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Kinsale Yacht club Marina in West Cork with a moored visiting superyacht at the facility
One of the country’s leading marinas will become unusable for keelboats unless urgent action is taken to address increasing silting in the harbour area writes David Forsythe in West Cork Kinsale-based Fine Gael councillor Kevin Murphy told the recent meeting of…
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…
Cork County Council CEO, Tim Lucey
The Bantry inner harbour development scheme has re-generated interest in the West Cork town as a marine leisure and sailing centre. Bantry Bay Port Company, operated by Cork Port, has a sheltered marina with 40 berths there. But the town…
Sea Swimming at a Cork County Council designated beach
“People who swim at beaches, lakes and rivers,” are being asked to tell the Council if they think “existing designated bathing waters” should be maintained or new ones identified.” Local authorities must identify official bathing areas in their area every…
Courtmacsherry’s lifeboat crew on the late-night callout
Courtmacsherry RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Frederick Storey Cockburn was called out at 10.15pm on Wednesday night (4 May) to join a search off Garrettstown and Garrylucas beaches near the Old Head of Kinsale in West Cork. Members of the public noticed…
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…
Glandore Harbour is a popular sailing and boating location in West Cork
Glandore Harbour Yacht Club has accused Cork County Council of endangering the future of sailing in the West Cork harbour by changes it plans to make at the village pier. "This has been drawn up without any consultation whatsoever with…
Kinsale Harbour in West Cork. The Port is to get a new €1.2m fisherman's pontoon under Brexit adjustment funding announced by Government
Funds to help regions 'adjust' to Brexit will be used to fund major improvements at 14 harbours across West Cork it was announced earlier this week. As Afloat reported earlier, the grant is the largest ever funding announcement of its…
Union Hall RNLI Crew and shore crew from left to right - Jim Moloney, Peter Deasy, Chris Collins, Riona Casey, Sean Walsh, Paddy Moloney, Niamh Collins, Haulie Hurley and John Kelleher
The volunteer Union Hall RNLI crew in West Cork were requested to launch their inshore Atlantic 85 lifeboat Christine and Raymond Fielding, by the Irish Coast Guard at 7.56 pm on Sunday 24th April to a 33-foot vessel with two persons…
Attending the Garda Síochána Centenary ceremony on the water were Courtmacsherry and Kinsale RNLI lifeboats
A public event was organised on Sunday by An Garda Síochána to remember the first-ever members of the Cork West Garda Division. Attending the ceremony on the water were Courtmacsherry and Kinsale RNLI lifeboats and the local civil defence RIB. The…
Chris Power Smith's potent J/122 Aurelia (meaning The Golden One) from the Royal St. George Yacht Club is the only Dublin entry so far for May's inaugural Inishtearaght Race from Kinsale
A competitive eight boat fleet is building in Kinsale for the inaugural Matthews Inishtearaght Race taking place in less than a month's time.  The race, promoted as an 'ideal shakedown race' for boats entering June's Round Ireland Race, has attracted top…
Starting at the Fastnet (above) off the Co. Cork coast, one of the world’s finest lighthouses, Great Lighthouses of Ireland, series two, programme one airs on Sunday, May 8th, RTÉ One
The hugely popular* Great Lighthouses of Ireland is back for a second series with more stories about the lighthouses around Ireland’s coast and the extraordinary men and women who lived and worked in them, including the lightship keepers whose working…
Baltimore Sailing Club staged a superb weekend on and off the water.
Baltimore Sailing Club welcomed over 80 ILCA/Lasers for the Munster Championship this Easter bank holiday weekend. The magnificent West Cork setting that is Baltimore delivered superb sailing conditions with South/South Westerly winds averaging between 15-18 knots over the course of…
The Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat crew under Coxswain Mark Gannon arriving back from the call
The Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat was called out this evening, Sunday, April 10th, at 7.50 pm, by the Valentia Coast Guard Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre when persons on the shore noticed that two surfers appeared in difficulties off Dunworley…
Boats alongside the Old Pier at Keelbeg in Union Hall, West Cork
Following recommendations from an independent inspection of the Old Pier at Keelbeg in Union Hall, Cork County Council says that “in order to improve safety” it is obliged to close the pier to public access. The move has been met…
Joe Woodward in 2004 with the William Van der Hagen 1738 painting of the Water Club sailing in Cork Harbour, which made for one of his most historic auctions.
Joe Woodward of Cork, who has died aged 90, was the very personification of the spirit of Cork city and harbour as a place where the good things in life are there to be enjoyed, and enjoyed in style. This…

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