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53°25.000'N, 008°00.000'W Chart icon.png
Map ireland.jpg
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Capital Dublin
Language English, Irish
Currency Euro
Time zone GMT (UTC) , DST: WEST (UTC+1)
Calling code +353

Ireland is the third-largest island in Europe, and the twentieth-largest island in the world. It lies to the north-west of continental Europe and is surrounded by hundreds of islands and islets. To the east of Ireland, separated by the Irish Sea, is the island of Great Britain. Politically, the Republic of Ireland covers five-sixths of the island, with Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom) covering the remainder in the north-east.


Admiralty Leisure publish the following leisure chart folios useful for cruising around Ireland. They can be found here.

Leisure Chart Folios -SC5612 Northern Ireland - Carlingford Lough to Lough Foyle
Leisure Chart Folios -SC5621 Ireland - East Coast, Carlingford Lough to Waterford
Leisure Chart Folios -SC5622 Ireland - South Coast, Waterford to Kinsale
Leisure Chart Folios -SC5623 Ireland - South West Coast Bantry Bay to Kinsale

Find local chart from Admiralty Charts


Climate of Ireland at

Weather Forecasting

Sea Area Map

Met Éireann, the Irish National Meteorological Service provides a sea area forecast on RTE radio 1, VHF channel 16, Weatherdial, and on their web site at - Sea Area Forecast. The Irish Coast Guard (ICG) Coast Radio Stations.

Weatherdial Areas Telephone Numbers Munster 1550 123 850 - Leinster 1550 123 851 - Connacht 1550 123 852 - Ulster 1550 123 853 - Dublin 1550 123 854 - Sea Area - marine forecast 1550 123 855

ICG Coast Radio Stations make a prior announcement of weather forecasts on Marine VHF Radio Ch16 and then broadcast the forecast on the named relevant VHF Radio working channel. Sea Area Forecasts are broadcast every 3 hours beginning at 0103 local time. i.e. broadcast times are:- 0103, 0403, 0703, 1003, 1303, 1606, 1903, 2203 local time.

Gale Warning broadcasts are also preceded by an announcement on Marine VHF Ch16. They are broadcast on receipt and are repeated at the next one of the following times:- 0033, 0633, 1233 and 1833 local time.

Weather Text Service - Text SUB WEATHER TODAY to 53554. Texts cost 25c each.


List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.


Roaringwater Bay
West Cork Map
      * Calves
* Carthics
* Castle
* Cape Clear
* Heir
* Horse
* Sherkin
* Skeams
* Spanish
* Fastnet Rock
South West Cork
and Kerry
      * Bere
* Ilnacullin
* Dursey
* Scariff
* Deenish
* Skellig Islands
* Valentia
* Maghares
Blasket Islands
(Na Blascaodaí)
      * Great Blasket
* Beginish
* Inishnabro
* Inishvickillane
* Inishtooskert
* Tearaght
Aran Islands Map
(Oileáin Árann)
     * Inisheer
* Inishmaan
* Inishmore
* Brannock Islands
Mayo - Galway
     * Inishark
* Inishbofin
* Clare Island
* Achillbeg
* Inishbiggle
* Inishturk
North West to
North Channel
      * Inishmurray
* Roaninish
* Arranmore
* Tory Island
* Inishbofin
* Inishfree
* Rathlin (North - UK)

The Irish Islands Federation is the representative body for the inhabited offshore islands of Ireland.

Explore Irish Islands with DiscoverIreland the Irish Tourist Board.


Also see Cruiser's Nets

Cellular Phone(3G/GSM/GPRS) and Broadband, excellent even around the Islands

O2 coverage map
Three coverage map
Vodaphone coverage map


Add any navigation notes such approaches, dangers etc here. If this section does not apply remove it.

Tidal Information



Visa requirements



Citizens Advice - Citizens Information is an Irish eGovernment website provided by the Citizens Information Board. The site provides public service information for Ireland.

