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Jessica Macaulay of Canada, with the LE James Joyce in the background, at the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Downpatrick Head, Mayo on Sunday. The world’s best cliff divers faced possibly their toughest test of the 2021 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series as they leaped, twisted and somersaulted from heights of up to 27m and at speeds in excess of 85km/h into the Wild Atlantic waters below
On a weekend that will go down in cliff diving history, a record 23 tens (top scores) were handed out, two perfect dives were recorded in a single stop for the first time ever, and Carlow Gimeno became the first…
The access steps for swimmers at Rhanbuoy in Carrickfergus
Sea swimmers in the Carrickfergus area now have safer access to the shore after the repair of steps and railings southeast of the Co Antrim town’s marina on Belfast Lough. According to the Carrick Times, local bathers has raised the…
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…
Drone with camera mount at flight with a forest background
Patrol drones and other surveillance equipment have become increasingly important to detect illegal angling and fishing in hard-to-reach areas, according to Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI). The State agency with responsibility for the protection and conservation of freshwater fish and habitats says…
Sligo Bay RNLI’s volunteers approach the two swimmers in distress on their inshore lifeboat
Sligo Bay RNLI reminds sea swimmers of the importance of not struggling against rip currents after two people were rescued from a strong current at the ominously named Deadman’s Point. The volunteer crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat shortly…
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The State agency responsible for the protection of freshwater fish and habitats is investigating an incidence of farmed salmon recovered from the Connemara Fishery. Officers from Inland Fisheries Ireland’s (IFI) Western River Basin District in Galway were alerted by anglers…
Built in 2021, Windroos from Zeebrugge is 38 metres long and 9 metres wide. She is sailing under the flag of Belgium.
Just christened by the Flemish Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries last month the new state-of-the-art beam trawler, Z.98 Windroos, from Zeebrugge is the first of the new generation of Belgian beam trawlers to arrive in Ireland. Fishing for sole, plaice,…
File image of the River Blackwater at Fermoy
Fears are growing that Fermoy’s celebrated coarse angling festival may not take place again as the pandemic has hit key businesses in the East Cork town. As the Irish Examiner reports, the Fermoy Coarse Angling Association called off two events…
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Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is investigating a serious fish kill incident at the Glore River in Kiltimagh, Co Mayo. Environmental and fisheries officers from the Western River Basin District in Ballina were alerted to the incident on Friday 3 September.…
Some 50 participants in over 20 boats took part in the Ocean to City Youth Event, covering the 4.5km from Blackrock Village to Lapp’s Quay.
The river Lee was bustling with young people in traditional currachs as Meitheal Mara hosted their first physical event in Cork Harbour almost two years. Some 50 participants in over 20 boats took part in the Ocean to City Youth…
The scheme will help mitigate the impacts of quota cuts on the fishing fleet
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue has announced the launch of a Brexit Temporary Fishing Fleet Tie-up Scheme. The scheme will help mitigate the impacts of quota cuts on the fishing fleet arising from the Trade and…
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Northern Ireland’s inland waters have seen a third fish kill in as many months after hundreds of dead trout were found in a Co Fermanagh river, as BBC News reports. The grim discovery in the Kesh River on Wednesday (1…
The aim of the EU scheme is to save part of the Irish reduced fishing quota for other vessels, while the beneficiaries temporarily suspend their activities
The EU has approved a 10 million euro scheme to support the Irish fishery sector affected by Brexit and the consequent reduction in quota shares. The 10 million euro funding under State aid rules is separate to the 5 billion…
Aerial view of Lough Carra in Co Mayo
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has confirmed that it is to develop a medium to long-term management plan for the Western Lakes. The State agency with responsibility for the protection and conservation of freshwater fish and habitats has been formally asked…
Ballyholme's Big Swim
Nearly 200 swimmers took to the waters of Ballyholme Bay on Belfast Lough in perfect weather on Saturday 28th August, marking the culmination of a very successful season of regular Monday night swims off the Club slipway. Of the huge…
Aran Islands lifeboat tows the angling boat back to Kilronan Harbour
The Aran Islands volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew were requested by the Irish Coast Guard to launch their All-Weather Severn Lifeboat at 2.48 pm, yesterday (Monday, August 30th). An 11.6 metre angling boat, with nine people aboard, was experiencing engine problems…

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