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Conor O'Brien's Saoirse departs Dun Laoghaire  on her round-the-world voyage
Following Vincent Murphy's presentation on the life of circumnavigator Conor O’Brien at Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary last Friday evening, Professor Patrick Frawley, a member of the Club, and a native of Foynes donated an unedited version of one of…
Foynes Yacht Club's RNLI Quiz winners  were Mary McCormack, Amelie Brogan, Bev Lowes (Commodore), Isabel O’Shea, and Sarah Guina
Foynes Yacht Club's annual RNLI Quiz has raised €710 for the lifesaving charity.  The quiz winners were the Foynes Yacht Club Sailing Instructors; Mary McCormack, Amelie Brogan, Bev Lowes (Commodore), Isabel O’Shea, and Sarah Guina. Tonight, the Shannon Estuary club will hear…
Solo circumnavigator Conor O’Brien on board the Kelpie
Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary welcomes Vincent Murphy on Friday evening, 13th January, at 7.30 pm, to give a 100th-anniversary presentation on the life of the late circumnavigator Conor O’Brien. In 1923-25, O'Brien became the first amateur skipper…
Duncan Kerin of the Royal Western YC of Kilrush accepting the First 40 Ariel's Prize For Third In Class 4 In The Sydney-Hobart Race
It's seventeen years since the Royal Western of Ireland YC of Kilrush on the Shannon Estuary was represented on the Sydney-Hobart Race Prizewinners Podium. Back in 2005, Ger O'Rourke with his then-new Cookson 50 Chieftain RWIYC took an impressive first…
Shannon Foynes Port welcomes the government's interim report on the estuary as a premier location for the offshore renewable energy sector and as a transport hub for the nation.
The Shannon Foynes Port Company has welcomed the backing by the government of the Shannon Estuary as a premier location for offshore renewable energy in addition as a transport hub for Ireland. Tanaiste Leo Varadkar on Monday published the interim…
Big country. The MOD 70 Phaedo 3 (Lloyd Thornburg) flys past Inishtearaght in the Blasket islands during her record-breaking round Ireland circuit in 2016
When you sail west past Mizen Head in the deep south, or Malin Head in the far north, you know you’re getting into the real Atlantic territory, where they do things differently afloat and ashore. For although the hundreds of…
The ESB and the Shannon Airport Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore the development of a “hydrogen lighthouse” project in the environment surrounding the airport’s site, on the Shannon Estuary. The project aims to explore the…
In this freight scene during the 1980's at the Port of Foynes is where the service linking Limerick ran until closing in 2001. Behind the freight yard depot, the wheelhouse of a ship can be seen at the Shannon estuary port.
Work is to start at the Shannon estuary Port of Foynes of the first phase to reopen the railway line to Limerick which is to carry freight but also the possibility to return a passenger service. To mark the reopening…
Shannon Foynes Port has said that their masterplan will lead to a significant economic impact in the region including opportunities for Fenit Port in Co. Kerry.
Shannon Foynes Port Company which is Ireland’s second largest port operator, has said that the Shannon Estuary Vision 2041 Masterplan needs to start now. That’s the view of the Port's CEO Pat Keating on the masterplan which the Minister for the…
Eternal youth - the Shannon Estuary's community-bult cutter Sally O'Keeffe (racing here in the RWIYC October Series 2022 at Kilrush) exudes a remarkable spirit of tradition allied to youthful enthusiasm
The 25ft gaff cutter Sally O'Keeffe, built by a community group at Querrin on the Loop Head Peninsula under the guidance of master shipwright Steve Morris of Kilrush, to a design by Myles Stapleton of Malahide as a miniature synthesis…
On the Waterford estuary, Dollar Bay surveyors used kayaks to get to inaccessible shores and could track how far the honeycomb reef extended along the shore
Coastwatch has appealed for volunteers to join its annual autumn shore survey, which runs from mid-September to mid-October. “This is now one of the longest standing citizen science projects in Ireland,” Coastwatch founder Karin Dubsky says. ” It’s a basic…
Loop Head writer Marc Ó Riain
The Last of the Light is a collection of memories, short stories and beautiful images from the Loop Head peninsula by Kilkee writer Marc Ó Riain. The author aimed to capture “the images, sounds and smells, the very taste of…
Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC) Chief Executive Pat Keating
The Shannon Estuary can become an international floating offshore wind and related green fuels generation hub, according to the Chief Executive of the Port Company, Pat Keating, who today welcomed the expression of interest’ tender for works on the 42km…
As Afloat previously reported, the Dublin Bay Mermaid National Championships were held on the 2nd to 6th of August on the Shannon Estuary at Foynes. 16 boats took to the start line with many favourites of old competing for the…
The 188 Innocence crew Darragh and Mark McCormack, and Cathal McMahon in the lead on the home waters of the Shannon Estuary
Commodore John Paul Buckley welcomed all competitors and their families to Foynes for the Dublin Bay Mermaid championship, Paul Browne, President of the Mermaid Sailing Association, said a few words on their behalf, and Scorie Walls, OOD, did the briefing. Conditions…
Flying the flag for Ukraine and Clare – Seol Sionna’s new St Ayles skiff Ealu from Kilrush has a paint finish honouring both beleaguered Ukraine and the Banner County. Providing the rowing power on her traditional sunwise circuit of Scattery Island are James Madigan, Sean Walsh, Aisling Heaps, Peter Ranalow and John Kennedy
When it came to painting the new St Ayles skiff Ealu built by Seol Sionnas (the owners of the much-admired traditional cutter Sally O’Keeffe) under the direction of Steve Morris in Kilrush Boatyard, it was “No Contest” as regards décor…

Shannon Foynes Port Information

Shannon Foynes Port (SFPC) are investing in an unprecedented expansion at its general cargo terminal, Foynes, adding over two-thirds the size of its existing area. In the latest phase of a €64 million investment programme, SFPC is investing over €20 million in enabling works alone to convert 83 acres on the east side of the existing port into a landbank for marine-related industry, port-centric logistics and associated infrastructure. The project, which will be developed on a phased basis over the next five years, will require the biggest infrastructure works programme ever undertaken at the port, with the entire 83 acre landbank having to be raised by 4.4 metres. The programme will also require the provision of new internal roads and multiple bridge access as well as roundabout access.