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General cargo short-sea trader Celtic Spirit docked in Limerick (Ted Russell) Docks which comprises of a single dock basin, one of only two such ports in Ireland, the other is Galway. The scene in Limerick Dock was taken in 2008, just over a decade ago in the month of October, along with the Inland Fisheries Ireland patrol cutter Costantoir Bradan. Both ship and craft have since been sold. Behind the timber loading crane but not visible flows the Shannon Estuary
#ShannonEstuary - The recent return to the Shannon Estuary, almost 100 years later of restored ketch trader Ilen, which Afloat highlighted, sees the sole surviving Irish built ocean-going timber sailing vessel back home in Limerick Docks, writes Jehan Ashmore After…
 The IRC winning J24 Janx Spirit, Tadgh O'Loinsigh from Tralee Bay Sailing Club     
The final races of the Combined Clubs October Series being hosted by the Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland were tough and demanding of crews with a strong northerly wind which reduced temperatures to single figures. The Race Officer Peter…
Competitors lock out a Kilrush Marina for the Combined Club October Series being hosted by the Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland
All changed at the top of the leaderboard of the Combined Club October Series being hosted by the Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland on the Shannon Estuary. Last Sunday the 21st of October, the fleet of twenty-six boats were…
Shannon Estuary Cutter 'Sally O'Keeffe' in winning mode
The largest fleet to have gathered for an October Series along the west coast in a number of years came together this Sunday on the Shannon Estuary in the Combined Clubs October Series being hosted by the Royal Western Yacht…
A tug assists a tanker off a jetty on the Shannon estuary.
#ShannonEstuary - The Limerick Leader writes that an environmental NGO has secured permission to bring a High Court challenge against An Bord Pleanala's decision to extend planning permission to develop a Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) terminal on the Shannon Estuary.…
Handling of wind-turbine blades from a vessel docked at Foynes Port, Co. Limerick, the main port on the Shannon Estuary is part of SFPC operations.
#ShannonEstuary - Maintaining a strong growth pattern last year, Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC), delivering a record EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) of €6.6million, its annual report reveals. In what was the third consecutive year of record profits…
Liadh Ní Riada, Ireland South MEP has hit back at Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan
#ShannonEstuary - Liadh Ní Riada, the Ireland South MEP writes Limerick Leader has hit back at Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan, after he criticised her for supporting a maritime cluster in Cork and neighbouring ports. Limerick TD O’Donovan, Fine Gael,…
A Motorways of the Seas seminar is to take place on Friday, 18 May at the Savoy in Limerick City.
#ShannonEstuary - Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC) will host a 'Motorways of the Sea' seminar at the Savoy Hotel, Limerick City on this Friday, 18 May. The event is free though in order to attend, registration in advance is essential…
The expansion will create capacity for the worlds largest cargo vessels to travel and unload at Foynes where above Afloat adds is the bulk-carrier Foxtrot. Also berthed are Mainport Group's Celtic Rebel and Celtic Isle - the latter tug is currently in Cork City Quays.
#ShannonEstuary - This month work will begin on the first element of a major restructuring of the port of Foynes in Co Limerick. According to RTE News, it is part of a €50m investment in transforming the port into one…
Failte Ireland's Geraldine Larner with overseas buyers on a trip to Scattery Island with Irene hamilton of Scattery Island Tours off the Co Clare coast
Six times as many tourists can now experience the hidden gem that is Scattery Island as Scattery Island Tours has secured a new 70 passenger ship for its daily trips to the monastic island.  Following on the success of its…
At close quarters: the amidships of Arklow Mill, a 14,990dwt bulk-carrier at the Aughinish Alumina facility's jetty from where the majority of bauxite processed at the plant on the Shannon estuary is imported from Guinea in west Africa, with the remainder of the rock sourced from Brazil.  The finished product, alumina, is then exported for further processing through smelting.
#ShannonEstuary -  A private meeting between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and management of the Russian-owned alumina producing plant in Askeaton, Co Limerick, was held yesterday as “concern” mounted over the plant’s continued operations, and the future of its 450 workforce. As…
The plan to transform 75 acres of Limerick docklands (including Ted Russell Docks) into an economic hub will involve at least €100m of development.
#ShannonEstuary - Plans to transform 75 acres of Limerick docklands estate writes The Irish Times, into an economic hub will create more than 1,000 jobs and involve a minimum of €100 million of development, organisers have said. The Shannon Foynes…
One of the most attractive boats to be built in Ireland in the past decade, the 25ft Shannon Estuary cutter Sally O’Keeffe will be the focal point of a pub gathering in Carrigaholt on the Loop Head peninsula on the night of Friday 23rd February.
Though it may not look it on a map which emphasises the extensive low water limits, at high water the Loop Head Peninsula in southwest County Clare is almost an island writes W M Nixon. Only a couple of small…
Bulk-carrier Foxtrot berthed at Foynes Port where new EU funding is on the way to the Co. Limerick port which is to position itself as a major European port post-Brexit. Afloat adds the Puffin as seen underway is a work/mooring lines boat from Aughinish Jetty further upriver. The former Irish Lights buoy tug/tender had been based in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
#ShannonEstuary - Another boost this week for Shannon Foynes Port Company, is the news that funding worth more than €4m is on the way from the European Union. As the Limerick Leader writes the company has been cleared for almost…
A festive group of Foynes sailors pictured during the open dinghy series on the Estuary
Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary finished on a high for the 2017 season just in time for Christmas with a festive theme for the final day of Sylver Refrigeration Open Dinghy November Series running every Sunday in the month. Organisers…
Cllr Emmett O'Brien after rowing from Ringmoylan to Labasheeda
Leisure rowers and adventure tourists could be enjoying the delights and challenges of the Shannon Estuary if a new wave of eco-adventure tourism is realised, writes Andrew Carey in Limerick. That is according to Emmett O'Brien, the Pallaskenry native and…

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