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Plan to rent ship to ease crisis should be ‘revisited’, says Dublin City Council chief Owen Keegan. Above: Afloat adds the developing property scene in the capital's 'Docklands' quarter includes along Sir John Rogerson Quay (where in October, last year) French Navy vessels visited by berthing on the south bank of the River Liffey.
#DublinPort - A plan by Dublin City Council (DCC) to house up to 150 people on a rented cruise ship is been considered to help tackle the housing crisis. The local authority writes The Irish Times, had explored renting a…
The Irish Naval Service base on Haulbowline Island, Cork Harbour, homeport to a fleet of eight patrol vessels.
#NavalService - The Irish Times writes that the head of Defence Forces has sought to make a verbal submission to the Public Sector Pay Commission because of the seriousness of the military pay issue in the view of himself and…
Racing for centreboard monohull dinghies will be one design for the Lasers and based on PH handicaps for the mixed dinghy fleet
The DMYC has published the Notice of Race and online entry system here for its long-running Winter Dinghy Frostbite Series on Dublin Bay. In response to feedback from competitors over the past three seasons, gathered from a survey earlier in the…
Th iconic Fastnet Rock Lighthouse off the south-west tip of Ireland is among many lighthouses featured in the new four-part documentary series.
#Lighthouses - Irish Lights has announced its involvement in a four-part documentary series with RTE 1 that tells the story of Ireland’s lighthouses and the associated aids to navigation network around the island of Ireland and the vital role it…
Councillor Dónal Smith said the transfer of the harbour without indemnity for its debts was "an albatross around the necks" of Dun Laoghaire constituents
#DLHarbour - Councillors in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown have expressed anger and frustration over the transfer of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company’s multi-million liabilities to the local authority. Transport Minister Shane Ross was in the Seanad this afternoon for statements on the transfer…
Brussels Issues Brexit Preparedness Notice On Maritime Security
#Brexit - The latest notice from the European Commission to stakeholders on Brexit preparedness concerns the field of aviation and maritime security. Subject to any transitional arrangement that may be contained in a possible withdrawal agreement, as of the withdrawal…
A new date has been set by Warrenpoint Port on a public open day (15 Oct) event consultation on proposed dredging plans on Carlingford Lough, for further details read below.
#Ports&Shipping - A new date has been set by Warrenpoint Port (Monday 15th October) for a public drop-in event to allow members of the public and other stakeholders to learn more about proposed changes to how dredged material from the…
Jim Doyle Mbsc owner of Green Sleeves with the 'Alta To Starboard To Finish' Trophy
Hello and welcome to my weekly Podcast … Sailing the 27-foot yacht he has owned for 20 years, Jim Doyle helmed Green Sleeves to win the ‘Alta to Starboard Trophy’ in Monkstown Bay. It’s an unusual trophy, made by the…
Over 30 dinghies competed on the water in the 4 race no discard format
DBSC dinghy fleet came out in force for the end of season race on Saturday in the Harbour. Over 30 dinghies competed on the water in the 4 race no discard format. The fleet starts were designed to have plenty of…
The LÉ Niamh was one of two ships held at base over crew shortages last week
#Navy - According to The Irish Times, two Naval Service vessels were prevented from leaving their Haulbowline base last week due to crew shortages. The LÉ Orla and LÉ Niamh were both kept at their docks while reserve members were…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour is to welcome twice as many cruiseship callers in season 2019, among them the giant Norwegian Jewel. The Bahamas flagged cruiseship with more than 2,300 passengers is scheduled to make a maiden call albeit offshore next June and return the following month.
#CruiseLiners - Afloat can reveal Dun Laoghaire Harbour's cruiseship caller list in season 2019 is scheduled to be as twice as busy compared to this year's total of just three calls, writes Jehan Ashmore. In what will also make next…
11 J109s are entered for Howth Yacht Club's hosted national championships
The Kelly family's 'Storm' has won the J109 one design Irish Nationals for the last two years and this weekend the north Dublin crew hope to retain overall honours on home waters as Howth Yacht Club hosts the 2018 championships…
It’s planned to hold starts for RS 200s, RS 400s, Fevas and an RS PY fleet
The Irish National Sailing Club hosts the RS Super Series for the 2018/19 Winter season. Racing takes place on 6 Saturday mornings beginning on Saturday 6th October and running 17th November, 15th December, 19th January, 23rd February and 23rd March.…
The Manx public have one week left (Sun. 7th Oct.) in responding on consultation of future Island ferry services. Above: Afloat adds is the IOM Steam-Packet's fastferry Manannan docked in Douglas Harbour.
#FerryNews - Thousands of Manx residents have already responded to a consultation on the future of the Island's sea services. Manx Radio reports that the Department of Infrastructure is seeking the views of the public as it prepares to update…
Morgan Lyttle and Patrick Whyte were 420 winners on Belfast Lough
For the first time in their domestic event season this year the 420s had some breeze to stretch their legs, it has taken until September for an event to provide moderate to strong breezes and the 2018 Ulster Championships duly…
A 1720 sportsboat competitor deals with the gusty conditions for the first races of RCYC's Autumn League. Scroll down for gallery
Two races in plenty of wind got Royal Cork Yacht Club's Autumn League off to a great start in Cork Harbour today writes Bob Bateman From a combined fleet of 53–boats, fleets were split into Spinnaker, White Sail and 1720 sports boats…

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