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Ratification of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage means, subject to certain exceptions, archaeological objects with no known owner will automatically become the property of the State
New archaeological legislation allows Ireland to ratify the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. The Historic and Archaeological Heritage and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2023 will “repeal” existing legislation relating to Ireland’s archaeological and related heritage.…
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…
Mensun Bound returns to the Shackleton Autumn School next month
Mensun Bound, who was director of exploration when the Discovery was discovered in the Antarctic, returns to the Shackleton Autumn School next month. “The Endurance: conception, construction, destruction and reconstruction” is the title of Bound’s talk on October 22nd. He…
The Manx Nobby Vervine Blossom was restored by the late Mick Hunt, and is skippered by him here as she races from Vigo to Dublin with the Tall Ships in 1998

Mick Hunt (1940-2023)

26th September 2023 Howth YC
He brought new life afloat and ashore. And there was and is so much in the story of the late Mick Hunt “of Howth and Connacht” that thousands of words could be written about him. Yet we can get a…
The ship’s bell from the wreck site of steam ship, S.S. Dundalk on display at the port-town’s Louth County Museum.
Dundalk is where a team of divers from the Isle of Man visited the Co. Louth port town so to bring the bell of the steam ship flagship, S.S. Dundalk back to a grateful town. As EnergyFM reports, divers of Discover…
The late Mick Hunt working on the restoration of the Galway hooker An Lady Mor in 1985

Mick Hunt RIP

18th September 2023 Galway Hookers
Afloat.ie regret to record the death at the age of 83 of Mick Hunt of Howth and Connacht, who was best known for his restorations and sailing of traditional craft, but was equally adept at bringing new life to old…
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…
The Cong-Galway Race 2023 fleet
Full results of the Cong-Galway Race 2023 have been published after a very successful race at the weekend. As Afloat reported earlier, a total of 26 entrants in the dinghy class and six in the cruiser class participated in the…
Wychcraft racing - Gerry Reilly and Jordan Conway winners, with  number seven, sailed by the Rogers family, number nine Master McGrath, Oliver and Sean Curran,  number eight sailed by John and James Murray
One thousand stainless steel screws and then more. That is what it took to restore Oliver Curran’s Wychcraft dinghy. They’re used to building boats in strange locations on either side of the Strangford Narrows in Co Down, with Billy Brown’s…
The broken mast of Harlingen lying across its foredeck
The Dutch Safety Board says its final report into another fatal marine accident involving wood rot on a traditional craft is due to be issued shortly. The board initiated an investigation last year after a fatal incident on August 31st,…
Mark Delany in No.8, approaching the start line with 5 seconds to the start of an Irish 12-foot Dinghy Class Championship race at dun Laoghaire Harbour
The 12-foot Dinghy Class is not well known in Ireland today in the era of GRP boats. However, before 1947, the 12 Foot Dinghies were the preferred class of many premier dinghy sailors in Ireland in Dublin and Cork, such…
The iconic former Galway-Aran Islands passenger/freight ferry, MV Naomh Éanna is now undergoing scrapping in Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock basin. A group of dedicated historians and maritime experts had worked tirelessly to save the veteran vessel which AFLOAT highlights was a rare surviving example of a vessel built in Ireland, at the Liffey Dockyard which was custom built for Córas Iompair Éireann (CIE).
A former Aran Islands passenger/freight ferry, M.V. Naomh Éanna, is one of the most famous Irish ships ever to serve the country will soon be completely gone as demolition of the veteran vessel is underway in Dublin. The riveted hulled…
Job done. It is 1973, and the bad mor Mhaighdean Mara is heading back to Connemara from Kilronan in the Aran Islands, after discharging what is believed to have been the last sail-carried commercial cargo of turf for the islands
When the late Tony Moylan and his friends got together 44 years ago to inaugurate the Cruinnui na mBad at Kinvara in order to celebrate and help the preservation of the traditional sailing boats of Connemara and Galway Bay, most…
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…
Only three races left in the Galway Hooker calendar.. these boatmen are heading to Kinvara, for Cruinniú na mBáid this weekend
Kinvara’s annual Cruinniú na mBád takes to the water this weekend, with racing confined to Sunday due to weather conditions. A small craft warning for Saturday means the festival’s activity will be shore-based for the first day of the 44th…