The final picture of the year goes to the Air Corps. They provide an 24/7 nationwide air ambulance service from a base in Athlone. They use the callsign '112' . I took this photo from the Hockey field as the AW139 prepared to land near Marlton road to airlift a casualty to hospital. We hope the person is ok.
'Rescue 116' the Coast Guard helicopter seen over Wicklow harbour on Tuesday morning. A major multi agency search took place around Wicklow harbour and bay area for a missing person in the last week of the year. Unfortunately,the person was not located.
It's back to normal for mariners on St Stephen's day, as TELAMON departs for Liverpool shortly after 9pm.
SOSPAN DAU also departed on St Stephen's day at noon. She headed south to resume her dredging work at Rosslare Europort.
We had two vessels in port on Christmas day, which is something l have not seen before. We hope both crews had an enjoyable day. The TELEMON loaded out a cargo of scrap metal.
The coaster VITA motors south through the bay on Christmas Eve.
SOSPAN DAU seen at the East pier during a brief sunny spell on Friday afternoon.
GRANUAILE leaves the bay on Thursday morning, to work on offshore navigation bouys.She had spent the night at anchor off Wicklow harbour.
GRANUAILE works on the North India navigation buoy, as the Cobelfret ferry PEREGRINE passes on her weekly run to Dublin from Zeebrugge.
The dredger SOSPAN DAU arrived from Rosslare on Thursday evening to shelter from bad weather. She has been working in the ferry port for the past few weeks and will spend Christmas alongside at Wicklow.
The classic liner MARO POLO passes the Dutch tanker BITFLOWER in the bay on Tuesday morning. 20.12.2016
CEG COSMOS eases away from the Packet pier on Monday afternoon, after discharging round timber from Scotland.
Another new vessel, the STRATHFOYLE motors north off Wicklow port on Sunday morning. The Damen ASD 2310 type tug is on delivery passage to Derry. She was built in China and transhipped to Holland to be fitted out. We wish the owners every success with the new tug.
Christmas lights illuminate the river.
CIL tender GRANUAILE motors south past Wicklow head on Saturday afternoon.
LE CIARA smoking nicely as she heads south through the bay on Friday afternoon. The former Royal Navy patrol vessel has been in service with our Navy since 1989 and has a top speed in excess of 25knots. She also paid an unexpected courtesy call to Wicklow over the May Bank holiday.
PUR NOVOLOK arriving from Liverpool on Thursday afternoon , to load a cargo of scrap metal at the Packet pier.
ISIS discharged a cargo of Scottish round timber on Saturday morning , she departed at lunchtime for the short run north to Drogheda.
Another import arrival on Saturday afternoon , was Father Christmas on board the Wicklow lifeboat. 10.12.2016
ANNE DORTE motors into the bay to pick up a pilot on Friday morning. She discharged a part cargo of Crown timber at the Packet pier.
SCOT ISLES motors out of the port on a wet dull Tuesday, after discharging packaged timber from Varberg. Her next port of call was Warrenpoint.
CROWNBREEZE prepares to swing in the harbour on a cold Sunday morning with Crown timber from Hamina. She departed the next day , heading south for the French port of Rouen.
Wicklow RNLI Tyne class lifeboat RNLB ANNIE BLAKER seen during a Sunday morning crew excercise in the bay.
The Customs cutter RCC FAIRE motors north through the bay on Saturday afternoon.
RMS BREMEN arrived from Glasson dock at midday on Thursday, she docked at the Packet pier to load glass cullet . Loading was completed and she departed for Ellsmere port shortly after 2200hrs on the high tide.
The container vessel MSC EDITH southbound after a call to Dublin, while the coaster PINNAU was visible outside the Codling bound for Drogheda from Bilbao. The whelk traler FRAN LEON III is also visible to the right.
ELBETOR loading out a cargo of scrap metal for liverpool
The sea washes over the Black Castle on tuesday morning.
ALIZEE leaves the berth on Tuesday afternoon after completing discharge of Crown timber. Her next port of call was Newport.
