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Tom MacSweeney

Tom MacSweeney

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Tom MacSweeney writes a weekly column for He presents the monthly programme Maritime Ireland on Podcast services and Irish radio stations.

Union Hall, is a small fishing village in West Cork located on the west side of Glandore Harbour
Data from the M3 and M5 buoys off the South Coast is being recovered for analysis by the Marine Institute to ascertain whether it can explain the cause of a tidal drop of 70 cms reported at Union Hall and…
Fishing trawlers in West Cork
Irish fishing industry leaders have warned that the costs of marine diesel are so high they are challenging the resilience of the Irish fishing fleet. CEOs of the main Irish industry organisations say fishing operations are being made uneconomical and…
It is 140 years since the inaugural sailing of Cong Galway race and 50 years since it was revived in its current form
This year's Cong-Galway sailing race, set for Saturday, June 25, will mark two significant anniversaries. It is 140 years since the inaugural sailing of the race and 50 years since it was revived in its current form. It is the…
Cork County Council has engaged a contractor for the removal of the wreck of the fishing trawler, MV Sceptre, at Union Hall, West Cork and work has commenced. The wreck will be removed by barge for transport to an overseas…
Dursey Clipper is a seine boat, sixty to seventy years old, which had lain unused for about eleven years on nearby Dursey Island
“There was a lot of work, hull planking, fitting the stem post, caulking, filling, fairing, sanding, priming and painting. We lost over two years on the project due to Covid and this old girl was in a worse condition than…
“Two Giants, Indeed” Ellard Hanley, Crane Driver, Thomas Buckely, David Browne Business Development Support Manager Port Of Cork, Peter Mc Cann and Michael Hurley,Crane Driver pictured celebrating their victory, following the recent ‘Name the Cranes’ competition, organised by the Port of Cork Company (PoCC) to name the two new mighty ship-to-shore cranes at the Cork Container Terminal (CCT) in Ringaskiddy
Two local giants, Mahain and Binne, from old Irish folklore are the names of the cranes at Cork Port’s Ringaskiddy container terminal, chosen by Crosshaven Boys’ National School. The two names were voted most popular, as part of a recent…
Sailing Cruisers at Wicklow Harbour
The Round Ireland Race is the dominant focus of Wicklow Sailing Club at the moment, but there is a lot more to the club. The members take pride in describing their club as “a small family-oriented sailing club run by…
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…
The start of last year's Ballinacurra Race for National 18s off Cobh
The home of Ireland’s last engineless freight-carrying schooner, the Brooklands, will be the centre of the popular Ballinacurra Race in Cork Harbour this Sunday. Creenan’s hostelry in Ballinacurra village near Midleton in East Cork will be the mecca for dinghy…
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…
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…
Sean O'Donoghue KFO Chief Executive
The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) has called on the European Commission to act immediately on the presence of Russian trawlers in waters intended primarily for oil and gas exploration. A fleet of Russian midwater freezer trawlers are currently operating in…
Dinghy sailing off Cobh in Cork Harbour during Cove Sailing Club's Peoples Regatta
There are not many sailing clubs which have experienced the vicissitudes of misfortune to the extent that Cove Sailing Club has in recent years. Back in March of 2018, Afloat reported that “Cork Harbour will have a new name in…
The €86 million new container terminal at Ringaskiddy is to be brought into operation tomorrow by the Port of Cork company. Conor Mowlds, the Port’s Chief Commercial Officer says this will be “a monumental milestone, the largest investment in our…
The Norwegian expedition cruise liner, Maud, arriving in Waterford
The Norwegian expedition cruise liner, Maud, arrived in Waterford Port this morning, the first cruise vessel in over two years, due to Covid pandemic disruption. It is the maiden voyage of the vessel, from the Norwegian cruise line company Hurtigruten.…
Eddie Rice
The Royal Cork Yacht Club has appointed a long-time club member to a new full-time role as Head of Sailing Development Eddie Rice has been a long time Crosshaven club member, competing and winning in the Laser, National 18 and…
The Kinsale Area gas fields are located in the Celtic Sea, approximately 40km to 70km off the south coast of County Cork
May 10 has been set as the start date for decommissioning works on the subsea structure in the Kinsale and Seven Heads Gas Fields on the South Coast. The Kinsale Energy company which will undertake the work has told the…
A busy scene as dinghies are rigged at Kinsale Yacht Club
Wednesday, May 4, has been set as the start date for Midweek Sailing at Kinsale Yacht Club in Cork. Dragons and Squibs will have their own racing on Thursdays. The club committee has told members: "We have an amazing amount…
Chief Executive of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, Sean O'Donoghue
The Chief Executive of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) has called on the Marine Minister and the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority to stand-up for Irish fishermen and the fishing industry against the European Commission. CEO Sean O'Donoghue says the KFO…
The Ingrid Majala trawler
The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority row with fishing processors and exporters in Killybegs in County Donegal intensified after a second international vessel disputed the State agency’s fish weighing requirements for landings. After the Danish Maja left with its catch of…
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