A 'Jo-Maxi' special on the Irish Navy. Michael Sheridan joins the Irish navy on board the LÉ Ciara to find out what the Irish navy gets up to.
At 62 metres long, 10 metres wide and 763 gross tonnes, it takes quite a lot of expertise to operate the LÉ Ciara. Approximately 45 people from different ranks work together to keep this ship running.
A ship is like a living animal. It has to be supported 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Lt. Commmander on LÉ Ciara, Donal O'Callaghan, is relatively new to his position, and is in charge of managing, controlling and manoeuvering the vessel. Commenting on his job he says
I'm responsible for the lives of the 44 other people who work with me.
Paul Farrell, Petty Officer Engine Room Artificer, describes the responsibilities of his role on the ship. He describes a ship as
A small town or village.
Pascasl Carney, Petty Officer Seaman - Bosun, from county Laois describes how he started his career in the Defence Forces.
Duncan Byrne, Able Seaman, outlines the working day on board the LÉ Ciara.
Seaman is the hardest job
This episode of 'Jo-Maxi' was broadcast on 18 March 1991.