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Pictured enjoying the official launch of the annual South Docks Festival were Lisa Kelleher, coordinator at St Andrew’s Resource Centre, Paul McAuliffe, Lord Mayor of Dublin and Honorary Admiral of Dublin Port, Clown Johnie K (front), Dolores Wilson, chairperson of St Andrew’s Resource Centre South Docks Festival, and Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company.
This month's South Docks Festival in Dublin is celebrating community and heritage and taking pride in the identity inherent in the South Dublin Docklands area. This year’s festival is run by staff and volunteers at St. Andrew’s Resource Centre in collaboration…
Bobby Nash (centre) & crew out side the Bulman Bar in Kinsale
A pursuit race can be a fun thing. Instead of all boats starting together, the goal is for all boats to finish together. So, the slow boats head off first and the fastest last writes Dave O'Sullivan, Commodore of Kinsale…
Custom House Quay development. AFLOAT adds the CGI image of the proposed tower development (on right) at the Port of Cork site where existing and historic bonded warehouses are located in the city's 'docklands'
EchoLive reports of an artist who has campaigned against a skyscraper development at the historic Port of Cork site has described new images of the proposed 34-storey tower as “dreadfully ugly”. Cobh-based painter John Adams has garnered over 1,700 signatures…
42m Super Yacht 'Flying Manta' Visits Cork Harbour
It's no exaggeration that the visit of Flying Manta simply dwarfs all other pleasure craft in Cork Harbour writes Bob Bateman. The 42-metre superyacht is much more ship than yacht and cuts an impressive sight moored outside Crosshaven in the Summer sunshine.…
The loss of LÉ Eithne is particulary damaging to the Naval Service fleet as it has the longest range of the nine-ships. AFLOAT also adds the flagship which is capable of 7,000 nautical miles at 15 knots is seen in coastal waters during a visit last month to the Port of Foynes on the Shannon Estuary
Relations between the Defence Forces and the Department of Defence have for decades been strained, with the former feeling ignored, unappreciated, or worse, writes The Irish Times. However, the state of relations between the military and civilian authorities is now at…
The Custom House Quay development in Cork. AFLOAT adds at the base of the proposed tower the old Port of Cork's Bonded Warehouses located on both the North and South Custom Quays that form a key focal point in the city's 'docklands'
Developers of the historic Custom House Quay site in Cork are promising a project that will be a ‘symbol not only for the city but an icon for Ireland as a prominent modern European destination’. As EchoLive reports, details of…
Summer Sails in Cork Harbour for Combined MBSC Cruiser Race
Summertime and the living is easy in Cork Harbour. Despite the postponement of Sunday's Cove at Home Regatta due to the lack of access to landing pontoon at The Quays in Cobh, a combined fleet of nine sailing cruisers coming from…
Leaky Roof 2 sailed by Alan Harper/Robertson, Eric Robertson & Kirsty Robertson from Cove Sailing Club
Scotland's Leaky Roof 2 sailed by Alan Harper/Robertson, Eric Robertson & Kirsty Robertson from Cove Sailing Club were winners of the Sigma 33 Irish Open Championships sailed as part of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2019. In fact, Scottish visitors took the top three…
Great breeze on day two of the Sigma National Championships as part of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Scottish crews are in command at the 20-boat Sigma 33 Irish National Championships hosted as part of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta.  After four races sailed and one discard, James Miller's Mayrise of Helensburgh Sailing Club leads Leaky Roof 2 (Alan Harper/Robertson, Eric Robertson &…
LÉ Eithne has been withdrawn from service because of crew shortages
The Government may delay plans for a 200 million euro “multi-role” Naval Service ship, amid continuing controversy over crewing shortages for the existing fleet writes Lorna Siggins  A joint civil-military meeting is due to take place today at the direction of…
An aerial file photo of Bullock Harbour along the coast of Dalkey located on the southern shores of Dublin Bay
The presence of a murky substance and discolouration in the water surrounding Bullock Harbour and Dalkey, Irish Water claim does not emanate from their waste treatment plants. As the Dublin Gazette reports locals voiced their concern on the quality of…
Never mind spotting gusts, what about the swimmer!
'Forty-foot' can mean different things to different people on Dublin Bay. In sailing terms, it might very well be a nick-name for 'Class Zero' but for most of the Capital's citizens, it's the stronghold for sea bathers on the southern tip of…
Specialist diving unit is now reduced to less than one -quarter of its operational strength
Divers of the Naval Service which form an elite unit in the force is operating at less than a quarter of its intended capacity as a result of the Defence Force’s retention crisis. Naval Service Diving Section according to The…
LÉ Roísín at Cork Dockyard taken on June 30th 2019 as part of mid-life refit
The European Commission has received no formal notification to date that Irish fishery protection has been affected by Naval Service crew shortages writes Lorna Siggins Three ships are currently tied up in port, and Paul Kehoe, Minister of State with special…
A Galway yacht participating in the cruise to Lorient that will carry turf to the French Port
Three French lifeboat crew who died in a recent sea rescue will be remembered by a fleet of west of Ireland sailing craft setting sail from Galway for the Breton port of Lorient later this week writes Lorna Siggins. Bearing…
Brexit ferry deal: Brittany Ferries was one of three suppliers which had a UK Government contract to provide extra ferry services AFLOAT adds on the English Channel to the EU through ports in France. Above AFLOAT adds is Brittany Ferries Roscoff-Plymouth serving Armorique (seen here in Cork Harbour) earlier this season having stood in on the Irish route linking Roscoff while flagship Pont-Aven underwent major repairs.
The UK government's Brexit ferry programme was "rushed and risky", according to a cross-party group of MPs, who confirmed the botched project had cost £85m. As BBC News reports a procurement process to provide extra ferry services was held in…

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