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Patrick McDonnell who played Eoin McLove with (from left to right) Carmel Condon, Ann Clarke, Linda Lynch all from Sligo, pictured at TedFest at Inis Mór on the Aran Islands. TedFest 2024 takes place on Thursday March 7th to Sunday March 10th 2024 as Inis Mór in the Aran Islands becomes the legendary ‘Craggy Island’ once more for a weekend of high-jinx
The legendary “Craggy Island” will once again be recreated on the Aran island of Inis Mór when it hosts the annual TedFest in March. The festival, inspired by the television series Father Ted with the late Dermot Morgan, has become…
National Seafarers' Conference - Capt Brian FitzGerald Simply Blue Group, Dr Edel O'Connor (Irish Maritime Development Office), Minister of State Niall Collins, Liz Goff ( chair of the South East Regional Inshore Fisheries Forum), and  Aodh O'Donnell (Irish Fish Producers' Organisation chief executive)
“Realising Ireland’s maritime ambition” is the theme of the third annual national seafarers’ conference in Limerick next month. The event on February 22nd - hosted by the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) and sponsored by the Simply Blue group…
Some of the organisers and volunteers pictured in the Claddagh Hall during the Galway Docklands Festival were, back row, from left: Phil McArdle, Ewa Pilarska, Colm O'Maille, Michael Flanagan (Ability West) and Loretta Croake. Middle row: left to right: Gina Gardiner and Clodagh Durkan. Front row: left to right: Collette Furey, Anna Oliver, Mary Cunningham and Maria Buckley
Galway Docklands Festival has become an established event on the west coast maritime calendar, after a successful event last weekend. Restoration work on various vessels, knot-making, and walking tours of the Claddagh area were among the themes of the three-day…
The Conamara Sea Week Festival programme of workshops, art, music, walks and talks takes place in Letterfrack from October 21st to 29th, with a climate action and biodiversity theme
Environmental broadcaster Duncan Stewart and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group’s Fiacc O Brolcháin are among participants in this year’s Conamara Sea Week Festival. The programme of workshops, art, music, walks and talks takes place in Lettefrack from October 21st…
Boatbuilders working on restoring Galway’s maritime heritage are part of the upcoming Galway Docklands Festival
The heart of Galway's maritime heritage comes to life with the much-anticipated Galway Docklands Festival, taking place from September 29th to October 1st, 2023. As Afloat reported earlier, the three-day festival promises an unforgettable experience celebrating Galway's rich marine industry,…
The heart of Galway's maritime heritage will come to life at the end of the month in the three-day Galway Docklands Festival, which will be held from September 29 to October 1. It will be “an unforgettable experience celebrating Galway's…
One of Hanneke Frenkel's sea stacks on Turbot Island that will be exhibited at InisturbART from September 16th
New residents of a Connemara island, which was once depopulated, have put an offshore exhibition together for the Clifden Arts Festival. Four artists on Turbot Island are hoping their work will be viewed on the island, and have organised a…
On the 7th of September, the O’Connell Centenary Cup was presented by the Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown, Denis O’Callaghan, to the winning crew from St. Michael’s Rowing Club. The race was held for the first time in 1875, when a trophy was presented to the people of Kingstown (Dún Laoghaire) and Dalkey, to commemorate the centenary of Daniel O’Connell’s birth. The race will be held every year, with more crews joining next year. The cup has now gone on public display in the entrance area in County Hall in Dun Laoghaire.
On September 7th, the O’Connell Centenary Cup was presented to the winning crew from St. Michael’s Rowing Club by Denis O’Callaghan, the Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. The presentation ceremony was held at the County Hall and attended by councillors, members…
Two young girls dressed in nautical clothes and hats look ahead to this weekend’s Belfast Maritime Festival
Visitors can discover a treasure trove of free activities at this weekend’s Belfast Maritime Festival on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September. Taking place along the city’s Maritime Mile, with entertainment stretching across Queen’s Quay to HMS Caroline in the…
The Spanish Armada Festival Remembrance Parade, where people are invited to walk a trail to pay tribute to those lost in the tragedy. Over 1,100 men lost their lives at Streedagh during the shipwrecks, one of the greatest maritime tragedies to have taken place on the Irish coast
The annual Spanish Armada festival returns this September for the 14th consecutive year and will occur in Grange, Streedagh, Cliffoney and Sligo Town. With lots of events taking place covering arts, history, culture, music and the spoken word, Remembering the…
An aerial view of Dublin city and its port
The ICRA National championships will be the main “on water” feature of the Howth Maritime and Seafood Festival, which takes place over the weekend of the 8th and 10th of September. The ICRA Commodore, David Cullen, has reported 52 entries for…
An Norah Bheag, an Feichin and Báid Choil Beag competing at the 44th annual Cruinniú na mBád festival in Kinvara, Co Galway
Tight competition marked the 44th annual Cruinniú na mBád festival in Kinvara, Co Galway at the weekend. In spite of a dark and overcast day, the festival was a success on and off water, with An Norah taking the top…
Streedagh Strand, Co. Sligo near the village of Grange, has an impressive 3km long sandy beach where the Spanish armada vessels sank in September, 1588
This year's Spanish Armada Festival returns next monthand will be the 14th consecutive year that the annual event has taken place in Co. Sligo. The event runs from Thursday 14th to Saturday 17th September and this will involve four locations:…
Loop Head Lighthouse at the entrance to the Shannon Estuary is an ideal location for long-distance radio communication attempts due to its isolated location on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean
Amateur radio enthusiasts from across Ireland's midwest gathered at Loop Head Lighthouse Experience on the Shannon Estuary in County Clare over the weekend to participate in the 26th annual International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW). The event, which saw the…
As part of the Belfast Maritime Festival, Afloat adds, there are several Sail Training opportunities aboard one of the vessels that will be open to the public, the Brian Ború, a sail training ketch, for further details see below
Discover Belfast’s rich maritime history and the spirit of innovation which will take centre stage with a host of free family festival activities on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September. The Belfast Maritime Festival will take place along the city’s…
Maritime Kinsale - The presence of the superyacht at Kinsale Marina along with the historic Ilen, Ireland's last trading ketch, at the town quay, added to Kinsale's festive maritime summer scene for the Kinsale Regatta weekend
The south coast regatta season is in full swing, and Kinsale was the place to be at the weekend for sailing activities and a spectacular fireworks display set off from the commanding position of James Fort at Kinsale Harbour. The…