Monday 11 October 2010

Windsurf Equipment Now On Sale!

Click here to view the full list of our 2010 school and rental windsurfing equipment. Some great deals available so get in touch ASAP to reserve the kit you want!
All available to collect from Sunday October 18th at 5pm. Delivery can also be arranged.
Phone the office at 01-8456946 or email

Wednesday 6 October 2010

Go 4 It Windsurfing Course

This weekend is the second last of our windsurfing season and with a good forecast I've decided to run one of our Go 4 It courses.

The course focuses on improver techniques like stronger wind stance and harness work, planning, footstraps and deeper water beach starts.

To get the most from this course you should ideally be comfortably sailing in all directions in lighter winds have used the harness and be able to do a basic beach start.

The course runs 10 - 5 on both days, so you better start saving up your energy! Places are limited to 6 so book soon to avoid disappointment. The course costs €200pp using our kit or €150pp using your own kit, a discount of 10% is available if you have already done lessons with us.

Cal 01-8456946 or email

Tuesday 28 September 2010

Successful Kayak Trip

Yesterdays Kayak trip accross the Irish sea went well. I left the marina in Malahide at 04:10 and met up with the guys in Hollyhead at 06:30. Fergus Cooper was paddling a single with Aisa Cooper and Martin Hearns in a double kayak. We were under way just before 07:00 with the guys making good progress out past the head to beat the tide.

Unfortunately about 5hrs into the trip the rudder bar on the double boat broke, with no way to repair it at sea Aisa and Martin had no option but to retire into the boat with me and take their kayak in tow. Dissapointed but pragmatic Martin said "at least it didn't happen 5 miles from the finish or I would have been really hacked off"

From there on the trip went smoothly with Fergus steadily ticking off the miles. The weather was a little over cast but other wise fair. Hollyhead and Dublin Coastguards provided great assistance tracking our progress and advising the commercial traffic of our position so we didn't get run over (which was nice!).

Shortly after 21:00 Fergus entered Dun Laoghaire harbour completely exhausted but ecstatic about the achievement having paddled for a little over 14hrs straight.

After we unloaded the kit it was a quick spin back around to Malahide with the boat tied up a little after 22:00 and off home for pizza and beer, another day at the office eh!

Monday 27 September 2010

Kayak across the Irish Sea

As I type Dave is providing safety cover to two kayakers paddling across the Irish sea from Wales to Dublin. It's a beautiful day so I hope they're having a peaceful and enjoyable crossing! Dave drove over to Holyhead at 4am today to meet with them and they left there at 8am with an approximate ETA of 6pm this evening.

Having windsurfed across the Irish sea for Aware a few years ago, Dave was delighted to take part in this challenge.
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Friday 17 September 2010

Wheels of Destiny Cross the Finish Line!

Well, what can I say? Personally I think this is the most amazing challenge that I've ever heard of -- endurance cycling! I'm so impressed and thrilled for John & Murt who completed the Race Around Ireland from last Sunday night until 2am this morning, Friday. The guys completed the course (all 2100km) in a time of 102 hours and 1 minute, and are, according to the Race Around Ireland site, the only team/riders to have completed the race so far and are therefore currently ranked first.

John & Murt - HUGE kudos to you both. And to have done it for AWARE is a very special thing to do. Congratulations and see you for a pint soon!

If you haven't already done so, please donate online for these guys at

Córa, DMG Sailsports

Tuesday 14 September 2010

John & Murt currently holding 2nd overall...

John on the Clare coast pushing hard into a 30+knt headwind and still holding second overall

Dave Garvey

DMG Sailsports, Watersports Training & Consultancy


Sunday 12 September 2010

And so the (Cycle) Race Around Ireland begins!

