Year in Review | Coast Monkey’s Most Popular News & Stories in 2017

What a year it’s been on the Irish coast – so much has happened its easy to forget some really popular news and events. We’ve taken a good look at our analytics for the year and here is some of the most popular news and stories from the last twelve months.

Our 10 most popular articles from 2017

Year Review Coast Monkey Popular News Stories 2017

1. Meet The Fleet | The Eight Big Ships of Ireland’s Naval Service

People love reading about the Irish Naval Service. No surprise given it’s a source of immense pride to us all and the great work they do is an inspiration.

Year Review Coast Monkey Popular News Stories 2017

2. Cruise Ships visiting Dublin Port in 2017

Boy oh boy – people really like cruise ships! Our list of cruise ships coming into Dublin Port proved pretty handy. Here’s to spotting even more amazing looking cruise ships next year!

Year Review Coast Monkey Popular News Stories 2017

Our Photoshop skills being put to good use!

3. Controversial ‘Block Ships’ to Visit Dun Laoghaire Harbour from 2018

Our April Fools day offering comes in at third place, and we hope you forgive us for having a bit of fun here. There’s been a lot of heated debate around the merits of cruise ships in Dun Laoghaire so we went for a gentle bit of fun here to take the conversation temperature down a notch.

Year Review Coast Monkey Popular News Stories 2017

4. It’s on this Weekend! Dalkey Lobster Festival 2017

This was huge, and so very popular. We showcase a lot of great maritime and seafood festivals on Coast Monkey but the Dalkey Lobster Festival is definitely a leading favourite! With lots of tasty lobster and top class jazz it’s one of our favourite festivals too!

Year Review Coast Monkey Popular News Stories 2017

5. The Extinction of the Curlew is an Avoidable Irish Tragedy

We’re happy that one of Coast Monkey’s more thoughtful pieces made the top 5 and it clearly resonated with a lot of people. The decline of the curlew has been a sad story but efforts are being made the reverse the trend and there is growing hope for this little wading bird.

Year Review Coast Monkey Popular News Stories 2017

6. Careful now! Easy jellyfish identification guide

With so many reports of dangerous jellies invading our shores this summer it’s no wonder people were eager to identify all the different species of jellyfish floating about.

Year Review Coast Monkey Popular News Stories 2017
7. Best Irish Seafood Festivals 2017: The Essential Guide

People clearly love seafood and wanted to plan their summer hitting up the best seafood festivals our little island has to offer. With so many great festivals happening people were not disappointed.

Year Review Coast Monkey Popular News Stories 2017

8. Record-Breaking Waves off Waterford during Hurricane Ophelia

Nothing gets the Irish talking like the weather. So when the storm of the year hit in early October we were fascinated by how it affected our island. Recording breaking waves definitely turned a few heads.

Year Review Coast Monkey Popular News Stories 2017
9. Beautiful French Tall Ship Belem Visiting Cork and Galway

Summertime is great because it means beauties like the Belem come visiting our ports. This beautiful tall ship, formerly owned by the Guinness family, was especially popular and popped down to Cork and Galway for folks to have a look around.

Year Review Coast Monkey Popular News Stories 2017
10. Dangerous Lion’s Mane Jellyfish Spotted at Seapoint, Dublin

Invasions of the dangerous kind seem far more common on the west coast so when Lion’s Mane were spotted lurking around the capital people wanted to find out more.

About the Author

Daniel Farrell
Interested in all things on the Irish coast and sharing the best of it. // Email: Daniel@coastmonkey.ie // Follow on Twitter: @DanielsSeaViews