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Light and Shifty End to Kinsale Spring League
The final races of Kinsale's Spring Series, sponsored by Ron Holland Design, were sailed on Sunday in trying conditions for both competitors and race management alike. The wind, what little of it was there was from a south westerly direction,…
Lola Leads Kinsale Squib Event
Frank Whelan's Lola from Dublin Bay leads the 13-boat Squib champs in Kinsale. The results are here and event photos here. 
South Coast Squib Pics Online
Photos from the first days action of the South Coast Squib championships are online in our gallery.
Marinerscove to the Fore in Kinsale League
Marinerscove conlcuded Kinsale's Spring 12 division Series yesterday with a two point win over Anthony O'Leary's Antix in Class IRC Zero. With yesterday's races sailed with everything from warm sunshine to hail and with wind from 3 to 23 knots,…
Fire at Cork Boatyard Extinguished
Three units of Cork Fire Brigade dealt with a fire that broke out close to a diesel tank in a boatyard in Crosshaven today. No one was hurt in the blaze that broke out at lunch time and there was…
Squibs Set Sail in Kinsale
The Irish South Coast Squib Championship sponsored by Marine Motors Matthews of Cork, & Calco Ireland Ltd. takes place in Kinsale Yacht Club, in conjunction with the National Squib Owners Association, from Saturday 1st May to Sunday 2nd May with…
Baltimore Harbour Hotel for Sale
Situated on an elevated site with superb views in a popular coastal base. The Baltimore Harbour hotel in Co. Cork is for sale by private treaty. The site includes hotel suites, 6 town houses and 12 self contianed apartments. More…
Kinsale League Concludes on Saturday
The Spring Series at Kinsale Yacht Club, sponsored by Masts & Rigging Ireland Limited, took place last Sunday in near perfect sailing conditions. Competitors and Race Management could not have asked for more; with glorious sunshine and a 15 knot…
Oyster Pearl Offers Big Carlingford Welcome
Every year sailors travel to Carlingford from all over Ireland and beyond (honourable mention here to our good friends from the Isle of Man) to participate in the annual Moneley Oyster Pearl Sailing Festival, which is scheduled to take place…
Antix Wins Both Races in Kinsale
Antix won both races today in Kinsale's April League  with Marinerscove.ie second in both races and this leaves them just one point apart with Dave Dwyer’s Mariners in the lead writes Claire Bateman. A magnificent days sailing was enjoyed by…
LE Aoife Heading for Major Repairs
The LE Aofie will be taken in for routine maintenance next month which will involve major repairs according to Sunday Tribune reporter Ken Foxe. More than 250,000 Euro was spent on repairs to LE Emer and LE Aoife after holes…
Kinsale Weekend Photo Action Here!
Action photos from this weekend's Kinsale Cruiser League by Bob Bateman are online now. Racing is on varied courses outside Kinsale Harbour. The event is an opportunity for training purposes for any boats looking to compete in the Commodores Cup…
Demand for Ferry Travel Trebles During Aviation Crisis
An estimated 62,000 additional passengers were carried by passenger ferries through Irish ports over the first 6 days of the aviation crisis according to data from the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO).  The unprecedented events resulted in an estimated 300%…
Waterford's first Maritime Festival of Song
Waterford’s first Maritime Festival of Song takes place from 28th to 30th May this year presented by Waterford’s own Hooks and Crooks!Pirates, Rowers, Air Sea Rescue crews and Sea Shanty Singing groups from Norway, Denmark, Germany, England, Wales, Holland, France…
Irish Ports and Shipping recover from record falls
The Irish ports and shipping sectors began to show positive signs of recovery towards the last quarter of 2009 following a record fall in volumes earlier in the year as the downturn in the economy bit hardest, according to the…
Dublin chimneys give up smoking
The Poolbeg Chimneys, for decades a favourite weather indicator for Dublin sailors, puffed their last plumes of smoke last night. The chimneys kicked the smoking habit as the peak energy demand tapered off last night and the oil-firing Poolbeg station…

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

Ireland is dependent on ports and shipping services to transport goods and 90% of our trade is moved though Irish ports. Shipping and maritime transport services make a significant contribution to Ireland’s ocean economy, with the sector generating €2.3 billion in turnover and employing over 5,000 people in 2018.

Ireland’s maritime industry continues to grow and progress each year with Irish ports and shipping companies making significant investments. The ports sector in Ireland is currently undergoing a number of expansions and developments with Dublin Port’s Alexandra Basin development, the development of Ringaskiddy in Cork by Port of Cork and the development of Shannon Foynes Port. Along with these major investments, shipping companies are also investing heavily in new tonnage, with Irish Ferries, CLdN and Stena leading new build programmes.

These pages cover the following sectoral areas: shipowners, harbour authorities, shipbrokers, freight forwarders and contractors, cruise liner operators, port users, seamen, merchants, academic institutions, shipyards and repair facilities, naval architects, navy and defence personnel.

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This section of the site deals with Port and Shipping News on our largest ports Dublin Port, Port of Cork, the Shannon Estuary, Galway Harbour and Belfast Lough.

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.

Liam Lacey, Director of the Marine Institute’s Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) said, “The Irish maritime industry can look to the future with confidence. It has shown itself to be resilient and agile in responding to challenges. Over the past decade, it has had to respond to the challenges of the financial crisis of 2008, the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and recent challenges. Ireland’s maritime sector has continued to underpin our economy by maintaining vital shipping links for both trade and tourism.”

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