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Eugene Garrihy (far right) with shipbuilders on board the vessel in the early stage of the build at the OCEA Shipbuilding plant in La Rochelle, France
Ferry
Accessing Ireland’s most popular offshore destination, the Aran Islands, and the Cliffs of Moher by sea is to get a lot more comfortable, faster and environmentally friendly thanks to a record investment by one of the best known sea faring…
An Taisce Speaks Out Over ‘Cultural Rebranding’ Of Skellig Michael
Island News
#StarWars - Tourism chiefs’ “cultural rebranding” of Skellig Michael on the back of its appearance in the new Star Wars film threatens to push visitor numbers to “unsustainable levels”, says An Taisce. According to The Irish Times, Ireland’s national trust…
The billboard calls on passing starships from the New Republic to pay a visit to Ireland's shores
Island News
#StarWars - Tourism Ireland’s latest ad campaign for the Wild Atlantic Way has gone literally stratospheric, as RTÉ News reports. Skellig Michael is front and centre in what Irish tourism chiefs are calling their ‘first space tourism campaign’, which saw…
Kilronan Harbour, Inishmore (Inis Mór) the largest of the three Aran Islands. Residents have welcomed in the securing of a new five-year ferry service contract with Aran Ferries Teo.
Island News
#IslandNews - A new five-year ferry contract from residents on the Aran Islands has been welcomed, as the deal will guarantee daily services to each of the three islands. Details of the Public Service Obligation contract reports RTE News were…
Coney Island in Lough Neagh has a history dating back to Neolithic times
Island News
#LoughNeagh - After two decades as warden of Coney Island in Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland’s ‘Robinson Crusoe’ has sailed on, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. Peter McClelland won out over 400 applicants in 1998 for the prize position of caretaker…
The fin whale carcass was discovered washed up on Arranmore over the weekend
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Residents on Arranmore off the Donegal coast were surprised to find a rare whale carcass washed up on their island over the weekend. According to BBC News, the 20-metre cetacean is believed to be a fin whale, an…
Scattery island in the Shannon Estuary
Cruising
Clare County Council has welcomed the inclusion of County Clare into the marketing programme for the Cool Route project which aims to grow numbers of private craft, super-yachts and passenger liners visiting the coastlines of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the…
Skellig Michael will appear on cinema screens the world over this December in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Island News
#SkelligMichael - Skellig Michael’s visitor season, which closes today (Tuesday 3 October), may be extended to cater for “exceptional” demand. RTÉ News reports that the Office of Public Works (OPW) has confirmed it is reviewing a possible extension to the…
Concerns have been raised by islanders of Tory over the use of an interim ferry until a replacement is introduced
Island News
#islandnews - News that a new ferry has been sanctioned for Tory Island off Co. Donegal has been welcomed – but there are still concerns over what vessel will be used until the new ferry comes on line. According to…
The current ferry, Afloat adds named God Met Ons III, can carry 15 cars and 90 passengers, must be replaced by 2018
Island News
#islandnews - The Kerryman writes that the ferry service to Valentia Island is a vital asset to all south-west of the county and should be given the financial support it needs to continue into the future. That was the view…
Valentia island ferry, God Met Ons III
Island News
#islandnews- An island ferry says Fáilte Ireland cannot be included, such a new ferry was felt to be crucial for tourism in the South-West, among major projects eligible for grant aid. As the Irish Examiner writes, EU rules governing state…
Tenders for an Aran Islands service are sought from Department for Gaaltacht Affairs
Island News
#islandnews - Tenders for the provision of an Aran Islands-Ros a Mhil passenger ferry service are been requested from the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. The contract according to Galway Bay fm would be for the…
Well steered, sir! A traditional Achill yawl negotiates the narrow passage through Achill’s seldom-opened bridge at the special opening on Sunday
Island News
The Michael Davitt Bridge that connects Achill Island to the mainland was officially opened by leading Irish land reformer Michael Davitt on 31st August 1887, making 2017 its 130th anniversary. Construction began on a replacement Michael Davitt Bridge in 1948,…
Marine Wildlife watching boats at Cape Clear Harbour
Island News
It may be just three miles long by one mile wide but there's heaps of maritime activity on Ireland’s southern most inhabited Gaeltacht island, Cape Clear.  Removed from the hustle and bustle of mainland life, Cape Clear offers relaxation, nature…
Pleasure craft from small fishing boats, runabouts and RIBs to larger yachts are rafted up at North Harbour on Cape Clear in West Cork. New pontoon facilities will be installed this Summer
Coastal Notes
The good news for West Cork boaters is that the €200,000 pontoons procured for Cape Clear island's North Harbour will be installed this Summer. And as our photo taken this week shows there's little doubt that they will be put…
Caribbean or the Channel Islands? Can you tell the difference? Research reveals 80% of Brits can’t
Ferry
#WhichIslands - If this photo reminds you of a tropical escape, you’re not alone! Research has revealed that, on average, almost 80% of Brits mistook photographs of the Channel Islands for the Caribbean, New Zealand and other exotic destinations around…
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