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The 2022 Colours Boat Races coin toss took place on Sunday, 5th March at the dining hall of Trinity College Dublin, overseen by the Minister for Sport and Physical Education, Thomas Byrne. Pictured left to right are Isabel Doyle, Captain of Dublin University Boat Club; Alicia O’ Neill, Captain of Dublin University Ladies Boat Club, Minister for Sport and Physical Education; Thomas Byrne, Ellie Scott, Captain of UCD Women’s Boat Club and Shauna Fitzsimons, Captain of UCD Men’s Boat Club. Dublin University Boat Club won the toss and will take the north station for the Gannon Cup and the Dan Quinn shield. Dublin University Ladies Boat Club won their coin toss and chose to race on the north station for the Corcoran Cup and the Sally Moorhead Trophy.
The 73rd Colours Rowing Race between Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin will occur on Saturday, 25th March from 12:30 pm. The race sees Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin go head-to-head again on the Liffey, racing from…
Emer O’Neill, broadcaster, author & activist is pictured at Dublin Port Company at the launch of the 16th annual Aware Harbour2Harbour Walk which takes place on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday 17th March with Stephen Butterly, Head of Fundraising & Business Development at Aware (left) and Barry O’Connell, Chief Executive at Dublin Port Company
Broadcaster, author and activist Emer O’Neill today launched the 16th annual Aware Harbour2Harbour Walk which will take place on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday 17th March from 10.30 am. Over 2,000 enthusiastic walkers are expected to take on the 26km challenge,…
Irish Coast Guard personnel with an SAR helicopter in the sky overhead
The Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association will host an illustrated lecture next week by Joe Ryan reflecting on the coastguard in Ireland over the last 200 years. Joe spent 12 years at sea as a radio officer responsible for the…
River Liffey All in a Row organiser Dave Kelly with the IUSRU at the prizegiving at the Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club
The All In A Row Liffey Challenge was held in early December on the capital’s River Liffey with the challenge for the rowers to smash a 1,000km target in eight hours. Fifty skiffs, kayaks, canoes, dragon boats and currachs were…
Cruising Club of America Blue Water Medallist Paddy Barry
Cruising Club of America Blue Water Medallist Paddy Barry and Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association President Adrian Spence have taken on the Arctic cruising challenge in a variety of craft over the years. But in 2022, they combined forces to…
The former Aran Islands ferry Naomh Eanna listing heavily on Saturday inher berth off Dublin's Grand Canal Basin
The long saga of the future of the former Galway to Aran Islands ferry ship Naomh Eanna entered a new chapter during the recent cold snap, when she began to take on a list through the ingress of water into…
The 1954-vintage George Bushe-built Crosshaven skiff Lorelei moves past the Central Bank on Dublin’s River Liffey, rowed by the Stella Maris club of Ringsend in 2021’s All In A Row Charity Challenge
The ‘All in a Row’ charity challenge for 2022 is coming to the Dublin’s River Liffey on Saturday 3 December with teams looking to smash a target of 1,000km rowed in eight hours. Forty skiffs, four Dragon boats, kayaks, canoes…
Outgoing Secretary Darryl Hughes, maritime historian Cormac Lowth and President Adrian Spence at Saturday's AGM of the Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association in the Poolbeg Y&BC in Dublin Port
The Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association is now the central organisation for the OGA in Ireland, following the absorption of the Northern Ireland branch, which supplied the re-elected President, Adrian "Stu" Spence. His home port is in Ringhaddy Sound in…
Kevin Barr with on left Geraldine Mullen (the lady who he saved from Lough Foyle) and on right Ceann Comhairle Sean O'Fearghail T.D., who received a Gold medal at the Oireachtas National Bravery awards
Several marine and river rescues merited national bravery awards presented at Farmleigh House in Dublin on Friday. Greencastle Coast Guard unit member Kevin Barr was presented with a gold medal for rescuing Geraldine Mullan from Lough Foyle, Co Donegal, on…
Dublin Port Scholarship 21st Anniversary -  Cecile Ndeley, Scholarship Recipient, Sibheal Toner, Former Scholarship Recipient, Marie Fitzpatrick, Scholarship Recipient
Dublin Port Company (DPC) is celebrating 21 years of its Scholarship Programme. In this anniversary year, 24 new recipients from the port’s local communities have been awarded scholarships for 2022. The Dublin Port Scholarship Programme is the longest-running education bursary…
The view eastward over modern Ringsend. At first glance it seems totally tamed, with the formerly anarchic waterfront along the banks of the River Dodder (running left to right across photo foreground) now neatly tidied, while the south bank of the Liffey is kept in order by the dual carriageway accessing the Eastlink Bridge. But a “magic maritime space” has been preserved to provide room for Poolbeg Y&BC with its marina and mooring area, while there’s waterfront access and pontoons for the thriving Stella Maris and St Patrick’s Rowing Club
When the multi-talented John B Kearney (1879-1967) retired from a distinguished career in Dublin Port in 1944, he re-focused most of his attention on his parallel interest as a yacht designer and builder. It was an enduring passion that went…
the marine artist Richard Brydges Beechey, who lived and worked in Dublin for many years
Nobody knows how maritime researcher and historian Cormac Lowth does it all. But while most of us are still absorbing his recently-launched encyclopaedic book about the once hugely active Ringsend sailing trawler fleet, he has been re-focusing on another of…
The Ringsend sailing trawler 'Irene'
“Broken hoops on the shore; at the land a maze of dark cunning nets; farther away chalk scrawled backdoors and on the higher beach a drying line with two crucified shirts. Ringsend: wigwams of brown steersman and master mariners. Human…
The Brixham-style fishing cutter St Patrick was probably the largest of her type ever built, yet this super-trawler of her day wasn't built in Brixham in Devon, but in Ringsend in Dublin in 1887 by the Murphy family, who designed, built, managed, manned and fished this superbly seaworthy craft from their Ringsend base
Cormac Lowth of Dublin is a one-man Irish maritime history institute, the first and last port of call for anyone seeking the facts about some aspect of our seagoing history, whether it's obscure or supposedly well-known. Quite how he carries…
Competitors in a previous Liffey Swim
The annual Liffey Swim was held in Dublin city centre on Saturday (24 September) with nearly 500 people taking part, as RTÉ News reports. Dublin Swimming Club’s Ken Dent took the men’s honours, leading from the outset and setting a…
A dream emerges from the mist - ST Grace O'Malley Arrives In The Liffey
When we remember that as recently as 1576, the most memorable visit to the Dublin area by the Connacht Pirate Queen Grace O'Malley resulted in her kidnapping of the heir to Howth Castle in a dispute about the hospitality -…

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