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Bord Iascaigh Mhara’s new diving barge at Bere Island
Divers taking part in Bord Iascaigh Mhara’s (BIM) commercial scuba and surface-supplied diving programmes are benefiting from the new diving barge two months on since its launch at the seafood agency’s National Fisheries & Diving College of Ireland (NFCI) in…
The RMS Lusitania, from the Library of Congress photographic archive
Four Cork divers put a full year of training and preparation to the test as they embarked on an expedition to the wreck of the Lusitania off the Old Head of Kinsale last week. As Cork Beo reports, Timmy Carey…
Painting at the Ulster Museum that depicts the sinking of La Girona in October 1588
Shipwreck divers have been warned not to disturb two protected sites off Northern Ireland’s North Coast, as the Newry Times reports. Wreck diving has become a popular pastime this summer due to prolonged periods of sunshine and calm seas. But…
Lahardane village memorial of local people going to board Titanic
Deep down, four miles beneath the surface of the North Atlantic, the wreck of Titanic is dying as Nature "takes it back to itself." So says Irish diver Rory Golden who is taking part in the current expedition to the…
Diving & snorkelling trips are making a welcome return to Dublin Bay
After a long break due to COVID, recreational diving is back on Dublin Bay and divers were out over the past two weekends at Dalkey Island and other popular bay sites. A class of open water students got back into…
Mullingar freediver Dave McGowan
Mullingar's Dave McGowan, known for his recent achievements in the sport of freediving, takes his place on the podium once more. Last week, at the Aida International Blue Ocean Freedivers Pool Competition in Dahab, Egypt, McGowan took the Male Honours…
Dusty approaches a diving party off West Clare on Saturday 1 May
Dusty the dolphin last weekend treated two SCUBA diving sisters to an encounter they will never forget, as RTÉ News reports. Jessica and Jennifer Smith were diving with their father Finbar as part of a group with the Burren Sub…
Diving in Strangford Lough
As part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival this year, the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDaR) is offering two Virtual Dives which will take you on an underwater journey above the seabed in Strangford Lough. The dates are…
Irish free diver Dave McGowan, who will walk 24 hours straight for charity next week
An Irish free diver in Egypt who last year sought public support for his competitive efforts is paying it forward with a plan to walk for 24 hours straight in aid of Pieta House. Dave McGowan tells the Irish Examiner…
Sub-Lieut Tahlia Britton from Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal,
“We’ll always give our best, treat every incident as if it is one of our own.... and try our utmost to get a missing family member back to their loved one.....” The words of Lieut Stephen Stack, head of the…
A diver with a bottle from the Irish Sailing Ship 'Providentz' that sank in Norway in 1720
Norwegian divers have discovered a 300-year-old shipwreck of an Irish sailing ship on the sea bottom outside Mandal in Southern Norway. The Irish ship, named "The Providentz", sunk in November 1720. It is reported by the Norwegian NRK journalist, Siv Kristin…
Diver Rory Golden will be returning to visit the  wreck of the Titanic this summer
Dublin Bay diver Rory Golden will join the 2021 Titanic Survey Expedition starting in May going back to the wreck after a gap of 16 years, and taking part in a “sea bed” breaking scientific expedition. Golden has over 44…
File image of the bridge in Carrick-on-Shannon
Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels that essential diving operations will take place on behalf of Leitrim County Council at Carrick-on-Shannon tomorrow, Monday 11 January, from 11am to 2pm. Following on from dives scheduled for last month, locations of the…
Notice of Diving Operations at Lough Erne Yacht Club
Waterways Ireland advises masters of all craft that diving operations will take place at Lough Erne Yacht Club on Lower Lough Erne from Monday 4 January for around seven days. A diving alpha flag will be present at the location…
File image of Fenit Harbour in Co Kerry
Open-air diving is set to return to Fenit in Co Kerry after a near 20-year gap, as RTÉ News reports. The move follows a three-year campaign to revive a long history of diving at the harbour town just outside of…
Irish Freediver Dave McGowan. McGowan took up freediving as a means to train for his other passion of spearfishing in 2014, he began taking his training seriously in 2015 and in 2016 he broke the previous Irish static breath-hold record of 5 minutes and 35 seconds with a breath-hold of almost 6 minutes. Four years later, that 5:59 Irish record still stands.
Just over a week ago, from the 22nd to the 26th of September in the city of Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt Irish freediver Dave McGowan attended the AIDA Freediving World Depth Competition, hosted by World Record holder Andrea Zuccari. McGowan's aim…
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