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The Square sail set on Ilen in Limerick
Joseph Conrad wrote many stories and novels with a nautical setting, based on his time in the British and French merchant marine and in the old sailing ships. They depict trials of the human spirit and one of his memorable…
The 1913-built Colin Archer gaff ketch Sandefjord on which Tim Magennis sailed round the world in 1965-67
Tim Magennis, the doyen of the traditional and classic boat movement on Ireland’s east coast, and one of the main movers in many significant historic sailing events in Ireland and the Irish Sea, was acclaimed with elevation to Honorary Life…
Duke of Lancaster in north Wales, where the Zombie Infection company says it will restore the ship to its "former glory". AFLOAT adds the former Irish Sea ferry during its British Rail / Sealink career included operating out of Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the route to Holyhead when providing summer support and during the entry of the new St. Columba in 1978.  In that year the 'Duke' was withdrawn from service and retired, initially going into lay-up in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England.
#historicboats - A plan to turn a former Irish Sea passenger ferry in north Wales along the Flintshire coast into a zombie attraction have been postponed. The Duke of Lancaster ship in the Dee estuary writes BBC News has been…
Galway Hookers racing off Connemara as seen on TG4’s Bádóirí
#OnTV - A new four-part documentary series on the people of Ireland’s west who keep the Galway Hooker sailing tradition alive behind tomorrow night (Thursday 10 January) at 8pm on TG4. Bádóirí provides an insight into seven Connemara families, part of…
Cork Harbour Festival Coordinators Required by Meitheal Mara
The Cork Harbour based Community based boatyard 'Meitheal Mara' is seeking applications for the position of Marketing, PR and Programme Coordinator plus a Maritime Event Coordinator for the 2019 Cork Harbour Festival. These are temporary positions and full details are given…
The jaunty look. Miraculous mid-winter calm for the first setting of Ilen’s new squaresail in the dock at Limerick
In ancient Greece, the Halcyon Days were a mythological seven day period of calm clear weather at the mid-winter Solstice writes W M Nixon. Down Limerick way, they’ve been making the best of the Halcyon Days, with the blue River…
Darryl Hughes – restorer and skipper of the classic ketch Maybird
Darryl Hughes is so completely identified with his classic 43ft 1937 Tyrrell-built ketch Maybird (whose superb restoration he project-managed himself) that, as Maybird shares her home port between Crosshaven in Cork and Poolbeg in Dublin, both places can claim this…
Maybird on the finish line at Wicklow in July, the first gaff-rigged boat to complete the Round Ireland Race since its inception in 1980
Darryl Hughes’ renowned 43ft ketch Maybird, built by Tyrrell of Arklow in 1937 and superbly restored in substantial works project-managed by the owner himself in 2009-2011, has had – at 81 years old - probably her best year ever for…
Irish Shipping's general cargoship 'Irish Poplar' from the collection of the Irish Naval Service painted by Kenneth King.
#HistoricBoats - As the trumpeter sounded the Last Post reports the Evening Echo, it was an emotional time as those attendent and sang ‘Abide With Me’, while the names of five men who died in Cork Harbour just before Christmas…
In the UK, the future of the historic steam powered tug, Danny Adamson, is to be safeguarded thanks to a donation. The veteran vessel used the canal network with cargoes to and from the Port of Liverpool, featured in recent months on Channel 4's 'Great Canal Journeys' along with the impressive Anderton Boat lift which links the Trent & Mersey Canal and the River Weaver.
#HistoricShips - One of Liverpool’s most significant historic vessels will have a more secure future thanks to a donation from the the operator of the UK north-west port, the Peel Ports Group. The safeguarding of the steam-powered former tug Daniel…
The Lady Min once was a “thorn in the side” of the renowned Cork Harbour yacht racing aficionados
Hello and welcome to my weekly Podcast …. Tom MacSweeney here …. There is a great lot to be said about the pride of a family in a boat and there is nothing wrong with being old when age is…
 Ready to roll – the Naomhoga Chorcai flotilla assemble in Tinnahinch Lock at Graiguenamanagh
The keen November sailors of Crosshaven, Dun Laoghaire, Howth and Bangor weren’t the only ones to get a bonus afloat from the weekend’s almost freakish sunshine before the first real hints of winter arrived today writes W M Nixon. The…
Wicklow Port's East Pier is where a mural of P.S. Waverley, the World's last sea-going paddle steamer that has visited the east coast port is one of 40 murals painted by local marine artist Pat Davis. The paddle-steamer launched 72 years ago, is named after Sir Walter Scott’s first novel.
#PaddleSteamer - In recent weeks, Waverley, the World's last sea-going paddle steamer, which has visited Irish ports among them Wicklow, returned to its Scottish homeport for winter layover following a UK season of coastal exursions, writes Jehan Ashmore. Waverley's wake…
Glen Hansard & Crew Talk Camino Voyage On Late Late Show
Glen Hansard, Brendan Begley, Liam Holden and Brendan Moriarty were on The Late Late Show this past Friday evening (16 November) to talk their incredible adventure rowing and sailing a traditional curragh to Spain. The ‘modern day Celtic odyssey’ is…
Somewhere, under the rainbow…..the bright side of the rainstorm favours the Ilen in the Ted Russell Dock in Limerick – she has her own private rainbow, when everyone else was facing flash flood warnings
When we’d flash floods pestering the country recently with wayward downpours, Gary MacMahon went to check out the beloved Ilen in Limerick docks, and found the old girl sitting serenely under her own private rainbow writes W M Nixon But…
Brian O’Gorman, Kildare County Council; guest visitor, John Dudeney; The Hon. Alexandra Shackleton, grand daughter of Ernest Shackleton; Aine Mangan, CEO Kildare Fáilte; and Kevin Kenny, Shackleton Autumn School Committee pictured in Athy Library at the Council's Welcome Reception for visitors to the 2018 Shackleton Autumn School
The board of a famed Oslo Museum met for the first time outside Norway in Athy as part of this year's Ernest Shackleton Autumn School over the October Bank Holiday. Directors of The Fram Museum, which tells the story of…
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