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Bill for Shipwrecks But No Prosecutions
Salvage and storage costs for the trawlers Maggie B and Pere Charles have cost the state over €1.6m to date with no sign of any criminal prosecutions resulting from their inspections. Charges have been ruled out in relation to the…
Visiting Fireballs leave a stamp
The Fireball fleet's visit to Barbados for the 2010 Worlds, which includes several Irish boats, will be marked with the printing of a series of commemorative postal stamps by the Caribbean island. Over 76 Fireballls, 152 sailors and their families…
Irish Surfer wins Fair Play award
An Irish surfer has been given a fair play award for sharing his only board with a competitor whose baggage did not arrive at the World Surfing Games. John 'Long John' McCurry, a longboarder from Portrush, is the first surfer…
Local Council Blocks Toilet
Every now and then a politician will gift you a few wonderful puns. Councillor blocks toilet. It Byrnes when I pee. Bog goes dry. The list goes on. The story today is that an outdoor toilet in Dublin Bay has…
Bag, brogues and board - Win the lot!
Enter the competitions in the current issue of Afloat and you could win a weekend for two in the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire, a bag to carry your weekend swag in, and a brand new pair of Dubarrys…
Kinsale RIBS Head for Wales
They're away. Eight RIbs were escorted out of Kinsale harbour by Kinsale Life boat heading for Wales this morning on a perfect run to Aberystwyth. Afloat's Bob Bateman was there to capture the action on a perfect morning for a…
Dun Laoghaire Ferry Incident Leads to Investigations
Two early season sailing events in Dun Laoghaire are under investigation this week after sailing boats crossed the path of the Stena 'Sea Lynx' car ferry last Saturday morning. The ferry, arriving from Holyhead in Wales, was forced to stop…
Blind Courage Round Ireland
It takes some courage to race Round Ireland so you can imagine the daunting prospect of sailing it blind. That's just what Mark Pollock intends to do this June. Although last week's Irish Times said he'll be making history in…
Search and Rescue - Statement from Minister Dempsey
The Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey T.D. has today announced that the Government has agreed to contract discussions taking place on the extension of the new Search and Rescue helicopter contract to cover a full 24-hour service at all four…
Mixed results for Irish at Palma
With over 30 knots on the course at the Princess Sofia trophy yesterday, no fleets featuring Irish teams were in action in Palma. Click through for a run-down of Irish placings at the first major European olympic classes regatta of…
Killeen Rejects Call Not to Cut Coastal Patrols
Minister for Defence Tony Killeen rejected Fine Gael calls to reverse a decision to reduce by 200 the number of days the Naval Service patrols the coast in an attempt to cut costs. Fine Gael defence spokesman Jimmy Deenihan appealed…
City Seal found in Skerries
A washed-up Londoner found starving on a north Dublin beach is the centre of an apparent case of international mistaken identity. The little grey seal was found in Skerries, north County Dublin, and brought to the Irish Seal Sanctuary suffering…
Two kayakers drowned in Waterford
Two young men were drowned last night in a kayaking accident on a Waterford river when their kayak became trapped in a weir. Emergency services were called just after 9pm last night but were unable to save the pair. The…
Google mapping ocean floor
Google is filling in the blue parts of the map, taking its ocean mapping to the next level. Over the past year, the company has worked with more than 100 partners adding hundreds of placemarks to more than 20 ocean…
Sinn Féin eyes third bullet
It's set to be take-no-prisoners stuff in this year's Newport-Bermuda race, with double winner Sinn Féin, a New Jersey-based Cal 40, looking to pocket its third straight win in the race. The race entry is already nearing 200, with two…
New Marine Life website
The Irish Marine Life website has celebrated its 5,000th visitor this week, and we here at Afloat HQ reckon you should add to its number of followers. The site is a repository of photos, links and information on the sea's…
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