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Junior Icebreaker winners at Balyholme Yacht Club
Olympian Matt McGovern returned for the final race of part one of the Icebreaker Series on Belfast Lough and showed enough class and speed in the very light winds to show the rest of the Laser fleet the way home.…
The ferry arrived (at Holyhead, north Wales) after a 10,000 mile voyage from the Chinese shipyard where it was built
Stena Line's first "next generation" ferry has arrived at its Wales base. The Stena Estrid writes NorthWalesLive, arrived at Holyhead (yesterday) after a brief visit to Dublin Port for berthing trials late on Sunday night. Built in China, the ship set…
Wexford Harbour
New limits for Wexford Harbour will be set from next Wednesday 1 January, according to the latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. Transport Minister Shane Ross has signed into law the Harbours Act 1996 (Limits…
The fleet of the Manx ferry operator together berthed in Douglas
There has been a 'positive' response to a company survey according to the Isle of Man Steam Packet. As Manx Radio reports, more than 7,000 people took part after it was launched at the end of last month. The Company is trying to gain a better understanding…
The famine replica tallship Dunbrody at the
At the top of the agenda at New Ross Chamber is to attract a major company, writes Independent.ie The executive group met in New Ross on Tuesday and during a lengthy meeting four priorities were outlined. Chamber President Sean Reidy…
Signing the contract for Cobh Marina: Richard Marshall, Anne Ahern, Micheál O’Driscoll and Damian Ahern, committee members of Cove Sailing Club, with Paul Murphy of Byrne Looby and local councillor Cathal Rasmussen
With the competitive season now finished on the South Coast, attention turns to club activities ashore which will include annual general meetings and reviews of how the past season went and prospects for the year ahead. Without a doubt the…
Winter Solstice 2019 with Christmas decorations in Galway Port Marina. Despite Storm Elsa less than three days earlier, the completely calm Halcyon day of midwinter arrived on cue
In ancient Greece, the Halcyon days of calm in time-honoured mythology occurred at the mid-winter solstice. Yet after Galway Port received such a battering from Storm Elsa as recently as last Wednesday night, most folk would have been more than…
Bangor Town Regatta is expecting 60 yachts for the 2020 edition on June 25th
Bangor Town Regatta on Belfast Lough hopes to attract more than 60 boats and build on the success of the 2018 event, the formal launch of the regatta was told writes Betty Armstrong. Charles Hurst Jaguar Land Rover is the…
The European Green Deal: Striving to be the first climate-neutral continent
Europe’s ambition as enshrined in The European Green Deal published on 11 December, to become the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050 has been welcomed by European Sea Ports Organisation. According to ESPO, European ports are at the crossroads…
Warrenpoint Harbour located in Co. Down
Northern Ireland's Department of Infrastructure (DfI) has announced two appointments to the board of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority.  The DfI's Permanent Secretary has appointed David Gray who is to serve for a first term and Geraldine Donaghy to serve a second…
Like special effects in a science fiction movie, the waters of Galway Bay go airborne above Galway Docks on Wednesday night as a storm surge tops 70 knots at high water
There were severe gales around much of Ireland on Wednesday night, but at Galway Docks, in particular, the localised effects of a storm surge on extreme high water – with southwest winds of more than 70 knots - caused the…
Dun Laoghaire's RNLI All weather lifeboat passes Dalkey Island on Dublin Bay
At noon this Christmas Eve at the end of the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay, RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew will gather to lay wreaths at sea and remember 15 of their predecessors who were lost while on…
Bantry Bay Harbour and marina
Bantry Bay Port Company recently commissioned the RIAI to undertake an independent and non-directional Design Review Process to consider the potential of the Inner Harbour and Slob Area in Bantry. The process also assists the local community in formulating a…
Niall & Olivia Dowling's FAST40+ Arabella
Online entry has opened for the 2020 IRC European Championship which will take place in Cork Harbour, Ireland during Volvo Cork Week as part of the unique celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. The 2020…
Malahide Marina pictured in 2017
A court has heard that Malahide Marina was flooded with enough sewage to fill more than two Olympic-size swimming pools in a pollution incident last year, as TheJournal.ie reports. Irish Water pleaded guilty to offences under the Waste Water Discharge…
Galway's Crisis Management Team at Salthill during last night's storms
Galway’s harbourmaster has hit out at the lack of warning for a severe storm which caused flooding in parts of the city and Salthill last night writes Lorna Siggins. The city’s emergency plan was invoked after southerly winds forecast at…

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

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A recent study carried out for the Irish Ports Association (IPA) totalled 75.7 billion during 2004 and their net economic impact was some 5.5 billion supporting around 57, 500 full time employees.

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