Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat spends over 12 hours at sea rescuing a yacht which had become demasted in storm force conditions. The Castletownbere lifeboat, the Annette Hutton, was launched early this morning (Saturday 20th August 2016) when Valentia Coastguard Radio requested assistance to a yacht in difficulties forty five miles south of Mizen head in West Cork. The eight metre yacht, with one person on board, had left the Azores
A body has been recovered from the water following an intensive search for a local fisherman who went missing in the Schull area on Monday night.
KINSALE RIB Tours is delighted to announce details of its Corporate Group Tours and special rates for Summer 2016 on its fast and purpose built boats, complete with skipper and all safety equipment. The Corporate package includes a 2 hour RIB trip for 7 people to see all the sights Kinsale has to offer including the picturesque old head of Kinsale and stopover in a waterfront pub or restaurant €290.
The schooner ‘Spirit of Oysterhaven’, currently Ireland’s national sail training vessel, arrived in Bantry Port on Friday afternoon on a rare visit to the southwest, skippered by local Coomhola man Owen Boyden. This magnificent schooner will be tied up at the Railway Pier in Bantry for the weekend and will be open to the public from 10:30 to 12:30 on Saturday morning August 13th, and people are invited to drop
THE Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat was called out at 5.15 pm this afternoon (Sunday) to go to the aid of three men who got into difficulty in a jet ski and small pleasure boat just off the Seven Heads coastline in West Cork.
Bantry will be making a splash this August with the launch of the inaugural Bantry Bay Adventure Race on August 27th! The event will begin with a 5k run on Whiddy Island. Participants will then kayak a 1.5km route across Bantry Bay towards the Abbey pier where they’ll jump on their bikes for the final leg of the Adventure Race, cycling down a 22.8km stretch of the Sheep’s Head peninsula
THE Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea, have issued a joint call urging people to be vigilant and take care in and on the water or along the coastline this bank holiday weekend. With the school holidays and good weather it has been a busy time for the search and rescue agencies and this bank holiday weekend, the two organisations have cautioned people
2015 was a very good year for the Port of Cork and subsidiaries. The combined traffic amounted to 11.02 million tonnes compared to 10.15 million tonnes in 2015 which represented an increase of 871,713 million tonnes or 8.6%. Container traffic at the Tivoli Container Terminal increased by a further 8% following a 13% increase in 2014, oil traffic increased by 21%, trade car imports increased by 48% and 56 cruise
THE third annual RNLI Sea Sunday in aid of Union Hall Life Boat will take place on Sunday 31st July. There will be family fun from 2.30 till 5.30 on Union Hall pier. Mike O’Sullivan will be joining us to talk about the recent rebuild of our Massey Ferguson 135 tractor. Mike will also be available for questions throughout the afternoon.
The Ellen Hutchins Festival is taking place again in West Cork during Heritage Week (20-28 August). Ellen, who was born in 1785 in Ballylickey was Ireland’s first female botanist and was also an accomplished botanical artist. The festival will celebrate her life and work through walks, talks, workshops and exhibitions. The festival kicks off with a seaweed event by Dr Susan Steele on Whiddy island (11am Sunday 21st August) and
Cllr Joe Carroll, deputising for the Mayor of the County of Cork officially launched the Ilen River Blue Way, which stretches from Baltimore to Skibbereen on Friday, July 22nd from Baltimore Harbour. This is the first Blueway developed by Cork County Council and is a relatively new concept in Ireland. Cork County Council will also manage, maintain and carry out a local inspection regime on the Ilen River Blueway, ensuring
The Glandore Classic Boat Summer School will take place on the weekend of the 16th and 17th of July. Glandore is well known for its Classic Regatta that occurs every two years attracting beautiful boats from Ireland and abroad to its picturesque harbour. GHYC have organised this biennial summer school since 1992 and this is the 11th edition.
West Cork RNLI lifeboat crews to battle it out with emergency services for the inaugural Beaufort Cup
RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew are used to working together in challenging conditions out on the water but a major event during Volvo Cork week will see them pitted against each other along with their colleagues in the emergency services to take home the prize in the Beaufort Cup Regatta 2016.
IRELAND’S Seafood Sector contributes over €1 billion in GDP to our economy and employs over 11,000 people, directly and indirectly, primarily in our peripheral coastal communities according to a new statistical report entitled the ‘Business of Seafood – a snapshot of Ireland’s Seafood Sector’ launched by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency at their National Seafood Conference ‘Global Insights, Irish Opportunity’ in the Radisson Hotel, Galway today.
