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Sun, Sand and Sail at the Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival
The Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival starts this evening, now in its 42nd year, the four-day festival is surrounded by the culinary delights of locally caught fresh seafood, writes Jehan Ashmore. In addition festival-goers can take part in the varied programme…
Celtic Link Ferries First Ferry Goes to the Breakers
Diplomat, the original ferry that started operations for Celtic Link Ferries in 2005 has been sold to Indian ship-breakers after serving a spell on charter in the Caribbean, writes Jehan Ashmore. Since leaving the Rosslare-Cherbourg port route in late 2009,…
Irish Sea Ferry Engaged in Maritime Counter Terrorism Exercise
The Naval Service, the Air Corps and Army Ranger Wing (ARW) an elite specialist force, completed a maritime counter terrorism exercise on board an Irish Sea ferry at the weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. For the purposes of the exercise Stena…
Irish Times: 'Sense of Déjà Vu About Dun Laoghaire Harbour'
Today's Irish Times editorial raises questions over the new 'masterplan' for Dun Laoghaire harbour. As previously reported in, the plan is intended to position Dun Laoghaire "as a marine, leisure and tourism destination of international calibre". But The…
Fun Time for Cruisers at Cove Sailing Club's 'At Home' Regatta (Photos here)
Cove Sailing Club's 'At Home' Regatta was held today in Cork Harbour. The start was off the Cobh Promenade with a prizegiving afterwards in The Marlogue Inn. Afloat's Bob Bateman captured the action afloat. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOS!
'Seafront Memorials' Tours of Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Guided tours of Dun Laoghaire Harbour's 'Seafront Memorials' that includes the anchor of RMS Leinster, the Crimean War Cannon and the 1895 Lifeboat Disaster start this Saturday, writes Jehan Ashmore. Tours will also be held on every Saturday (1 per…
Stena Line to Resume ‘Express’ Service
Holidaymakers now have the added option of  fast-ferry sailings on Stena Line's Rosslare-Fishguard port route which is to resume tomorrow, writes Jehan Ashmore. The high season service is operated by the fast-ferry Stena Lynx III which is marketed as the Stena…
Greystones Harbour to Open by September, Facilities to Improve for Sailors
Councillor Derek Mitchell says Greystones Harbour will be open in early September. The news follows a meeting between developers, Sispar, and the Town Council. According to Mitchell, Sispar told a meeting of Town Councillors that they intend to open temporary…
RMR Shipping Increase Irish-West African Sailings
Dublin Port Company has welcomed RMR Shipping's new increased frequency of its service to West Africa, from a monthly to fortnightly service starting next month, writes Jehan Ashmore. The direct service which began in 2009 using a single vessel from…
Minister to Address Hazardous Waste on Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, today announced the establishment of a steering group to oversee an application for a licence to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address hazardous waste on Haulbowline Island in…
Wexford to Host Irish Ports Conference 2011
The Irish Ports Conference 2011 is set for Friday 30 September in Wexford. The theme of this year's one-day conference is 'Navigating a Sea of Change: Delivering Jobs Through Trade'. Rosslare Europort will be hosting the event at the Ferrycarrig…
Bremore Survey Indicates New Push for Port Development
Drogheda Port Company is seeking tenders to carry out geological investigations off Bremore Head near Balbriggan, the Sunday Business Post reports. The port company and partner Treasury Holdings had been working with Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa on plans for a…
Spot the ‘Big’ Difference! From Containership to Cruiseship
It may just be another cruiseship visiting Dublin Port today, but the gleaming white painted Costa Marina started her career in complete constrast as a grey-hulled containership, writes Jehan Ashmore. The cruiseship has some unusual hull design features indicating clues…
Summer Festival in the Heart of Dublin’s ‘Docklands’
The Docklands Summer Festival takes place this weekend in Dublin's 'Docklands' and it is to host the Waterways Ireland Inter-County Sailing Championship, writes Jehan Ashmore. Other events taking place on the River Liffey and throughout the docklands range from a…
Galway Bay Penthouse Could Be the Perfect Getaway
A penthouse apartment in a classic Georgian house on the shores of Galway Bay is now on the market. Boasting "breathtaking views from every window" according to the Galway Advertiser, the penthouse at Barna House covers the entire top floor…
Family Fun Day Cruise’s from Belfast
With summertime in full-swing, Stena Line are running a 'Family Fun Day Cruise' on their Belfast-Stranraer port route on certain dates during July and August, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 'cruise' onboard the ferry Stena Navigator (for virtual tour click HERE)…

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