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An Cósta Thiar - a new TG4 Maritime TV series
The "culture, challenges and benefits" of living on the Atlantic seaboard are explored in a new TG4 Maritime TV series broadcast from this week. Áine Ní Bhreisleáin, presenter of Bladhaire on Raidió na Gaeltachta and co-presenter of Beo ar Éigean…
Competitors at Foynes Yacht Club's SRL Frostbite Open Dinghy Series on the Shannon Estuary
There was great excitement at Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary for the return of their SRL Frostbite Open Dinghy Series, after a two-year hiatus writes FYC Dinghy Class Captain, Mary McCormack Six races were held over four weekends. Conditions…
Kilrush RNLI lifeboat operations manager Shawna Johnson with the station’s inshore lifeboat
Nine months into her role as lifeboat operations manager at Kilrush RNLI, Shawna Johnson is preparing for her first Christmas on call since taking up the management of the Co Clare lifeboat station. As the charity launches its Christmas appeal,…
Shannon Foynes took part in the first ever Irish Ports Safety Week with a berthing procedure exercise involving the petroleum products tanker Thun Gemini as seen arriving at Foynes Port.
As part of the inaugural Irish Port Safety Week, among the ports participating was Shannon Foynes Port Company and which involved the call of a short-sea petroleum products tanker, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Thun Gemini arrived to the Shannon Estuary…
Royal Western October Series racing
The Shannon Estuary's RWYCI October Series concluded this weekend on the 30th of October. The series had scheduled races over the first four Sundays and the final Saturday in October. Racing was cancelled due to bad weather on the first…
Once upon a time…….the Limerick trading ketch Ilen in pre-pandemic times, cruising the coast of Greenland in July 2019
They do things differently in Limerick and along the west coast. Where other migrating birds of passage head south as winter approaches, the restored 56ft trading ketch Ilen of 1926-vintage is departing her usual base in the Shannon Estuary today…
The restored trading ketch Ilen floodlit off the modern section of the Limerick waterfront to launch Mental Health Week in her home city
The Ilen Marine School's 56ft-restored trading ketch Ilen of 1926 vintage is already renowned for her good work when taking part in the Sailing Into Wellness programme. It's one of the ship's many interests that were vividly high-lighted at her…
The way of a ship at sea….
While everyone else was staring goggle-eyed at rapidly-changing and decidedly hostile weather charts last Thursday, and wondering whether the weekend's racing was going to be possible at all, in typical style the always-amazing Gary MacMahon was at sea off our…
The Farr 31 Tribal from GBSC with Liam Burke at the helm
The Bon Secours WIORA West Coast Championship was held in Tralee Bay Sailing Club from Aug 25-28 with light breezes and glorious sunshine on three days out of four.  PRO John Leech did an amazing job to get nine races…
Peter Lawless’s Waxwing is a Rival 41 designed by Peter Brett
Solo sailor Peter Lawless (52) of the noted Limerick voyaging family has met with mixed fortunes in Week One of his challenge to be the first Irishman to sail non-stop single-handed round the world south of the five great capes.…
This month (August 2021) Peter Lawless plans to sail solo, non-stop, unassisted around the world from Ireland back to Ireland via the five great capes. He will be using a sextant and paper charts as primary navigation tools. If successful, he will be the first Irish person to complete a solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world
Peter Lawless hasn't time for anxiety as he makes final preparations for his solo sail around the world. He has set Saturday, August 21, for his departure from Kilrush Marina in the Shannon Estuary. Amongst those giving support to Peter…
Overall throughput at Shannon Foynes last year totalled 9.458 million tonnes, down 1.9 per cent or 185,000 tonnes versus 2019. Above, Limerick Docklands (above Ted Russell Dock), Afloat adds, is one of six terminals that form SFPC operations along the Shannon Estuary.
Shannon Foynes Port Company which is state-owned, has reported a 7.6 per cent decline in turnover last year to €12.9 million as pre-tax profits fell from €4.9 million to €3.1 million due to the impact of the Covid-19 crisis. Chief…
Admiral of all he surveys - the Mayor of Limerick, Councilor Michael Collins, re-asserts his ancient role and privileges of the Admiral of the Shannon Estuary with a silver dart into the sea while still in the Estuary, on passage aboard Ilen from Limerick to Galway last Friday evening
It has emerged there was much more to the diplomatic voyage of Limerick’s 56ft trading ketch Ilen to Galway at the weekend with the Mayor of Limerick. Councillor Michael Collins, on board. Officially, it was to launch the Ilen Marine…
The Ship and her City – Ilen comes into Steamboat Quay in Limerick to take on valuable cargo for West Clare and Foynes
In the decidedly unsettled weather of this 2021 Spring and early Summer, the restored 56ft trading ketch Ilen of Limerick is acquiring the reputation of being a lucky ship in finding gentler conditions when sea work has to be done…
Government has announced a new policy statement that will prevent Ireland from importing fracked gas, that is likely to scupper the Shannon Estuary terminal plan.
A new policy statement from the Government will prevent Ireland from importing fracked gas, which is likely to scupper moves to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the Shannon estuary. The statement, drawn up by Minister for the…
File image of kayak paddles hovering over water
Residents of a Limerick suburb on the banks of the River Shannon say they were not consulted about plans for a new kayaking facility in a local park. As the Limerick Leader reports, locals close to Shannon Fields have hit…

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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