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A tranquil boating scene from Cork Harbour
Dear Reader, At the end of another busy year at Afloat.ie in 2018, we want to express our thanks for your continued support. Because of the generous backing from you and our other supporters, Afloat.ie is looking at another record…
Flying the flag for Ireland – a very neat start for IRL 2846 in the 2018 Australian Tasar Nationals in Darwin.
Conor Byrne remembers his best sailing in Ireland as being in Mermaids at his home port of Skerries writes W M Nixon. But for some time now he has been in the most tropical part of Australia in Darwin, and…
Defence Forces Review 2018 will be held in NUIG Galway next week, on Thursday 22 November, the event is open to the public and free of charge.
#NewsUpdate - The Defence Forces Review 2018, in association with the School of Political Science and Sociology will be held in NUI Galway next week, on Thursday 22 November. The event is also been held with the Irish Centre for…
A photo of the man driving down the Pacific Highway on a motorised scooter was widely shared on social media.
 In Australia, a man who used a mobility scooter to tow a boat along the Pacific Highway near Newcastle has been charged by police, as the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The 35-year-old man was charged on Wednesday with multiple offences…
Marine Minister Attends ‘Our Ocean Conference’ In Bali
In the first of a series of engagements in Indonesia and Malaysia during the coming week, Marine Minister Michael Creed will address the Our Ocean Conference being held in Nusa Dua, Bali today and tomorrow (Monday 29 and Tuesday 30…
East Antrim Boat Club Launches ‘Mid-Week Sessions’ Talks Series
East Antrim Boat Club in Larne is ready to launch its new series of events ashore next month. Taking place each Wednesday in November, the Mid-Week Sessions will feature a mix of topics, speakers, performers and presenters, all of whom…
No More Green Diesel For Irish Leisure Boaters, EU Court Rules
#GreenDiesel - Recreational boaters in Ireland face an end to fuelling with green diesel, following a ruling by the European Court of Justice. According to the Irish Examiner, Ireland has been infringing EU law by allowing the sale of cheaper…
The day after First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones visited Dun Laoghaire for the Irish state ceremony to commemorate the sinking of RMS Leinster a century ago, the Minister (above) then visited the Menai Strait, Anglesey, north Wales (with background of Britannia Bridge) to announce the preferred route for the 3rd Menai crossing. This option will improve journey times on the A55 route (to and from Port of Holyhead) and provide safer travel across the Menai Strait.
#NewsUpdate - The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones who visited Dun Laoghaire last week for the RMS Leinster centenary, the following day paid a visit to Anglesey in north Wales to announce the Purple option as the preferred route…
Celtic Voyager
A provision in today's budget will allow the Marine Institute to commence the planned replacement of the 21-year-old Celtic Voyager with a new 50m modern research vessel that will provide critical national infrastructure to enable Ireland to address the considerable challenges…
Coonanna is a sheltered harbour north-east of Valentia Island
The death of three men whose upturned fishing boat was found off Coonanna in Co Kerry last night has “devastated” the local community, as BreakingNews.ie reports. Post-mortems will be carried out today (Monday 1 October) on the bodies of the…
The MV Fugro Helmert is carrying out the cable route survey east-northeast of Loughshinny
#MarineNotice - Fugro is currently carrying out marine operations in the Irish Sea on behalf of Alcatel Submarine Networks for the Havhingsten Subsea Cable System project. The works from Loughshinny in North Co Dublin on an east-northeasterly route were scheduled…
The ‘island’ holds the ruins of a farmhouse and abandoned machinery on elevated land that was flooded in 1940
#Poulaphuca - The remains of an old homestead submerged by the Poulaphuca Reservoir have resurfaced, as RTÉ News reports. Images captured by the Garda Air Support Unit in Wicklow clearly show the ruins of a house and a piece of…
Revenue are also involved in the international drug smuggling surveillance operation
#Crime - Three men are in custody and their yacht impounded in Cork on suspicion of drug trafficking. As RTÉ News reports, the Naval Service detained the vessel, which had sailed from South America, off the Kerry coast yesterday (Wednesday…
Jetskiiers like those pictured here in 2015 are seen regularly in the Muckross Bay area of Lower Lough Erne
#Missing - A body was recovered yesterday evening (Monday 10 September) in the search for a missing man on Lower Lough Erne, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. A major search operation was launched in Sunday afternoon after an incident involving…
The Sligo-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118 is involved in the search for the missing jetskiier on Lower Lough Erne
#Missing - The PSNI and emergency services launched a major search operation yesterday afternoon (Sunday 9 September) when a man was reported missing after an incident with a personal watercraft on Lower Lough Erne. According to RTÉ News, one man…
Raymond McElroy with the remains of the Irish elk he fished out of Lough Neagh on Wednesday
#LoughNeagh - Ten thousand years after the Irish elk became extinct, the remains of one of its number have been fished out of Lough Neagh this week. As BelfastLive reports, the remarkable find — comprising the whole skull and antlers…

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