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Mick Moriarty, Army officer and pioneer of diving in Ireland
Tributes have been paid to Col Michael Moriarty, one of the pioneers of scuba diving in Ireland, who died earlier this month. As The Sunday Independent reports, wetsuits were unheard of when he took up diving, and he once described…
A man of many interests and achievements – the late Colonel Mick Moriarty
Colonel Michael Moriarty, known to most people as Mick, passed away on Thursday, November 3rd, aged ninety. He was a very affable, kind, and generous-hearted man, and all who knew him would agree that he was a fine gentleman who…
The Maritime Observatory (MO), a British organisation, uses satellite technology, artificial intelligence and local intelligence sources to monitor twelve shipwreck sites
Dutch Inspectorate and Cultural Heritage Agency award contract to the Maritime Observatory to continue monitoring important underwater heritage sites The Information and Heritage Inspectorate and Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE), both part of the Ministry of Education, Culture…
Nina McGowan
A Balbriggan woman has set a new world record in free diving, as the Northside People reports. Nina McGowan logged the deepest ‘no fins’ dive ever recorded for her age category at the CMAS Outdoor Freediving World Championships in Kas,…
Former Rescue 115 helicopter pilot Dave Courtney, Sean McHale Killala Coast Guard, Retd Garda Seán O Connell, Insp Joe Finnegan, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, Stg Ciaran Doyle, Ret Garda Dave Mulhall, Stg Kieran Flynn, Ret Chief Supt Tony Mc Namara, Mayo Division
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has been asked to recognise the bravery of two gardai who played a key role in a harrowing cave rescue in north Mayo 25 years ago. Retired chief superintendent Tony McNamara made the appeal at an…
Marine Archaeologist Mensun Bound
Marine archaeologist Mensun Bound has witnessed great works of art lying on the seabed and chests overflowing with treasure but says, “nothing compares with finding the Endurance....” In an interview with The Irish Examiner, Bound says he can still recall…
A cannon from La Surveillante which lies 30 metres below the surface in Bantry Bay
A diving team based in Fermoy have captured up-close images of a shipwreck that lay undiscovered in Bantry Bay for nearly 200 years. The French naval frigate La Surveillante was deliberately scuttled by its captain in 1796 during the failed…
The school runs from October 28th to 30th
Wildlife cameraman Doug Allen and British maritime archaeologist Mensun Bound, who was part of the team which discovered Shackleton’s Endurance, are among speakers at this year’s Shackleton School, which takes place in person this autumn. Nicknamed the “Indiana Jones of…
The team had to conduct a lot of research beforehand to narrow its search area 
The world’s deepest shipwreck on record has been found by a team of explorers in the Philippine Sea. The hull of the USS Samuel B Roberts, or Sammy B as it was known, was located at 22,916 feet (6984.7 metres)…
Dundalk Sub Aqua Search & Rescue
Dundalk Sub Aqua Search & Rescue have been named as one of five finalists in the Sport category on this year’s National Lottery Good Causes Awards, as The Argus reports. It comes just months after the Co Louth diving club…
First photos reveal lost Antarctic ship Endurance in the Weddell Sea
A perimeter measuring 500m is being implemented to aid the protection of Endurance, the ship famously lost in the Antarctic by explorer Ernest Shackleton. The vessel's position on the Weddell Sea floor was (as Afloat reported) finally identified in March, 107…
The Bridges of Ross on the Loop Peninsula
A multi-agency search resumed at the weekend for a cave diver missing in Co Clare since the beginning of the month. The missing man is believed to have gone exploring sea caves at the Bridges of Ross on the Loop…
A screenshot from an interactive website that maps Ireland’s historic shipwrecks
Shipwrecks with no known owner will become State property under new legislation which Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan is proposing. The legislation also proposes that commercial salvage law does not apply to historic wrecks. The Monuments and Archaeological…
Naval Service Dive Team
The Naval Service has acquired two state-of-the-art recompression units that could help save the lives of divers with ‘the bends’, as the Irish Examiner reports. The larger of the two — at naval headquarters on Haulbowline in Cork Harbour —…
Bord Iascaigh Mhara’s new diving barge at Bere Island
Divers taking part in Bord Iascaigh Mhara’s (BIM) commercial scuba and surface-supplied diving programmes are benefiting from the new diving barge two months on since its launch at the seafood agency’s National Fisheries & Diving College of Ireland (NFCI) in…
The RMS Lusitania, from the Library of Congress photographic archive
Four Cork divers put a full year of training and preparation to the test as they embarked on an expedition to the wreck of the Lusitania off the Old Head of Kinsale last week. As Cork Beo reports, Timmy Carey…

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