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Multi-time Irish national surfing champion Easkey Britton is now a marine social scientist
On the publication of Easkey Britton’s memoir Saltwater in the Blood, the Irish Examiner profiles the former professional surfer-turned-marine scientist whose philosophy has taken on a new significance for many amid the pandemic. Much as Dr Britton’s current career sees…
Lough Donnell in Quilty
The surfer who died after getting into difficulty off the Co Clare coast on Monday (5 July) has been named locally, according to the Irish Examiner. And tributes have been paid by the community to 20-year-old Fionn O’Brien, a GAA…
File image of the Irish Coast Guard’s Shannon-based SAR helicopter Rescue 115
BreakingNews.ie reports that a surfer has died in hospital after he got into difficulty off the Co Clare coast this morning, Monday 5 July. The Irish Coast Guard’s Kilkee unit and Rescue 115 helicopter from Shannon were among the emergency services…
File image of Al Mennie getting a tow out to a big swell
Northern Ireland surfing pro Al Mennie was among the volunteers who joined fire fighters battling a gorse blaze on Castlerock Beach in Co Derry last night (Tuesday 30 March). As the Belfast Telegraph reports, 40-year-old Mennie was out catching the…
Artist’s impression of the proposed National Surf Centre of Excellence
Additional funding for a long-proposed National Surf Centre of Excellence in Strandhill has been welcomed, as the Sligo Champion reports. Fáilte Ireland has approved an additional grant of €321,468 for the project in a move hailed as positive news for…
Joana Andrade riding a wave in BIGvsSMALL
A new documentary celebrating one of the few women big wave surfers to conquer the incredible swells at Nazaré in Portugal is screening next weekend as part of the virtual Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival. BIGvsSMALL follows courageous Portuguese…
Portrush RNLI’s inshore lifeboat preparing to launch
Portrush RNLI’s volunteers rescued two surfers who got into difficulty while surfing at Co Antrim’s East Strand earlier today (Monday 1 February). The inshore lifeboat launched before 1.30pm following a number of 999 calls to both the coastguard and the…
A SUP at the Shelley Banks on Dublin Bay
Saturday's strong northeasterly winds that kicked up such a storm in the south of Dublin Bay (as our photos of the Dun Laoghaire baths site showed) also presented some ideal surf conditions for Stand Up Paddleboarders (SUPs) in the north-west of…
Surfing enthusiast Johnny Casey with the rescued sheep after her cliff slip drama
A surfer has spoken about his rescue of an “exhausted” and “marooned” sheep at risk of drowning off Lahinch, as Farming Independent reports. Johnny Casey had been catching waves off the Co Clare town when he spotted the distressed sheep…
Conor Maguire surfs down a giant wave of Mullaghmore Head in the wake of Hurricane Epsilon
It was an opportunity too big to miss: the biggest waves ever seen at a spot already renowned for significant swells. But big wave surfer Conor Maguire wasn’t taking any chances, making sure to consult with the proper authorities before…
Satellite image of Storm Aiden’s track towards Ireland
A Status Orange weather warning is in place for all Irish coastal waters and the Irish Sea as strong gales are set to develop overnight with the arrival of Storm Aiden, the first of the new storm season. Met Éireann…
Easkey Britton at her TEDxDublin talk in 2013
Despite her move into academia, Easkey Britton says she is still “in a surfing way of life”. The Donegal-reared women’s surfing pioneer was recently profiled by BBC Sport, and explained how her experiences on the waves put her “on the…
Aberdeen’s inshore lifeboat Buoy Woody searches off Aberdeen Beach
Aberdeen’s two RNLI lifeboats launched minutes apart around 9am this morning (Sunday 27 September) to a report of two surfers in danger at the entrance to Aberdeen Harbour in Eastern Scotland. It emerged that the surfers had paddled out beyond…
French champion adaptive surfer Eric Dargent
Surfing schools in Ireland do a brisk trade in helping novices of all abilities to ride the waves. Putting that notion to the test recently was Irish Times columnist Joanne O’Riordan, who was born without limbs, as she discovered the…
Two killer whales spotted in Dingle Bay in March 2018
A surfer from Northern Ireland got more than he bargained for when he was chased by a pod of killer whales off Donegal last week. As the News Letter reports, Derry man Ryan Vail was catching waves off Culdaff on…
Irish Coast Guard at the scene of the rip current incident at Inch Beach on Sunday
A local surfing school instructor raced to the rescue of a teenage boy caught in a rip current off a Co Cork beach at the weekend, as CorkBeo reports. Luke Chambers of the Swell Surf School was with a surf…

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