18th October

Ferry companies continue to reap ash dividend

John Hearne

Proving it’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good, the recent volcanic ash crisis was anything but for the ferry industry. All operators reported major surges in demand during airspace closures.

On May 5, Irish Ferries said hits to its website and phone calls to its reservations centres increased by up to 300% in a twenty-four hour period. And during the initial eruption, Stena Line recorded a 50% uptick in business. Although the volcano has gone quiet, for now, volcanologists warn it could resume sending out ash and steam at any time.

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Cork reports robust cruise business despite economic downturn

John Hearne

Brendan Keating took an atypical route to his stewardship of the Port of Cork Company. A native of Galway, he completed his secondary education in Rockwell College in Tipperary before taking a B Comm in University College Galway.

He then embarked on a career in local government which saw him move from Meath to Cork, where he was assistant city manager, before moving north to Limerick, where he became city manager in 1999.Port of Cork chief executive, Brendan Keating

Returning to Cork in 2002 to become chief executive of the port company, he says that all those years in local government have proved invaluable. 

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Showcase of sail bound or Belfast

Excitement is mounting for the Belfast Maritime Festival, Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009 which will be sailing into Belfast from August 13-16.

The festival promises to have something for everyone as Dr Gerard O’Hare, chairman of the Tall Ships board explained:

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“The festival will be offer a fantastic array of activities and entertainment for children, families, sailing enthusiasts and everyone looking for a good day out. There will be continental markets; a seafood festival; exhibitions; fun fairs; concerts at Custom House Square; fireworks and much more. It promises to be one of the most memorable and exciting events in 2009.”

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Marine industry can influence recovery of Irish economy

Diarmaid Mulcahy

The Irish economy, once the envy of the world, is now in deep recession. Other countries too are facing economic turmoil, with rising unemployment, financial institutions in severe difficulty, and governments scrambling to slow up if not halt the worst effects of the downturn.

Traditionally dependent on farming, Ireland has been very successful in attracting foreign multinationals to locate here. Almost 90% of our exports and more than two-thirds of the country’s R+D is now generated by such firms.

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Building a bridge between you and the EU

The European Commission Representation in Ireland is part of a network of representative offices throughout the Member States of the European Union. It is the Commission’s voice in Ireland, and aims to communicate EU affairs at national and local level. 

Inshore Ireland asked the Dublin Office about its role specifically relating to fisheries, aquaculture and maritime affairs:

The Commission’s role is framed by the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). It proposes legislation at EC level; manages EC funds earmarked under the CFP, and monitors the application of EC law. In some specific cases, the Commission also adopts detailed technical rules.

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The gandelows of the Shannon Estuary

Darina Tully

The indigenous wooden boat of the Shannon Estuary is a dory-style boat known locally as a ‘gandelow’. The boats have a flat bottom and are clinker-planked although there is also a yawl type that is carvel built.Shannon Gandalows1

The gandalows could have evolved locally, as the boat's shape enables fishermen and farmers to expolot the tidal areas of the estuary. Photo Darina Tully

Just like a dory, there is considerable sheer in the bow. Different styles of gandelow can be found within the Shannon Estuary. Boats found in the Cashen, Clarecastle, Killadysert, Bunratty and Limerick City areas all display regional differences, mainly in the shape of the stern.

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