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 Aer Lingus flight EI 712 had left from Cork Airport at 10:32 a.m. on a direct service to Heathrow Airport, London. The 50th anniversary of the St.Phelim Aer Lingus tragedy in which the 4 crew and 57 passengers all died is to be commemorated at Rosslare on Saturday, March 24
The 50th anniversary of the St.Phelim Aer Lingus tragedy in which the 4 crew and 57 passengers all died is to be commemorated at Rosslare on Saturday, March 24 next. There will be a wreath laying ceremony at the crash site…
Refugees rescued by the Irish Naval Service fell in numbers from 7,029 to 1,888 after a change in policy. Above: Naval Service flagship, LÉ Eithne in the Mediterranean.
#Navy - Refugees rescued by Irish Naval Service vessels involved in humanitarian operations fell in numbers from 7,029 in 2016 to 1,888 last year, after a change in policy to focus on security operations targeting smugglers and a drop in…
IMERC in Ringaskiddy was wound down in early 2017 following an unfavourable report commissioned by UCC and CIT
#IMERC - Documents seen by the Irish Examiner show that the Naval Service was against the shutting of the Irish Marine and Energy Research Cluster (IMERC) earlier this year. A joint marine research initiative of CIT’s National Maritime College of…
The Naval Service base occupies most of Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour
#CorkHarbour - Independent.ie reports that firefighters have extinguished a blaze that broke out last night (Thursday 21 December) at the Naval Service base on Haulbowline Island. The incident began around 9pm in a disused warehouse next to the officers’ mess…
L.É. Niamh, second ship on the left seen underway as part of a six-strong EU naval flotilla that carried out a EUnavfor Operation Sophia 'anti-people trafficking' exercise held late last month in the Mediterranean Sea.
#LENiamhHomecoming - L.É. Niamh returned to Cork Harbour anchorage overnight just in time for Christmas, having carried out a new historic first for the Irish Naval Service in the participation of Operation Sophia, writes Jehan Ashmore Afloat continued tracking the OPV80…
The shipyard constructing the Irish Naval Service OPV to be named LÉ George Bernard Shaw, also contributed in the building of the UK Royal Navy's largest and most expensive warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth. The £3.1bn aircraft carrier is to be commissioned into service and as flagship at 12 noon today at Portsmouth Naval Base.
#GBShaw/QE – The shipyard currently constructing an Irish Naval Service OPV, also contributed in building the UK’s Royal Navy’s largest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, an aircraft carrier that is to be commissioned into service at 12 noon today, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Several members of the Wives & Partners of the Defence Forces (WDPF) group are seen protesting outside Leinster House yesterday. This was followed last night with an overnight vigil held outside the Dáil. Afloat adds that the Naval Service's OPV LE Niamh is currently tasked overseas as part of the Eunavfor Med Operation Sophia which is attempting to tackle the issues of people-smuggling from north Africa.
#Navy - More than 100 people writes RTE News have taken part in a protest over pay and conditions for rank and file members of the Defence Forces. The demonstration was organised by the Wives & Partners of the Defence…
The winning J109 Joker 2 – a winning Defence Forces crew was assembled in a matter of months for the inaugural international inter-service sailing contest at Cork Week 2016
With nine confirmed entries already for the 2018 edition of the Beaufort Cup, Cork Week Chairman Kieran O'Connell of Royal Cork Yacht Club says it promises to be a great event. '2016 was the inaugural event and we saw 12…
The “Álvaro de Bazán” class frigate belongs to the 31st Escort Squadron based in Ferrol, Corunna in north-west Spain.
#SpainScotland - French Navy ships are currently visiting Dublin Port with more to come among them the Spanish that also participated in Joint Warrior 172, Europe's largest military exercise for some time that had taken place off Scotland, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Command and tanker ship Somme in Toulon. The Mediterranean port is one of several bases of the French Navy.
#FrenchFriday- A flotilla from the French Navy are all scheduled to have arrived to Dublin Port this Friday and in the capital the French embassy will on Saturday take part in 'Open House Dublin' this weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. Originally a…
Top - the new Irish Ferries William Butler Yeats and above the Navy's new patrol vessel William Butler Yeats
Hello and you’re welcome to the weekly MacSweeney Podcast… The procedures and practices involved in the naming of ships once appeared to be the product of evolution and tradition, then became the choice of politicians – at least as far…
LÉ Niamh begins a return voyage to the Mediterranean today
#Navy - The LÉ Niamh is headed for the Mediterranean today (Friday 6 October) for the Naval Service’s first ever role in an operation directly targeting human traffickers. As BreakingNews.ie reports, the EU mission Operation Sophia aims to intercept boats…
The Irish Naval Service OPV, LE James Joyce on the first full of day arrival to the naval base headquarters on Haulbowline Island, Cork Harbour in 2015. The second OPV90 class newbuild is rafted alongside flagship L.E. Eithne at the oil berth.
#navy - Concerns have been played down by the Taoiseach as to the number of personnel quitting the Defence Forces has left the combined strength of the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service at a 50-year low. As The Irish…
Naval and army personnel on board the helideck of flagship L.E Eithne. A recent report commissioned by the Defence Forces found it is now at a “critical point” with staff numbers well below the target of 9,500.
#navy - A new recruitment competition has been opened by the Defence Forces writes The Irish Times, but this is amid concerns over dwindling troop numbers in the military. Announcing the recruitment drive on Wednesday, Minister of State for Defence…
Sally is heading for warmer waters in October
'After almost five months of giving her tender loving care, the latest sea turtle rescued in Kerry is to head for Warmer Spanish waters'. Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium, writes Tom MacSweeney, says that the turtle, brought to the Aquarium “for some much-needed…
A Spring tide helped carry the fleet into the harbour at 3pm for the end of the Naval Race
Kieran & Liz O'Brien's MG335 Magnet was the IRC all–in winner of Cork Harbour's Naval Race on Sunday. White Sails IRC was Pat Barrett/Roy Hanan's Plumbat writes Bob Bateman. As well as a race in itself this year's 15-boat Naval Race formed one of…

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