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The Milky Way observed from Hook Lighthouse
#Lighthouses - The most spectacular meteor shower of the year takes place in Ireland each August – and Hook Lighthouse will be the place to see it. At the world’s oldest original working lighthouse, the dark skies at the tip…
Great conditions on Dublin Bay for the 29er national championships at the Royal St. George Yacht Club
Following a very successful 29er event at the Lough Ree Double Ree Championships, the newly established 29er fleet had three days in which to prepare for their next event, the inaugural Deutsche Leasing IRL 29er Nationals at Royal St George…
Purchased from Norway earlier this year, Dún na Séad II is expected to halve journey times between Cape Clear and the mainland
#FerryNews - A new fast ferry has just been commissioned for Cape Clear Island Ferries after completing various surveys and sea trials and a number of modifications to comply with Irish MSO standards. Dún na Séad II was purchased in…
Donaghadee’s all-weather lifeboat Saxon will be open to the public Saturday afternoon as part of the annual festival
#RNLI - Donaghdee RNLI has put together a packed itinerary for their forthcoming Lifeboat Festival this coming Saturday 28 July. The popular maritime festival has gone from strength to strength each year, with locals and visitors exploring the maritime heritage…
Ulysses leaving Holyhead in March 2017
#FerryNews - Ulysses has returned to service today (Thursday 26 July), having completed a sailing from Dublin Port to Holyhead this morning. The Irish Ferries flagship left Belfast Dry Dock yesterday evening (Wednesday 25 July) after a month of extended…
Mixed cruiser racing in Cork Harbour
The Cork Harbour Combined Clubs July Sailing League will conclude tomorrow night (Friday). First Gun will be at 7 pm and the start area for the race will be in the vicinity of No.9 buoy off Whitegate. Monkstown Bay Sailing…
Rockabill Island off the Dublin Coast
“One good Tern deserves another,” I was told in a discussion during the past week about the increasing importance of Dublin Bay in marine conservation terms – around the same time as Dublin Port announced that it was not going…
Schull's new North Harbour pontoon has been completed ahead of schedule
Calves Week Regatta in West Cork gets a boost when it begins in two weeks time with the completion of the new North Harbour pontoon in Schull this week. The new pontoon that comes complete with a purpose-built walkway was…
A Dublin Port pilot along side a departing cargo ship on Dublin Bay
Dublin Port today launched its Masterplan 2040 Reviewed 2018, updating the long-term development plan for the port first published in 2012. Masterplan 2040 Reviewed 2018 sets out four key changes to the port’s development plans: The port will now be…
Containership, Cardiff with a 6,656TEU capacity operated a new US-Europe service having arrived yesterday at Liverpool2, Peel Ports deep-water container terminal.
#Ports&Shipping - Liverpool2, Peel Ports’ flagship deep-water container terminal, welcomed its largest regular caller to date when 2M (Maersk and MSC alliance) introduce a new transatlantic container service to the port that began yesterday.  2M is switching its TA2 service…
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,…
UK Government support is sought for the return of shipbuilding at Harland & Wolff, Belfast
#BelfastLough - UK government should show greater support for shipbuilding firms after Brexit, according to the chief executive of Harland and Wolff. As BBC News reports, Brexit offers opportunities, but the industry still needs government support, said Jonathan Guest. A…
Pile driving has been completed in Schull for the new North Harbour pontoon
Piledriving for Schull Harbour's new North Harbour pontoon is finished and the new pontoons are to be floated into position this week writes Bob Bateman.  A crane is now on site to lift the walkway into position. As Afloat.ie reported previously, the…
From left are Helm Brian Goggin with Daniel and Sean Murphy.
Kinsale Yacht Club victorious Dragon crew stopped off at the Bulman Buoy this evening on the way home from Cork Week. The purpose of the impromptu break in the voyage was to photograph RCYC's famous 'Thomas Lipton Trophy' – won earlier…
Set Off With SailCork Next Friday To View Rare Lunar Eclipse
#LunarEclipse - SailCork is organising a special yachting and powerboat trip to view next Friday’s lunar eclipse off Cork Harbour. The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century will be visible in Ireland on the evening of Friday 27…
A pilot cutter Afloat adds is underway having set off from Milford Haven, south Wales where the waterway will be at the centre of the 'Haven of Heritage' event next week.
#Ports&Shipping - Learn about the rich maritime heritage of the Milford Haven Waterway in south Wales in addition to surrounding towns that will be showcased during a unique event next week, on Thursday 26 July.  To celebrate Visit Wales’ ‘Year…

As an island economy a healthy maritime sector is key to our national competitiveness. Virtually all our imports and exports pass through Irish ports.

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