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The popular Sandycove beach near Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay. Bathing water quality monitoring at Sandycove and other beaches around the coast takes place during the bathing water season (June 1st to  September 15th) according to the Environmental Protection Agency
Bathing water quality around the Irish coast was high overall last year, with 97 per cent of monitored sites meeting or exceeding the minimum standard, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says. The EPA says that some 114 bathing sites (77…
“Ireland’s offshore wind programme is progressing to plan, meeting each of its three-phased objectives and timelines,” the Dept for Environment and Climate says. Now a Government Consultation process is underway for proposed Maritime Areas and Offshore Wind Farms
A series of Public Open Days, accompanied by meetings and panel discussions are underway in the Government’s consultation process about the four proposed Maritime Areas off the South Coast, within which fixed offshore wind farms may be located in the…
IFPEA chief executive Brendan Byrne (left) and IFPO chief executive Aodh O'Donnell. The IFPO says it has joined forces with the Killybegs Fisherman’s Organisation (KFO) and the Irish Fish Processors and Exporters Association (IFPEA) to highlight fishing issues in the European election campaign
Fishing and seafood organisations are hosting a “hustings” for budding MEPS in the current European Parliament election campaign. The “#fight4fishing campaign” has invited Midlands North-West European Parliament election candidates to a public meeting in Killybegs next Wednesday, May 22nd. Candidates…
On the 8th of June, Ocean to City - An Rás Mór, as part of the Cork Harbour festival will see hundreds of rowers and paddlers compete in a challenging 28km race through Cork harbour
The much-anticipated Cork Harbour Festival is returning this June for 10 days of maritime fun, running from the 1st to the 10th. The festival showcases Cork's stunning natural assets, including Cork Harbour and the River Lee, and promises a diverse…
The Seafood Industry Representatives Forum (SIRF) is a collective of eight fishing and aquaculture representative organisations formed to deal with issues associated with ORE and their impacts
The Irish seafood industry says it is giving a “guarded welcome” to the Government’s recently published “Future Framework” policy statement for offshore renewable energy (ORE). The Seafood Industry Representatives Forum (SIRF), a collective of eight fishing and aquaculture representative organisations…
Tom Scanlon, Gerry Hodgins (cox), Sarah McCann, Joanne Gerrard, Andy Grennan - Cassidy Cup winning team and fastest mixed crew at the eighth Annual Boyne Boat Race 
The eighth annual Boyne coastal rowing race, hosted by Inver Colpa Rowing Club, took place on Sunday, May 5th, with crews from all across the country making their way once more to the starting point on the beach at Clogherhead,…
Pint of Science” global science festival - Over 130 speakers will talk at 45 events in venues extending from Dublin to Dundalk to Athlone to Mulranny, Co Mayo, and free tickets are already available through its website
Fish and chips and biodiversity, how seaweed can be a medicine, and Ireland’s underwater forests are among marine topics which will be discussed at the “Pint of Science” global science festival opening next week. The three-day event opens in 11…
Mark Gannon, coxswain with RNLI Courtmacsherry
RNLI coxswain Mark Gannon with West Cork’s Courtmacsherry lifeboat was on a call out in December 1981 when he and his crew heard over the radio about the Penlee lifeboat disaster - when an entire lifeboat crew was lost off…
File image of Cork’s Lower River Lee
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has opened the third draw for anglers wishing to catch and keep salmon from Cork’s Lower River Lee in 2024. ‘Brown tag’ regulations came into force on the river from 1 February and will remain in…
A bluefin tuna caught, tagged and released in the Atlantic in September last year as part of 2022’s Tuna CHART programme
Applications have opened for experienced angling skippers to catch and release Atlantic bluefin tuna as part of a collaborative scientific survey. The initiative targets Atlantic bluefin tuna — the world’s largest tuna species — to collect information on their sizes,…
European Election Candidate and Former Port of Cork Chairman John Mullins and Cllr Caroline Cronin at Castletownbere Fisherman's Co-Op
Ireland must fight for its fair share of EU fisheries quotas as what is unfolding is a travesty for the industry. This is according to John Mullins, a former Chairman of the Port of Cork, who is running for the…
The Pearl of Louth!: Kian Louët Feisser and his wife Mary who have just completed a €530,000 investment, with support from BIM, at their company Carlingford Oyster in Co Louth
A Co Louth oyster company has invested €535,000 in an upgrade with the support of a €142,000 grant under the Brexit Sustainable Aquaculture Growth Scheme. The award-winning Carlingford Oyster Company, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is producing 2,500…
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The Department of Transport has issued a reminder to fishing vessel owners, skippers and crew of the safety requirements for the use of cranes and other lifting equipment on deck. In comes after a recent Marine Casualty Invesigation Board (MCIB)…
Storms stop fishing boats catching quotas
Fishing opportunities have been reduced by major storms, according to one of the leading Irish fish producer organisations. “Eleven major storms since January first,” says Aodh O Donnell, Chief Executive of the Irish Fish Producers Organisation. This has left many…
The Ocean Protector is one of three EFCA offshore patrol vessels (OPVs)
Deploying three offshore patrol vessels for the first time added “fundamental fisheries control capacity to the EU”, according to the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA). The EFCA says that the chartering of three seaborne inspection platforms—the Ocean Sentinel, the Ocean…
Paul O’Donovan pictured here at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in July 2021
All eyes were on the reigning World Champion Paul O’Donovan on the first day of the 2024 European Rowing Championships in Szeged, Hungary (Thursday 25 April). Paul is racing for the first time in the heavyweight single scull category while…

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