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Belfast author and illustrator Flora Delargy
Harold Cottam was a 21-year old radio operator who was on duty on the night of April 14th, 1912 on board passenger ship RMS Carpathia when he received a Morse code message he would never forget. Nor would the world,…
Multi-time Irish national surfing champion Easkey Britton is now a marine social scientist
On the publication of Easkey Britton’s memoir Saltwater in the Blood, the Irish Examiner profiles the former professional surfer-turned-marine scientist whose philosophy has taken on a new significance for many amid the pandemic. Much as Dr Britton’s current career sees…
A new illustrated story of quiet bravery tells in detail how the little ship Carpathia saved 705 passengers of the Titanic from the icy waters of the North Atlantic. The intrepid little ship heroically changed course and headed straight into…
Explorers Education officer Carmel Madigan
The Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme has launched a new book, An Ocean of Stories - An Anthology of Children’s Ocean Stories, leading up to World Oceans Day this Tuesday 8 June. The book, published by Explorers Education officer Carmel…
100-Year-Old River Class History is Published
John McVea, class captain of the now 100-year-old River Class which sails regularly at Strangford Lough Yacht Club, had been looking forward to a 2020 season of centenary celebrations. Covid 19 put paid to that, but one achievement which has…
The North Shannon Yacht Club
In 1896 a yacht club was founded on Lough Boderg which lies between counties Roscommon and Leitrim. The club thrived until 1929 when the profile of Irish society was changing from a landlord controlled society to a more democratic society.…
All proceeds from the sale of The Lighthouse Storybook will directly support the work of Children in Hospital Ireland and the Northern Ireland Hospice
Young authors have contributed to a new book published by The Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) which aims to benefit two charities. The organisation’s Young Storykeepers’ Project has put together The Lighthouse Storybook, a collection of stories written by young…
Anne McFarland provides an excellent road map in this easy to read book
Running a sports body has become increasingly onerous. Many sporting entities have become companies and now need to abide by the Companies Act. All entities funded by Sport Ireland must comply with a code of governance, adopted by Sport Ireland,…
RMS Titanic leaving Belfast with two-guiding-tugs visible
Old Ireland in Colour celebrates the rich history of Ireland and the Irish through the colour restoration of stunning images of all walks of Irish life, and the Irish abroad, throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From the chaos of…
Author Alan McMahon, painted the boat name on the harbour wall in Porto Santo, his entrance point to the Atlantic
Dublin sailor Alan McMahon has published a book on his solo sailing adventures aboard a Hallberg Rassy 352 which he sailed across the Atlantic and back in 2018/19.  'Sailing Away' is an autobiographical account of one man's 13-month adventure, sailing…
One of the Great Blasket’s best-known residents, Peig Sayers
As if there wasn’t enough Kerry sadness with Fungie’s disappearance, along comes Peig Sayers... As The Sunday Independent reports today, a newly published collection of stories by one of the Great Blasket’s best-known residents shows her “grámhar or more flirtatious…
East Antrim's Tom Jobling Has a third Novel Out With a Nautical Backdrop
This is Thomas Jobling's third novel and as with the preceding books, Chasing Shadows and Arthur's Dead has a distinctly nautical backdrop which I suspect comes easily to a writer who was born and lived by the sea. Tom (as…
The city of river and sea. Modern Dublin and its port looking eastward
If you were asked to name the real centre point of modern Dublin, you'd probably dodge the question by saying that it's somewhere along a line through O'Connell Bridge and Trinity College, and on up Grafton Street or Dawson Street.…
Dunmore East RNLI History 'Dauntless Courage' is Launched
Dunmore East RNLI has been saving lives off the South East coast since 1884. Since then Lifeboats based in the village have launched nearly 1000 times and saved over 305 lives and aided 1315 people in distress on the seas…
‘Stories From The Waterside’ Celebrate Connections With Ireland’s Rivers, Lakes & Beaches
A unique collection of short stories celebrating individual connections with Ireland’s rivers, lakes and beaches has just been published. Stories from the Waterside is the result of a national story writing competition of the same name held in April and…
'Shaped By the Sea' Is Example of Northern Ireland's Literary Talent
There is a hidden wealth of literary talent in the North which deserves greater exposure and the book Shaped by the Sea produced by a team of volunteers in the East Antrim area is an excellent example writes Betty Armstrong…

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