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The Commissioners of Irish Lights have begun a project called ‘The Great Lighthouses of Ireland’ which, as a tourism development, will make them more available to the public.

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Bundoran RNLI Soapbox Race back for year four!

The Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Soapbox Race returns on Sunday May 31st for its 4th year and this year promises to be as competitive as ever.

The event has proved a popular addition to the fundraising and local event calendar in Bundoran as it sees the take over of the Astoria Road in the town to facilitate the soapbox race and offer optimum viewing for the thousands of spectators expected on the day.

Once again the perpetual trophy will be up for grabs and is currently held by Ward Automation who after 3 years of trying to secure it finally succeeded in 2014 (see pic below).

Cormac McGurren is event director and is encouraging as many entries as possible ‘we are hoping to see a lot of return entries this year as well as plenty of new soapboxes being entered for the first time. As the event is getting closer we would advise teams to get together and start building their soapboxes so that they will be ready on time for May 31st.’ He added ‘Our website is live once again this year at where you can get more details and also register your entry’.

Bundoran Lifeboat Volunteer Press Officer Shane Smyth said ‘it really is a great day for all the family and as well as having the soapbox racing going on there will also be activities to keep kids occupied as well. The event kicks off at 1pm on Sunday May 31st at Astoria Road Bundoran and will culminate in the €1000 ball race. Balls will be sold on the day and the first one down the hill on the day will win the grand prize.

Giant yellow welly kicks off RNLI’s Mayday campaign in Dublin

The RNLI have unveiled an eight foot tall yellow welly at the top of Grafton Street in Dublin to mark the launch of its national fundraising campaign, Mayday.

The larger-than-life welly boot – which represents the yellow wellies worn by the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crew members – touched down at 9am in Dublin, London, Cardiff, and Edinburgh to mark the start of the RNLI’s flagship fundraising campaign.

The charity is now issuing its own call for help and is asking people to support its Mayday fundraising campaign across the May Day bank holiday weekend, from 1–4 May. The welly unveiling marks the start of a busy weekend of fundraising for the lifesaving charity, as dedicated RNLI fundraisers will be out in force and a host of welly-themed events will be happening across Ireland and the UK over the bank holiday weekend. Fundraisers and volunteer lifeboat crew members will accompany each giant yellow welly to collect donations and talk to members of the public about the RNLI’s lifesaving work.

The RNLI operates 45 lifeboat stations in Ireland and relies on 1,500 volunteer lifeboat crew to be on call to respond to those in trouble at sea or on the water. Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews launched 1,089 times in Ireland, rescuing 1,414 people and saving 44 lives. They are on-call 24/7, every day of the year, ready to respond emergencies.

Speaking at the launch this morning Howth RNLI crewmember and mechanic Ian Sheridan said, ‘We have been very busy with lifeboat callouts in Howth this year already. I would call on the public to support the RNLI this Mayday to ensure Irish lifeboats continue to save lives at sea. The Mayday campaign is vital for our charity to raise funds and awareness for the work we do.’

Also present at the launch was Michelle Noone from the RNLI, who added, ‘We picked the lifeboat crew’s yellow welly as a symbol for the Mayday campaign and already this morning people have been stopping to photograph our eight foot welly and taking selfies with it. As well as being lots of fun we hope it will also make people stop and consider the work our volunteer lifeboat crews do and donate to our Mayday campaign this weekend.’

To donate, visit or text RNLIMAYDAY to 50300 to donate €4. Funds raised through the Mayday campaign will help fund the RNLI’s lifesaving work in Ireland

Launch of Lusitania Display in Cape Clear Heritage Center

Cape Clear Island will join various other venues that plan to hold commemorations on Thursday next 7th May on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania. This will take place in the Island Heritage Center at 12 noon.

The Center has prepared a new display on the event which includes a number of items amongst them a restored deckchair which was washed up on the Island. The display focuses on stories of local interest including the surfacing of the U boat in the days before the event to purchase fish locally, the destruction of other fishing vessels later in the war, the part played by Surgeon Long, as recounted by his great granddaughter and Island resident Fiona Mac Lachlainn and the story of the Coughlan children whose mother later married a fisherman from the Island.

Ocean to City- Cork’s Harbour Festival

Organised by Meitheal Mara, this year sees the joining together of Ocean to City and Cork Harbour Open Day to form Ocean to City-Cork Harbour Festival, a weeklong festival that showcases the best of Cork’s maritime heritage and culture. The festival, which brings together the City, County and Harbour authorities, is a celebration of all things maritime with over 40 different events taking place on land and shore.

Ocean to City-Cork Harbour Festival begins on Saturday May 30 when Cork will be transformed into a spectacular flotilla as over 150 Irish and international boats take part inthe renowned Ocean to City, An Rás Mór.

Ocean to City-Cork Harbour Festival May 30- June 6
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New Maritime Safety Strategy Aims to Assist Communities in Reducing the Number of Fatalities at Sea
All stakeholders must work together to ensure that potentially avoidable fatalities in the maritime sector are eliminated. The new Maritime Safety Strategy 2015 – 2019, has the theme of ‘Make Time for Maritime Safety.’ The new Strategy was developed following a consultation with key stakeholders and the general public and includes an analysis of the factors contributing to maritime fatalities in Ireland.

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How Long More Can Officials Resist Demands for Full Accountability?
For how long more can the Department of the Marine and the officials within it who deal with the country’s major fishery harbours resist the demands of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee for full accountability of their actions?

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Daughter Who Lost Father at Sea at Six Weeks Old Lends Her Support to RNLI’s Mayday Campaign
A Donegal woman who lost her father in a fishing tragedy when she was just six weeks old is lending her support to Mayday, the RNLI’s national fundraising campaign which runs from 1-4 May. Almost 28 years on from the tragedy, Eimear McDaid recently met with Anthony Chambers, a volunteer lifeboat crew member from Portrush in county Antrim, who can remember the day when he joined in the search for two missing fishermen from a crew of five, off the coast of Donegal.

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MFV Nicola – Burtonport’s First New Fishing Boat in Five Years
Anne Murray reports: On the 9th April 2015, the community of Burtonport were delighted to welcome a new fishing boat to Burtonport. The new boat is the MFV Nicola owned and skippered by local man John Gallagher. This is the first new fishing boat to come to Burtonport for many years. The last time the Marine Times reported on a new fishing vessel in the port was in 2012 when the MFV Erin Mischa owned and skippered by Manus Gallagher commenced fishing there.

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