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The Carroll Brothers Elan 40, Chancer from the host club pictured above starting the inaugural 2022 Inishtearaght Race are entered for May's 2024 240-mile offshore race from Kinsale Yacht Club
Online entry has opened for May's 2024 Inishtearaght Race, and Kinsale Yacht Club is reporting a strong south coast entry for the 240-miler. As well as the defending champion, Cinnamon Girl, the Sunfast 3300 was sailed by Cian McCarthy and…
Union Hall RNLI lifeboat crew (from left to right) Charlie Deasy, Cathal Deasy and Michael Limrick  (Helm) picture after the rescue of a paddleboarder
On Thursday, the 15th of February, Union Hall RNLI in West Cork responded to a report of a swimmer in trouble at The Warren Beach, Rosscarbery, in West Cork. The call was made to Valentia Coast Guard at 2.44 pm.…
Boats alongside the Old Pier at Keelbeg in Union Hall, West Cork
Cork South West TD Christopher O’Sullivan has confirmed that he has arranged for a meeting to take place between Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue and Cork County Council management to discuss a funding mechanism for the repair and extension of the…
Minister for the Marine Charlie McConalogue TD officially opens the Dinish Wharf Expansion at Castletownbere Fishery Harbour Centre
Castletownbere Fishery Harbour Centre in County Cork, one of the six State-owned Fishery Harbour Centres, has officially opened the Dinish Wharf Expansion. The €48m project was funded through the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s Fishery Harbour and Coastal…
Union Hall RNLI member Pamela Deasy
In the latest edition of 200 Voices, the RNLI podcast, Pamela Deasy has vivid memories of January 2012 the loss of five crew on a fishing trawler in Glandore Harbour and the subsequent establishment of a lifeboat station at Union…
SCORA's Boat of the Year award went to the all-conquering Half Tonner Swuzzlebubble, with Commodore Darragh Connolly (right) complimenting helmsman James Dwyer (left) and crew on a fantastic 2023 season at the association's AGM
The Commodore of the South Coast Offshore Racing Association (SCORA) has a clear, direct aim for this year’s season – get more boats sailing. “That is it, that is what we will be aiming to do, encourage boats from the…
Bere Island in West Cork was without electrical power as a result of a fishing vessel accidentally coming into contact with a submarine cable
ESB Networks has appealed for vigilance at sea in relation to submarine cables after a fishing vessel cut power to West Cork’s Bere Island last week. ESB Networks restored power to some 280 affected islanders at 11 pm on Friday…
The fishing port of Castletownbere in County Cork
A young fisherman has died in a deck accident off the south-west coast, bringing to two the number of fishermen who have lost their lives this week in Irish waters. The second fatality in four days occurred on board a…
Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat Coxswains Ken Cashman and Mark John Gannon on arrival home with Bonnie
A dog that had been reported missing for several hours in West Cork was rescued by the Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat Station on Wednesday afternoon. The station received a call from two people on the shore who had spotted the dog…
This whale tale sighting was no fluke for the RTÉ Nationwide team that went to sea with Cork Whale Watch in May 2018
A West Cork-based whale-watching tour business has ended its 2023 season early, blaming overfishing of sprat for the absence of the usual whale visitors to the South Coast. In a social media post on Monday (27 November), Cork Whale Watch…
Bantry Marine Activities Centre -an architect’s rendering of how the new centre will look
The annual general meeting of the Bantry Marine Activities Centre on Friday, December 8, is to hear the details of a feasibility report proposing a major maritime facility in the West Cork town. Known as ‘Bmac,’ the Bantry Marine Activities…
National Broadband Plan surveying work is underway on a number of Irish islands extending from Donegal to west Cork
Irish offshore islands are used to having to wait, whether it is for safe piers or electricity decades ago. However, they are being prioritised for pure fibre links under the national broadband plan. Three West Cork islands are due to…
Baltimore Railway Station
The former Glenans Sailing Centre in the West Cork coastal village of Baltimore has been sold to a private developer, despite the local community's campaign to preserve it for a maritime heritage centre. The long saga of Baltimore Railway Station,…
Storm? What storm? While the rest of the country was bracing itself for a close encounter with Storm Ciaran, Schull was busy with a double-bill week of events racing the TR 3.6 fleet
A busy week of Team Racing focus with the Fastnet Marine & Outdoor Education Centre’s TR 3.6s - with much input from Schull Community College - concluded on Friday (November 3rd) after successfully handling a decidedly mixed bag of weather.…
Ann Kirwan racing her co-owned Ruffian 23 Bandit in Dublin Bay
The Golden Jubilee of the much-loved Ruffian 23 Class was well celebrated in 2023 at all its main centres in an enjoyable moveable feast, mostly in Ireland but culminating in Hong Kong in October with the triennial Inter-Port Championship in…
A file photo of Baltimore RNLI lifeboat
A resident of Cape Clear Island off the coast of West Cork was evacuated for medical assistance following an accident on Sunday. Baltimore RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew received a call at 12.39 pm and launched their all-weather lifeboat to provide…