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Nick Katz’s 19-ton steel ketch Teddy in a classic Greenland high summer setting
It is said that you have to be prepared to wait until the 15th July in the average season before you can contemplate a successful venture into the most heavily-iced parts of East Greenland. Whether or not global warming has…
Normally when you see a Swiss ensign, you expect to see a new and very shiny boat under it. But when the Ringsend-built 110-year-old John B Kearney yawl Ainmara came into Howth YC Marina with her new Swiss owners on Friday, she was the oldest boat on the pontoons
The 36ft yawl Ainmara, designed and built in 1912 by the talented self-taught naval architect John B Kearney in Murphy’s Boatyard beside his family’s home in Ringsend, played a key role in Irish sailing north and south until 2018. She…
Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club marina on Dublin's River Liffey
The Dublin Bay Old Gaffers (DBOGA) two-day regatta at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club on the River Liffey was also a casualty of the weekend's nor'easter. Disappointingly, the planned Parade of Sail on the capital's river had to be cancelled…
Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe T.D today presented scholarship certificates to the first students to complete the inaugural Irish Nautical Trust Marine Skills & Technology scholarship programme, supported by Google.org at the Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club Ringsend, Dublin. Photo Shows the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe with graduates, Frank Hopkins, Leopardstown (on left) and Philip Murphy from Ringsend
Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, T.D. was at the Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club Marina, Ringsend on the River Liffey today, to present scholarship certificates to the first cohort of students completing the inaugural Irish Nautical Trust Marine Skills &…
Paul Keogh (centre) speaks of what the Naomh Cronan project meant to the Clondalkin community after receiving the Jolie Brise Cup from Old Gaffers Association President Patrick Vyvyan-Robinson (right), with Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association Hon Sec Darryl Hughes (left) in  Ringsend's Poolbeg Y&BC in Dublin Port
The saga of the building and sailing of the traditional Galway Hooker Naomh Cronan by Clondalkin Community in west Dublin goes back nearly thirty years. And though the story has regularly featured in Afloat.ie,the various lockdowns had made it difficult…
Quiet determination – Rachael Blackmore in winning form
The possibility that stellar jockey Rachael Blackmore, the winner of the Grand National in 2021 and the Cheltenham Gold Cup this year, might just be descended from a noted Dublin nautical family has emerged from traditional boat enthusiast and maritime…
Every shape and size, and having good sport too at the Sam Beckett Bridge – some of the varied fleet of 40 oar-driven vessels which took part in the All In Row charity event on Dublin’s River Liffey in December, which is now confirmed to have raised €18,000
One of the most entertaining events of the constrained pre-Christmas season was the All In A Row charity event for all-comers - provided they were oar-driven – in Dublin’s River Liffey on Saturday, December 11th 2021. It mustered an exceptionally…
Mark Sweetman's nesting dinghy under spritsail
In the latest Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Zoom talk Mark Sweetman will recount his search for a nesting dinghy design to suit his needs and how he ended up building one himself. For a long time, Mark wanted a hard tender…

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