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“A man who really enjoyed his sailing” – the late Paddy Kirwan at the helm of his Club Shamrock Boomerang, which he owned and campaigned for 19 years. Photo courtesy Ann Kirwan

Paddy Kirwan 1929-2017

14th November 2017 ISA
Officially he was Captain Patrick Kirwan, a retired Senior Pilot with Aer Lingus. But for his many friends and shipmates in sailing at home and abroad, he was always Paddy Kirwan, whose death at the age of 88 has taken…
Baltimore Sailing Club's Fionn Lyden racing to youth bronze success in the Finn Dinghy. Currently, the men’s Olympic heavyweight event (Finn), is the only event not populated by both genders and as such will be under pressure for its Olympic berth
Ireland has always played a role in the affairs of World Sailing, formerly ISAF, formerly IYRU. The peak of Irish representation was in the years from 1998 to 2004, when Dubliner Ken Ryan served as Vice President. Today, the representation…
Irish Sailing Optimist Squad Investigation is Launched
An 'independent external' investigation into Saturday's Irish Sailing Optimist performance squad incident during Storm Brian at Dun Laoghaire is underway. According to a statement on the association website last night, Irish Sailing President Jack Roy and CEO Harry Hermon have appointed Philip…
A RIB attempts a rescue of an Optimist Team Dinghy in Dun Laoghaire Harbour during Storm Brian on Saturday. A person on the pier holds a lifebuoy. Two capsized Optimists are just visible in the top right of the picture
Irish Sailing, the national governing body for the sport in Ireland, has issued a statement following the rescue of its 16-boat National Optimist Squad during Storm Brian on Saturday lunchtime in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. In the statement, released yesterday, the…
Sailing Is A Powerful Tool To Mental Wellness
#Wellness - The therapeutic benefits of sailing have been highlighted by Social Entrepreneurs Ireland’s 2017 awardees Sailing into Wellness. The Cork-based non-profit social initiative provides an opportunity for vulnerable groups to experience a completely new environment on the open sea.…
Mullingar SC Fleet Captain Michael Collender and Hon. Treasurer Brian Walker are into GP 14 racing on Lough Owel
It has had at least two different event descriptions since it was first sailed all of seventy years ago. Back then, Irish sailing was finding its feet in the late 1940s, becoming re-energised in the exciting developmental world of modern…
Irish Sailing's J80 fleet has been purchased by the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire
A group of Royal St. George Yacht Club members have 'joined together' to purchase Irish Sailing's ten-year-old J80 fleet on behalf of the Dun Laoghaire harbour Club. The Royal St. George Yacht Club was one of several bidders for the…
Junior all Ireland winners on the podium. Michael O'Suilleabhain and Michael Carroll with second placed Rian Geraghty-McDonnell and Harry Durcan and Loghlen Rickard and Nathan Van Steenberge third
Kinsale Yacht Club youth sailors Michael O'Suilleabhain and Michael Carroll were the winners of this afternoon's All Ireland Junior Sailing Championships sailed at  the Fastnet Outdoor Marine Education Centre in TR 3.6 double handed dinghies.  Saturday's light and shifty conditions gave way to…
Aoife Hopkins, Ireland's U21 Laser Radial European Champion, also achieved a whopping 601 points in her Leaving Cert this Summer
How do you strike a balance between the sport you love and a life outside it? How do you achieve great results but still have other strings to your bow? A criticism that is often levelled at performance athletes is…
This year's Watersports Inclusion Games at Dun Laoghaire were a resounding success with 125 volunteers providing activities for over 220 participants. Participants and their families had a chance to try sailing, rowing, canoeing/kayaking and fast boat rides
Irish Sailing organised the first Watersports Inclusion Games this summer in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin. The aim of the Games was two-fold: to encourage people of all abilities from the physical, sensory, intellectual and learning difficulty spectrums to come and…
National Yacht Club WOWI sailors competed in the club's 'End of Season' race in September
Gail MacAllister, Irish Sailing’s Regional Development Officer and Co-ordinator for the Women on the Water Ireland (WOWI) programme talks to Helen Cooney about how the programme is run at the National Yacht Club. Irish Sailing launched the WOWI programme in 2011…
Bray Sailing Club members mingle with Lakers trainees during last week’s Try Sailing course
#TrySailing - Bray Sailing Club partnered last week with Lakers, a sport and recreation club for children and adults with an intellectual disability, to offer an introductory ‘Try Sailing’ course to seven Lakers members. The sailability programme took place over…
Irish Sailing Coach Ross Killian with a fleet of 420 dinghies
Ross Killian is Irish Sailing’s 420 Academy Coach, but this summer Killian is also developing a new Club Coaching programme. Afloat.ie finds out more about the Club Coaching programme and what he’s looking for. What’s the new Irish Sailing Club…
The serious helmsman. Jack Roy and his daughter Jill racing their Squib class Kanaloa, no 130. One of the oldest boats racing in the Dublin Bay class, they worked together to restore her from a near-derelict condition
The role of President of what is now Irish Sailing is central to our activities afloat. The diverse boating community that the President both serves and represents is affected by the variable socio–economic circumstances in which our sport - in…
The Howth Yacht Club Try Racing Team – Ciara Hennessy, John McNaboe, Orla Blake, Leah-Ann McHenry, Noel Davidson and Liz McNulty
One of the teams taking part in their very first regatta at today's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta are Howth Yacht Club's “Try Racing” team competing in the north Dublin Club's recently purchased J80 keelboats. This time last year none of…
ICRA Commodore and leading WIORA member Simon McGibney (left) with President of Irish Sailing Jack Roy at Cill Ronan in the Aran Islands today for the opening of WIORA Week 2017
The President of Irish Sailing, Jack Roy, is on a busy schedule at the moment. Today he is in Cill Ronan in the Aran Islands for the opening ceremony and first day of racing in the West of Ireland Offshore…

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