?THE RNLI held its annual presentation of awards at the Guinness Storehouse recently where the charity presented 56 individual awards to volunteers from across the country. Six of the awardees were from West Cork RNLI stations and branches.
THE Courtmacsherry RNLI all weather lifeboat was called out at 2pm last Saturday (June 18th) to go to the aid of a 36 foot fishing vessel that had gotten into difficulty just 300 meters off the rocks at Dunworley Point in West Cork.
On June 4th last Kilmacsimon Rowing Club took the 1st Veteran ICRF title in the 12th Ocean to City – An Rás Mór. For three consecutive years now a record number of entries took part. Over 200 craft competed on the day including currachs, longboats, skiffs, cutters, sloeps, kayaks, dragon boats, SUPs and many more! Kilmacsimon Rowing Club are extremely proud of our team who completed the course in 2
Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has made a pilot project submission to the EU Commission for the creation and implementation of a Single Boat Payment Plan for the fishing industry. A member of the European Fisheries Committee, Ms Ní Riada said, “In my pilot project proposal for a Single Boat Payment Plan, I highlighted the disadvantage fishermen face in comparison in terms of fishing opportunities, geography, enforcement and climatic
Bord Iascaigh Mhara launch inaugural Seafood Sector Awards to celebrate the best in the Irish seafood sector
BORD Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the seafood development agency recently announced the inaugural BIM Seafood Sector Awards. The BIM Awards will seek to find the finest fishermen, fish farmers, processors and retailers in Ireland’s renowned seafood sector. The awards are open for entrants and the winners will be announced at a gala evening on November 17th in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin.
THE Courtmacsherry RNLI all weather lifeboat was called out at 9.05pm on Thursday night to go to the aid of a 35ft French yacht that had got into difficulty one mile off the Old Head of Kinsale in West Cork. The Courtmacsherry Lifeboat under Coxswain Sean O’Farrell and a crew of six launched immediately and reached the stricken vessel at 9.26pm and succeeded in quickly getting a tow rope on
THE Castletownbere RNLI rescued two fishermen from a sinking vessel in the early hours of Thursday morning (9 June). The volunteer crew was requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 4.45am to go to the assistance of a fishing vessel which was reported sinking 11 miles south west of Dursey Island on the Beara Peninsula.
RNLI Respect the Water campaign targets accidental drowning along the coast as 23 people a year lose their lives
The RNLI today launches its annual national drowning prevention campaign, Respect the Water, and this year the charity is warning the public to watch out for key dangers that can catch people out in or near water. The campaign which will run throughout the summer months comes a week after the RNLI, the Coast Guard and Irish Water Safety issued a joint statement advising caution to those engaged in recreational
THE Cork County Beach Lifeguard Service came into effect on June 4th for the 2016 Season. The Beach lifeguards will be on patrol at the following beaches: The Warren, Inchydoney, Owenahincha, Tragumna, Barleycove, Garrylucas, Garretsown, Garryvoe, Front Strand, Claycastle and Redbarn.
Kealkill National School Wins Best Overall Project in Bantry Bay Port Company’s Primary Schools Initiative
BANTRY Bay Port Company has announced Kealkill National School as winners of Best Overall Project in this year’s primary schools initiative. Local 5th class primary schools were invited to take part and submit a project based on the theme “A Day in the Life of a Cruise Liner Visiting Bantry Bay”. Dromore National School won a prize for Best Artwork.
THE new Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed TD, must ensure swift and measurable action to review procedures, reduce red tape and encourage development of the indigenous Irish shellfish sector, a conference in Athlone heard recently.
A UK Agricultural Engineering lecturer is to travel to Union Hall, Cork this July to undertake a challenge to rebuild a Massey Ferguson tractor in 24-hours, with a little help from colleagues and friends. The tractor will then be raffled off to raise funds for Union Hall RNLI.
THREE fishermen were rescued on Sunday night (April 10th) in gale force conditions by volunteer lifeboat crew from Kinsale RNLI. The 20 metre beam trawler was forced onto the rocks at Moneypoint, at the entrance to Kinsale harbour, around 1800hrs this evening.
RNLI representatives from Baltimore, Courtmacsherry and Union Hall RNLI took part in the Easter Sunday 1916 centenary commemoration which saw over seven hundred members of the Irish emergency services taking part in a national parade on the streets of Dublin.