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Tom MacSweeney
Jasper Winn working on a skin boat
Cork’s community boatyard, Meitheal Mara, has appointed writer, sailor and adventurer, Jasper Winn, as its “writer-in-motion”. His task is to write a book about its history since foundation in 1993, analysing what it has achieved and looking to its future.…
While there is general agreement, it seems – and public support about the future importance of wind energy all may not be going smoothly in getting agreement between the various interests, including fishing
The “Spatial Squeeze” is a term you can expect to hear quite a lot about in the immediate future. It’s all to do with the increasing competition for space in the offshore sector. Wind energy developers require space for wind-generating…
George Radley's IMP was one of the boats that made the best of Sunday's weather thanks to an earlier start to racing at Royal Cork's Autumn League
The Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) at Crosshaven has received a lot of praise for the running of Sunday’s Autumn League during a “weather window” in Cork Harbour, getting the fleet home before a gale hit the Cork area which…
County Kerry marine biologist Lucy Hunt
There is no greater community to understand the changes in the oceans and what needs to be done to protect them than sailors. From those like myself, a leisure sailor, to fishermen, to marine scientists, to the professional seafarers, greater…
Michael Hart alongside Stella Maris in Crosshaven. The vessel is a Northumbrian coble, built in 1971 and one of the last of that 200-year-old tradition of building cobles in Yorkshire and Northumberland
“Irish people of the sea have called for generations on the Blessed Virgin Mary as a guiding spirit while they are at sea.” That aspect of Irish maritime tradition refers to the use of the name Stella Maris on boats.…
St. Flannan's Cathedral, Killaloe
The inland waterways will be celebrated at Killaloe next month, the quintessential waterways town on the River Shannon in Co.Clare. Called ‘LUA’, it will be “a celebration of wild water at the ancient settlement of Killaloe, which is a gift…
The ‘Galway Hooker Sailing Club’s Loveen Tour’ will take the 97-year-old vessel to represent Ireland’s traditional nautical heritage at NaWaKa, the Scout International National Water Kamp
The first appearance of a Galway Hooker on the Dutch canals is likely to create a lot of attention and there may even be links found between the traditional West of Ireland boat and historic vessels in Holland  The ‘Galway…
Pat Lawless in Crosshaven before departing for the Golden Globe solo round the world race
The mast is everything to Pat Lawless. So, before his yacht, Green Rebel, went back into the water this week on Valentia Island and he headed for Dingle in “a nice light breeze” on his final preparations to take part…
Northabout, the 47-foot Westport expedition yacht in Dun Laoghaire marina
Northabout, the 47-foot Westport expedition yacht of Jarlath Cunnane from Mayo, which with a crew, many of them Galway Hooker sailors, completed an Arctic circumnavigation of the world with a transit of the Northeast Passage north of Russia, has been…
Fishing trawlers in West Cork
Irish fishing industry leaders have warned that the costs of marine diesel are so high they are challenging the resilience of the Irish fishing fleet. CEOs of the main Irish industry organisations say fishing operations are being made uneconomical and…
Dursey Clipper is a seine boat, sixty to seventy years old, which had lain unused for about eleven years on nearby Dursey Island
“There was a lot of work, hull planking, fitting the stem post, caulking, filling, fairing, sanding, priming and painting. We lost over two years on the project due to Covid and this old girl was in a worse condition than…
Sailing Cruisers at Wicklow Harbour
The Round Ireland Race is the dominant focus of Wicklow Sailing Club at the moment, but there is a lot more to the club. The members take pride in describing their club as “a small family-oriented sailing club run by…
Brian Carroll (red jacket on helm) will be racing on Chancer in Kinsale's 240-mile Inistearaght Race
The idea for the Inishtearaght Race originated because Kinsale sailors thought that the best and most scenic part of the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race is west of Kinsale. So what about a race from Kinsale around the Blaskets and…
An IFA Fish Farmer Group at Blackshell Farm in Clew Bay
The Chairman of IFA Aquaculture has called for more Government support to be given to fish farming. Fish farmers are members of IFA Aquaculture, part of the Irish Farmers’ Association. There have been lengthy delays over many years in the…
Dinghy sailing off Cobh in Cork Harbour during Cove Sailing Club's Peoples Regatta
There are not many sailing clubs which have experienced the vicissitudes of misfortune to the extent that Cove Sailing Club has in recent years. Back in March of 2018, Afloat reported that “Cork Harbour will have a new name in…
The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority has acknowledged that the Master of the Danish Fishing Vessel MV Ruth objected to the SFPA's process for weighing upon landing, at Killybegs in County Donegal on Thursday, March 31st. In a statement, the Authority…

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