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A map showing the planned HAVFRUE network
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Fugro, a Dutch geotechnical, survey, subsea, and geoscience services provider, will be carrying out marine operations on behalf of TE Subsea Communications LLC (TESubCom) for the HAVFRUE Subsea Cable System Project. The project is scheduled to begin on Saturday 20th…
Rescue 115 was involved in the recovery of a man swept into the sea near Kilkee yesterday afternoon
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#Creeragh - reports that a man has died after he was swept into the sea by an unexpected wave near Kilkee in Co Clare yesterday (Saturday 13 January). The 30-year-old man, believed to be a Hungarian national resident in…
As Afloat has previously reported, the passenger-cargoship RMS St. Helena notably made a historic once-off visit to Dublin and Cork (Cobh) during a private cruise-charter in 1995. More than two decades the 6,767grt ship made a first in 2016, by visiting London (as above alongside HMS Belfast) while on a special farewell voyage prior to the withdrawal from the South Africa-St. Helena service (due to have closed that year) but instead is to take place within weeks. The reason for the delay to decommission the 'RMS' service arose due to initial safety concerns following completion of St. Helena's first commercial airport and in which have since been resolved. Flights connecting to the remote South Atlantic island began last October.
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#Ports&Shipping - The unique Royal Mail Ship, RMS St Helena (see related ship for sale report), will depart on a final voyage from the remote South Atlantic island of St. Helena on Saturday, 10 February, having dutifully served for the…
Mitch Booth is coming to Swords for a two-day high performance tutorial this May
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#MitchBooth - Olympic catamaran sailor Mitch Booth has been booked to give a two-day high performance tutorial at Swords Sailing & Boating Club this May, organised by the Irish Multihull Association in tandem with the Avon Ri sailing school in…
Lower Lough Erne
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#LoughErne - The PSNI is investigating the death of a former Lough Erne Yacht Club commodore whose body was found in the lough last week. As BelfastLive reports, the remains of Michael Beattie, 55, were discovered on the shore at…
Speakers at yesterday’s information session on what Horizon 2020 and blue growth mean for Ireland’s marine and maritime sector
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#Horizon2020 - This week’s information day on Horizon 2020 as a key investment driver for the marine sector highlighted the importance of ‘blue growth’ as an important opportunity for marine research in Ireland. Since 2014, 27 Irish marine participating organisations…
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The body of Lu Na McKinney was found by a jetty at Devenish Island on Lough Erne, near Enniskillen
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#LoughErne - BelfastLive reports that a man has been charged with the murder of a woman whose body was found in Lough Erne earlier this year. Lu Na McKinney was recovered from the water by emergency services in the early… is aiming for even more readers in 2018 thanks to a great scene on Irish waters
News Update is on course for another record year for visitors on its dedicated Irish boating website, with a 20% increase on 2016 figures. The Irish sailing, boating and maritime website reached a high water mark a year ago, informing and…
Several members of the Wives & Partners of the Defence Forces (WDPF) group are seen protesting outside Leinster House yesterday. This was followed last night with an overnight vigil held outside the Dáil. Afloat adds that the Naval Service's OPV LE Niamh is currently tasked overseas as part of the Eunavfor Med Operation Sophia which is attempting to tackle the issues of people-smuggling from north Africa.
#Navy - More than 100 people writes RTE News have taken part in a protest over pay and conditions for rank and file members of the Defence Forces. The demonstration was organised by the Wives & Partners of the Defence…
Carrickfergus Sailing Club were named Club of the Year at the RYANI Annual Awards on Friday night
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#RYANI - The RYANI Annual Awards on Friday 24 November recognised successful sailors, rising stars and volunteers who have made a positive difference to the sport over the last year. Double Olympic sailing gold medallist Shirley Robertson OBE was on…
The pier at Buncrana where the incident occurred on 20 March 2016
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#Buncrana - An inquest into the Buncrana slipway tragedy of March 2016 has found that the driver of the car that slipped into Lough Swilly was more than three times over the drink-driving limit. As previously reported on, five…
Tragedy has truck Oranmore Bay in Galway with the discovery of a body on its shores
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#Missing - Emergency responders recovered a body a last night (Thursday 23 November) in the search for a missing fisherman off Galway. The body was found on the shore in Oranmore Bay, some five nautical miles east of where a…
Search Off Galway For Missing Fisherman
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#Missing - RTÉ News reports that a major air and sea rescue operation has been launched for a fisherman reported missing off Galway last night (Wednesday 22 November). A fishing boat was found adrift with no occupant west of Blackrock…
Derek Martin. He was the personification of Dublin’s interaction with the sea, having at various times been Chairman of Dublin Port & Docks Board, Commodore of Dublin Bay Sailing Club, and Commodore of the Royal Irish Yacht Club
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Derek Martin 1928–2017

20th November 2017
Derek Martin enjoyed his sailing. In fact, he enjoyed his sailing so much that he regarded those who crewed with him as extended family. And in his readiness to put in much voluntary work on behalf of sailing organisations, he…
Richard McCormick
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The President of the Maritime Institute which runs the National Maritime Museum at Dun Laoghaire has said that “there are more reasons than ever to be positive about maritime heritage.” Richard McCormick cites the 200-year-celebration of “Dun Laoghaire Harbour’s proud…
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