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After a gruelling 80 days at sea, Dr Karen Weekes aims to land on a beach in Barbados on Thursday morning (Feb 24) and become the first Irish woman to have rowed solo across the Atlantic. Weekes, a sports psychologist…
Steve Morris at the centre of the skiff-building group in Kilrush. Pandemic mask precautions are a good idea in any case when you’re using epoxy resins
Kilrush may be best known internationally these days as the place where the Dublin Bay 21 fleet - originally from 1902 - is being re-born through the developing skills of the Steve Morris-led boat-building team in the south Clare harbour…
Loughs Agency Salmon Ambassadors presentation
The Loughs Agency’s education team is currently delivering this year’s Salmon Ambassador programme with primary schools and national schools in the Foyle and Carlingford catchments. So far, pupils have been learning about the amazing lifecycle of the Salmon, from their…
Donegal-born former Army Ranger, lifeguard, diver and swim instructor Henry O'Donnell broke his neck during the bicycle section of a triathlon 30 years ago, but hasn't looked back since his recovery. Anrí Ó Dómhnaill, a father and grandfather, has trekked…
Ricardo Arias Garcia being carried into hospital in Galway in October 2000
One of the 21 fishermen feared dead after a Spanish fishing vessel sank off the Newfoundland coast this week was the sole survivor of a dramatic rescue two decades ago off the Irish west coast. Ricardo Arias Garcia was winched…
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A fishing industry leader has questioned the reason for the sudden resignation of a member of the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA). Tim Donovan stood down from the SFPA – the State’s seafood industry regulator - in early February after…
Fisheries expert Dr Kevin Flannery has expressed concern at a potential duplication of effort in the decision to set up a new group to prepare for the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) review. “Much work was accomplished by the recent…
€173,474 has been granted to the Irish Canoe Unionin the latest Sports Capital and Equipment Programme Capital Allocations for upgrades to its national training centre on the River Liffey at Strawberry Beds, Lucan in County Dublin. Canoeing Ireland's Training Centre is a…
Paddy Conaghan
A Donegal octogenarian has completed his marathon effort to swim at as many spots around the Irish coast as possible — raising more than €100,000 for charity in the process. As the Sunday World reports, Paddy Conaghan skipped Christmas and…
FV Margiris
A supertrawler implicated in the discarding of more 100,000 dead fish off the coast of France has been tracked to waters off Co Mayo, as Independent.ie reports. Maritime campaigners filmed the release of blue whiting from the FV Margiris in…
The Pike spotted in a Galway well was a surprise
County Galway reader Brenda Richardson spotted a carnivorous pike fish (above) in her (unused) well in a farm field about one mile from Lough Corrib and near Wormhole boglands and she writes:  There is a history of eel sightings in this well but we did…
Rowing Ireland has been awarded €70,079 for urgent repairs to the National Rowing Centre in Cork in the latest Sports Capital and Equipment Programme Regional Capital Allocations. The amateur rowing union was also awarded €140,771 for Olympic equipment and €171,214 for a European fleet…
When the Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat arrived at Navigation Mark J, north of Gortmore, it began a thorough search of the area
On Sunday afternoon, 12 February, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to investigate a report from a member of the public that a kayaker was in difficulty by Navigation Mark J, at the northern end of…
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The 2022 EIFAAC Symposium will be hosted by Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications at Randles Hotel in Killarney on 20-21 June. The rubric for the 31st symposium of the European Inland Fisheries and…
The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority’s executive chair has said that the organisation is “committed” to detecting those who “choose not to comply” with the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The new chair Paschal Hayes was commenting after fines were imposed by…
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Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is seeking submissions from interested parties in respect of a proposed new angling bye-law which would set a minimum length and bag limit for trout caught and retained from Lough Lene. At present there is no…

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