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File image of the Obelisk Bridge which crosses the River Boyne near Townley Hall reports that a man has died in an incident while fishing on the River Boyne near Townley Hall, outside Drogheda yesterday afternoon, Saturday 27 June. It’s understood that a man in his 30s was taken from the river two…
Minister for the Marine, Barry Cowen TD
Barry Cowen (52) is the new Minister for the Marine. A brother of a former Taoiseach, the Laois-Offaly TD will get a chance to sit at Cabinet following nine years on the party frontbenches. Cowen's work and party pedigree make…
National Maritime Pollution Contingency Plan Is Published
The new National Maritime Oil & HNS Spill Contingency Plan (NMOSCP) will establish “a national framework and strategy to co-ordinate marine pollution preparedness and response”, according to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. Published yesterday (Friday 26 June), the…
 Jimmy Furey quietly in action in his remote workshop in County Roscommon on the west shore of Lough Ree
Jimmy Furey, who has died at the age of 94 was very probably the finest boatbuilder of his generation. He was also a man strong-willed enough to do what very few of others ever do and live life totally on…
Brendan Griffin is Minister of State with responsibility for tourism and sport
A funding package of up €70 million has been approved by Government to support the sport sector emerging from the coronavirus shutdown. This funding package will support the sport sector through: funding of up to €40 million for the three…
File image of Lough Keel in Co Donegal
RTÉ News reports that the bodies of a father and son have been recovered from Lough Keel in Co Donegal. A major search and rescue operation was launched yesterday afternoon (Thursday 18 June) after a report that two people were…
File image of Howth’s fishing fleet in port
A ‘Green New Deal’, protections for Ireland’s fishing sector and a successor to Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth with a greater focus on sustainability are among the promises included in the draft Programme for Government published this afternoon (Monday 15 June),…
High performance athletes like Rio 2016 bronze medalist Annalise Murphy are a focus in the draft programme for government published today
High performance sport receives an emphasis in the draft Programme for Government published this afternoon (Monday 15 June) after the leaders of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party reached agreement following marathon weekend talks. Under the heading ‘High…
In Conversation With Damian Foxall: ‘You Can Take A Sailor Off The Water But Not For Very Long’
The latest edition of The Ocean Race’s Off Watch video interview series sits down with Damian Foxall, Irish veteran of the yachting challenge formerly known as the Volvo Ocean Race. Kerryman Damian Foxall has competed in the round-the-world race six…
Fernando Corral in Armada 1588: Shipwreck & Survival
A new docudrama telling the story of a Spanish Armada captain shipwrecked in Sligo launches tonight (Friday 22 May) as a digital download. Armada 1588: Shipwreck & Survival follows the tale of Captain Francisco de Cuéllar, who washed ashore on…
The late Bruce Lyster (on left) as his hugely successful Half Tonner Swuzzlebubble finishes first in the late August 1980 Abersoch-Howth Race to add the ISORA Championship Title to a season of national and international success
The death of Bruce Lyster of Dun Laoghaire at the age of 78 is the sad loss to the Irish sailing community - and our maritime world generally - of a multi-talented figure who combined exceptional abilities in the financial…
Celebrate Poetry Day Ireland With ‘Odes To Our Ocean’
To mark Poetry Day Ireland tomorrow (Thursday 30 April), the Marine Institute is sharing a selection of poems that celebrate the power of our seas and oceans. The State agency for marine research will join Poetry Ireland’s annual celebration of…
The UK pirate radio ship Radio Caroline, pictured in 1966 when she ran aground between Frinton and Holland-on-Sea, Essex. The setting up of Radio Caroline inspired the 2009 Richard Curtis film, The Boat that Rocked. AFLOAT adds the name of the vessel was Mi Amigo registered in Panama which operated Radio Caroline South while in 1964 another radio pirate vessel Caroline served as Radio Caroline North when anchored offshore of Ramsey, Isle of Man. According to, both vessels were equipped at the Port of Greenore, Co. Louth.  See Afloat coverage of 50th anniversary of the Irish Sea radio with link below.
Irishman Ronan O’Rahilly, the founder of the celebrated pirate radio station Radio Caroline, has died at the age of 79. Mr O’Rahilly revolutionised commercial radio in 1964 when he set up Radio Caroline outside UK territorial waters and broadcast to…
Sigma 33 keelboat racing on Dublin Bay at the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2019. With luck, sailing will be back and there can still be a rewarding season ahead in 2020
The Government is preparing for a 'controlled and gradual return to sport' and the 2020 sailing fixtures are being tentatively redrafted by yacht clubs across Ireland as the country enters a new phase in dealing with the Coronavirus. The Taoiseach told the…
A Professor of international health and tropical medicine has said that single-handed sailing could return 'very soon' while the government asked sporting NGBs this week for information on what challenges are faced in returning to sport
Government is seeking input from sports bodies – including sailing – as to how a 'gradual and controlled' return to activities can be achieved. Yesterday, the Taoiseach told the Dáil that the Government would like to set out a roadmap…
The PPE made by UK Sais
Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland reports that gowns (pictured above) made at his Crosshaven sail loft are destined for care homes and GP surgeries across the country in the fight against COVID-19. 'Our not-for-Profit makeshift gown making endeavour has…

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