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Tom MacSweeney

Tom MacSweeney

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Tom MacSweeney writes a weekly column for Afloat.ie. He presents the monthly programme Maritime Ireland on Podcast services and Irish radio stations.

Rankin dinghies racing at a previous edition of the Cobh People's Regatta
Cobh People’s Regatta, with Cove Sailing Club, is on this weekend with events ashore and afloat. Sailing races begin with the young sailors of the Optimist fleet on Friday morning, starting at 10 a.m. The cruisers will race that evening…
Pat Lawless on his Saga 36-footer Green Rebel
Kerry solo sailor Pat Lawless is in Gijon, Spain, to take part in the Golden Globe prologue race on Sunday, August 14, from there to Les Sables d'Olonne in France from where the Golden Globe Race itself will start on…
All-Ireland Whale Watch Day
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group has decided to hold All-Ireland Whale Watch Day again. “We are delighted to announce the return of our popular All-Ireland Whale Watch Day,” says Padraig Whooley, Sightings Officer at IWDG. “This event comprises free…
The Kinsale U25 crew were: Mikey Carroll, Leslie Collins, Rachel Akerlind, Micheál Ó Suilleabháin, Jack O’Sullivan
Kinsale Yacht Club in West Cork is well pleased with its Under 25 development programme following the team's success at the J24 National Championships raced in Foynes YC, Co.Limerick. Named ‘Kinsailor’ when it was launched last year, the KYC yacht won the…
The ‘Galway Hooker Sailing Club’s Loveen Tour’ will take the 97-year-old vessel to represent Ireland’s traditional nautical heritage at NaWaKa, the Scout International National Water Kamp
The first appearance of a Galway Hooker on the Dutch canals is likely to create a lot of attention and there may even be links found between the traditional West of Ireland boat and historic vessels in Holland  The ‘Galway…
Pat Lawless prepares to leave Crosshaven
As Pat Lawless left Crosshaven this morning to take part in the Golden Globe Race, it was somewhat fitting that he was surrounded by National18s heading for the start line of their National Championships and, accompanied by Crosshaven lifeboat giving…
Pat Lawless in Crosshaven before departing for the Golden Globe solo round the world race
The mast is everything to Pat Lawless. So, before his yacht, Green Rebel, went back into the water this week on Valentia Island and he headed for Dingle in “a nice light breeze” on his final preparations to take part…
The survey will provide the basis for a report on the current and future housing requirements
The offshore islands are “very far down the list of priorities for our policymakers” according to the Islands’ Federation, Comhdháil Oileán na hEireann, which has decided to carry out a survey of the housing needs of the islands. “There is…
RV Tom Crean was officially handed over to the Marine Institute yesterday in Spain
Ireland's new Research Vessel Tom Crean in Vigo, Spain, was officially handed over to the Marine Institute yesterday and the Irish flag raised. The new state-of-the-art Ship leaves Vigo for its new home port of Galway next week. Dr Paul…
Optimist dinghy class
Johnny Shorten, Commodore of Galway Bay Sailing Club, has no doubts about the importance of the Optimist dinghy class Connacht Championships which his club is hosting this Saturday and Sunday, As Afloat reported previously, a hundred competitors are expected at…
Northabout, the 47-foot Westport expedition yacht in Dun Laoghaire marina
Northabout, the 47-foot Westport expedition yacht of Jarlath Cunnane from Mayo, which with a crew, many of them Galway Hooker sailors, completed an Arctic circumnavigation of the world with a transit of the Northeast Passage north of Russia, has been…
Union Hall, is a small fishing village in West Cork located on the west side of Glandore Harbour
Data from the M3 and M5 buoys off the South Coast is being recovered for analysis by the Marine Institute to ascertain whether it can explain the cause of a tidal drop of 70 cms reported at Union Hall and…
Fishing trawlers in West Cork
Irish fishing industry leaders have warned that the costs of marine diesel are so high they are challenging the resilience of the Irish fishing fleet. CEOs of the main Irish industry organisations say fishing operations are being made uneconomical and…
It is 140 years since the inaugural sailing of Cong Galway race and 50 years since it was revived in its current form
This year's Cong-Galway sailing race, set for Saturday, June 25, will mark two significant anniversaries. It is 140 years since the inaugural sailing of the race and 50 years since it was revived in its current form. It is the…
Cork County Council has engaged a contractor for the removal of the wreck of the fishing trawler, MV Sceptre, at Union Hall, West Cork and work has commenced. The wreck will be removed by barge for transport to an overseas…
Dursey Clipper is a seine boat, sixty to seventy years old, which had lain unused for about eleven years on nearby Dursey Island
“There was a lot of work, hull planking, fitting the stem post, caulking, filling, fairing, sanding, priming and painting. We lost over two years on the project due to Covid and this old girl was in a worse condition than…
“Two Giants, Indeed” Ellard Hanley, Crane Driver, Thomas Buckely, David Browne Business Development Support Manager Port Of Cork, Peter Mc Cann and Michael Hurley,Crane Driver pictured celebrating their victory, following the recent ‘Name the Cranes’ competition, organised by the Port of Cork Company (PoCC) to name the two new mighty ship-to-shore cranes at the Cork Container Terminal (CCT) in Ringaskiddy
Two local giants, Mahain and Binne, from old Irish folklore are the names of the cranes at Cork Port’s Ringaskiddy container terminal, chosen by Crosshaven Boys’ National School. The two names were voted most popular, as part of a recent…
Sailing Cruisers at Wicklow Harbour
The Round Ireland Race is the dominant focus of Wicklow Sailing Club at the moment, but there is a lot more to the club. The members take pride in describing their club as “a small family-oriented sailing club run by…
Cork County Council CEO, Tim Lucey
The Bantry inner harbour development scheme has re-generated interest in the West Cork town as a marine leisure and sailing centre. Bantry Bay Port Company, operated by Cork Port, has a sheltered marina with 40 berths there. But the town…
The start of last year's Ballinacurra Race for National 18s off Cobh
The home of Ireland’s last engineless freight-carrying schooner, the Brooklands, will be the centre of the popular Ballinacurra Race in Cork Harbour this Sunday. Creenan’s hostelry in Ballinacurra village near Midleton in East Cork will be the mecca for dinghy…
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