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Jim Warny ready to explore caves near his Ennis home in April this year
#Diving - Irish Water Safety has honoured cave diver Jim Warny for his role in the rescue of the Thai football team earlier this year. Warny also gave a presentation on the Tham Luang rescue operation at the IWS conference…
The Armed Forces of Malta, pictured here in 2015, were involved in yesterday’s diver rescues
#Diving - The Times of Malta reports that an Irish diver was rescued off the Mediterranean island in rough seas yesterday (Tuesday 2 October). The operation at the Wied il-Mielah Window was one of two separate rescues by the Armed…
Jim Warny suited up for a subterranean dive near his home in Ennis this past April
#Diving - When Ennis-based cave diver Jim Warny arrived at the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand earlier this month, he felt “within my comfort zone”. That’s despite the unprecedented challenge that faced Warny and his fellow subterranean diving experts in…
The entrance to the Tham Luang cave days into the search and rescue operation for the soccer team, who were all recovered alive as of Tuesday 10 July
#Diving - Amid the jubilation surrounding the rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from a cave system in Thailand, The Irish Times notes an Irish connection to the story. Belgian national Jim Warny, who lives and works in…
Irish Diving Entrepreneur Hopes To Bring His Business Back Home
#Diving - As Limerick-raised entrepreneur Greg Wixted prepares to open the first of a new chain of diving resorts in Gran Canaria, he tells the Limerick Post that he hopes to someday bring the business to the Wild Atlantic Way.…
L-R: Tony Parle, Trevor Devereux, Niall McGee, Michael Rossiter, Derek McDonnell (in water), Johnny Moore, Nick Kendall, Sam Nunn, Alan Hinchy, Eugene Kehoe.
Last Sunday, Wexford Sub Aqua Club, presented the Kilmore Quay branch of the RNLI, with a cheque for €1,000. The presentation was done just before the crew went out for their scheduled morning training exercise. This money was raised by…
The diver’s remains were recovered at the Pinto, one of a multitude of wrecks off the North Coast
#Diving - The body of a diver missing off the Donegal coast since Saturday was recovered yesterday (Monday 14 August), according to Canada’s Globe and Mail. The deceased, a Canadian citizen believed to be in his 60s and who has…
The telegraph was recovered in a supervised dive off Kinsale on Tuesday 25 July
#Lusitania - The main ship’s telegraph from the Lusitania has been recovered from the wreck site off West Cork. Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys made the announcement last Wednesday (26 July) as the telegraph was undergoing preliminary conservation on shore by…
Stephen Keenan from Dublin had been working in Egypt teaching free diving for almost a decade
#Diving - Tributes have been paid to Irish free diver Stephen Keenan, who died on Saturday (22 July) in an incident off the coast of Egypt. According to TheJournal.ie, the 39-year-old Dubliner — who ran a diving school in the…
A ship’s telegraph much like this one was retrieved from the Lusitania wreck by diver Eoin McGarry - but another was previously lost on an unsupervised dive
#Lusitania - Questions have been raised by an Oireactas committee after a telegraph from the Lusitania wreck was lost during an unsupervised dive last summer. According to RTÉ News, no archaeologist was present on the diving expedition on 13 July…
Speakers Announced For Dive Ireland 2017
#Diving - A number of main stage speakers have been announced for Dive Ireland 2017 at Athlone’s Hodson Bay Hotel from 4-5 March. Marine salvage specialist Brian McAllister will talk the challenges of raising the Costa Concordia off the coast…
Hyperbaric chambers like this one at Canada’s Simon Fraser University are used to treat decompression sickness
#Diving - Planning permission is being sought for a new hyperbaric therapy centre in Galway city centre, as Galway Bay FM reports. Regularly used for the treatment of damaged body tissues, hyperbaric facilities are also key to the treatment of…
Hyperbaric chambers like this one at Canada’s Simon Fraser University are used to treat decompression sickness, or ‘the bends’
#Diving - The SCUBA diving community in Cork is raising funds for a hyperbaric chamber to treat divers with decompression sickness, as the Irish Examiner reports. Otherwise known as ‘the bends’, the potentially fatal condition is contracted when nitrogen bubbles…
A ship’s telegraph much like this one was retrieved from the Lusitania wreck by diver Eoin McGarry
#Lusitania - A Dungarvan diver has recovered a telegraph machine from the wreck of the Lusitania off West Cork, as The Irish Times reports. Eoin McGarry retrieved the treasure trove under licence from the Heritage Minister and on behalf of…
Aquaholics Dive Centre’s new catamaran
#Diving - A new commercial catamaran is part of a Portstewart-based diving firm’s efforts to compete with popular dive tourism destinations abroad, as the News Letter reports. Diving is ‘big business’ for the Aquaholics Dive Centre, which provides services for…
Preparing the Tritonia diving suit for descent to the Lusitania in 1935
#Lusitania - Yesterday (Thursday 6 October) marked 81 years since the discovery of the wreck of the Lusitania off the Old Head of Kinsale, more than 20 years after the ocean liner was lost. And less than three weeks from…

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