As you read this, the endurance cycle around Ireland race is well underway. Dave is driving one of the support vehicles for John who instructs powerboating with us, and his cycle partner, Murt. This is an amazing feat and challenge for the all the teams involved, so please, please, donate whatever you can to these guys. You know, I must admit I thought this was a crazy challenge, to undertake a 2100km continuous cycle race, but, do you know what? It's challenges like these that remind us that we're alive, how good it is to do sometimes crazy things just to see if we can, and all the while we're helping others. John and Murt are raising money for AWARE who are aiming to defeat depression. Every little penny helps, so please donate whatever you can online at

As Dave travels with John & Murt, and the rest of the team, he'll send on some pictures and text which I'll upload as it's received. Best of luck to all involved, but GO TEAM WHEELS OF DESTINY!!

Córa Garvey, DMG Sailsports

Brief Description of the Race
Race Around Ireland is part of the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association (UMCA) World Cup series which includes other huge endurance races such as The Race Across America. Unlike other cycling races such as the RÁS or the Tour de France, the course is in no way roped off. There are no marshals controlling traffic flow and there are no planned rest stops or stages in this event. Once the clock starts in Navan at the starting time, it won’t stop until each rider reaches the finish line at the end of the 2,100 km circuit.

Wednesday 8 September 2010

Race Around Ireland

If you've done some training with us over the last couple of years you may have come across John Mahon one of our instructors. As well as his watersports credentials John is also a hard-core ( slightly mad) cyclist.

Next Sunday John and his buddy Murt will start the endurance cycling Race Around Ireland as one of only two 2-man teams. The race entails a 2100km non-stop (yes that means one or other of them will be on the bike at all times) circuit of Ireland.

As well as doing the race for the sheer madness of it the guys are helping to raise funds for Aware, the depression awareness charity so please log on here to and help out if you can at all.

Tuesday 17 August 2010

Last Windsurf Kids Camp of The Season

The last of our popular kids windsurfing camps starts next Monday August the 23rd. This is a great way to get a last blast of the summer air before heading back to school. The camp runs Mon - Fri, 10:00 - 13:00 each day. The camp is open to 12 - 17 year olds of all abilities and costs just €150 including all equipment. We still have a few places remaining so give us a call on 01-8456946 or email to get your child booked in.

Tuesday 27 July 2010

Jetskis, Choppers and Aerobatics!

Just had a great weekend running one of our ISA National PWC certificate training courses. Day one saw everyone getting to grips with all the set-up and procedures as well as the basic handling qualities of the machines. Everything went according to plan despite one crew managing to capsize their machine on the first morning at slow speed (no names to save blushes!), first time I've seen that happen with the high stability of these skis.

By the end of the day everyone was well comfortable with the basics and even starting to throw them around a little in proper ski fashion so a bit more challenge was needed for day two. As it happens Bray Air show was running on Sunday so a quick nav plan was made and we all met up to launch from Howth on Sunday morning.

The spin to Bray took just over 30mins so with time to kill we went on down to Greystones for a quick look before anchoring the Skis off the beach in Bray for lunch.

The show was spectacular and there was plenty of company from other leisure boaters as well as the Garda Water Unit, Howth Coast Guard boat and some Civil Defence Crews.

All in all a great weekend which enjoyed by 4 tired but happy campers. The next course is scheduled for Sep 11+12 and it is also possible to schedule additional courses for groups of 3 - 6 people.

Friday 9 July 2010

Windsurfing Kids Camp 3

The third of our summer kids windsurfing camps kicks off on Monday. Aimed at 12 - 17 year olds this is a great way to introduce your kids to a fun, active & healthy out-door sport.

All our courses are ISA accredited and with some of the most experienced and motivated instructors in the country, whether they're a complete beginner or a Hot Shot in the making we can push their level as far as they want to take it.

There are still a couple of places available for Monday's course so contact the office or call the windsurf mobile (087-2169075) directly to book your place.

Sunday 27 June 2010

Class Day Of Wave Action

It took about 7 hours driving and the pain and tiredness tomorrow are probably going to be something else, but it sure was worth it!!

The 20 or so sailors who joined the DMG - Surfdock Surfari to Cross Strand were treated to a 7 solid hours of waves, wind and sun. Most people were on 4.7 - 5.2 sails, with nice head to logo high sets rolling in all day. Most unusual of all for wave sailing in Ireland it was 20 degrees and sunny all day.

