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MacDara Conroy

MacDara Conroy

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MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

File image of Simon Coveney
Planned French military exercises near Irish waters have been halted, the Foreign Affairs Minister has confirmed. But as TheJournal.ie reports, Simon Coveney stopped short of declaring the drills cancelled outright or merely postponed, telling the Dáil today (Thursday 23 June)…
Some of the thousands of dead fish discovered on the River Torrent on Sunday 19 June
A slurry spill in a Co Tyrone river has “wiped out” thousands of salmonids in a major fish kill, as BelfastLive reports. The incident was discovered at the weekend on the River Torrent, which leads to the Coalisland Canal, with…
Patrick Murphy, chief executive of the Irish South and West Fish Producers Organisation
French military exercises near Irish waters which began yesterday (Tuesday 21 June) could have a significant impact on marine wildlife, says a marine group that’s called for a halt to the manoeuvres. The exercises, which are taking place over a…
File image of the Old Pier at Keelbeg in Union Hall, West Cork
Experts have been puzzled by reports of strange tidal activity on the South Coast at the weekend, as TheJournal.ie reports. On Saturday afternoon (18 June), Union Hall in West Cork saw levels in its harbours drop by as much as…
French naval vessel
Irish vessels and crew have been warned over safety risks associated with a French military exercise off the South West Coast next week. Marine Notice No 38 of 2022 from the Department of Transport gives details of the planned rocket-firing…
Scotland’s Boat Show last took place in 2019
Scotland’s Boat Show has been cancelled for 2022, with organisers citing mounting costs and a shortage of boats for sale, as Marine Industry News reports. The event had been set to take place this October at Kip Marina, Inverclyde —…
Wind turbines at Arklow Bank
Planning permission has been granted for the onshore infrastructure required for the second phase of the Arklow Bank Wind Park, according to the Business Post (subscription required). SSE Renewables’ proposed €2.5 billion offshore wind project is earmarked for a site…
The 500km Celtic Interconnector will be the first direct power link between Ireland and France
Planning permission has been granted for the East Cork landfall segment of the €1bn Celtic Interconnector power link between Ireland and France, according to RTÉ News. The 500km subsea cable, a joint project of EirGrid and France’s Réseau de Transport d’Electricité,…
The Bridges of Ross on the Loop Peninsula
A multi-agency search resumed at the weekend for a cave diver missing in Co Clare since the beginning of the month. The missing man is believed to have gone exploring sea caves at the Bridges of Ross on the Loop…
The new Lock Number 1 at Stranmillis
Nearly five years after work began, the first new boat lock on the Lagan Canal in more than 250 years is set to open tomorrow, Tuesday 17 May. The new £4+ million Lock Number 1 at Stranmillis is part of…
Leinster House
Morale among the Irish Coast Guard’s volunteers is at an all-time now, an Oireachtas committee has been told. RTÉ News reports on yesterday’s hearing of the Joint Committee on Transport and Communications, which was addressed by former coastguard volunteers who…
A whale shark in the Egyptian Red Sea, a busy shipping area
The world’s largest fish may be under threat due to collisions with ships in the oceans, a new study has claimed. As reported by RTÉ News, researchers in the Global Shark Movement Project set out to identify reasons for a…
Rea’s Wood on the shore of Lough Neagh near Antrim town
Local authorities are investigating after two dogs died following contact with the water at Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland, as BelfastLive reports. In the separate incidents on Thursday (5 May), a five-month old golden retriever and a 15-month-old cocker spaniel…
Lough Hyne, near Skibbereen in West Cork
RTÉ News reports that a man in his 50s has died after getting into difficulty while swimming near Skibbereen yesterday (Sunday 1 May). It’s believed the man may have suffered a heart attack while the water in Lough Hyne around…
Tulikettu, the first delivered Infiniti 52
The first delivered Ininiti 52 has been lost in the North Atlantic just months after its debut in the RORC Transatlantic Race. According to Scuttlebutt Sailing News, Tulikettu suffered significant damage in a high-speed collision with an unknown object offshore…
Could Cork Harbour be the venue for the 37th America's Cup? The Government is to discuss it
It's emerged that Minister of Sport Catherine Martin was not told about proposals to host the America's Cup in Cork Harbour for three months. According to Saturday's Irish Times, an unpublished Government report also reveals that ministers were warned the…
Rescue 116 attending the rescue of stranded walkers off Sandymount on Tuesday
Calls have been made for greater public awareness over the risks of incoming tides after three people were rescued off Sandymount earlier this week. A multi-agency response involving Dun Laoghaire RNLI and the Irish Coast Guard’s Dublin-based helicopter Rescue 116…
File image of trawlers in Killybegs
Killybegs fishers have lashed out at a deal between the Faroe Islands and Moscow that they say creates a “loophole” for Russian trawlers to muscle in on the blue whiting fishery around Irish waters. According to The Irish Times, the…
Swimming at the Forty Foot in Sandycove, Co Dublin
Sea swimmers around Ireland are encouraged to give their input via an online survey to inform bathing water policy, as Independent.ie reports. The national Bathing Water Expert Group wants to find out more information about where, when and why people…
Images of the albino humpback whale spotted off the Azores in recent days
Photos taken off the Azores in recent days show that a white humpback whale mother and calf may be among the marine wildlife species’ annual migration to the North Atlantic. And that means whale watchers in Ireland may have a…
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