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#IRISH HARBOURS - Yachts berthing at Ireland's main fishing harbours could see their charges hiked by an incredible 800 per cent.

According to The Irish Times, Marine Minister Simon Coveney has announced a mere 21 days for comment and consultation on the draft Fishery Harbour Centres (Rates and Charges) Order 2012. The consultation document is attached to the bottom of this post and available to download as a pdf.

The proposed new charges include an annual fee of €250 per metre for yachts, which could see a 10-metre yacht currently paying €312 a year for a berth shell out as much as €2,500 annually for the same space.

Additional water and electricity costs could even see this bill rise to €3,100 - for berths that come "without proper marina facilities in most cases".

The proposals apply to the State's six fishery centres at Killybegs, Rossaveal, Dingle, Castletownbere, Dunmore East and Howth, only two of which have pontoons suitable for leisure boats.

The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

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Loop Head Lighthouse Will Open To Public in 2012

Loop Head Lightkeepers House is available to rent as self catering holiday accommodation through the Irish Landmark Trust. This unique holiday cottage was rescued and restored by the Trust and is a wonderful seaside holiday. To view this holiday home To make a reservation call Karen on 01 6704733 or book online at


LE Ciara Returns to Sea after Hull Repairs
As a nation we should preserve at least one - preferably two - examples of our ships when they retire soon. As far as I know, NOT A SINGLE IRISH NAVAL SERVICE SHIP HAS EVER BEEN PRESERVED IN OVER 80 YEARS. All have been scrapped or sold. Incredible! Other countries keep some of their historic vessels. We need to save 2 vessels as museum ships open to the public, say in Cork (home port) and Dublin (large visitor population inc. tourists).

Peter Lynch

Tralee's Sophie Browne is January Sailor of the Month

A well-deserved distinction for all her effort... Good job Sophie!

Lola Resano

'2k' Format Will be New Lease of Life for Team Racing

This is exactly what I plan to organise for the Dragon Class this October, in the South of France or Italy. I already run a Match Race event in Cascais, Portugal in March. But aim to invite up to 10 European Countries to participate in this 2k format. I have enough International Dragon's at my disposal... Any help would be much appreciated...

Martin Payne

Irish Sea Far From 'Dirty, Lifeless' Says New Website

It is another attack on Ireland and the Irish reputation.We all know many a mammal and fish is traveling away from their usual waters to our waters as ours is safest and one of the cleanest.Now all we have to do is protect it from those who would wish to fish and take advantage of it.Like the EU.If they get a hand anymore on our country god help our seas also.I fear for Ireland and its seas and future.They all but fished and decimated their own seas and oceans now trying to attack ours. Ireland need's to protect and block any who would seek to try and take our borders in our sea and land.


First Sail for Galway Hooker in Arab Waters

Great to see a galway hooker sailing in Abu Dhabi. The Dhow sailing in galway bay will be a wonderful Site too. Good luck to all involved.

Thomas Taaffe

Dalkey Meeting to Discuss Proposed Oil Drilling

Don't do it - completely against the destruction of a beautiful area. Seán Dublin Bay may no longer be there but we must preserve what's left of Dublin Bay. The SPA must be maintained in this area.

Trish Corbett

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No Medals But Plenty of Confidence for 2012

I bet who ever decided to put up the "take that mr Percy" comment on the afloat Facebook page yesterday looks like a twat now.


Jérémie Beyou on BPI wins Dun Laoghaire Leg of Solitaire du Figaro

Congratulations to Jérémie and to all the other sailors who came in this morning. Watched (from my window!) -- quite a spectacular sight and some competitors were so close after such a long race.

Toestrap o'Hike

Coveney Welcomes Funding for New Coast Guard Station in Crosshaven

Hope to have it built by the end of 2012 together with the new Goleen Station. A good year for Cork. Minister Ring will be officially opening our Achill Station on the 3rd of September. Guests welcome.


Nixon Makes History With Silver at World Junior Rowing Championships

Well done Holly and Paul. This is the result of a lot of hard work, and a successful system of support provided by Rowing Ireland, with funding by the Irish Sports Council and Sport NI.

Gordon Reid

100 Days and Counting to Race Around the World

Hi Guys, Congratulations on your coverage of the VOR, you have more information than the event website which doesn't even mention the SANYA boat.

Cahill's Joie de Vie Sails to Victory at WIORA Series, Clifden

Thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality and good company up in Clifden. Well done to the winners.

Susan Wallace

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