It was great to get a days sailing with the crew, Ali B, Oisin, Colin & Jeff as well as all the others who made the trip from Dublin, Limerick, Galway and Sligo. Quote of the day has to go to Cross Strand first timer and young hot shot from Dublin Ryan O'Leary "it's like the best ever day at Dollymount times a hundred!"

Hopefully this is just the first of a few more nice Surfaris before the summers out, and now time for some sleep!!!!

Friday 25 June 2010

1 Place Left for Kids Windsurfing

After the success of our first camp and the glorious weather we have just one place left for our second camp starting on Monday June 28th. The camp runs 10am - 1pm Mon - Fri and costs just €150 including all equipment and tuition.

The office is closed over the weekend so if your interested in getting your kids out and involved in some fun & healthy activity call the windsurfing school directly on 087-2169075 to get the place.

Thursday 24 June 2010

Sunday Funday Surfari Special!!!

It looks like Sunday is going to provide us with some much needed wave action out west so the DMG and Surfdock crew are looking at doing a little Sunday Funday Surfari Special. Most likely destination is Cross Strand just outside Louisburg Co. Mayo as it’s just over 3hrs (caressing the speed limit) from Dublin and is a relatively easy location for newcomers wave sailing.

Myself, Oisin and no doubt a couple of others will be on hand and will be only too happy to offer tips and advice to any newcomers (or even not so newcomers) who want to come along, look for the vans or IR48 / IR777 so don’t be shy come up and ask

Keep and eye on the DMG Sailsports or Surfdock Facebook pages for updates on the weather and location, Final call will be made around Saturday lunchtime.And yes I am just a little bit excited


Round Ireland Challenge For Haiti

Frank Coughlan here,
I recently spent 2 weeks volunteering in Haiti, as result of experiencing the poverty firsthand and the resilience of the Haitian people I am undertaking a circumnavigation of Ireland in a 20ft open boat by sea to raise much needed funds for the Children of Haiti and I need your support; there are many ways you can get involved they are as follows.

Donate directly to Haven by contacting (round ireland for Haiti)
Attend our launch party the tickets ?20 are available by return post or e mail
Corporate sponsorship/ full sponsors of the 1000 miles @ ?1euro per mile will have your logo on a flag on board for the trip / 5 stopovers around the coast will have media coverage
Come along for a leg about 200 miles onboard the boat (not for the fainthearted) ?500euro
Sponsor 500 miles @ ?1euro / gets your logo on boat
Sponsor a voucher or gift for our raffles to be held at fund raining events
Pass this e mail along to your circle of friends

I thank you in anticipation of your generous support, and remember any support is greatly appreciated; ?5euro will educate a child in Haiti for 2 months.
Kind Regards

Monday 14 June 2010

Full House for First Kids Windsurf Camp

Our first kids windsurfing camp for the summer kicked off this morning with a full house. The camp runs 10am to 1pm Monday to Friday and caters for young windsurfers of all levels.

Places for our next camp running June 28th to July 2nd are filling fast so if your interestred in getting signed up don't delay to avoid dissapointment.

As well as our camps supervised windsurfing practice sessions are also available every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm to 4:30pm and cost just €25 including all equipment. These sessions are open to anyone who has got to grips with the basics.

Tuesday 8 June 2010

Kids Windsurfing Summer Courses

Get the kids out having fun on the water this summer with our annual windsurfing summer courses on the following dates:
-> June 14-18th
-> June 28th - July 2nd
-> July 12-16th
-> July 26-30th
-> August 9-13th

Ages from 12 to 17 years. Courses run from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday, at a cost of just €150pp. This includes use of equipment, wetsuit hire and tuition. To book, simply email or call our office at 01-8456946.

Dave Garvey is now a Qualified IINLP Life & Business Coach

Congratulations to Dave who is now a fully certified Life & Business Coach with the IINLP!

