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A look inside the pages of Hegarty’s Boatyard, by Kevin O’Farrell
The Skibbereen boatyard where Ireland’s last trading schooner was painstakingly restored has been immortalised in a new book of photography, as The Irish Times reports. Hegarty’s Boatyard, on the River Ilen near Skibbereen, is the last surviving traditional boatyard in…
Drone-Eye View Adds New Dimension To Sailing Directions
For 90 years, the Irish Cruising Club’s Sailing Directions have been the standard text on small-craft pilotage of the Irish coast. As Afloat contributor Lorna Siggins wrote in her review for The Irish Times: “Approach any port without these navigational…
Kayaker Tim Flavin
“Stop for a quick apple and orange drink. Paddle on in flat water. Stop for cake and try throwing a lifebelt onto a beach...” “ Arrive Courtown at about 11.15 to champagne and a congratulations cake reception! A lifetime trip…
Lusitania launch - (Left to right) Ian Lawler, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Fionnbarr Moore, National Monuments Service, Connie Kelleher, National Monuments Service, Ms Josepha Madigan, T.D., Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Charise McKeon, National Monuments Service and Karl Brady, National Monuments Service. Ms Josepha Madigan, T.D., Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (DCHG) announced the publication of a new book on the RMS Lusitania - RMS Lusitania: The Story of a Wreck
High resolution scans of the wreck of the RMS Lusitania and expert opinion from divers, researchers and specialists feature in a new book on the ocean liner published this week writes Lorna Siggins  National Monuments Service underwater archaeologists Fionnbarr Moore,…
Book Launch For Story Of Baltimore’s Lifeboat Next Saturday
RTÉ’s Fergal Keane will be at Baltimore Sailing Club next Saturday 7 December for the launch of a new book celebrating 100 years of the West Cork village’s RNLI lifeboat service. Baltimore Lifeboat: A Community Story by Éamon Lankford is…
Enda O'Coineen's new book Journey to the Edge
Enda O’Coineen has many friends who sail Northern Waters. Now there’s the chance to meet up with him next week at the launch of his latest book, Journey to the Edge in No Alibis bookstore on Botanic Avenue, Belfast writes…
Reality Meets Myth In Author’s Adventure Along Ireland’s Coast
An encounter with late poet and sailor Danny Sheehy enlivens author Philip Marsden’s adventure along Ireland’s wild Atlantic way, as he writes for The Irish Times. Marsden had set out to research a book about mythical islands — which took…
Enda O’Coineen sailing the boat on which he completed his Vendée Globe route
From Enda O’Coineen, in business and adventure, we can learn much. The man sails on a sea of obsession in life — guided only by the goals he sets himself. He became the first ever Irish entry to qualify for…
 A clip from ‘Ireland’s Deep Atlantic’ produced by Ken O'Sullivan was broadcast in 2018 by RTE and is now a part to the Junior Cert curriculum. His book Sea Fever is on sale now
Ken O’Sullivan spent the summers of his youth in what he describes as a ‘Huckleberry Finn-type existence’ on Fenit Island, Co Kerry, his father’s home place and that of his family since 1750. Getting the fishing bug at aged 10,…
New Book On Clare Island ‘Shines Spotlight On Its Richness Of Life’
One hundred years ago, Irish naturalist Robert Lloyd Praeger led a survey of the natural history and cultural heritage of Clare Island in Co Mayo at a level of detail greater than any area of comparable size at that time.…
Richard Kennedy on board Seachrán, sailing for Inisbofin
Richard and Rita Kennedy’s sailing trip around Ireland was meant to be a 10-week journey. It ended up an odyssey spread over two summers. But the time was more than well spent, as their leisurely sail became an exploration of…
Sailmaker Johnny McWilliam (left) and designer Ron Holland at yesterday’s Australian launch of Ron’s new book of memoirs at the Royal Yacht Cub of Victoria in Melbourne
International yacht designer Ron Holland of New Zealand became renowned in 1973 when he won the Quarter Ton Worlds in England with the 24ft Eygthene, which he’d designed himself and then skippered to success writes W M Nixon. The first…
‘So Far so Good’ by Paddy Barry deserves to take its place on the book shelf beside the ‘Navigatio’ of St Brendan and ‘Across Three Oceans’ by Conor O’Brien says Round–the–world sailor Pete Hogan
Following WM Nixon's review of the launch of Paddy Barry's book So Far So Good, An Adventurous Life last September, artist and Round–the–World Sailor Pete Hogan recommends the memoir of the Irish sailor who has followed St Brendan’s wake both actually and…
‘Humble Works for Humble People’ Charts History of Galway Bay’s Fishery Piers
#Books - Humble Works for Humble People is the title of a new history of the fishery piers of Galway Bay around coastal Galway and North Clare by Dr Noel Wilkins, a retired professor at NUI Galway. The book charts…
Mail boat passenger steamer RMS Leinster departing Carlisle Pier, Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire) was almost a 100 years in WWI struck by a torpedo from UB-123 with the dramatic loss of more than 500 lives. This tragedy was one of the greatest  losses of life in the Irish Sea during the 'Great War'.
#BookLaunch - An Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Councillor Tom Murphy, will officially launch this evening, 9 November, the centenary book of the Irish Sea 'mail-boat' steamer RMS Leinster. The launch of the book “The Last Voyage of the…
Humble Works for Humble People nurtures the retelling of human stories surrounding the piers, giving voice to the unacknowledged legacy of the lives that were their making
This beautifully illustrated book explores the history of the fishery piers and harbours of Galway and North Clare. A testament to these structures as feats of engineering, it is also a riveting account of the human aspect that shadowed their…

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