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John Breslin of SmartBay Ireland with Francis Flannery of SonarSIM in preparation for this year’s Digital Ocean event at NUI Galway
#BlueTech - Enabling a connected ocean presents enormous opportunities for the Irish marine sector, with this country fast becoming a global hub for the Blue Internet of Things — the collective term for sea-related connected devices. The growing market opportunities…
Fourth class pupils from Cregmore NS at the RV Celtic Explorer in Galway Docks
#SeaFest - Students from fourth class at Cregmore NS recently visited the RV Celtic Explorer in Galway Docks as part of their marine science and art project building up to SeaFest, Ireland’s national maritime festival. Afloat.ie previously reported on the project, which…
The Phoenix Tall Ship on the River Boyne
The Irish Maritime Festival will be centre-stage on RTE Nationwide tonight at 7.00pm on RTÉ One as the full half-hour programme is dedicated to its recent staging at Drogheda Port on the River Boyne. It will feature the Boyne Swim,…
First Prize Boat of the Day went to Flesk-Valley Rowing-Club. Scroll down for more photos from the Ocean to City Ras mor event on the Lee
The River Lee was filled with colour, excitement and drama with over 30 different types of boats all competing in Ocean to City – An Rás Mór on Saturday 10 June. Ireland’s premier coastal rowing race had to make a…
Russian frigate Shtandart will stand tall in Belfast after wowing the crowds in Drogheda last weekend
#TallShips - This year’s Belfast Maritime Festival kicks off tomorrow (Friday 16 June) with a chance to climb aboard some of the visiting tall ship flotilla, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. The Phoenix, Earl of Pembroke and Kaskelot welcome visitors…
For the first time in Ocean to City’s history, there has been a significant change of race route, due to the high winds forecast for Cork Harbour
The 200-boat Cork Harbour Festival’s Ocean to City coastal rowing race that has been shortened to begin at Blackrock to avoid the weekend's high winds. Cork Harbour Festival grows each year, and its flagship event Ocean to City - An…
The brig Phoenix on The Boyne at a previous Drogheda Port Irish Maritime Festival
The Irish Maritime Festival sails back into Drogheda Port this weekend (Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June) bringing its largest ever flotilla of Tall Ships including the Russian frigate Shtandart and the Earl of Pembroke. Keen photographers can see the…
UNVEILED is the title of an outdoor artistic transmedia experience installation that will remain until 25 June on Cork's Custom House Quay
#Unveiled - Unveiled Horizons/Horizons dévoilés is an artistic transmedia interactive experience that is part of the Cork Harbour Festival (3-11 June), the Cork Midsummer Festival and in partnership with the French Embassy in Ireland. The outdoor installation which is free…
The fascinating Russian re-creation of a 1703 warship of Peter the Great, the Shtandard (right) will be one of the stars of this weekend’s Dublin Port Riverfest. While she lacks the size of the almost unmanageably large Kruzenshtern (left), Shtandard has proven herself a wonderful seagoing ambassador, and will be in Dublin port direct from the Morbihan Festival in France
For anyone interested in boats and the sea, the June Bank Holiday Weekend is always busy with multiple maritime happenings, many of which will be of interest to all the family writes W M Nixon. But if sailing is specifically…
Earl of Pembroke (foreground) moored in Scotsman's Bay and Kaskelot on her way to Dun Laoghaire Harbour in advance of Dublin Port's Riverfest on the River Liffey this weekend
Just a day late for Dun Laoghaire harbour's 200th commemorations and 24 hours early for Dublin Port's Riverfest there is no doubting the evocative age of sail with the arrival of two tall ships sailing into Dublin Bay this morning. The…
The UK ThunderCats power boats will be headlining the event with their first ever Dublin performance
Dublin Port is preparing to help some 100,000 visitors discover their sea legs this June bank holiday weekend at Riverfest 2017, Ireland’s premier sailing and maritime festival. Now in its fifth year, the three-day maritime event will provide an €1…
The Russian frigate “The Shtandart” which will sail into Drogheda Port this Summer
Drogheda Port's Captain Martin Donnelly have invited a wonderful new fleet of ships to visit Drogheda for the Irish Maritime Festival 2017 on 10-11th June. “The visiting ships are the focal point of The Irish Maritime Festival and it is…
Guided walking harbour heritage tours will be part of the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival
#HarbourHeritage - The Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival as previously reported on Afloat begins today, Friday 26 May and continues until this Sunday. As part of the festival that celebrates the rich and diverse maritime culture centred on Rathlin Sound, the…
A quiet evening at the Claddagh, with a classic Galway hooker gliding along on a calm sea. But the peacefulness is going to be rudely shattered with a Viking invasion in the days ahead, just as the many traditional Galway Bay boats are gathering for their annual festival
When the Vikings were busy at the day job raiding along the Irish coast, they relied on a considerable element of surprise to achieve success writes W M Nixon. So much so, in fact, that they occasionally worked overtime, and…
Birthday boy Hugo Johnston (7) joined Marine Minister Michael Creed to open ‘Sea Science - the Wild Atlantic’ at Galway City Museum
#MarineScience - Marine Minister Michael Creed fficially opened Ireland's first sea science gallery at Galway City Museum yesterday (Thursday 18 May). ‘Sea Science - the Wild Atlantic’ is Ireland’s first marine science exhibition to have audio and visual displays accessible…
200+ competitors will take to the river Boyne to swim the 2.7km tidal route
The Boyne Swim will once again headline the Irish Maritime Festival taking place in Drogheda Port this summer. 200+ competitors will take to the river Boyne to swim the 2.7km tidal route. Ray Donagh of Drogheda Triathlon Club is one…

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