Over the past 2 years Dave has trained with the Irish Institute of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) as a Master Practitioner and Coach. During this process he came to realise that the fundamental issues faced by those looking to change are often very similar regardless of the context. NLP is a set of tools and strategies which allow you to master your emotions, achieve powerful states of mind and become a more powerful and effective communicator. NLP has the potential to give you the self-determination needed to overcome learned limitations and will emphasize well-being and healthy functioning. The skills learned through NLP coaching can be used by anyone to improve effectiveness both personally and professionally.

Coaching is a process of setting focused achievable goals that are realistic for the individual and identifying the pathway to achieving them.

During a session Dave will work with you to clearly identify your desired goals and the actions required for you to successfully meet them. Unlike therapy, coaching is about looking to the future, so past issues are rarely explored in any depth.

If you would like to contact Dave to organise a business, life or sports coaching session, please email or phone our office at 01-8456946.

Thursday 13 May 2010

Nice forecast for the weekend

At last it looks like a great forecast for the weekend with perfect conditions for windsurfing and dinghy sailing. Nice Northwesterly winds around F 3 - 4 and temperatures creeping into the early teens.

With the windsurfing school now almost fully stocked with our 2010 kit it's the perfect time to get back on the water for a lesson or just a couple of hours hire. Maybe you want to see how far you can push your progress this season or maybe you just want to get your hair wet and feel great ;-)

This weekend also sees our first dinghy sailing course of the season so if your were thinking of trying somthing new give us a shout and join in.

Give us a call in the office for a booking before it's too late 01-8456946

Monday 10 May 2010

Irish Slalom Windsurfing Series Round 2

Irish Slalom Windsurfing Series

Round 2: Castlegregory Details:

Category Irish Slalom Series Ranked Event

Where: Jamie Knox Watersports - Co. Kerry

Date: 22/May/10 -23/May/10

Dave Garvey runs sailing lesson for RTE's Rob Ross

RTE recently visited MYC to video a feature on sailing. Rob Ross a presenter on ICE was given a sailing lesson by Dave Garvey At the end of the lesson he was set a challenge involving a couple of our junior sailors, Orlaith Thomson and Lizzie Mc Dowell.

Marine Times Online

Marine Times Newspaper - Ireland's Leading Marine Publication at

Monday 15 March 2010

IWA 2010 Event Calendar

Please find attached updated copy of IWA Cal for 2010. All info supplied has been updated.

Junior Sailing Easter Course April 5-9

Malahide Yacht Club are holding a week of supervised sailing at Easter this year (organised and run by DMG Sailsports). It's a chance to get back out on the water early with full supervision and to have a bit of fun. There will be programmed activities for the days to quickly bring you back to speed with your sailing and help you to get back and participate in the club racing. With this in mind we are keeping the price low at €85pp.

You will also have a chance to meet with some of the new instructors for the 2010 season. If you ask them they will look at your sailing standard and advise you of any areas that need your attention before the courses start. It's also a good place to log some of that vital logbook experience.

The minimum age for participants in this course is 9 years. Please keep in mind that it is early in the season so full length wetsuits or drysuits are mandatory. This course is designed as a refresher course and to assess your potential for the coming year. It is not designed for total beginners and you are expected to have completed at least an ISA level 2 (Basic Skills) course even if not passed.

Please complete in full using block capitals. Numbers as usual are strictly limited, places will be allocated to paid up members on receipt of fully completed forms. Please use one form per child.

Friday 19 February 2010


The 2010 Irish Slalom Series introductory clinics will take place across the country on Saturday March 6th. All four members of the ISS Team will hold clinics in Cork, Donegal, Dublin and Galway. The clinics will introduce newcomers to everything needed to know to take part in your first ISS event. The clinics was also focus on topics such as race tactics, equipment setup, gybing techniques and general information to help you get the most out of the 2010 Calendar. All levels of Slalom Sailors are welcome to attend.

Click on the appropiate link below and add a quick post to the forum to say you will attend. The clinic holder will post more accurate information in the coming days as regards possible locations etc.. In the mean time get your name down asap - as places are limited...

