Allianz and Afloat - Supporting Irish Boating

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

Displaying items by tag: FÁS

#vor – Tradtional boating got a boost at the Volvo Ocean Race in Galway last night at a special ceremony in Galway Harbour when the country's newest community built Galway hooker was named in a ceremony attended by Social Protection Minister, Joan Burton TD. The boat has been named 'Croí an Cladaig'.

The 32–foot boat is the first of its class to be built in Galway since 1922. In keeping with the Claddagh's centuries old traditions it will be launched on Sunday afternoon, after it is blessed in a ceremony conducted by Dominican Fathers.

The new hooker took 18 months to design and build as part of a training scheme organised by the Claddagh based boatmen's association, "Badoiri an Cladaig", FAS, Galway City & County Enterprise Board and several other local community groups.

Chairperson of "Badoiri an Cladaig", Michael Coyne, said the building of the new hooker has created huge excitement in the Claddagh and has given new impetus to efforts to revive the ancient craft of  traditional boat building in Galway.

Published in Volvo Ocean Race

#ANGLING - The National Disabled Angling Facility at Aughrim in Co Wicklow is to remain open following an 11th-hour agreement last month, The Irish Times reports.

A deal reached between Fás, Siptu and the centre's staff will retain all 23 jobs with a 25% pay cut and see the premises stay open until a "review" is published in March.

Opened by then President Mary Robinson in 1996, the facility is operated as a Community Employment Fás scheme and has been an invaluable amenity for disabled anglers nationwide.

Published in Angling
National Learning Network is a recognised employer of choice. We are Ireland's leading provider of individualised training, inclusive education and employment access and support services. We promote equality by providing world-class training, education and employment access services and by actively influencing the creation of a more inclusive society.

Stepping Out Programme

Stepping Out is a Vocational Training Programme funded by the Probation and FAS Services and run by National Learning Network in Golden Island Athlone. Stepping Out is designed to help people who have been involved in crime (which may have included drug or alcohol addiction).The target groups for Stepping Out are offenders who have been before the courts and placed under supervision of the Probation Services, as well as those at risk of committing offences.
Stepping Out has developed a unique system of service provision that enables people to achieve their potential in a manner that takes account of personal, social, economic and environmental issues.

Applications are invited for the following position:
Fas Project Co-Ordinator – 12 Month Fixed Term Contract

Local Training Initiative Programme Funded by Fas

Location: Athlone, Co, Westmeath

Within the FAS LTI Programme, the Training Co-Ordinator is responsible for assisting in the development of the skills, knowledge, confidence and resources that are necessary to access employment, higher training and/or options in the wider community. Learning is fostered through a combination of projects and activities in response to the identified needs of each individual and practical skills are sampled in a range of activities.

The Fas Project Co-ordinator will be responsible for delivering a skills training module to Fas learners on the programme mainly in area of strip plank wooden boat building.

The Fas Project Co-ordinator will have served a recognised apprenticeship in boat building and have an appropriate qualification for the industry to deliver FETAC awards in Woodcraft and /or Boat Building.

As training takes place in a real work situation the successful candidate will also be responsible for Costings, Production planning and Quality control.

The FAS Project Co-ordinator will have overall responsibility for this skills training project, leading to Fetac Certification for persons who avail of the training programme. Previous experience in a training or supervisory position would be an advantage. A Training qualification is desirable.
This position will be offered initially on a twelve month contract basis and the successful candidate will receive training in the methods required for training people with behaviour and development needs

Please send all applications to

FAS Employment Services Office
Unit 8 Inish Carrig Business Centre,
Golden Island,
Co Westmeath

Quote Job Reference: JOB650397

Closing date for receipt of applications is 12th December 2011

The Rehab Group is an equal opportunities employer.

Published in Jobs
Tagged under

The refurbished Mutton Island lighthouse in Galway Bay will open to tour groups on a regular basis next year, the Galway City Tribune reports.

Once one of the final landmarks of the city seen by emigrants leaving on the 'coffin ships' bound for the United States in the Great Famine, its light last shone in 1977. 

The protected lighthouse and its island were purchased by Galway City Council for a total of £2, and since then the 18th-century building fell into disrepair - although the island thrived as a sanctuary for artic terns and Claddagh swans.

But in 2005 a project was intitiated by Galway City Council and the Galway Civic Trust, involving FÁS trainees to restore the lighthouse and its grounds to their former glory, and the fruits of this labour are set to be unveiled next spring.

Recent free tours of the building for Hertiage Week were hugely popular, providing high hopes for the lighthouse and its gardens to become a valuable new amenity for the City of the Tribes.

The Galway City Tribune has more on the story HERE.

Published in Lighthouses

About boot Düsseldorf: With almost 250,000 visitors, boot Düsseldorf is the world's largest boat and water sports fair and every year in January the “meeting place" for the entire industry. From 18 to 26 January 2020, around 2,000 exhibitors will be presenting their interesting new products, attractive further developments and maritime equipment. This means that the complete market will be on site in Düsseldorf and will be inviting visitors on nine days of the fair to an exciting journey through the entire world of water sports in 17 exhibition halls covering 220,000 square meters. With a focus on boats and yachts, engines and engine technology, equipment and accessories, services, canoes, kayaks, kitesurfing, rowing, diving, surfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, SUP, fishing, maritime art, marinas, water sports facilities as well as beach resorts and charter, there is something for every water sports enthusiast.

At A Glance – Boot Dusseldorf 

Messe Düsseldorf GmbH
40474 Düsseldorf
Tel: +49 211 4560-01
Fax: +49 211 4560-668

The first boats and yachts will once again be arriving in December via the Rhine.

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

dbsc mainbutton
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Brokers

leinster sidebutton

Featured Webcams

Featured Car Brands

subaru sidebutton

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton dob
isora sidebutton

Featured Events 2020

Wave button for Afloat new dates

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton

quantum sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
osm sidebutton

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
mansfield sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
sellingboat sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating