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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…
 Ilen in search of wind as she heads seaward past Scattery Island in the Shannon Estuary
Foynes Island in the Shannon Estuary exerts an almost supernatural attraction for the O’Brien family writes W M Nixon. The great circumnavigator Conor O’Brien always regarded it as his one and only true home. And though his voyagings and other…
The talk, on 8th November 2018 at 8.00 pm includes many previously unseen pictures of yachting in Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire) Harbour
Afloat.ie contributor and sailing historian Vincent Delany will describe the development of one design sailing in Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) and the significance of the Water Wag on display in the National Maritime Museum in the Dublin Bay town, The talk,…
An Bád Chorcaí is the most recent launch from Meitheal Mara, of which the late Donal Lynch was one of the founding figures
The death has occurred of Donal Lynch, one of Ireland’s leading figures in traditional boats, as Tom MacSweeney writes. Donal was one of the founding and leading figures in the development of Meitheal Mara, the community and traditional boatyard in…
Everyone Welcome to Limerick Party to Celebrate Restoration of Sail Trader Ilen
The return of the restored trading ketch Ilen to Limerick after 92 years has been a matter of quiet celebration among all involved since the 56ft “small tall ship" sailed up the Shannon Estuary from Baltimore at the beginning of…
Model of the City of Dublin Steam Packet's Royal Mail Steamer, RMS Leinster cuts a sleek profile in dlr's flagship LexIcon Library. The timber built model went on display on the day of the 100th anniversary (10 October 1918) of the tragic sinking in WW1.
#rmsLeinster - In advance of last week's RMS Leinster centenary ceremony, Afloat visited Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown (dlr) LexIcon Library, to discover in addition to the 'lego' model of RMS there was another model recently acquired, writes Jehan Ashmore. On arrival to…
Naomh Éanna docked in a Georgian graving dock of Dublin's Grand Canal Dock basin, is seen from the Ringsend Bridge (spanning the River Dodder). The former CIE operated Aran Islands passenger ferry cargoship (in this perspective view) is seemingly swamped by developing property under construction in Dublin's 'Docklands' quarter in the form of offices and apartments. The rare Irish (Dublin) built ship occupies one of two surviving Georgian graving docks as the largest drydock has for many years been infilled.
#HistoricBoats - Afloat has noted work has recently begun in Dublin's Grand Canal Dockyard to transform a former CIÉ Aran Islands passenger /freight ferry as previously covered into a floating 5-star luxury hotel on the Liffey, writes Jehan Ashmore. Commenting to…
 Ilen secure for the winter in the Ted Russell Dock in Limerick, where there are daily reminders that this is very much a working port, and Limerick is a manufacturing town
The restored 1926-built 56ft ketch Ilen proudly tells us on her transom that her home port is Limerick writes W M Nixon. And while Limerick may have come to prominence as a raiding base and trading centre for the Vikings…

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