Sandycove, Co Dublin, a popular beach and swimming area for Dubliners

Swim in safety during new moon phase

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Water Safety Ireland is appealing to people to swim at lifeguarded waterways this weekend as the risk of drownings is higher due to a new moon and cool waters. A new moon is not night; it is not in the sky at night as it rises and sets with…

Blue flag beaches and green coasts 2019

Almost 150 sites around Ireland have achieved blue flag (88) and green coast (62) status for 2019. Five sites received both awards.
Sandycove, Co Dublin, a popular beach and swimming area for Dubliners

Cold water shock can be fatal warns Water Safety Ireland

Water Safety Ireland has issued a warning to the dangers of cold water shock  - a factor in up to five drownings every fortnight. Five people drown in Ireland every fourteen days (127 every year) and cold water is a factor in many of  these drownings.
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Licence suspended for mechanical harvesting of kelp in Bantry Bay

Licence suspended for mechanical harvesting of kelp in Bantry Bay
Hook Lighthouse

Shine a light on summer 'lighthouse' festival

The Great Lighthouses of Ireland summer festival (May BHW) includes a photographic competition on the best of summer fun at one of their lighthouses. 

The 'Shine a Light Summer Festival' involves five lighthouses at Fanad Head, Co Donegal; Hook, Co Wexford, Loop Head, Co Clare, Rathlin, Co Antrim and Valentia, Co Kerry. 

Hook Lighthouse

Over the weekend, learn about the life of a lighthouse storykeeper and hear stories about major maritime events. Discover crafts and traditions of times past and learn about modern coastal technology.

Hook Lighthouse, Co Wexford - one of five lighthouses in the 'Shine a Light Summer Festival' 

Lough Shindilla

Initiative to extend tourist season for Connemara and Aran Islands

A Visitor Experience Development Plan for Connemara Coast and Aran Islands created by Fáilte Ireland aims to extend the tourism season and to spread business across all parts of the region.

Lough Shindilla

Lough Shindilla, Connemara                                                                                                 Photo Gillian Mills 

" Tangible actions and a process for local businesses to become involved will encourage visitors to engage with the true essence and story of the Connemara coast and Aran Islands," remarked Miriam Kennedy, Head of the Wild Atlantic Way.

2018 Burren slowfood festival

Seafood takes centre stage at 2018 slow food festival

Stretching from Erris in Co Mayo through Connemara and to Galway Bay, a seafood experience ‘Taste the Atlantic – A Seafood Journey developed by BIM and Fáilte Ireland to showcase how Irish seafood is caught and farmed, is the theme of the fourteenth Burren Slow Food Festival in Co Clare, May 11-13.

2018 Burren slowfood festival

Sarah (9) and Melissa (6) O’Connor help to launch the 2018 Burren Slow Food festival  

Speaking at the festival launch in Klaw Seafood Café, Dublin, chairperson Birgitta Hedin Curtin described the programme, which includes a ferry ride from Doolin and a seafood supper on Inis Oírr, as “boutique and busy.

Builloch application 2018

Flooding, overtopping and safety largely ignored in second east coast planning application

A revised plan for residential development at Bulloch Harbour, Co Dublin, was described as an ‘extremely flawed document’ and ‘worse than the original application’, at a recent public meeting that attracted a full house in a local hotel.Builloch application 2018

2017 north-easterly storm batters Bulloch Harbour; artist impression of development proposal 

In February 2017, Dún Laoghaire County Council rejected an application by the Bartra Property Group comprising six shop units with overhead apartments, a café and three, three-story houses. The development was described by Bartra as ‘both respectful and enhancing of the harbour and the local environment’.