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Dinghy sailing at the Royal Western Yacht Club's Splash & Sail day on the Shannon Estuary
The Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland at Kilrush on the Shannon Estuary opened its sailing season with a ‘Splash & Sail’ day of celebration to launch the dinghy sailing fleet and club kayaks. The event was attended by many…
Gentle start to a great voyage – Saoirse getting under way in Dun Laoghaire on June 20th 1923
Barry Keane and Tony Doherty of Mountaineering Ireland have formally proposed that commemorative postage stamps be issued to celebrate the up-coming Centenary of Conor O’Brien’s pioneering voyage round the world south of the Great Capes with his Irish-built 42ft ketch…
Shannon Foynes Port Company (L-R) Ronan Keane, Construction Director NIARON, John Carlton, Engineering and Port Services Manager Shannon Foynes Port Company, Francis Cleary, Contracts Manager NIARON and Niall Keane, Health Safety Environmental Quality Manager NIARON.
A record €28million investment in jetty infrastructure and a port logistics park has been announced by Shannon Foynes Port Company today in a significant step in transitioning the Shannon Estuary into a major international renewable energy supply-chain hub. The unprecedented…
The Russian-flagged general cargo vessel, Pola Anatolia
The Russian-flagged general cargo vessel, Pola Anatolia, has arrived at Foynes Port in County Limerick after a seven-day voyage from Kaliningrad. The Baltic port of Kaliningrad is the only ice-free port of Russia. It is home to the headquarters of…
Taskforce Boost to Shannon Estuary as terms of reference agreed for new group. Above the Shannon ferry which connects counties Limerick and Clare.
A new group charged with changing the face of the Shannon Estuary has seen its terms of reference published this week. Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD has published the details for the Shannon Estuary…
Steve Morris at the centre of the skiff-building group in Kilrush. Pandemic mask precautions are a good idea in any case when you’re using epoxy resins
Kilrush may be best known internationally these days as the place where the Dublin Bay 21 fleet - originally from 1902 - is being re-born through the developing skills of the Steve Morris-led boat-building team in the south Clare harbour…
Cruiser racing on the Shannon Estuary
The Notice of Race and Entry Form for June's West Coast of Ireland (WIORA) Championship being hosted by the Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland has been published. This year will see a change to the usual format as the…
The Ilen in Greenland in 2019 (left), and her route to London (right) in 2022, planned for late April.
The last timber-built sailing trading ship in Ireland, the 56ft Ilen, will set off from the river port of Limerick on the Shannon in April, bound for the great river city of London on the Thames in England writes Gary…
An Cósta Thiar - a new TG4 Maritime TV series
The "culture, challenges and benefits" of living on the Atlantic seaboard are explored in a new TG4 Maritime TV series broadcast from this week. Áine Ní Bhreisleáin, presenter of Bladhaire on Raidió na Gaeltachta and co-presenter of Beo ar Éigean…
Competitors at Foynes Yacht Club's SRL Frostbite Open Dinghy Series on the Shannon Estuary
There was great excitement at Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary for the return of their SRL Frostbite Open Dinghy Series, after a two-year hiatus writes FYC Dinghy Class Captain, Mary McCormack Six races were held over four weekends. Conditions…
Kilrush RNLI lifeboat operations manager Shawna Johnson with the station’s inshore lifeboat
Nine months into her role as lifeboat operations manager at Kilrush RNLI, Shawna Johnson is preparing for her first Christmas on call since taking up the management of the Co Clare lifeboat station. As the charity launches its Christmas appeal,…
Shannon Foynes took part in the first ever Irish Ports Safety Week with a berthing procedure exercise involving the petroleum products tanker Thun Gemini as seen arriving at Foynes Port.
As part of the inaugural Irish Port Safety Week, among the ports participating was Shannon Foynes Port Company and which involved the call of a short-sea petroleum products tanker, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Thun Gemini arrived to the Shannon Estuary…
Royal Western October Series racing
The Shannon Estuary's RWYCI October Series concluded this weekend on the 30th of October. The series had scheduled races over the first four Sundays and the final Saturday in October. Racing was cancelled due to bad weather on the first…
Once upon a time…….the Limerick trading ketch Ilen in pre-pandemic times, cruising the coast of Greenland in July 2019
They do things differently in Limerick and along the west coast. Where other migrating birds of passage head south as winter approaches, the restored 56ft trading ketch Ilen of 1926-vintage is departing her usual base in the Shannon Estuary today…
The restored trading ketch Ilen floodlit off the modern section of the Limerick waterfront to launch Mental Health Week in her home city
The Ilen Marine School's 56ft-restored trading ketch Ilen of 1926 vintage is already renowned for her good work when taking part in the Sailing Into Wellness programme. It's one of the ship's many interests that were vividly high-lighted at her…
The way of a ship at sea….
While everyone else was staring goggle-eyed at rapidly-changing and decidedly hostile weather charts last Thursday, and wondering whether the weekend's racing was going to be possible at all, in typical style the always-amazing Gary MacMahon was at sea off our…

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.

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