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Cargo Ships Collide in Shannon Estuary
Separate investigations are underway as to why two cargoships were involved in a collision in the Shannon Estuary on Sunday morning, according to a report in today's Irish Times. The incident occurred off Kilrush, Co. Clare around 5am when the…
Expected Strong Winds Lead to Ferry Cancellations
Some ferry sailings have been cancelled in advance of the high winds caused by the tail end of a hurricane crossing the Atlantic. Storm force winds are expected across the country later on this evening and into tomorrow. Met Éireann…
Ex Sailing Chief Lashes 'Grandiose' Dun Laoghaire Harbour Plan
A former Irish Sailing Chief has added his voice to the growing concerns of sailors in Dun Laoghaire to a recently published Harbour Masterplan that Waterfront Yacht Clubs say threatens sailing in the port, Ireland's biggest sailing centre. The plans,…
Queen Elizabeth Arrives Exactly on Schedule
With a single short blast at 08.10hrs, the 90,901 tonnes MV Queen Elizabeth marked her maiden call to Cobh as she passed the town's St Colman's Cathedral this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. Despite the squally and blustery conditions, the 294m…
MV Queen Elizabeth Makes Maiden Call to the Port of Cork
The luxurious ocean liner, MV Queen Elizabeth will make her maiden call to Cobh tomorrow morning arriving at 9am and bringing with her over 3,000 passengers and crew.  With a gross tonnage of 90,900 GRT and a guest capacity of…
Mutton Island Lighthouse To Shine Once More
The refurbished Mutton Island lighthouse in Galway Bay will open to tour groups on a regular basis next year, the Galway City Tribune reports. Once one of the final landmarks of the city seen by emigrants leaving on the 'coffin…
Free Ferry for Cork Harbour Open Day
A Free ferry will operate between Aghada, Cobh, Crosshaven, Ringaskiddy and Monkstown for Cork Harbour Open Day. This is a great way to get around the lower harbour and to see all the great activities happening. This is a FREE…
Dun Laoghaire Yacht Clubs Voice Concern Over Plan
Dun Laoghaire Yacht Clubs are voicing concerns about the impact on sailing if a 'cruise ship jetty' is constructed as part of the recently published harbour masterplan. Dublin Bay Sailing Club, Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, National Yacht Club, Royal…
Road, Rail or ‘Sail’ to Cobh
Visitors to Cork Harbour Open Day should note that asides motoring or taking the train to Cobh, there's also the option of going downriver by boat to view the maiden cruiseship call of Queen Elizabeth, writes Jehan Ashmore. Irish Rail…
Queen Elizabeth Arrives on Dublin Bay
The Cunard Cruise Ship Queen Elizabeth arrived in to Dublin Port this morning on schedule marking the start of an important visit to Irish shores. The ship passed the Baily Light marking the entrance to Dublin Bay at 7am. The…
Take a View From the Bridge
This year's Cork Harbour Open Day is set to be an action packed programme of events and activities including for the first time a free open day at the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) in Ringaskiddy, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Port of Cork to Mark Maiden Arrival of MV Queen Elizabeth
On Saturday 10th September 2011, MV Queen Elizabeth will make her maiden call to Cobh in the Port of Cork. To coincide with this visit the Port of Cork will formally present a plaque to the Captain of the Queen…
Roisin Returns from Russia
The Naval Service OPV L.E. Roisin (P51) arrived into Cork Harbour this morning after completing her foreign trade deployment to Finland, the Russian Federation and several Baltic states, writes Jehan Ashmore. L.E. Roisin called to Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn and…
Third Cork Harbour Open Day Set for this Weekend
This year Cork Harbour Open Day is set to be a great day with so much happening all around the harbour. Now in its third year, Cork Harbour Open Day has grown and each year offers more and more activities…
Cruiseships Head for Cobh in advance of Queen Elizabeth
Jewel of the Seas, one of four 90,000 tonnes Radiance Class cruise ships operated by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) departed Dublin Port this evening bound for Cork Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. During the cruisecall of the near 300 metre-long…
100 Boats Expected for Saturday's Cobh to Blackrock Yacht Race
Cove Sailing Club's flagship even of the year, the Cobh to Blackrock Race, takes place this Saturday and the Cork Harbour club hopes to attract over 100 boats. This historic race – sponsored by the Port of Cork – will…

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