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Courtmacsherry RNLI's all-weather lifeboat Frederick Storey Cockburn
Courtmacsherry RNLI's all-weather lifeboat Frederick Storey Cockburn was called out at 10.40am on Tuesday morning (4 October) to help three people on a 70ft fishing boat in difficulty 22 miles offshore, southeast of the Old Head of Kinsale in West…
“Like peas in a pod” – the TR3.6 fleet race-ready in Schull
When Rocco Wright of Howth – then 15 – pulled the All-Ireland Junior Title out of the hat in the final race at Schull, West Cork a year ago, his Houdini skills were widely noted, emphasised by the fact that…
The Oceanis 33 Chatterbox skippered by Martin Lane is a competitor in the Schull Harbour Sailing Club Autumn League
After three races in Schull Harbour Sailing Club’s Autumn League, Don McCarthy’s Sovereign VSOP leads on 13 points, with Simon Nelson’s Witchcraft second on 14 and Alan Dwyer’s Sally in Stitiches third on 16.
Miss Charlie (Patrick Beckett) was third in the KYC  'At Home' Regatta
Michael Carroll’s Chancer won Kinsale Yacht Club’s ECHO Cruisers Spinnaker Fleet Race in the 'At Home' Regatta on Sunday. Second was Samuel Cohen’s Gunsmoke II, and third Stephen Lysaght’s Reavra Too. Albert O’Neil’s Sallybelle won Whitesails ECHO with Anthony Scannell’s…
The 2022 1720 Sportsboat Champions  from Atara skippered by Ross McDonald at Baltimore Sailing Club prizegiving
The march of the revived 1720 Sportsboats goes on despite their design origins at least thirty years ago. But even with all the fresh talent in the class, it was as if you were in the weekend's Championship at Baltimore,…
Some Irish coastal towns almost ignore it. Others simply face it. But Kinsale embraces the sea
Where other Irish harbours face the sea, Kinsale embraces it. And this generous geographical reality helps to provide a genuine sense of community interaction when any initiative at the hospitable south Cork port is put together to help get young…
Courtmacsherry RNLI’s volunteer crew on the callout on Monday morning 5 September
Courtmacsherry RNLI’s volunteers were called out at 11.33am this morning (Monday 5 September) to go to the immediate aid of a surfer in difficulty amid strong winds off Garrylucas Beach. Under coxswain Mark Gannon and a crew of six, the…
File image of a lesser weever fish
Beachgoers in West Cork have been advised to don footwear on the sand to protect against nasty stings from weever fish. As the Southern Star reports, the venomous marine wildlife — whose spined dorsal fins and gills deliver a painful…
The Union Hall RNLI Inshore Lifeboat
The volunteer crew at Union Hall RNLI Lifeboat were requested to launch their inshore Atlantic 85 class lifeboat Christine and Raymond Fielding, by Valentia Coast Guard at 9.52 pm on Friday, 2nd September to a 35ft yacht with two people…
Designed and built by Maurice O’Keeffe in Schull in 1902, the restored Lady Min has been collecting silverware for Simon O’Keeffe throughout the summer
It’s a mixed blessing being the curator-owner of a boat designed and built by a direct ancestor in your home-port town 120 years ago. But Simon O’Keeffe of Schull has turned a challenge into a triumph by commissioning classic boat-builder…
File image of Baltimore RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Baltimore RNLI’s lifeboat volunteers were called upon twice in two days, both time to boats that had got into difficulty near Cape Clear Island in West Cork.  On Friday 26 August, the crew launched their inshore lifeboat at 10.27am following a…
Union Hall RNLI’s crew and shore crew, from left: Peter Olden, Richie O’Mahony, Charlie Deasy, Stephen Hurley, Niamh Collins and Denis Nolan
Union Hall RNLI in West Cork were paged by Valentia Coast Guard at 8.55am on Friday (19 August) to go to the aid of a lone boater in a punt. The lifeboat Christine and Raymond Fielding, under helm Stephen Hurley…
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Lar Casey Cup for Dragons at Casey's Bar in Glandore
The 40th anniversary of the Lar Casey Cup for Dragons was won by Adrian Bendon’s MarJ at Glandore Harbour YC in West Cork. Second was Ghost, C.Dunne and C.Daly and third Little Fella, Cameron Good. The original event was also…
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.…
Castletownbere RNLI is launched
Castletownbere RNLI was launched last night (Saturday, 13 August 2022) just after 22:00 to go to the assistance of an 11-year-old child who had fallen on Bere Island off the coast of West Cork. Castletownbere lifeboat volunteer crew were requested…
John Farley presents the cheque to Union Hall RNLI’s Pamela Deasy in Kinsale
The volunteers at Union Hall RNLI received a cheque recently for over $500 from a group of Irish emigrants in the USA. Volunteer fundraiser Pamela Deasy travelled to Kinsale recently and met John Farley, who resides in San Francisco, and…

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