Displaying items by tag: Cork
#Drowning - Three drownings over the weekend have underlined the importance of safety on the water during the current sunny spell.
In Galway, residents of Moycullen were mourning the loss of a Lithuanian man who drowned while swimming with friends in Ballyquirke Lake on Saturday evening 8 June, according to Galway Bay FM.
And RTÉ News reports of a similar incident in Cork in the early hours of this morning 10 June, in which a 21-year-old man drowned after getting into difficulties in the River Lee near Ballincollig.
The young man is also believed to have been swimming with friends after another hot day across the country, according to The Irish Times.
Elsewhere in Cork, RTÉ News says a 17-year-old has died after drowning in the River Blackwater.
Earlier it was reported that the teen was in a serious condition after getting into difficulties while swimming with friends at a bathing spit known locally as Lisheen Bridge, and had been in the water for some time before he was recovered.
#DeepKinsale - Fastnet Oil & Gas believes that its Deep Kinsale Prospect in the Celtic Sea could hold an incredible bounty of more than two billion barrels of oil.
Fastnet executed its exclusive option on the prospect earlier this year, and recently completed a 3D seismic survey of the area, the data from which will enable the company to identify oil reservoir 'sweet spots' for the best drilling results.
“Deep Kinsale is a large anticlinal structure, which has the potential to contain a significant oil accumulation directly beneath the producing Kinsale gas field and the two platforms, in the Celtic Sea,” said John Craven, founding Fastnet shareholder.
“This new 3D seismic is a key de-risking component necessary for the planning of an optimal drilling campaign."
As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Fastnet Oil & Gas has been awarded a new licensing option elsewhere in the Celtic Sea in the area know as East Mizzen.
The vessel sailed by the couple in their late 60s apparently dismasted some 160 miles off the Cork coast en route from the Azores to the Shetland Islands.
They were discovered by a passing fishing trawler early yesterday (21 May) and assisted last night by the Naval Service vessel LE Aoife, which is currently towing the stricken yacht to Castletownbere.
Lt Captain Erica Downing of the LE Aoife told RTÉ that the couple were "extremely lucky" to be spotted by the French fishing boat, having not seen any other sea traffic the previous fortnight.
RTÉ News has more on the story HERE.
The works are due to take place from this week till early December 2013, and will comprise the excavation of the sea bed from a pontoon barge (barge to be confirmed) for the installation of a mass concrete base and pier walls (15m x 30m).
Divers will be deployed throughout the underwater works. Hydrographic surveying will be carried out at intermittent stages throughout the works. Buoys will be deployed to mark the works area around the pier.
The commercial berth and north berth of the pier will remain operational throughout the works.
Koda, a pedigree husky, was inspecting the coastline around Sandycove when she got too close to the edge and slipped over the 30ft cliff.
The dog landed in water with a strong current that swept her out to sea despite her desperate struggles to reach the shore. She managed to get herself back on a ledge by which time the alarm was raised and volunteer lifeboat crew were on their way.
A jagged reef also meant that Kinsale RNLI’s inshore lifeboat couldn't get close enough to help drag the struggling dog from the water.
However, Kinsale RNLI volunteers Nick Searls and Ian Fitzgerald were at the scene within minutes, and realised the danger facing the terrified dog.
Searles dived into the sea and swam over 60 metres to reach the animal. He managed to attach a harness and was able to swim slowly back to shore, dragging the weakened Koda with him. He was then assisted by safety line out of the sea by Fitzgerald.
Koda was immediately taken to a Kinsale vet, who confirmed that despite being exhausted and shocked by her ordeal, the dog was none the worse for wear.
In other news, Donaghadee RNLI assisted two men on board a yacht which got into difficulty off the Co Down coast yesterday morning (Tuesday 7 May).
The 30ft yacht with two people on board had gone aground on rocks at the entrance to Donaghadee Marina.
With the help of another vessel, the lifeboat crew was quickly able to get a tow line to the yacht and pull it off the rocks.
The yacht, which had sustained some damage to its rudder, was able to make its way safely into the marina.
#MarineNotice - The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) has issued a Marine Notice advising that a hydrographic and geophysical survey operation is taking place off the south coast till 4 June.
The RV Celtic Voyager (Call sign EIQN) - which performed a similar task off the Clare coast last month - is carrying out the survey operations in an area along the Cork coast marked out in Marine Notice No 18 of 2013, a PDF of which is available to read or download HERE.
The vessel will be towing a magnetometer sensor with a single cable of up to 100m in length. As usual, the vessel will display appropriate lights and markers, and will be listening on VHP Channel 16 throughout the project.
The minister joined Fáilte Ireland to present the final route to 300 top overseas tour operators attending Meitheal 2013, Ireland’s largest tourism trade fair.
The Wild Atlantic Way will be Ireland’s first long-distance driving route, stretching from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in Co Cork, and offering future visitors an opportunity to discover the west coast.
The 2,500km final route was unveiled following a comprehensive public consultation process and includes 156 strategically placed discovery points for tourists along the way.
While the route unveiled today comprises the main spine of the Wild Atlantic Way, a series of looped itineraries off the spine are also planned to further develop the experience for visitors.
