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Seascapes Friday 17 February 2017



The maritime programme with Marcus Connaughton.

Seascapes Friday 17th February 2017

features Aud Exhibition on Spike Island with Conor Nelligan , Heritage Officer, Cork County Council ; Danny Giles from Hurtigruten ; Alan lynch of Cruisecapes on River Cruising and David Branigan talks to Dr Paulo Mirpuri of the Mirpuri Foundation and Green Dragon's participation in the Volvo Ocean Race 2020.


Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme – Seascapes , this week  we meet Cork County Council Heritage Officer – Conor Nelligan and hear about a new Exhibition on The Aud on Spike Island in Cork Harbour ;  David Branigan talks to Dr Paulo Mirpuri about the Volvo Ocean Race in 2020 – the Volvo 70 Green Dragon and the Mirpuri Foundation .............. we talk river cruising with  Alan Lynch , Managing Director of Cruisescapes .....and  we meet Danny Giles of Norwegian Cruise specialists Hurtigruten  at the recent Holiday World Exhibition , ................we preview the  ISA Cruising Conference which takes place this weekend in the Clayton Hotel in the centre of Cork city.................first this week on Seascapes to the recently opened exhibition featuring the AUD  on Spike Island  an historic island  steeped in heritage ... ......A few weeks ago Conor Nelligan,  Heritage Officer  with Cork County Council came into Studio  to tell us about it.....


Conor Nelligan , Heritage Officer with Cork County Council on that Aud Exhibition on Spike Island in Cork Harbour , you can see and read more on  the Seascapes webpage –


   This weekend  cruiser sailors members of the Cruiser Association gather for their annual ISA Cruiser Association Conference  which is being held tomorrow Saturday in The Clayton Hotel right in the heart of the city on the banks of the River Lee sponsored by Union Chandlery  ......registration begins at 0900hrs.


Staying on the water we head next to river cruising , this time to  the rivers of Europe , at the recent Holiday World exhibition in Dublin we talked to Alan Lynch , Managing Director  of  Cruisescapes ........









Photo by Dennis Horgan ...

Alan Lynch , MD of river cruising company Cruisescapes whose web address is   from the rivers of Europe to the waters of Norway and Norwegian line ” Hurtigruten “ – at their stand Seascapes met Danny Giles – Senior Sales Manager, Scotland, Ireland and Northern England.......


Danny Giles  of Hurtigruten .....Senior Sales Manager – Scotland ; Ireland and Northern England.......  and on the subject of Fjords on Seascapes next Friday night   writer and broadcaster Hugh Oram tells us about  on our very own Fjords on the Western Seaboard .


Eighteen months after Ireland’s Green Dragon was sold to Austrian Johannes Schwarz, the Volvo Open 70 footer has been sailing at near record speeds in the Atlantic Ocean where she has started charter work on behalf of the Mirpuri Foundation, a Portuguese charity that promotes ocean sustainability and is planning to enter the 2020 round the world race to help raise awareness of the environmental crisis.











Foundation chairman Dr. Paulo Mirpuri led a team of professional sailors and invited VIPs as potential sponsors for the 2,300 nautical mile passage from the Cape Verde Island to Barbados in a tough challenge that saw the 13 crew battle eight metre waves and gale force winds for six days though speeds of 30 knots resulted in two 500 mile days!


But while Dr. Mirpuri is under no illusion about the task of pulling together a brand new ocean racing team, the scale of the environmental challenges ahead is most worrying for him despite small successes with smaller nations as David Branigan  for Seascapes heard.........



Paulo Mirpuri getting  a step closer to realising Portugal's first entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2020 thanks to Ireland's Green Dragon VOR 70 , our thanks to David Branigan of Oceansport for that report for Seascapes............



         That’ s it for this week here on Seascapes , on the Sound Desk this week  Bryan Fitzpatrick Friday night on your maritime programme we hear from Shane Smyth about Surfing in the North West  and  Bundoran  when we spoke  at the  recent   Holiday World Exhibition in Dublin  ; a report from the ISA Cruiser Conference ;  writer and broadcaster Hugh Oram on our very own Fjords on the Western seaboard...... we have  a report from  the Mens Shed Association / Fisherman’s Friend Series  held  at the National Maritime Museum of Ireland  on  Haigh Terrace in Dun Laoghaire  ......all that and much more until next Friday night, tight lines and fair sailing”.




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