We had two shipping movements on Sunday , the first saw CEG COSMOS departing after discharging Scottish round timber. The other was the arrival of the ALIZEE with a part cargo of Crown timber.
The Robinson 44 helicopter D-HALS is a regular sight over the town, she is seen lifting off from Newcastle aerodrome on Saturday afternoon.
The 'supermoon' rising over Wicklow's East coast on Tuesday evening. Last night the moon was the closest to Earth since 1948. It won’t come this close to Earth again until November 25, 2034.
The ferry FOYLE VENTURE arriving on Thursday afternoon, while on passage to Wexford for overhaul at New Ross. The ferry was delayed by bad weather and departed two days later.
ARKLOW BROOK winch training with an Air Corps AW139 helicopter ‘279’ in the bay on Wednesday afternoon.
MUSKETIER loads out a cargo of scrap metal for Liverpool on Saturday as the beam trawler BRIDGET CARMEL arrives.
Seatruck ferries SEATRUCK PACE heads south on Saturday on her weekend run to Avonmouth in the Bristol Channel. The containership on the horizon is the ENDURANCE.
CEG COSMOS arriving on Friday morning with her second round timber cargo of the week from Scotland. She discharged at the Packet pier and departed before 1800hrs, heading north for Scotland.
ANNE DORTE arriving from Dundee on a dull wet thursday morning to unload a part cargo of Crown timber. She sailed later the same evening for Swansea.
It was a beautiful Friday morning along the Wicklow Coast with the Welsh hills visible and plenty of traffic. Which included the Chinese semi-submersible vessel HUA VANG LONG, complete with a deck cargo. She motored into Dublin bay possibly to pick up crew, before resuming her passage northwards for Sabetta in Russia. The other vessel looks like a Royal Navy ‘River class’ patrol vessel, it could be HMS SEVERN out of Fastlane. Other Royal Navy vessels were busy in the English Channel at the same time shadowing a large Russian Naval flotilla as it sailed past Dover. The masts of the bulker CAPE YORK are also visible on the horizon, as she motors north out of Newport for Skagen in Denmark.
Rosslare RNLI Severn class lifeboat heads north past Wicklow harbour on Wednesday morning.
OHLAU loads out scrap metal at the Packet pier for Liverpool on Wednesday afternoon.
The CIL tender GRANUAILE motors south off Brides head on Wednesday afternoon.
The BURHOUI southbound off Wicklow head on Wednesday afternoon with a cargo ofround timber.
The liner MARO POLO motors south off Wicklow port on Sunday afternoon after a call at Dublin.
The Ro/Ro ferry SEATRUCK PACE heads south on the new Dublin - Avonmouth freight run.
'Sammy' causing some traffic disruption at the South Quay on Thursday morning.
Flying the Irish flag on the high seas – Bon Voyage Enda
The racing yacht KILCULLEN VOYAGER seen passing the South India buoy, off Wicklow on Tuesday afternoon. Skipper Enda O'Coineen is on passage to France to compete in the Vendée Globe Challenge. The race will start next month in the Bay of Biscay at Les Sables d’Olonne.
We wish him every success on his epic journey around the Globe.
MARIETJE ANDREA motors north en route to Dublin from Foynes on a calm sunny Saturday afternoon.
SYLVE arrives on Friday afternoon to discharge a part cargo of timber at the Packet pier. She departed the next day.
VERITY seen arriving onWednesday afternoon , to load out a cargo of scrap metal at the Packet pier.
The VERITY seen on Wednesday evening as darkess falls. Meanwhile out over the horizon a NATO minehunter fleet were steaming north, to take part in an excercise off the Scottish coast.
The WIND departs on Saturday afternoon bound for the Welsh port of Swansea
WIND seen with the crane fully elevated on Friday morning.
An Irish Naval vessel motors south through the bay on Thursday morning.
A tripod and wide angle lenses was used to capture this shot on Wednesday night.
The crane ship LARA 1 (Ex MERSEY MAMMOTH) lifted Arklow Marine Services new build 'SPIRIT of RATHLIN' into the river at lunchtime on Tuesday, the launch was welcomed by the large crowd, who gathered along the river to watch. They cheered and applauded the vessel as it touched the water. It will now be completed and fitted out, before trials and handing over to the new owners.
