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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…
Dave McGowan has been honing his free diving skills in Dahab, Egypt
One of Ireland’s top free divers is appealing for public support to step up to the next level of competition. Dave McGowan has been living and training in Dahab, Egypt since the start of the coronavirus crisis, and has made…
File image of Portrush RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
Portrush RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched late yesterday afternoon (Sunday 16 August) to reports of two missing divers just off Rathlin Island. The divers were part of an organised party with a diving school, and the dive leader immediately raised the…
Sub-Lieutenant Tahlia Britton is the first female member of the Naval Service’s elite diving unit
A gunnery officer from Donegal has become the first female diver in the history of Ireland’s Naval Service, as RTÉ News reports. Sub-Lieutenant Tahlia Britton received her diving log book along with two other newly qualified divers in a ceremony…
Portroe Dive Centre reopened at the weekend after the coronavirus shutdown
Two brothers who died in a diving tragedy in Tipperary yesterday afternoon (Sunday 5 July) have been named locally as Fergus and Philip Brophy. The incident occurred at the Portroe Dive Centre, in a former quarry near Lough Derg, which…
Santas taking the plunge at Sandycove for last year’s Santa Scuba Dive
Tomorrow at noon (Sunday 15 December) Scuba divers dressed in Santa suits will be ready to dive into the sea water off Sandycove for the annual Santa Scuba Dive. This unique Christmas event has raised over €12,000 for the RNLI…
Lusitania launch - (Left to right) Ian Lawler, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Fionnbarr Moore, National Monuments Service, Connie Kelleher, National Monuments Service, Ms Josepha Madigan, T.D., Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Charise McKeon, National Monuments Service and Karl Brady, National Monuments Service. Ms Josepha Madigan, T.D., Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (DCHG) announced the publication of a new book on the RMS Lusitania - RMS Lusitania: The Story of a Wreck
High resolution scans of the wreck of the RMS Lusitania and expert opinion from divers, researchers and specialists feature in a new book on the ocean liner published this week writes Lorna Siggins  National Monuments Service underwater archaeologists Fionnbarr Moore,…
File image of Bundoran RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
A diving group stranded off the Donegal coast when their dive boat broke down were rescued by the Bundoran RNLI lifeboat crew yesterday afternoon (Sunday 20 October) Receiving the call from Malin Head Coast Guard shortly before 1pm, the lifeboat crew, who…

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