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 Ilen secure for the winter in the Ted Russell Dock in Limerick, where there are daily reminders that this is very much a working port, and Limerick is a manufacturing town
The restored 1926-built 56ft ketch Ilen proudly tells us on her transom that her home port is Limerick writes W M Nixon. And while Limerick may have come to prominence as a raiding base and trading centre for the Vikings…
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.…
The Great Skellig as seen from the Limerick-bound ketch Ilen this (Saturday) afternoon
The restored Conor O’Brien ketch Ilen may have had her first sailing sea trials as recently as yesterday off Baltimore in West Cork, but the current spell of settled weather in the southern half of the country has been too…
Arthur returns to the Shannon on Friday 28 September for the first time since June
Richard Hayes’ Laser isn’t the only small boat to complete a circumnavigation of Ireland in recent days. This past Monday (24 September), the crew of Arthur — a 40-year-old inland motor cruiser based in Portumna on the River Shannon —…
Making the Ilen concept child-friendly – young visitors to the Ilen Exhibition in the Hunt Museum in Limerick find that learning about the historic ketch can be fun
The eclectic new exhibition in the Hunt Museum in Limerick, which outlines the Shannonside city’s maritime connections, its traditional local boats and its links to the historic sail training ketch Ilen, has been proving popular with local schools and their…
Darragh McCormack, his brother Mark and Johnny Dillon on their way to winning the Mermaid Nationals at their home port of Foynes
Talented all-round sailor Darragh McCormack of Foynes (he’s a noted J/24 sailor) still has the classic 1932 vintage 17ft Mermaids as his first love, and in a thrilling National Championship at Foynes from August 1st to 5th with a fleet…
The BHA has highlighted the consequences of a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario to EU ports as well as those in the UK.  Note the downloads links below on the UK's ‘no-deal’ advisory notices on trading with the EU. In addition to the EU preparations on the UK leaving the European Union.
#Ports&Shipping - Following the recent publication of the UK Government’s advice on contingency planning for a ‘no deal’ Brexit outcome, the British Ports Association (BPA) has suggested that negotiators have it in their power to agree a deal that would…
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…
Mermaid National Champions 188 – Innocence helmed by Darragh McCormack and crew Mark McCormack and Johnny Dillon
The 2018 Dublin Bay Mermaid National Championship came to a close today following four great days of racing at Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary. With 22 boats competing in what proved to be an extremely competitive fleet, Race…
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,…
J24 National Champions - Maurice Johnson & Partners- Killian Dickson, Gareth Nolan, John Malone, Stefan Hyde, Graeme Grant
The J24 National Championships concluded at Foynes Yacht Club today in a light to moderate westerly breeze. OOD Derek Bothwell was able to start on schedule for the first time this weekend after hours spent waiting around for wind. Race…
Irish Sailing has given organisers the green light to create an under twenty-five National Title, the first of its kind for the J24s
The future is looking very bright indeed for the J24 Association of Ireland with seven under twenty-five age group teams from around the country taking part at the J24 National Championships next week from at the 8th to the 10th…
At the CEF Motorways of the Sea seminar on Understanding the Opportunities from the EUÕ, hosted at the Savoy Hotel in Limerick by Shannon Foynes Port Company, were from left: Prof Peter Balaz, European coordinator for the Ten - T North Sea-Mediterranean Corridor, Brian Simpson, European coordinator Motorways of the sea and Pat Keating, Chief Executive Officer at Shannon Foynes Port Company
#IrishPorts - A leading EU official overseeing a key element of the CEF ‘Motorways of the Sea’ project has confirmed that Ireland will have increased funding opportunities under the programme after plans for it were rewritten to take into account…
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…

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