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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 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…
Roisín Cahill has won silver in the Under-23 surf ski race
Ireland’s Roisín Cahill has taken silver in the Under-23 surf ski race at the ICF World Ocean Racing championships in Lanzarote. The 22-year old from Clare, who used to be a high-performance swimmer, was ranked second at women's under-23 level…
Pacific pink salmon caught from the Ridge Pool in the Moy Fishery on Sunday 27 June
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is appealing for the angling community and general public to report any sightings of Pacific pink salmon after a specimen was caught in Co Mayo this week. Also known as ‘humpback’ salmon, pink salmon were very…
Salmon farm in north Co Donegal reports that Ireland’s largest operator of salmon farms has been granted a licence for an 18-pen facility in Bantry Bay. Nine years ago noted proposals for the salmon farm at Shot Head, with local campaigners arguing then that…
Liam Jegou in determined form in the 2021 season
Ireland canoeist Liam Jegou has had mixed results this season, but he flies to Tokyo on Monday buoyed by a good showing at the recent World Cup in Leipzig. Sixth place in Germany sets him up nicely for the Olympic…
Present at the recent launch of the new website were Sport Ireland director of participation & ethics Dr Una May, Canoeing Ireland chief executive officer Moira Ashton, Canoeing Ireland president Brian Ogilvie, and RNLI water safety delivery support officer Lisa Hollingum. The new safety campaign is also being supported by Water Safety Ireland.
In a move for casual paddlers Canoeing Ireland has launched a new website with a wealth of useful information for everyone from first time or occasional paddlers to enthusiasts who are trying a new craft or looking for new challenges.…
Sýimi O'Donnell of Porturlin, Co Mayo with boxes of line-caught mackerel on board his father Jonathan's boat
Inshore fishers have expressed shock at the sudden closure of the hook and line fishery for mackerel due to an exhausted quota. As the Times Ireland reports, the hook and line method used to catch the fish inshore has low…
The inshore lifeboat crew took the four people from the rocks and transferred them to the all-weather lifeboat which was standing by offshore
Both Wicklow RNLI lifeboats were launched shortly before 5:30 pm this evening following reports of two swimmers in difficulties on an inflatable toy off the Silver Strand beach south of Wicklow Head. The Inshore lifeboat arrived on scene at 5:38…
Something Fishy poetry competition logo
Two young poets from Tipperary and Carlow respectively have scooped the top prizes in this year’s Something Fishing national poetry competition, organised by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) in conjunction with the Blackrock Education Centre. Orlaith Timmons, a fifth-class pupil from…
File image of a wild Atlantic salmon
The latest investigation from’s Noteworthy platform looks at the impact of salmon farming on marine biodiversity — and the findings make for sober reading. Concerns over the impact on wild Atlantic salmon from sea lice and disease in salmon…
Nuala Moore swimming at Italy Glacier in water temperatures of  2/3 degrees
“Like a real live James Bond movie.. another absolutely insane adventure” is how the ocean and cold water swimmer Nuala Moore describes it. She’s talking about the relay which she and Donegal swimmer Anne Marie Ward participated in to swim…
Port of a fleet of 55 Irish fishing vessels that staged a national protest in Dublin
Steaming up the river Liffey before sunrise, a fleet of 55 Irish fishing vessels staged a national protest in Dublin over the impact of several key issues including Brexit. The second large-scale protest called on the government to seek a…
Dublin City Quays: Organisers of today's demonstration say they are protesting the "lack of a level playing field under the EU Common Fisheries Policy". AFLOAT adds in addition to the fishing flotilla arriving from yesterday evening and overnight, the Naval Service OPV LE Roisin made an appearance where the fishery (etc) patrol vessel remains this morning at anchor in Dublin Bay.
Fishermen formed a flotilla of 55 trawlers from all around the Irish coast to gather at the entrance to Dublin Port before dawn prior to travelling up the River Liffey through the East Link Toll Bridge to Sir John Rodgerson's…
Drakes Pool in Cork Harbour - The government aims to expand a network of MPAs to cover 30% of Ireland’s total maritime area of 488, 762 square kilometres by 2030
Government officials seeking public views on an expansion of marine protected areas (MPAs) have expressed concern at the low level of feedback so far from the fishing and fish farming sectors. Officials at the Department of Housing, Heritage and Local…
Olderfleet Rowing Club is going from strength to strength with 97 members at Larne
The only similarity between the Viking ships that raided Larne Lough in the ninth century and the boats used by the Olderfleet Rowing Club is that they are slender. The name 'Olderfleet' is thought to be a corruption of Ulfrecksfiord…

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