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A model of the proposed mixed use development in Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey, Co. Dublin. Bartra Property is seeking planning permission at the site of the former premises of Western Marine. The above development plan (buildings marked in red by campaigners Save Bulloch Harbour) who Afloat add are to discuss at a public meeting on Tuesday 23 January (7.30pm) in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire. Western Marine sold the premises in 2016, however the business remains operating to include a sales office located in nearby Glenageary.
Dublin Bay
#DublinBay - A Councillor has urged Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to reject the latest plans for Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey, writes the Dublin Gazette. Councillor Michael Merrigan (Ind) has called on council planners to reject the current planning application for…
Damaging Our Oceans: Dr Peter Heffernan CEO of the Marine Instiute said the scale of plastic pollution in our oceans is alarming and our current human behaviours needs to change.
Marine Science
#MarineScience - The Marine Institute supports Ireland's commitment to introduce national legislation that will prohibit the sale and manufacture of certain products containing microbeads. Dr Peter Heffernan CEO of the Marine Institute, was recently interviewed on RTE Morning Ireland (see…
Relentless celebreate after they crossed the line.
Rowing
#Rowing: A crew from Cork and Dublin, Relentless, have set a new record for rowing the Atlantic for a Republic of Ireland team. Sean Underwood, Pat O’Connor and Eoin O’Farrell and Thomas Browne crossed the finish line in Antigua this…
Home to Portrush
Rowing
#Rowing: Home to Portrush rowed into English Harbour on Sunday to finish fifth in the Atlantic Challenge race from the Canaries. The crew of George McAlpin, Ally Cooper, Gareth Barton and Luke Baker took just a month to complete the…
The Four Oarsmen celebrate their record-breaking win.
Rowing
The first boats have finished the Atlantic Challenge ocean rowing race. The Four Oarsmen from Britain won in a record time of 29 days and 15 hours, which the organisers say is the fastest time ever for a row across…
Small but harmful: Microbeads are tiny plastic balls, found in soaps, shower gels and facial scrubs. The Marine Institute CEO said 8 million tonnes of plastic is annually dumped into the oceans and warned if the trend continues, by 2050 it is estimated there will be more weight of plastic population in the ocean, than the entire population of fish.
Marine Science
#MarineScience- The Marine Institute's CEO says the key risk with microbeads is the potential to get into the food chain, eventually getting into products eaten by humans. According to RTÉ where Dr Peter Heffernan was speaking on 'Morning Ireland', the CEO…
Home to Portrush: Luke Baker, Gareth Barton, Ally Cooper and George McAlpin.
Rowing
#Rowing: Home to Portrush and Relentless, from Cork and Dublin, look set to finish the Atlantic Challenge race in under a week. The Northern Irish crew has taken a clear fifth place and are putting in good mileage each day…
Inland Fisheries Ireland’s 2018 Angling Sponsorship Fund Open For Applications
Angling
#Angling - Inland Fisheries Ireland has launched its Sponsorship Fund for 2018 which will support angling events and initiatives across the country. The fund supported 79 events and initiatives across 19 counties to the tune of €30,000 in 2017, with…
With a strong south westerly force six to seven wind, the stranded surfer was soon a mile off shore
RNLI Lifeboats
Rosslare Harbour RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched this afternoon (1 January) at 1.15pm to go to the assistance of a surfer caught in a dangerous rip current. Two surfers had got caught in the rip current off Curracloe beach in…
Damian Browne rowing the Atlantic.
Rowing
#Rowing: Damian Browne is back on track in the Atlantic Challenge rowing race. The solo oarsman covered 36 nautical miles (67 km) in the 24 hours to midday on Saturday and heads into the third week of the race from…
Golden moments: Mark O'Donovan and Shane O'Driscoll celebrate their win at the World Cup in Poznan.
Rower of the Year
#Rowers of the Year: The Afloat Rowers of the Year for 2017 are Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan. The two formed the Ireland lightweight pair which won European and World Championship gold. They also won gold in each of the…
Damian Browne shows his injuries.
Rowing
#Rowing: Damian Browne twice capsized and suffered facial injuries but has continued to row in the Atlantic Challenge race. The Galway man, who competes as Gullivers Travels, posted a remarkable video on his Facebook page below telling of how he…
In all, 78 rivers will open for angling activity in 2018 and this will provide opportunities for all to share this important natural resource on a sustainable basis. 42 of these rivers will be fully open with a further 36 for angling on a “catch & release” basis
Angling
Mr. Sean Kyne T.D., Minister with responsibility for the inland fisheries sector, has approved a suite of regulations and bye-laws that will govern the wild salmon and sea trout fisheries in 2018. These will come into effect from Monday 1,…
Damian Browne posts from the Atlantic Challenge.
Rowing
#Rowing: Christmas has been productive for the Relentless and Gullivers Travel crews taking part in the Atlantic Challenge rowing race. The four-man Relentless crew covered 84 nautical miles (156 kilometres) in the 24 hours to 4pm on St Stephen’s Day.…
Christmas Bonus In Rewards For Reporting Tagged Irish Sea Cod
Fishing
#Fishing - Northern Ireland’s Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute reminds that the rewards for reporting tagged Irish Sea cod have been increased. Earlier this year it was reported that the project would award €25 for every cod captured with a red…
Tributes To Louth Man Who Died In Thailand Kitesurfing Accident
Kitesurfing
#Kitesurfing - Tributes have been paid to the Irishman who died in a kitesurfing accident in Thailand last week. Jonathan Wogan, 43 and originally from Co Louth, was a keen kitesurfer and a regular on the waves near his home…

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