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Foynes Yacht Flotilla Set Sail for Riverfest
Shannon Estuary
Foynes Yacht Club members will be sailing to Limerick City on Saturday, April 30 to participate in the 2011 Riverfest, which the people of the city celebrate every year. The flotilla consisting of 15 vessels will leave Foynes at 2pm…
Hot site in Cork Harbour
Cork Harbour
As Cork Harbour yachts cross tacks along the Cobh shoreline, passing the naval dockyard at Haulbowline, how many realise they are cruising past one of Ireland's environmental hot potatoes? Haulbowline island is making headlines because of cancer-causing residue, left over…
Cork's Cruiseship's Call Schedule 2011
Cruise Liners
This year a total of 54 cruiseships and over 100,000 passengers are to disembark in Cork Harbour, mostly at the Cobh Cruise Terminal, writes Jehan Ashmore. The inaugural call for this season was made last Monday by Cunard Line's Queen…
Wexford Lighthouse Could Be a Dream Home
Waterfront Property
A private lighthouse overlooking Waterford Harbour will be up for auction in June valued at €345,000. The Duncannon north lighthouse - some 20km from New Ross, Co Wexford - is thought to be one of the only privately-owned lighthouses still…
'Three Months to Clean Up Haulbowline' Says Europe
Cork Harbour
The Government has three months to start cleaning the toxic waste site in Haulbowline or risk court action by the European Commission, the Irish Examiner reports. The site at the former Irish Steel plant contains an estimated 500,000 tonnes of…
Midleton Pupils Take Top Prize in Port of Cork Schools Initiative
Cork Harbour
The winners of the 2011 Port of Cork Schools Initiative have been announced. St John the Baptist National School in Midleton took the prize for best project in this year's contest, with the theme of ‘Making Cork Harbour a Green…
Irish Authorities Approve Stena / DFDS Merger
Ferry
The €40m acquisition of DFDS Seaways by Stena AB through its subsidiary Stena Line (UK) Ltd last December has been approved by the Irish regulatory authority, though its UK counterpart awaits a decision, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Irish Competition Authority's…
Ongoing Ferry Saga As Cargoship is Detained
Ports & Shipping
In a third attempt to load two former Aran Islands ferries at Galway yesterday, operations took on a new twist as the cargoship chartered in to transport them was detained according to a report in todays Irish Times. The Thor…
Expansion Is The Only Way Says Dublin Port Chief
Ports & Shipping
Trade at Dublin Port is set to more than double over the next 30 years, according to its chief executive Eamonn O'Reilly. In an interview with The Irish Times last week, O'Reilly elaborated on the new 'master plan' for the…
Irish Ports See Volume Growth in 2010 with Slower Recovery Forecast for 2011
Ports & Shipping
After the record collapse of shipping volumes in 2009, the Irish Ports and Shipping sector saw a return to growth across most of the principle segments last year, according to the latest annual edition of the Irish Maritime Transport Economist,…
Impressive Views from Dublin and Cork Waterfront Properties
Waterfront Property
The best days for property may well be behind us but as always waterfront homes still seem capable of commanding good prices. Here's two examples from either end of the the country. The first is a holiday home named 'Dun…
Cargoship to Attempt Second Ferry-Lift
Ports & Shipping
The heavy lift cargoship Thor Gitta is due to make a second attempt to load two former Aran Islands fast ferries in Galway Docks tomorrow morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. It is envisaged that the operation to hoist the sisters, Clann…
Tripartite Naval Visitors for Dublin Port
Naval Visits
Naval vessels from France, Canada and Belgium are due to make calls to Dublin Port over the weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The first visitor to dock tomorrow will be the Latouche-Tréville (D646) a F70 type anti-submarine frigate of the French…
Midleton School Wins Port of Cork Green Energy Prize
Port of Cork
The Port of Cork Company has announced St John the Baptist National School in Midleton as the overall winners of the 2011 Port of Cork Schools Initiative. The huge effort made by the 5th classes’ paid off when they were…
Dublin Port's Cruise Ship Schedule 2011/12
Cruise Liners
There is a fantastic range of cruise ships scheduled for Dublin Port this Summer and next. Below you'll find the latest schedule from Dublin Port Company. Many of the massive ships are return visitors to these shores such as the…
Port of Cork Awarded Two Top Cruise Liner Awards
Cruise Liners
The Port of Cork has won first place for 'Best Destination Experience (Organised)' in the world and 2nd place for 'Best Port Welcome' after attending the largest annual cruise conference 'Cruise Shipping Miami' where the 15th Annual "Dream World Cruise…

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

The ports are therefore a vital cog in our economy but they're also a great place to see some interesting ships. 86 cruise liners called to Dublin in 2010 and a similar number came to Cork, including some of the biggest in the world.

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