15th October

Spirit of Oysterhaven sails south as Portuguese man-of-war travels north

As reports rang out of numerous sightings of Portuguese man-of-war in early October along Ireland’s southwest and west coasts, the Irish sailing vessel, Spirit of Oysterhaven, set sail south to Portugal as part of a new Coastwatch European ‘citizen science’ recording scheme.

Portuguese Man of War

 On route, skipper Oliver Hart reported floating colonies of hydrozoans.

“We spotted Portuguese man-of-war and took the coordinates and time of observations. We didn’t see any around the Portuguese coast – I think the fleet had sailed for Ireland!”

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Irish Lights stamp of approval

Ireland's postal service, An Post, has issued four new stamps honouring the Commissioners of Irish Lights. The 72c stamps - a special first-day cover envelope and booklet - feature staff working on a buoy; a helicopter near Fanad Head Lighthouse; Irish Lights technology and their service vessel, Granuaile.

CIL stamps

"Irish Lights is delighted that these stamps reflect the innovative, modern-day navigation and maritime services that we provide around the island of Ireland, 365 days-of-the-year. Our staff work closely with local authorities, communities and marine industries, ensuring a vital safety service," remarked Yvonne Shields, chief executive.

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The Leenane Inspector

Leenane Inspector

In the summer of 1990, James Wyatt is sent to investigate water pollution problems in Leenane in the west of Ireland. Middle aged, with issues, he soon becomes entangled in a web of greed, intrigue, and danger. He also finds love.

Wyatt's first meeting with local fisherman Tommy Joe O'Malley is antagonistic but later improves, and their relationship becomes a key factor underpinning the story. He also befriends a local priest campaigning against gold mining near Croagh Patrick. Wyatt is perceived by the locals as an outsider, and nicknamed ‘The Inspector’…

The drama plays out against the beautiful but rugged Connemara landscape, and forces Wyatt to re-examine his life.

Full review in the Autumn edition of Inshore Ireland, ((November 26).  

Available at:

Duffys Bookshop,Westport and Books at One, Louisburgh, Co Mayo; Charlie Byrnes, Galway, or directly from the author, Brian Grehan: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

€16 (incl p&p). In aid of Sightsavers Charity 

Clean Coasts' Ocean Heros 10th anniversary

Nominations for An Taisce’s Clean Coasts’ Ocean Hero Awards 2016 are now open, marking the 10th anniversary of the programme that honours the contribution by Ireland’s coastal communities towards conserving the coastline.

clean coasts inisbofin

The Clean Coasts group on Inisbofin help to maintain the pristine condition of Ireland's coastal areas. Photo Gillian Mills

Over 500 Clean Coasts groups are recognised across categories that include: Individual of the Year; ‘Newcomer of the Year’; ‘School of the Year’; ‘Business of the Year’; ‘Beach Clean of the Year’ and ‘Think Before you Flush’ awareness raising award.

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'At Swim' and 'Wild Swimming in Ireland'


12.3 book reviews

At Swim

Sea swimming is the great leveller, we’re all the same in a pair of togs. No one minds who you are or what you’ve done, the question is, “are you getting in?”’

And so began Brenan MacEvilly and Michael O’Reilly’s journey around Ireland, experiencing the places and people who daily, weekly or occasionally dip in their favourite spots – some well-known; others hidden gems – but all unique to the swimmers.

Wild Swimming in Ireland

Maureen McCoy and Paul McCambridge are no strangers to the marine environment having a live-long affinity with the waters that wash their birthplace of Co Down.

A swimming and diving coach from Hillsborough, Maureen has been swimming in the sea, loughs and rock pools ‘since I was very young and my childhood ambition was to swim the English Channel’ which she achieved in 2009.  Maureen always keeps a swimsuit in her car.

Reviews and reader competition copies to be won. Details: INSHORE IRELAND Summer edition: Deadline September 16

Wild Atlantic Way seafood trail

A dedicated seafood trail from Donegal town to Erris in Co Mayo involving five seafood producers and 14 seafood restaurants has joined the existing 'Bay coast' route from Erris to Galway Bay, involving six producers and 28 restaurants.

Taste the Atlantic

Pictured at the launch of Taste the Atlantic - a Seafood Journey in Drumcliff Bay, Sligo are some of the participating producers and restaurants

Taste the Atlantic - a Seafood Journey aims to educate visitors and Irish consumers how seafood is caught and farmed:

"The Wild Atlantic Way is the ideal platform to promote and celebrate the best of Irish seafood. BIM are particularly excited about this new route as it focuses on our less well known but exceptional fish and shellfish farmers who expertly cultivate premium oysters, abalone, mussels and Irish organic salmon," remarked Tara McCarthy, BIM chief executive, at the launch in Lissadell House, Sligo.

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