Cork Pearse Geaney - more details

Donegal Maurice Owens - more details

Dublin Fintan Day - more details

Galway Danny Mulryan - more details

Sinead Costello wins Cadbury Apprentice Competition!

Thanks to everyone who voted for local girl Sinead Costello in the Cadburys' Apprentice Competition. Sinead won hands down and this will hopefully be the start of a wonderful future in arts and graphics for Sinead. Congrats to her from all at DMG Sailsports.

Malahide Marina wins 'Malahide Has It!' Award

Congratulations to Malahide Marina who won the coveted 'Malahide Has It!' award through the Malahide Chamber of Commerce The award was presented to marina manager, Mr. Damien Offer, at a business network event held at the Grand Hotel, Malahide, yesterday evening, Feb. 18th, which was also attended by the Tanáiste, Ms. Mary Coughlan.

The marina is a beautiful resource and the award is much deserved as a valuable feature for the village as a whole.

Friday 12 February 2010

Surfdock One Day Sale -- Feb. 13th

Hi All,

I would first of all like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support.

I was absolutely amazed at the number of people who turned up for Alan's funeral, and the exceptional amount of condolences, emails and cards that we received. I know Alan was much loved and respected, and all the wonderful words will keep me going through the hard times. AWARE were also amazed with the level of donations, €1577.00 was raised outside the church alone!

We intend to keep Surfdock running at all costs as a legacy to Alan, it was his passion (which we and so many people around us share) and was one which he never grew tired of even when faced with some of the more mundane aspects of the
This of course was also helped along by frequent visits to sunnier climes, which I have also benefited by.

Aimee and Kirk will be in the shop (who most of you know), while Oisín our wonderful windsurfer and friend, will be able to handle most of the windsurf queries that the others can't - while I will as always be there in the background, and if not, never too far away.

I hope that you will continue to support us, and we will do our utmost, so that you our customers and friends can continue to en
joy the water and all that Surfdock has to offer.

Lets hope we can live up to expectations.
See you all soon,


ps: It has been said so many times over the last couple of weeks, and on Alan's page on our website [ ]...
We truly do feel lucky to share our passions and experiences with you - our windsurfing/watersports family - and we hope that we can continue to do this in the future.


For one day only..... a massive stock clearance SALE of everything the shop, including all 2010 windsurfing stock.

Loads of bargains and special offers - too much to list here as we are still stock-taking - so please drop in and
just ask if you are looking for something. Open Saturday from 10am till 5pm.

For more details, phone the shop on 01 6683945 or email

Any time we have a special offer or some new stock or news that you may be interested in, it will be posted on our Facebook page. Go to our website and click on the facebook logo to the left to become a fan, or search for Surfdock Watersports on Facebook.

Surfdock has always been a big supporter of Irish Windsurfing events, and we are determined that this year should be no different. All of our team are involved in every aspect of windsurfing in
Ireland, from competing to coaching, and this year we are introducing a couple of completely new events to the Irish calendar.

The following events will take off in MARCH, with dates being finalised over the coming days.
Watch our website, or the IWA website for more details.

Kicking off the season, our Slalom specialist
Fintan Day is hosting the Dublin leg of the Irish Slalom Series Introduction events, which are designed to get all budding slalom sailors together, try a few fun races, get some expert coaching and see what it's all about. Fintan will give you all the low-down on what you need to do to get into racing, and help improve your skills and fun on the water.

In the same vain, Alison Beirne - our intrepid stunt girl and general (forward) looper / slalom racer - is putting together the first:
'St. Paddy's Introduction to Wave Sailing' get together. There will be coaching from Oisín and the Surfdock Team, some informal competition, and loads of tips to help you improve your skills, all while learning and sharing the experience with like minded people.

Dates are still to be finalised, but one definite possibility is St. Paddy's Day, March 17th.
Location is
Dublin, more info to follow on IWA website and e-groups in coming days.

It has been a while in the making, but discussions over the winter prompted Surfdock to try and introduce a new aspect to the IWA Wave calendar.
On a fixed date : 10th/11th April, we aim to run Round 2 of the Irish Wavesailing Championships.... but the location will depend entirely on the forecast before the weekend. The aim is to travel the country and find the best wind and waves on the weekend, which should ensure that we get a great event with loads of sailing and loads of craic.
Possible suggested venues are:
Dublin, Donegal, Sligo or Clare.

