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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…
29 boats started on Clogherhead Strand for the sixth annual Boyne Boat Race
From 6.30 am on a damp and drizzly Sunday morning May 1st, 29 boats of all shapes and sizes started to arrive on Clogherhead Strand to prepare for the sixth Annual Boyne Boat Race, taking place later that morning writes Sarah…
Henry O'Donnell who has become first man to finswim solo around Ireland
Donegal-born former Army Ranger, lifeguard, diver and swim instructor Henry O’Donnell has become the first man to finswim around Ireland. The solo swimmer completed 1,569 kilometres, equivalent to 847 nautical miles, when he landed at Carrickfin beach in the Donegal…
Stella Maris Rowing Club at Ringsend's annual May Day Parade
Community spirit was alive and well on the River Liffey this week as Stella Maris Rowing Club joined Ringsend's 14th annual May Day Parade in Dublin City last Monday. A marching band and appearances from various clubs, organisations, and members…
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Environment Minister Eamon Ryan has ordered an investigation of Inland Fisheries Ireland following claims of serious irregularities at the State body for inland and inshore fisheries, according to Independent.ie. It’s reported that senior counsel has been appointed to investigate allegations…
An Eel fishing boat on Lough Neagh
The eel fishing season on Lough Neagh began last week. And in a conservation measure, the Lough Neagh Fishermen’s Co-Operative Society was involved in helping restock the Lough with "glass eels" (one and a half million of them), the juveniles…
The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) was formed in 2002 as part of the drive to instil a culture of compliance within the fisheries sector across Europe
The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) and the EU’s agency for the space programme (EUSPA) have signed a cooperation agreement for an initial two years. The memorandum of understanding will allow the EFCA to benefit from Galileo, the European global…
The winning crew from St Patrick's celebrate at the Boyne Boat Race
St Patrick’s Rowing Club in Ringsend scored their first win of the 2022 season in the Boyne Boat Race in Drogheda last Sunday (1 May). The top result from one of two crews fielded in the event will set the…
Two of three currachs launched on the Liffey in late April ahead of the 2022 Liffey City Currach Regatta
This year’s Liffey City Currach Regatta takes place this coming Saturday 7 May, with crews assembling at St Patrick’s Rowing Club in Ringsend at 10am for registration before the first race at 11.30am. Racing will continue throughout the afternoon with…
Salmon seized as part of a night-time surveillance operation by Inland Fisheries Ireland on the River Fergus in July 2021
Two men have been convicted for being in the possession of illegally caught salmon on the River Fergus in Ennis, Co Clare and were ordered to pay fines following prosecutions taken by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI). Gerard Considine and Niall…
The Woodvale Ocean Rowing Boat is for sale
A Woodvale Ocean Rowing boat that crossed the Atlantic twice with previous owners is for sale in Greystones in County Wicklow.  The current owner has put the boat up for sale at €15k following an injury. The boat was prepped and ready…
Henry O’Donnell is set to bring his 1500km Round Ireland swim to a close this Saturday in Donegal, Florida
Renowned swimmer Henry O’Donnell is set to bring his 1500km, round Ireland Finswim to a close. In doing so he will become the first person to circumnavigate the island of Ireland by swimming with the use of fins. The expedition…
Natural oyster reef - Artificial oyster reefs along the US Gulf Coast are designed to protect and restore shoreline habitat and create living oyster reefs as a sustainable option for reducing erosion of coastal marshes and protecting communities from storm surge. A new study shows restoration of marshes and oyster reefs are among the most cost-effective solutions for reducing coastal flood risks
There are many reasons to love oysters, and now an NUI Galway scientist has suggested another one. Apart from its nutritional benefits, the shellfish also provides a cost-effective solution to the impacts of climate change. Natural reefs built from oysters…
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…
Minister for Marine Charlie McConalogue - asked to play
The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) has confirmed that it has withdrawn permits for two fish processors in the continuing row over weighing of pelagic landings. The SFPA also says it will “not accept the misuse” of the weigh after…
Pictured at NUI Galway Boat Christening Ceremony were (l-r) Fiona Murtagh, 2021 Olympic Bronze Medal Tokyo, President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Marcia O'Donoghue, Cliodhna Nolan, 2020 Gold European Championship, Olive Byrne O'Dea and Ciro Prisco, NUI Galway Rowing Coach
Four new rowing boats have been named in tribute to alumni and current student athletes at NUI Galway. Chris O’Dea and the late Dr Donagh O’Donoghue, both of whom are former rowers with Coláiste Iognáid and NUI Galway Boat Club,…

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