Speaking today, Minister Ring said: “The Wild Atlantic Way is a very exciting project and I’m certain it will be a major tourism attraction. But to make it happen we all need to get on board.
"There has been a great response so far and I’m encouraging tourism operators, local authorities, business people and residents to stay involved to get this over the finishing line."
Overseas tour operators were given an advance ‘sneak-peek’ of the route last night at a Fáilte Ireland welcome event in the Convention Centre Dublin when they were treated to the premiere of the video trailer above to show them just what their clients can expect along the route from next year on.
Paddy Mathews, manager of destination development with Fáilte Ireland, believes the project will be a great addition to what Ireland has to offer visitors.
“Developing a route like this is an important part of ensuring Ireland is able to provide visitors with an unforgettable experience," he said. "It will open up a huge number of towns and attractions to them and showcase the scenery and unique culture of the West Coast of Ireland providing easy access to a range of experiences along the route.
“Now that the route has been finalised we will be focusing our efforts on turning all this preparatory work into a reality – an international driving route to rival the best in the world.”
Fáilte Ireland has been working with all the local authorities along the West Coast as well as the leader companies, Údaras na Gaeltachta and the Western Development Commission.
Full details of the Wild Atlantic Way are available on the Fáilte Ireland website HERE.
Twenty-nine-year-old Colin Callanan from Cork drowned off the island of Koh Tao off the east coast of the South East Asian country on Friday 12 April.
The exact circumstances surrounding his death have not yet been announced.
Callanan was diving in his spare time while on a work trip to the country. He had been based in Perth, Australia for the last six years, and was employed by an air conditioning firm since 2010.
The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.
# ROWING: Skibbereen Regatta and the Irish Universities’ and Schools’ Championships, scheduled for Sunday and Saturday respectively, have been postponed. Faced with the forecast of high winds and rain at the National Rowing Centre, the organisers of both events opted to seek a new date. The Domestic Events Committee of Rowing Ireland will make any decision on a new position in the calendar for the regattas.
Skibbereen Regatta was set to open the eFlow Grand League series. The event had a huge entry and was to run from 7.15 am to 6.15 pm.
# ROWING: Cork Boat Club had a string of wins at the Cork Head of the River at the Marina on Saturday. Their senior eight were the fastest crew of the day. John Keohane of Lee Valley was the top single sculler.
Cork Head of the River, Saturday (Selected Results)
Eight – Senior (Head One): 1 Cork BC 12:44.6, 2 Putney Town 13:57.1. Inter One (Rolling hd): Muckross 14:28.3. Novice (Hd 1): UCC 13:36.3. Junior 18A (Hd 1): Presentation 13:26.4. Jun 16 (Hd 1): 14:46.7. Masters (Hd 6) Putney Town 15:22.7
Fours – Inter, coxed: Fossa 15:44.3. Novice, coxed: UCC 15:56. 2. Junior 18A (Hd 3): Presentation 15:33.1. Masters, coxed (Hd 6) Shandon 17:45.4.
Sculling, Quadruple – Senior (Hd 4): Cork BC 16:08.4. Jun 18A (Hd 4): Lee 14:29.2. Jun 16, coxed (Hd 4): Clonmel 15:50.5. Masters, coxed (Rolling Hd) 16:45.6.
Double – Senior (Hd 6): UCC 15:15.1. Inter One (Hd 6) 14:43.1. Novice (Hd 6): Cappoquin 15:47.7. Jun 18A (Hd 6) Shandon 14:30.5. Jun 16 (Hd 6) Killorglin 18:11.0. Single – Senior (Hd 2): Lee Valley (J Keohane) 15:19.6. Intermediate: UCC (McGuckin) 16:13.4. Novice (Hd 2): UCC (Stanton) 16:35.8. Junior 18A: Shandon (Harrington) 15:32.8. Junior 16 (Hd 2) Castleconnell (Whittle) 16:43.0. Masters (Rolling Hd) Shandon (Smith) 19:04.7.
Eight – Intermediate One (Hd 4): Cork BC 16:56.4. Novice (Hd 4): UCC 18:21.9. Jun 18A (Hd 4): Shannon 16:58.1. Jun 16 (Hd 4) Shannon 17:38.7.
Four – Senior (Hd 6) Cork BC 15:09.9. Inter, coxed (Hd 6): Cork BC 17:13.8. Novice, coxed (Hd 6) UCC 27.17.4. Jun 18A (Hd 6): Shannon 16:26.1.
Pair – Senior: Cork BC 18:02.7. Junior 18A: Shandon 18:383.
Sculling, Quadruple – Junior 18A (Hd 1): Cork BC 14:45. Novice, coxed (Hd 1): Cork BC 16:04.7. Jun 16, coxed: Killorglin 16:44.7.
Double – Intermediate One (Rolling Hd): Cork BC 16:46.4. (Hd Three): UCC 18:33.8. Novice (Hd 3): Skibbereen 19:25.7. Jun 18A (Hd 3): Cork BC 18:06.0. Jun 16 (Hd 3): 19:05.7.
Single – Jun 18 A (Rolling Hd): Muckross (Hickey) 20:39.5.