More information will be posted on the website and facebook page, with pre-registration info, and all possible location information (including accommodation etc..) will be given well in advance. Watch this space.


And don't forget, the Irish Slalom series kicks off in Newtonards on March 27/28th, and is looking to bigger and better than ever.

more on


Last but not least: Steve Flanagan and the speedsailing crew are putting together a calendar of Speed events throughout the year. The simplest form of competition, you just strap a GPS to your arm (available to borrow), and go and find the flattest piece of water you can, while pushing your personal limits. Blasting in it's purest form !

Well that’s certainly an action packed year ahead, with so much on offer, Surfdock are delighted to be a part of it.

More info on all of the above will also be posted on the IWA website in the next few days at :

If you are looking to get sorted out with equipment for any of the above events, or of course are looking for a bargain... the 2nd hand list has just been updated with loads of products at great prices, including a nice selection of Loft BLADE race sails in all sizes, and Loft Lip Wave sails. Also some great slalom, speed and waveboards, and even a few full carbon booms and masts.

Have a look at the website for more details:

That’s it for now, hope to see you on Saturday for the
Sale. Drop in and say hello, and grab yourself a bargain.
Look forward to seeing you there !

Denise, Aimee, Kirk, Alison, Oisín, Jeff, Dave, Fintan, China & all the Surfdock Crew.

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Hope to see you on the water soon !!
Alan & all the crew at Surfdock.

Surfdock Watersports,
Grand Canal Dockyard, Ringsend, Dublin 4. ph: 01 6683945. e:

Support for Malahide Community School student Sinead Costello

We would be grateful for your support for Malahide Community School student Sinead Costello who has got through to the final of the Cadbury/Apprentice “Design a Wrapper” competition. We would really appreciate your support and spread the word – voting closes at 12.00 noon on Friday Feb. 12th.

Thursday 4 February 2010

2010 Irish Slalom Series


We're back......!!!!!

The final events of the 2010 Irish Slalom Series Calendar have been put in place.

Due to the current situation and the big "R" word we have kept the number of events to a minimum. We have also attempted to space the events out as much as possible. On this calendar you will see the return of soem familiar locations. The first event of the season will take us North to the new venue of Newtownards, Co. Down. Another new addition to the calendar is the moving of the Galway event back west to the legendary location of Roundstone...

The ISS rules and guidelines documents are currently being updated. A full set of 2010 rules will be released soon...

The following are the events which have been confirmed on the 2010 Irish Slalom Series calendar:

Event 1 March 27th /28th Newtownards, Co. Down
Event 2 May 22nd/ 23rd Castlegregory, Co. Kerry
Event 3 July 17th/ 18th Downings, Co. Donegal
Event 4 August 14th/ 15th Garylucas, Co. Cork
Event 5 Oct 23rd/24th/25th Roundstone, Co. Galway

There will also be several fun Irish Slalom Series Events in 2010. These will include the 2010 Fleadh, Masterblasts, local weekly racing and some coaching weekends...

Free Introduction to the Irish Slalom Series clinics will take place on March 6th 2010. Locations will include Dublin (Fintan Day), Donegal (Maurice Owens), Cork (Pearse Geaney) and Galway (Danny Mulryan). Details will be posted this week.

Keep your eyes on for more information..

We look forward to seeing you on the water this season.

Danny Mulryan

Irish Slalom Series

Sunday 31 January 2010

Coast Guard Training in Suicide Prevention Skills

Read an article recently published in the Emergency Services Ireland Magazine on the Training in Suicide Prevention Skills carried out by Howth Coast Guard.

