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Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has secured convictions against two men for illegal salmon angling on the River Slaney in Co Carlow. The men were each charged with using an illegal method for salmon fishing and failing to produce a licence…
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Police officers in Coleraine have been praised after their rescue of two kayakers from the River Bann in Northern Ireland earlier this week. Dog walkers noticed the kayakers had gotten into difficulty in the river at around 6.20pm on Tuesday…
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Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has opened the first draw for anglers wishing to catch and keep salmon from Cork’s Lower River Lee. ‘Brown tag’ regulations come into force on the river from 1 Thursday 1 February and will remain in…
Paddy Conaghan completes a swim as part of his 'Ducking and Driving Around the Lakes of Ireland for IMNDA' campaign
An 83-year-old Donegal man has set out to swim or dip in lakes across the 32 counties of Ireland to raise funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA). Paddy Conaghan estimates it will take six weeks to complete…
Bere Island in West Cork was without electrical power as a result of a fishing vessel accidentally coming into contact with a submarine cable
ESB Networks has appealed for vigilance at sea in relation to submarine cables after a fishing vessel cut power to West Cork’s Bere Island last week. ESB Networks restored power to some 280 affected islanders at 11 pm on Friday…
Ballycotton RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat, the Austin Lidbury
In a daring rescue operation, a volunteer lifeboat crew from Ballycotton RNLI in County Cork saved the lives of three fishermen who were stranded on an 11m boat that had suffered difficulties and was disabled two and a half miles…
Colm Lynch is the new chief executive of Irish Water Tech Company Aquamonitrix
An Irish technology company specialising in monitoring of drinking water, along with aquaculture and the environment, has appointed Colm Lynch as its new chief executive. Aquamonitrix develops and sells “next generation” analysers for nitrite and nitrates, to prevent contamination of…
James Kenny measured the 8lb salmon hooked in Watt’s Pool at 69cm
The first salmon of the 2024 angling season has been caught in Co Donegal, as Angling Ireland reports. Shortly after 1pm on New Year’s Day (Monday 1 January), James Kenny caught and released an 8lb specimen in Watt’s Pool on…
Lurgan’s Linda Blakely plans to set off from Gran Canaria to St Lucia in the Caribbean on January 7
Lurgan’s Linda Blakely aims to cross the treacherous 3,000-mile Atlantic Ocean in a 12-foot boat aptly named Ulster Warrior, reports the Sunday Life. She will start 2024 attempting to break a world record for a female solo rower, which is…
Uisce Éireann’s Ballymore Eustace water and sludge treatment plant sits next to the River Liffey in Co Kildare
A treatment plant that supplies drinking water to nearly half of Dublin’s population has been linked with significant environmental damage along its stretch of the River Liffey. But due to a quirk in Ireland’s planning rules, the only agency with…
Skerries RNLI shore crew recovering the inshore lifeboat
Skerries RNLI were tasked on Saturday morning (30 December) following a call to Dublin Coast Guard reporting that a kitesurfer was in difficulty off Portrane beach. The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Louis Simson was launched by s shortly after 11.30am.…
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Anglers in Killorglin are appealing plans recently green-lit by Kerry County Council for a development of nearly 250 homes outside of Killarney. As the Kerryman reports, the Laune Salmon and Trout Anglers’ Association says it “did not receive the regard…
Of the 81 rivers permitted for Salmon and Sea Trout angling, 42 will be open, with a further 39 open to “catch and release”
Legislation approved by Minister for Environment Eamon Ryan will allow for 81 rivers to be accessible for salmon and sea trout angling next year. Of the 81, 42 will be open, with a further 39 open to “catch and release”…
Three dead Atlantic salmon illegally caught from the River Fergus in Ennis, Co Clare on the night of 9 June 2023
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has secured convictions against two men for an illegal netting incident in which three Atlantic salmon died. The case was heard at Ennis District Court on Friday 27 October. Tom Corry and Flan Considine, both from…
BIM has been working with Food Cloud since 2017 to distribute any quality seafood that remains after its filleting workshops to charities where it is then served up as a nutritious healthy meals. BIM donations to date equate to almost 8,000 meals and this year’s donations so far equates to 555 meals. Depaul Trust is one of the charities who benefit from BIM’s partnership with Food Cloud. Pictured in Depaul cooking up a lovely Mackeral meal was Chef Anthony Daly, Ian Mannix, BIM Skills Director, Resident Liam Gaynor and staff member Jennifer Curran
Almost 8,000 fish meals distributed by the social enterprise FoodCloud to community groups and charities have come from classes with trainee fishmongers, new figures confirm. Over three tonnes of fresh salmon, cod, place and monkfish have been donated over the…
The late John Dunford, sound engineer, Waterboys collaborator and manager of Sharon Shannon
Tributes have been paid to the late John Dunford, the influential music manager who had recently qualified as a sea angling skipper. As the Sunday Independent reports, Dunford loved the sea, bought a boat, and completed training with Bord Iascaigh…

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