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Patricia Lowes, Canon Tim Curtin, and Commodore Bev Lowes at the Blessing of the Boats in Foynes Yacht Club on Commodores Day on the Shannon estuary
Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon estuary was a hive of activity recently as it played host to the Munster Mermaid Championships and Commodores Day. The highly-anticipated annual O'Brien Cup race around Foynes Island had to be called off due…
Bev Lowes, Commodore of Foynes Yacht Club, and John Conway, Class Captain, present the May Series Cup to Noel, Mary, and Darragh McCormack, winners in  IRC in the Foynes Yacht Club May Series
The overall winners in the Foynes Yacht Club May Series, which presented some challenging weather conditions on the Shannon Estuary, were Darragh McCormack and his Crew on Stouche in the IRC division and Raymond McGibney and his crew on Tommiray…
Darrach Dineen (with trophy) and crew Sean Pecknam and Breda Magner, were the winners of the 2024 Munster Mermaid Championship at Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary
The recent Munster Mermaid Championships at Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary were filled with intense racing, camaraderie, and some special moments. Despite a disappointing start on Saturday, as racing had to be abandoned due to a lack of…
Rail-Freight: Track-laying for the reopening of the Foynes Port- Limerick freight line has started, and it's expected freight services will be operational by early 2026. AFLOAT highlights the proposed project contributes to objectives of the EU’s TEN-T guideline, promoting intermodal transport and environmental protection by strengthening rail and sea transport rather than reliant on roads.
New railway tracks have been laid for the reopening of the Foynes Port-Limerick City freight line, marking a major milestone of the project, with phase one progressing well, reports the Limerick Leader. Works begin in November, 2022, as Afloat previously…
The recent Darkness Into Light event on the Shannon Estuary  saw the participation of several Foynes Yacht Club skippers, and their crews from boats such as Alpara, Battle, Big Deal, Elantic, Excalibur, Kilteery, Luisa, Marengo, and Poitin participate
The recent Darkness Into Light event at Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary proved to be a tremendous success, raising an impressive €3,000 in donations. The event, which took place in May, saw the participation of several skippers and…
The 2024 J24 Western Championships underway at Foynes on the Shannon Estuary
Irish J24 competitors gathered at Foynes Yacht Club this past weekend for the Western Championships on the Shannon Estuary. Saturday's races saw challenging conditions, with four races completed in 10 to 12 knots of breeze. Anticipating calm conditions on Sunday,…
Scattery Island on the Shannon Estuary contains the remains of an ancient monastic heritage featuring a round tower, the cathedral and several medieval churches. It also has a lighthouse, an artillery battery and a restored village
The Shannon Estuary’s Scattery Island is to reopen to visitors on Friday, May 24th. Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) Kieran O’Donnell TD noted that the OPW had recently restored the “street” on the island. It…
Colonel Blair Mayne SAS (and later of Royal Ulster YC) with his best mate, getting into battle mood in the North African desert during World War II of 1939-45. Anyone who gets along well with a Jack Russell terrier, while looking so very like superstar actor Liam Neeson before Neeson was born, must have had some redeeming features - even if he was a danger to all when partying in a new kitchen
County Clare is a place unto itself and a magic if challenging coastline for boats, bounded as it is by the Atlantic to the west, Galway Bay to the north, Galway County to the northeast, Lough Derg and the Shannon…
Seol Sionna's St Ayles skiff Ealu and the Shannon Hooker Sally O'Keeffe attracted the holiday crowd to the quay at
The secret of Querrin is that it is secret. Or at least it used to be. This quiet community-minded place along the blessed south-facing coast of County Clare, on the north shore of the Shannon Estuary between Poulnasherry Bay and Carrigaholt…
Loop Head Lighthouse on the Shannon Estuary is already a popular tourist destination, and the proposed development is sure to attract even more visitors in the years to come
Clare County Council has been granted planning approval to develop new visitor facilities at Loop Head Lighthouse Visitor Experience at the mouth of the Shannon Estuary in County Clare. This proposed development will feature new visitor centre facilities, a Looped…
It is ten years ago this month since King’s Island in Limerick on the River Shannon was devastated by significant flooding
A flood relief scheme for King’s Island along the Shannon in Limerick came a step closer this week with approval of tenders for a construction project. The Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) Patrick…
Port-Partners at the hydrogen agreement signing is CEO of SFPC Pat Keating, Irish Ambassador to the Netherlands Brendan Rogers and external affairs manager at the Port of Rotterdam, Mark Dijk.
Shannon Foynes Port Company, which operates Ireland's largest bulk-port and the Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, have signed an agreement to develop a supply-chain corridor for exporting green hydrogen into Europe. The hydrogen is to be generated from Ireland’s limitless…
Summertime at the Outer Pier in Carrigaholt, where a St Ayles skiff is being built beside the ancient castle stronghold of the Mac Mahons by Loop Head Rowing Cub, under the direction of Steve Morris of Kilrush
Carrigaholt on the south-facing shore of the Outer Shannon Estuary is one of the sweetest places in all Clare, a refreshingly leisurely contrast to the over-busy northwest of the county, where the once tiny port of Doolin finds itself swamped…
A simulated Major Incident Exercise will take place in January on the University of Limerick north campus as Paramedic Studies students, emergency personnel from Limerick Fire and Rescue Service, National Ambulance Service and the Explosive Ordnance Division (EOD) of the Irish Defence Forces (bomb squad) accompanied by An Garda Siochána responded to a highly realistic training exercise
A swift water rescue in the River Shannon is one of several situations which students will have to respond to at a major incident exercise at the University of Limerick. Loading a stretcher onto an Irish Coast Guard helicopter while…
The newly built survey support vessel, the Mainport Edge, for c.€16m
Irish Mainport Holdings Limited (“IMH”) today announced that it has agreed a multi-million euro equity investment from MML Growth Capital Partners Ireland Limited (“MML”) into Mainport Shipping Limited. Mainport Shipping is an integrated marine services business that charters survey support…
Transition year students from Counties, Clare, Limerick and Kerry are invited to enter the SFPC/Hunt Museum collaborative short-film project: ‘Shooting the Breeze’ on the theme of ‘Renewable Energy Solutions’. For much more information, prizes to the winner and runners up, check out the details below.
Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC) in collaboration with The Hunt Museum, Limerick would like to invite Transition Year Students in counties lining the Shannon estuary to enter a short film competition. The students invited from counties, Clare, Limerick and Kerry,…

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.