Please support AWARE

Following the death of our close friend and colleague, Alan Harris of, we urge you to please support the hugely valuable work of AWARE.
AWARE is a national voluntary organisation providing support through depression. The organisation undertakes to create a society where people with depression are understood and supported, are free from stigma, and have access to a broad range of appropriate therapies to enable them to reach their full potential.
Services include support groups nationwide, a loCall Helpline open 365 days a year (both services available to individuals with depression and also family members and friends) Beat the Blues secondary schools awareness programme, depression awareness and information talks and seminars, and a free information service. For more information call 01 661 7211 or email

In case of emergency...

If you spot someone in trouble at sea, on the cliffs or coast, even if you 'think' that someone may be in trouble , dial 112/999 and ask for the Coast Guard. If you are in trouble at sea, call on VHF Channel 16, MF 2182 KHz or use DSC.

Friday 29 January 2010

Alan's funeral details...

Alan's funeral will take place at 11am this Saturday, in St.Pappin's Church, Church Lane, Santry, Dublin - and follow onto Glasnevin Cemetery.

You can also now visit a public condolence page on the surfdock website:
This is also a place to share stories, and celebrate Alan's life.
There is a link for you to send pictures, for a gallery we would like to complile of Alan.

If you emailed the condolence email address, you will recieve an email asking if you would like your email added to this Alan's page. Otherwise, your email will be compiled into a condolence book for Denise and Alan's family.

Wednesday 27 January 2010

Alan Harris R.I.P.

Unfortunately our appeal to find Alan has not come to a happy ending. The body of our friend and colleague was found yesterday in Donegal. For the time being Surfdock is closed and if anyone would like to express their condolences, an email address has been set up for Denise, Alan's family, and his close friends:
May you rest in peace Alan. God Bless.

Thursday 21 January 2010

Great guide to life in Malahide


By Robin KIELY
Wednesday January 13 2010
AN indispensable guide to life in Malahide has just been launched and distributed to every home in the seaside town.
The brainchild of Malahide Chamber of Commerce, the Malahide Directory is essential reading, for tourists and locals alike. Launched at a chamber function, the new publication aims to not only provide a guide to the services in the town, but at the same time help support local businesses.
'It's a directory for businesses in Malahide, aimed at residents and visitors,' Malahide Chamber of Commerce president, Al Ryan, told the Fingal Independent.
' We're seeking to provide a comprehensive listing of businesses and contacts, as well as useful information about the town's services, such as schools and hospitals.
'It also features a map of town, indicating where all the key services are.' Months of hard work went into the project, which was led by Córa Garvey and is self-funding, and the first delivery of the publication has already been made, with two more to follow. 'Our number one aim was to inform people of the huge variety of services and retailing that the town has to offer,' Mr Ryan continued.
'It went out to every home – 8,000 were delivered to local households – and an additional 20,000 brochures will be distributed to businesses in Malahide, particularly hotels, guest houses and retailers, for visitors.
' We want this to have longevity as well and we want it be kept in people's hands.'
The cover also features the chamber's new town branding, including the catch-line 'Malahide Has It', and it's hoped the directory will become and annual publication.
'That's the intention,' Mr Ryan added. ' We'd like to see it expanded.'
- Robin KIELY

Howth Lifeboat Crew Rescues Injured Man from Harbour

Howth Lifeboat Crew Rescues Injured Man from Harbour 20:01:2010
Howth Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) came to the aid of a man who had fallen into Howth Harbour earlier this evening. The 37 year old fisherman, from Greencastle Co. Donegal, slipped into the water while crossing from the pier onto a trawler. He suffered injuries to the head during the fall and was unconscious in the water for approximately 5 minutes. The voluntary lifeboat crew assisted the fishing trawler’s crew in rescuing him from the water, and putting him safely back onto the pier.Several RNLI volunteers assisted in resuscitating the injured man who was still at risk of drowning from the amount of water he had swallowed. Further first aid was then administered as he was also suffering from the onset of hypothermia. The man was taken by ambulance to hospital. Howth ILB crewmember Dave Howard says:“The fisherman is very lucky to be alive, he sustained serious injuries and would have died had it not been for the quick intervention of both his fellow crew and the lifeboat volunteers”.
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Please support RNLI SOS fundraising day on 29th January.