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Dive Ireland Expo 2024
The annual Dive Ireland Expo is running this weekend at the Sport Ireland Campus near Blanchardstown in West Dublin. Organisers at Viking Sub Aqua Club promise “the biggest dive show ever”, with SCUBA diving featured along with snorkelling, free diving…
A ghost net retrieved in Donaghadee, Co Down in late 2022
This year will see divers join in beach clean efforts in Ireland for the first time, using their skills to find and remove discarded fishing gear also known as ‘ghost nets’ from around the coast. According to the Irish Examiner,…
Ratification of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage means, subject to certain exceptions, archaeological objects with no known owner will automatically become the property of the State
New archaeological legislation allows Ireland to ratify the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. The Historic and Archaeological Heritage and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2023 will “repeal” existing legislation relating to Ireland’s archaeological and related heritage.…
Maritime Historian and diver Dr Eddie Bourke's shipwreck lecture will include a great many rare and interesting photographs and charts
Maritime Historian and diver Dr Eddie Bourke will be discussing shipwrecks around the coast of Ireland in the first of the Dublin Bay Old Gaffers 2023 winter lecture series this month. The Liffeyside illustrated talk in aid of the RNLI will…
Shannon Harbour
Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels on and users of the Grand Canal that it will be carrying out underwater structural inspections of the north and south quay walls in Shannon Harbour this coming week. Divers will be in…
The heifer found by divers in Lough Derg on Wednesday morning 28 June
A heifer was rescued from the waters of Lough Derg this week by quick-thinking members of a local diving club. Posting on social media about the incident on Wednesday (28 June), Tipperary-based Lough Derg Sub Aqua Club said they found…
The MV Shingle which had lain idle in Dublin Port (as above within Alexandra Basin) for almost a decade, however may be sunk in a plan to create an artificial reef in Killala Bay, Co. Mayo. The small cargo ship was seized in 2014 following the busting of a major tobacco smuggling operation that took place in the Irish Sea where the vessel was arrested and escorted to Drogheda Port before relocating to the capital.
A small ship that had been languishing in Dublin Port for almost a decade is at the centre of a plan that is progressing to sink the vessel off the north coast of Mayo in order to create an artificial…
The Angelshark is now a critically endangered species in Irish waters
“Jaws” it ain’t – the Angelshark has more in common with the skate and ray but is now an endangered species. The squat flat shark, appropriately named Squatina squatina, once lived in abundance on sandy and muddy seabed areas on…
SCUBA divers dressed in Santa suits congregate in the water in a harbour as a rigid inflatable lifeboat passes behind
This Sunday 11 December, SCUBA divers dressed in Santa suits will once again dive into the sea water at Bulloch Harbour in Dalkey to raise money for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea. The annual diving event…
Mick Moriarty, Army officer and pioneer of diving in Ireland
Tributes have been paid to Col Michael Moriarty, one of the pioneers of scuba diving in Ireland, who died earlier this month. As The Sunday Independent reports, wetsuits were unheard of when he took up diving, and he once described…
A man of many interests and achievements – the late Colonel Mick Moriarty
Colonel Michael Moriarty, known to most people as Mick, passed away on Thursday, November 3rd, aged ninety. He was a very affable, kind, and generous-hearted man, and all who knew him would agree that he was a fine gentleman who…
The Maritime Observatory (MO), a British organisation, uses satellite technology, artificial intelligence and local intelligence sources to monitor twelve shipwreck sites
Dutch Inspectorate and Cultural Heritage Agency award contract to the Maritime Observatory to continue monitoring important underwater heritage sites The Information and Heritage Inspectorate and Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE), both part of the Ministry of Education, Culture…
Former Rescue 115 helicopter pilot Dave Courtney, Sean McHale Killala Coast Guard, Retd Garda Seán O Connell, Insp Joe Finnegan, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, Stg Ciaran Doyle, Ret Garda Dave Mulhall, Stg Kieran Flynn, Ret Chief Supt Tony Mc Namara, Mayo Division
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has been asked to recognise the bravery of two gardai who played a key role in a harrowing cave rescue in north Mayo 25 years ago. Retired chief superintendent Tony McNamara made the appeal at an…
Nina McGowan
A Balbriggan woman has set a new world record in free diving, as the Northside People reports. Nina McGowan logged the deepest ‘no fins’ dive ever recorded for her age category at the CMAS Outdoor Freediving World Championships in Kas,…
Marine Archaeologist Mensun Bound
Marine archaeologist Mensun Bound has witnessed great works of art lying on the seabed and chests overflowing with treasure but says, “nothing compares with finding the Endurance....” In an interview with The Irish Examiner, Bound says he can still recall…
A cannon from La Surveillante which lies 30 metres below the surface in Bantry Bay
A diving team based in Fermoy have captured up-close images of a shipwreck that lay undiscovered in Bantry Bay for nearly 200 years. The French naval frigate La Surveillante was deliberately scuttled by its captain in 1796 during the failed…