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The ESB and the Shannon Airport Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore the development of a “hydrogen lighthouse” project in the environment surrounding the airport’s site, on the Shannon Estuary. The project aims to explore the…
In this freight scene during the 1980's at the Port of Foynes is where the service linking Limerick ran until closing in 2001. Behind the freight yard depot, the wheelhouse of a ship can be seen at the Shannon estuary port.
Work is to start at the Shannon estuary Port of Foynes of the first phase to reopen the railway line to Limerick which is to carry freight but also the possibility to return a passenger service. To mark the reopening…
Shannon Foynes Port has said that their masterplan will lead to a significant economic impact in the region including opportunities for Fenit Port in Co. Kerry.
Shannon Foynes Port Company which is Ireland’s second largest port operator, has said that the Shannon Estuary Vision 2041 Masterplan needs to start now. That’s the view of the Port's CEO Pat Keating on the masterplan which the Minister for the…
Eternal youth - the Shannon Estuary's community-bult cutter Sally O'Keeffe (racing here in the RWIYC October Series 2022 at Kilrush) exudes a remarkable spirit of tradition allied to youthful enthusiasm
The 25ft gaff cutter Sally O'Keeffe, built by a community group at Querrin on the Loop Head Peninsula under the guidance of master shipwright Steve Morris of Kilrush, to a design by Myles Stapleton of Malahide as a miniature synthesis…
On the Waterford estuary, Dollar Bay surveyors used kayaks to get to inaccessible shores and could track how far the honeycomb reef extended along the shore
Coastwatch has appealed for volunteers to join its annual autumn shore survey, which runs from mid-September to mid-October. “This is now one of the longest standing citizen science projects in Ireland,” Coastwatch founder Karin Dubsky says. ” It’s a basic…
Loop Head writer Marc Ó Riain
The Last of the Light is a collection of memories, short stories and beautiful images from the Loop Head peninsula by Kilkee writer Marc Ó Riain. The author aimed to capture “the images, sounds and smells, the very taste of…
Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC) Chief Executive Pat Keating
The Shannon Estuary can become an international floating offshore wind and related green fuels generation hub, according to the Chief Executive of the Port Company, Pat Keating, who today welcomed the expression of interest’ tender for works on the 42km…
As Afloat previously reported, the Dublin Bay Mermaid National Championships were held on the 2nd to 6th of August on the Shannon Estuary at Foynes. 16 boats took to the start line with many favourites of old competing for the…
The 188 Innocence crew Darragh and Mark McCormack, and Cathal McMahon in the lead on the home waters of the Shannon Estuary
Commodore John Paul Buckley welcomed all competitors and their families to Foynes for the Dublin Bay Mermaid championship, Paul Browne, President of the Mermaid Sailing Association, said a few words on their behalf, and Scorie Walls, OOD, did the briefing. Conditions…
Flying the flag for Ukraine and Clare – Seol Sionna’s new St Ayles skiff Ealu from Kilrush has a paint finish honouring both beleaguered Ukraine and the Banner County. Providing the rowing power on her traditional sunwise circuit of Scattery Island are James Madigan, Sean Walsh, Aisling Heaps, Peter Ranalow and John Kennedy
When it came to painting the new St Ayles skiff Ealu built by Seol Sionnas (the owners of the much-admired traditional cutter Sally O’Keeffe) under the direction of Steve Morris in Kilrush Boatyard, it was “No Contest” as regards décor…
Record port levels: Bulkers berthed at the Foynes Port, the main port of six terminals operated by SFPC on the Shannon Estuary
Ireland's deepest sheltered commercial harbour, Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC) has reported another very strong year in 2021, with record earnings achieved for the year and profit before taxation exceeding €5.2 million for the first time. The performance was down…
Multi-purpose gaff cutter. The design of the 25ft Shannon Hooker Sally
O'Keeffe was developed from the Estuary's traditional cargo-carrying
craft, and now she carries a human cargo of enthusiasts keen to learn
more of the sea and sailing
Sally O'Keeffe, the 25ft re-interpretation of the Shannon Estuary's traditional sail-driven cargo-carrying cutters which could usefully find their way into the smallest ports along both sides of the majestic waterway, is this year celebrating ten years of quietly useful service…
Fergus Kelliher’s J24 Jibe from Tralee Bay Sailing Club
The final day of racing in the WIORA West Coast Championships in Kilrush, Principal Race Officer, John Leech, postponed the start of racing by one hour to allow a front to pass through. When racing did get underway on the…
The J24 sinking at WIORA regatta on the Shannon Estuary at Kilrush. The three mark boats on the water were quickly on the scene to take the crew of the yacht on board the safety boat and quickly brought them ashore all in good spirits. Efforts was made to recover the boat but unfortunately, the boat later sank; all relevant authorities were informed, according to an event spokesperson
There has been a dramatic start to the WIORA Championships at Kilrush on the Shannon Estuary with one boat sinking and the second day of racing cancelled due to strong winds. This year has a bumper numbers of entries for the…
Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC) has signed a memorandum with a world industry leader in the renewable wind energy project. The signing with Norwegian Offshore Wind, took place at the Foynes Yacht Club which neighbours the mid-Shannon port located in Co. Limerick.
Shannon Foynes Port Company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Norwegian Offshore Wind to provide a framework for collaboration on future projects. Norwegian Offshore Wind is a cluster of 350 companies that cover the entire supply chain for…
Dinghy sailing at the Royal Western Yacht Club's Splash & Sail day on the Shannon Estuary
The Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland at Kilrush on the Shannon Estuary opened its sailing season with a ‘Splash & Sail’ day of celebration to launch the dinghy sailing fleet and club kayaks. The event was attended by many…

Shannon Foynes Port Information

Shannon Foynes Port (SFPC) are investing in an unprecedented expansion at its general cargo terminal, Foynes, adding over two-thirds the size of its existing area. In the latest phase of a €64 million investment programme, SFPC is investing over €20 million in enabling works alone to convert 83 acres on the east side of the existing port into a landbank for marine-related industry, port-centric logistics and associated infrastructure. The project, which will be developed on a phased basis over the next five years, will require the biggest infrastructure works programme ever undertaken at the port, with the entire 83 acre landbank having to be raised by 4.4 metres. The programme will also require the provision of new internal roads and multiple bridge access as well as roundabout access.

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