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Cape Clear Distillers (from left) Seán Ó Drisceoil, Noreen Court, Chris Mason, Mairtín Ó Méaloid, Ruth Court & Samantha Parsons
Cape Clear Island Distillery, Ireland’s newest and only offshore Island distillery confirmed its first distillations last week with the first bottles of gin produced on Thursday 7th November last. Its been a turbulent few months for the new operation which…
Dun Aengus on Inis Mór
Galway Bay FM reports that almost €100,000 has been ring-fenced for the completion of coastal protection works on Inis Mór in the Aran Islands. The works will focus on arresting erosion at the island’s coastal cemetery, which locals fear will…
New Book On Clare Island ‘Shines Spotlight On Its Richness Of Life’
One hundred years ago, Irish naturalist Robert Lloyd Praeger led a survey of the natural history and cultural heritage of Clare Island in Co Mayo at a level of detail greater than any area of comparable size at that time.…
Pictured (l-r): Professor Derek O’Keeffe, NUI Galway, Steven Flynn, Skytango, Wayne Floyd, Survey Drones Ireland and Mark Daly, Vodafone Ireland with the world’s first diabetes drone. The drone completed the first autonomous, beyond visible line of sight drone delivery of insulin, connected by Vodafone IoT, from Connemara Airport to Inis Mór in the Aran Islands. The diabetes drone was given special research permission from the Irish Aviation Authority to show the possibility of future deliveries of this kind within planned drone corridors. Photo: Andrew Downes, Xposure
An aviation “first” has been recorded on the Atlantic corridor between Connemara and the Aran Islands with the delivery of medication by a drone writes Lorna Siggins The Wingcopter 178 Heavy Lift drone flew diabetes prescription medications and a collection of…
Óstan Thóraigh is located right at Tory Island’s main harbour
Brexit uncertainty as well as VAT increases have been cited by the estate agent handling the sale of a Tory Island hotel for its failure to secure a buyer, as The Irish Times reports. Afloat.ie noted in April that the…
Ireland’s Eye just off Howth in North Co Dublin
Howth’s iconic Ireland’s Eye has been purchased by investment group Tetrarch Capital, TheJournal.ie comfirms. The island — which is an important breeding spot for many seabirds — was included in the recent sale of Howth Castle and demesne by the…
Commodore John Kavanagh, formerly Officer Commanding Naval Service. In 1979 as Captain John Kavanagh, he was in command of the LE Deirdre which played a central role in the Fastnet Disaster Rescue and was on station for longer than any other vessel
The significant role played by the Irish Naval Service in the 1979 Fastnet Race Disaster has sometimes been overlooked in the dramatic images of helicopters and lifeboats in direct action writes W Nixon. But in fact the LE Deirdre under…
Scattery Island, Co Clare, is one of many islands holding events for heritage week.
As part of Heritage Week (17-25 August) the programme includes a selection of lovely islands and a wide range of activities to entice you. From waltzing on Scattery Island, Co Clare or learning about boatbuilding on Bere Island there are…
Inis Mór in the Aran Islands
Island life, in all its challenges, also harbours opportunity for the transition to renewable energy — and the people of the Aran Islands are putting that into practice. Juliette Gash reports for RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland from the Galway…
Omey islander Maggie Coohill, who has initiated a petition to have bones excavated on the island over 30 years ago returned for a Christian burial
On the eve of Connemara’s Omey island races, relatives of islanders have initiated a petition seeking the urgent return of bones removed during an archaeological excavation writes Lorna Siggins Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan has also been urged to intervene to…
The new Spike Island ferry operated by Doyle Shipping
A new Cork Harbour ferry has been launched to Spike Island to coincide with the opening of a major new exhibition there, and it's hoped these initiatives will lead to a rise in tourist visitor numbers writes Bob Bateman. The ferry, named…
Newly Connected Arranmore Appeals Around The World For New Residents
The community of Arranmore is appealing to people around the world to consider bolstering their numbers on the island off Co Donegal. The Gaeltacht island, northwest of Dungloe, recently became Ireland’s first offshore digital hub thanks to Three Ireland’s mobile…
The property comprising the two cottages and outbuildings, adjacent to the now automated lighthouse on Rathlin O’Birne Island
Just €75,000 is the asking price for two fixer-upper lightest keeper’s cottages on a Donegal island, as BreakingNews.ie reports. The cottages, which boast six bedrooms between them, are located on Rathlin O’Birne Island, some three nautical miles west of the…
Tánaiste welcomes leaders from 31 small island developing states for Our Ocean Wealth Summit held in Cork. Below: White Bay Beach in Cork Harbour
The Irish state is particularly aware of the threat climate change poses through sea level rises, given its island status, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said. As The Irish Times reports, Mr Coveney and Minister for the Marine Michael Creed are…
Ballot boxes were taken aboard the ferry to Árainn Mhór (Arranmore), Co. Donegal. Above AFLOAT adds is the wheelhouse of an Aranmore Ferry Co carferry which operates a 15 minutes service to and from Burtonport on the mainland.
RTE News reports that for more than 2,000 people who live off the coasts of Donegal, Mayo and Galway polling day in the Local and European elections is today. This is expected to be the last time that islanders will…
Bottlenose dolphin playing with a paddleboarder in front of Dalkey Island
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is currently carrying out a visitor survey for Dalkey Island to assist in the long-term management and protection of a key historical and ecological site in Dublin Bay. Dalkey Island, which is owned by the council,…

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