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Connemara Airport is Aer Arann Islands’ base on the mainland
#IslandNews - Air service between the Aran Islands and the mainland has been saved for two more weeks after a short-term tender was agreed, as The Irish Times reports. Aer Arann Islands gave notice in June that it would terminate…
Patsy Dan Rodgers, pictured here in 2004, succeeded his father as King of Toraigh in the 1990s
#IslandNews - Tributes have been paid to Patsy Dan Rodgers, the King of Tory Island in Donegal who died late last week aged 74, as The Irish Times reports. President Michael D Higgins was among the first to hail Rodgers,…
Public Invited To Have Their Say On National Marine Planning Framework Report
#OurOceanWealth - A new report aims to brings together a clear picture of all activity in Ireland’s seas for the first time. Published yesterday (Tuesday 18 September), the National Marine Planning Framework Baseline Report has been branded “a key part…
The chair was among flotsam and jetsam salvaged by islanders on Great Blasket after the Lusitania was torpedoed off Ireland in May 1915
#Lusitania - A deck chair recovered from the wreck of the Lusitania by Blasket islanders and restored a century later is planned for public display, as RTÉ News reports. Master craftsman Pat Broderick says he was able to save most…
Volunteers removed half a ton of marine litter from Ireland's Eye
Seastainability and Clean Coasts coordinated a specialised clean-up of Ireland’s Eye off the fishing village of Howth, Co. Dublin. Ken of Ireland’s Eye Ferries offered his support by ferrying 23 volunteers to the island to undertake the mass clean up.…
Replacement girder trusses are fabricated at Gallas Foundry, Isle of Man as part of the restoration of Ramsey Pier - pictured is fabricator Matthew Collister
#IslandNews  - On the Isle of Man, sparks fly as a new future for Ramsey Pier is forged. Fabrication of five replacement lattice trusses writes IOMToday, will support the decking of the Victorian landmark’s first bay is under way at…
Coney Island in Lough Neagh has a history dating back to Neolithic times
#LoughNeagh - The UK’s National Trust is seeking a new warden — or wardens — to care for the historic Coney Island in Lough Neagh, as Belfast Live reports. The island’s restored 19th-century cottage, which until last year was home…
Aerial shot over Aran Islands with shadow of aircraft
#IslandNews - "It’s like Groundhog Day"… reports RTE News as residents on the Aran Islands could be forgiven a touch of dark humour this week, after it emerged that the contract to operate daily flights to and from the mainland…
Connemara Airport near Rossaveal, from where Aer Arann Islands flies its PSO services to the Aran Islands
#AranIslands - Aer Arann Islands has given notice for termination of its PSO contract for the Aran Islands two years ahead of schedule, as RTÉ News reports. The airline will end its flights between the islands and the Galway mainland…
Newbuild Star of Doolin which is to make a delivery voyage from France with an arrival to Doolin, Co. Clare due next week
#IslandNews - Costing €3 million is a new state-of-the-art ferry to serve the Aran Islands which will arrive in Doolin, Co. Clare next week. The eco-friendly Star of Doolin writes Galway BayFM has been commissioned by the Garrihy’s family run-business,…
On Wednesday morning, 18 April the Cape Clear Ferry, Dún Aengus was berthed at her overnight station inside the recently installed Storm Gates, designed to protect the inner harbour. Unfortunately, during the opening of the gate, operated hydraulically one of the stainless steel pipes burst leading to a loss of oil pressure and the gates remained closed, thus trapping the ferry inside, according to the ferry company
The storm gates on Cape Clear Island in West Cork have malfunctioned and the island ferry has been stranded inside the harbour. "We are undergoing a bit of a crisis at the moment as a result," according to the islanders…
The pier at Inis Oírr
#IslandNews - A new pier for Inis Oírr in the Aran Islands is now on the cards, as Galway Bay FM reports. Minister of State Joe McHugh announced funding of €330,000 to appoint consultant engineers for the design and construction…
Tory Island is home to a 150-strong community that feared for its future over the recent ferry link dispute
#IslandNews - Residents of Tory Island have voted in favour of a compromise proposal in their dispute with the State over a new ferry contract. As previously noted on Afloat.ie, people living on the island off the Donegal coast feared…
Queen of Aran which Afloat adds is seen berthed in Dun Aengus Dock, Galway, is the ferry that is to be introduced serving Tory Island off Donegal
#IslandNews - A new ferry service to be introduced in serving Tory Island could lead to the 'extinction' of the community according to a group of concerned islanders. According to the Irish Independent, 'Mná Thorai' claim that a new ferry…
Tory Island’s 150 inhabitants will be served by a 40-year-old ferry come April
#IslandNews - Residents of Tory Island opposed to the introduction of a 40-year-old vessel for their only ferry service to the mainland are set to take their protest to the Dáil next week. As previously noted on Afloat.ie, residents were…
An Taisce Speaks Out Over ‘Cultural Rebranding’ Of Skellig Michael
#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…

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