MUSKETIER completed loading scrap metal on Tuesday evening , she departed for Liverpool on the tide a short time after the photo was taken..
An Irish railtour passing through Wicklow on Monday. The train was hauled by an 071 class locomotive.
The crane ship LARA 1 passes Wicklow head on Monday , she was bound for Arklow to launch a new ferry.
WIND at the 'new pier' on Sunday afternoon.
WIND moves to the north pier after loading bunkers. She is expected to depart for Wales over the weekend.
MERIT arrived on Thursday afternoon from Dundee, with packaged timber from Scandinavia.
WIND at the Packet pier on Tuesday evening.
The Welsh hills are clearly visible from this location overlooking Brides head on Tuesday morning. This was one of the best sightings in a long time.
A BN-2A Islander (F-GDHD) makes a low pass near Wicklow head on Tuesday morning . The French aircraft is possibly on an marine aerial survey. She was in Weston over the weekend.
Work in progress on the Murrough.
SCOT ISLES arriving from Varberg on Monday morning to discharge a part cargo of packaged timber.
A hot air balloon lands in a field near Hillview on Monday evening.
A child got their head caught between posts on the Parnell foot bridge on the river. The local fire service were called and managed to extract the kid. Luckily no injuries were sustained.
A rib dinghy broke its moorings near the North pier on Wednesday morning and went aground on the beach, it was later reported on social media that the vessel was damaged beyond repair!
WIND departs on Wednesday evening to replace a wind turbine gearbox at the Arklow bank. The ISIS had also taken a pilot and would dock once ECHION had sailed from the Packet berth.
Wednesday evenings sunset was quite spectatular!
ECHION loaded another cargo of scrap metal at the Packet, she sailed on Wednesday evening after 8pm for Liverpool.
The research vessel CELTIC VOYAGER motors south on Tuesday morning – her website said they were bound for the Celtic sea for a Infomar survey.
We had three beam trawler arrivals on Sunday afternoon, the first was MARY KATE.
Crew wanted - The skipper of the Dutch yacht PRINCES MIA put up a sign, he required crew to join the yacht for a voyage taking in Cork , Spain , across the atlantic toTabago and onward to Bermuda. This would be a trip of a lifetime and l wonder did anyone take up the challenge!
BRIDGET CARMEL and JOHNNY K arrived a short time later.
The Customs cutter FAIRE in Wicklow bay on Saturday morning.
ECHION completed loading scrap metal at the Packet pier on Saturday, she is seen sailing after 6pm for Liverpool.
WIND returned to Wicklow at lunchtime on Tuesday and moored outside the north pier.
Work continues on the Coast protection project on the Murrough.
The Garda Air Unit seen over Wicklow town. The EC-135 helicopter is flown by Air Corps pilots and is based at Baldonnel.
The coaster LIAMARE anchored offshore on Sunday morning, she was in the bay most of the day and resumed her passage south later.
The WIND seen working on a windfarm turbine off Arklow on Sunday afternoon. The photo was taken from Wicklow head.
The Capstan was returned to the harbour after being restored by Arklow firm Mordaunt Construction. The photo shows the crew from Mordaunt after the Capstan was lifted onto the new plinth. It looks really well and will be a significant maritime feature around the harbour for years to come.
Thursday 1st September and the bay is full of vessels filming more scenes for Vikings. Other filming takes place in various locations around the County and at the large film studio near Ashford.
The Murrough protection project is expected to be completed in October. It will be interesting to see how this design stands up to the relentless sea.
A boatman follows the beach down towards Wicklow harbour.
FASTNET SOUND provides a steady platform for filming.
Spoiler alert - It looks like the Viking's will be visiting more southern shores with warmer climates in the next series!
Filming gets under way in the bay on thursday afternoon.
Two contrasting 'Danish vessel' at Wicklow harbour. It was a nice coincidence that WIND was in the port as the filming of Vikings got underway. l wonder if descendants of the crew ever visited our town to plunder!
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