Ireland's premier maritime festival (June 29-July 1) in Galway is expected to attracted over 100,000 visitors and to generate in excess of €7m for the local economy. Galway harbour will be the hub for the three-day festival of vessel tours, aquatic displays, exhibitions and entertainment.
The addition of Galway's European Region of Gastronomy designation "will be outstanding in terms of food and tourism", remarked Dave Hickey, president of Galway Chamber of Commerce.
Beau Weston, stunt performer and pro-flyboard from New Zealand, entertains the crowds at Seafest 2017
Ireland's marine infrastructure and resources will be on show, giving visitors the opportunity to learn about the ocean and to celebrate maritime history.
Veteran marathon and long-distance runner Mary Nolan Hickey is supporting the RNLI's national Mayday appeal 'Do your bit - fund our kit' to raise funds for the charity's volunteer lifeboat crews in Ireland.
Mary Nolan Hickey (65) who recently completed a 1,509 mile 'lap of the map' of Ireland for the RNLI, said she appreciates the value of having and wearing the right clothing for performance:
"For RNLI volunteers, their specialist kit protects them against extreme conditions, giving them a firm footing on unsteady surfaces, allowing them to carry out their lifesaving work."
Arklow lifeboat crew Sinead Myler, Jimmy Myler and Ned Dillon with Mary Nolan Hickey in Glendalough, Co Wicklow
Arklow RNLI mechanic Michael Fitgerald is one of many crew members who will be receiving a new all-weather lifeboat kit.
Irish Lights chief executive has described the agency’s five-year strategy to 2023 as a “major process of change” that puts the organisation in a strong position operationally, financially and from a government perspective.
“The clue is in the title,” remarked Yvonne Shields at the launch of Safe Seas – Connected Coasts 2018-2023 which maps out a vision to deliver next generation maritime services to protect lives, property, trade and the environment.
The strategy commits Irish Lights to implementing a combination of new and existing navigation technology, engineering and data management solutions to enable safe navigation at sea for commercial shipping, fishing, leisure craft and passenger vessels. Its mission is to be a ‘leading and innovative provider of reliable, efficient and cost-effective navigation and maritime services for the safety of all’, and will be benchmarked against delivery in a ‘tangible, timely and effective way to the benefit of all stakeholders’.