Health & Safety

Health Services HSE - Find a service
A(H1N1) Flu Information
HSE 24 hr Flu Information Line Freephone 1800 94 11 00 - for up to date recorded information on Influenza A(H1N1)



An Garda Síochána

Ireland's National Police Service, has its headquarters in the Phoenix Park.


Southern (Republic) Northern (UK)
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and East Coast
Waterford to Kinsale West Cork
Roaringwater Bay
Bantry Bay Kenmare River
and Derrynane
Dingle Bay
Tralee and Shannon
West & North

Arklow Marina icon.jpg
Carlingford Lough Poe.jpg Marina icon.jpg
Dublin Poe.jpg Marina icon.jpg
Dun Laoghaire Poe.jpg Marina icon.jpg
Howth Marina icon.jpg
Malahide Marina icon.jpg
Wicklow Poe.jpg
Wexford Poe.jpg

Cork Harbour Poe.jpg
Crosshaven Marina icon.jpg
East Ferry Marina icon.jpg
Kilmore Quay Marina icon.jpg
Kinsale Poe.jpg Marina icon.jpg
New Ross Marina icon.jpg
Waterford Poe.jpg Marina icon.jpg

Baltimore Anchor icon.jpg
Crookhaven Anchor icon.jpg
Glandore Anchor icon.jpg
Sherkin Anchor icon.jpg

Bantry Poe.jpg
Castletown Beerhaven
Lawrence Cove* Marina icon.jpg

Derrynane* Buoy icon.jpg

Cahersiveen Marina icon.jpg
Dingle Harbour* Marina icon.jpg
Fenit Marina icon.jpg
Tralee Poe.jpg
Limerick Poe.jpg
Kilrush Marina icon.jpg

Fahan Marina icon.jpg
Galway Poe.jpg Marina icon.jpg
Sligo Poe.jpg
Westport Poe.jpg

Ballycastle Marina icon.jpg
Bangor Marina icon.jpg
Belfast Lough
Carrickfergus Marina icon.jpg
Foyle Marina icon.jpg
Portaferry Marina icon.jpg
Phennick Marina icon.jpg
Strangford Lough

Poe.jpg = Port of Entry   Marina icon.jpg = Marina   Anchor icon.jpg = Anchorage   Buoy icon.jpg = Visitor mooring buoy
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Marinas & Yacht Clubs

  • Irish Marinas
  • Irish Yacht Clubs are listed by The ISA
    (national governing body for all forms of recreational and competitive activities involving sail and engine powered craft in Ireland.)


List anchorages except the ones covered under Offshore Islands below. If there is more then 2 paragraphs for a given anchorage, create a dedicated page for it (Port/Stop Template).


Air and Sea Bus and Rail Map

Aer Lingus
Aer Arann
Brittany Ferries
Irish Ferries
P & O
Stena Line

Bus Éireann
Irish Rail
NI Railways

Transport Map


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)


References & Publications

The Irish Cruising Club

Publishes two pilot guides covering the whole of Ireland:

  • East and North Coasts of Ireland Sailing Directions
    11th Edition, Published February 2008, Edited by Norman Kean ICC, ISBN No:978 0 9558 199 1 9
  • South and West Coasts of Ireland Sailing Directions
    12th Edition, Published November 2008, Edited by Norman Kean, ISBN No: 97 0 9558 199 2 6.

Other books include

  • UK and Ireland circumnavigators guide
    Written by Samantha Steele, Published October 2008.
  • Salt and Emerald: A Hesitant Solo Voyage Round Ireland (Paperback)
    Written by Alastair Scott (Author), Published July 2008
  • CRUISING IRELAND : A Guide to Marinas and Mooring Buoys - Brian Keane. Published by The Alameda Press, PO Box 7902, Blackrock, Co Dublin, Ireland at €12.68 (£7.99). 120 A5 pages between soft covers, with colour photos and plans. ISBN 0-9539269-07


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