturday 12 March
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has confirmed the sighting of a common dolphin in the River Liffey at the weekend. According to TheJournal.ie, the marine mammal was spotted swimming near the Poolbeg power plant on Saturday morning (12…
Peter Taaffe (left) and Jimmy Murray (right) present David Ashmore with his powerboat certificate as part of the Irish Nautical Trust's 14-week community based comprehensive Maritime Training Course. The course will cover all aspects of the maritime sector, from piloting a boat to boat maintenance, maritime administration and much more.
"The only proven way young people will get to know their job and environment is learning while doing". That's the verdict of the Irish Nautical Trust's Jimmy Murray, who has launched a new River Liffey-based maritime training course on the…
For one hundred years, from 1818 until 1919, there was a large fleet of sailing trawlers based in Ringsend.
Maritime historian Cormac Lowth will present the final talk in The National Maritime Museum's winter series when he discusses the Sailing Trawlers of Ringsend on Thursday, 24th March at 7.30 pm. For one hundred years, from 1818 until 1919, there was a…

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