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Roonagh Pier, Louisburgh which was posted on Facebook by the Co. Mayo ferry operator.
A ferry operator in Co. Mayo has issued a call for break-water and new pier facilities at Roonagh, Louisburgh. According to The Connaught Telegraph, the Clare Island Ferry Co. (O'Grady) posted a photograph on ts Facebook page of Roonagh (yesterday)…
The 'next generation' ferry, Stena Estrid will sail between Holyhead and Dublin
A new ferry to be introduced by Stena Line is expected to enter commercial service next week but the hunt is on for a ‘god parent’ after the Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar turned down the invitation. According to NorthWalesLive, the Stena…
LE George Bernard Shaw, the newest Naval Service patrol vessel Afloat adds on annual fleet exercise conducted last year
A submission from an expert group to the government says it must bolster the Naval Service to protect the country's maritime security. The submission, seen by the Irish Examiner, was made by the Irish Maritime Forum, an independent and non-political…
KYC Commodore Mike Walsh
Kinsale Yacht Club has elected Mike Walsh as Commodore. Walsh, a former director of KYC's biennial Sovereign's Cup takes over the helm from outgoing flag officer Dave Sullivan.  In a big year on the water for Kinsale, the West Cork…
The scholarship panel was chaired by the Port of Milford Haven Chairman, Chris Martin (centre) who was joined by Sara Aicken from the Port (left) and Maxine Thomas from Pembrokeshire College (right).
University students totalling five from Pembrokeshire, Wales, are to receive scholarships from the Port of Milford Haven – one more than usual – as the standard proved to be exceptionally high this year. The south Wales port has awarded scholarships…
Stranded ferry passengers were left on the Isle of Arran in south-west Scotland. The Brodick-Ardrossan route on the Forth of Clyde is served a pair of ferries one of which AFLOAT pictured above, the Isle of Arran is offshore of its island namesake.
Passengers taking a ferry have been stranded on the Isle of Arran, Scotland, after bad weather caused service disruption and cancellations. Gusts of up to 60mph, reported STV News, have affected the safe delivery of CalMac sevices from Brodick to Ardrossan…
A third of those who paid to leave early had studied nautical science while others studied engineering, financial maths, geomatics, financial management, strategic risk management and global security
Officers in the Defence Forces have paid up to €67,000 each to buy their way out of their military careers early rather than continue to serve for the time they initially agreed, it has emerged. The Irish Times has established…
La Response is Dun Laoghaire bound
The Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Cruiser Zero fleet will get a boost this week when its latest addition drops anchor in Dun Laoghaire Harbour at the Royal Irish Yacht Club. The First 40 La Response, formerly known as Courier…
Dun Laoghaire Frostbiting Radials fan out downwind
Laser Radials competing in the DMYC Frostbites are now the largest club Laser fleet in Ireland and look likely to surpass last winter’s 37 boat entry, with weekly turnouts in the mid-20s. Not bad, given there were just one or…
S.S. Nomadic, the purpose built White Star liner tender which AFLOAT adds served out of Cherbourg, France,  is preserved as a static museum attraction that forms part of Titanic Belfast centre
So it's full steam ahead at one of Ireland's most popular visitor attractions as profits at Titanic Belfast increased last year by 63% to £4.2m. According to the Belfast Telegraph, in the 12 months to the end of last March, more…
Irish Sailing President Jack Roy (left) with Cormac Mac Donncha at Kilronan in the Aran Islands in 2017 at the first staging there of the WIORA Championship, another Mac Donncha innovation.
At year’s end, the Sailors of the Month adjudicators survey the overall scene in search of an outstanding and innovative event which has added to the variety of the Irish sailing programme. In 2019 this role was well filled by…
The leadship of the Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV90) P60 class LÉ Samuel Beckett at sea
The Defence Forces has despite ever-decreasing numbers due to the retention crisis, has managed to undertake a mammoth number of operations during the year, ranging from guarding visiting dignitaries to naval fishery patrols, bomb disposal, and airlifting seriously ill patients…
Julian Cooke and Jackie Patton sailing a 505 in Ballyholme Bay in 1985
Jackie Patton, chair of RYANI and Donaghadee Sailing Club member, is on a mission. She used to crew a 505 and along with Thomas Anderson, ex 505 helmsman and crew and past Commodore of Royal North of Ireland YC, is…
An archive photo of the Pickie-to-Pier race prize giving. David McCullough (second-right-front-row) with the Lyttle Trophy
Today you couldn’t swim across Bangor Bay on Belfast Lough without skirting the Marina but from 1910 till the 80s the ‘Pickie to Pier’ annual sea swim saw many participants taking part in the 650-metre race from Skippingstone Beach, beside…
Winning skipper Stephen Lysaght
Six sailing cruisers raced for the Gunsmoke Bell on St.Stephen’s Day at Kinsale Yacht Club in the annual event sponsored by Sam Cohen. The winner was Stephen Lysaght’s Reavra Too, with Michael Carroll’s Chancer second and Sam Cohen himself sailing…
Rossaveel Harbour, Connemara
Construction of amenity facilities has been granted planning permission at Rossaveel Fishery Harbour Centre in Connemara, reports Galway Bay FM.  The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have been awarded the permission to progress the works at the small…

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