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Seascapes Friday 24 February 2017



The maritime programme with Marcus Connaughton.

Seascapes Friday 24th February 2017

Seascapes Friday 24th February 2017

features Fishermans Friend/ Men's Shed Association from National Maritime Museum; Shane Smyth on Surfing in Bundoran; Mirpuri Foundation; Hugh Oram on Irelands Fjords.


Hello and welcome  aboard this week’s  edition of your maritime programme Seascapes , this Friday night we feature writer and broadcaster Hugh Oram on the Fjords off our Western seaboard; we  congratulate  Alan Martin of  the Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society on his Heritage Hero Award from the Heritage Council  ; we wish all the young Optimist Sailors gathered in Baltimore fair  winds ; we hear more about the Mirpuri Foundation as David Branigan talks to Dr Paulo Mirpuri  as the Volvo Green Dragon arrived in Barbados ; we were at the Irish Mens Shed Association / Fisherman’s Friend Series in the National Maritime Museum of Ireland in Dun Laoghaire  and we’ll have news from that ....first this week on Seascapes to the North West and Donegal and at  the recent Holiday World Exhibition where we met a good  friend of  the programme sporting a  Bundoran  Surf  Capital  T shirt – Shane Smyth.....

.............whilst nearby the Taiko Drummers from Japan entertained visitors’ s Shane



Shane Smyth from Bundoran on the joys of the North West staying on the Western Seaboard , last week we spoke to Danny Giles of Norwegian Cruise Company “Hurigruten “ this week  distinguished writer and broadcaster Hugh Oram takes us to Killary Harbour and our  very  own  fjords....


  Ireland’s Fjords  with writer and broadcaster Hugh Oram whose latest book is  on his travels in Ireland and Europe with his wife Bernadette and titled “On Our Way” published by Trafford Publishing .......














The Port of Cork  has announced this week that Disney Cruise Line has revealed its summer 2018 itinerary which includes Cork on their list of first time visits.


The ‘Disney Magic’ will travel to Cork for the first time as part of Disney Cruise Line’s new seven-night British Isles cruise, departing in September of next year.       Disney Cruise Line described Cork as ‘home to a vibrant culinary scene and a plethora of pubs, shops and cafes.    Capable of carrying over 3,700 passengers and crew, ‘Disney Magic’ is designed with primarily the family in mind.

















Last years Fisherman's Friend / Men's Sheds Association winners

Cooley Peninsula Mens Shed who were  awarded a commendation by Seascapes for this years entry

"Staying Afloat".

Next on Seascapes to the National Maritime Museum of Ireland–where Irish Mens Shed Association / Fishermans Friend  Series took place now in its 2nd year......... to view  a gathering of entries assembled by the various competing sheds indicating the work they do and their place in the community .......  first let’s hear from Martin Stimson of Fisherman’s Friend ....


Martin Stimson of Fishermans Friend , the other judges  were  journalist Mairead  Lavery ,  Irish Country Living  Editor with  The Irish Farmers  Journal ; yours truly representing  Seascapes and CEO of the Irish  Mens  Shed  Association – Barry Sheridan ...










Barry Sheridan , CEO of the Irish Mens Shed Association.....

the Peoples Choice Award  voted  on line through Facebook went to Ballina Mens  Shed ;

The runner up was the Letterkenny Mens Shed  with their entry “Life’s Toolbox” and the overall   winners were KC Mens Shed from Castlemaine in  Co Kerry and their entry “ Flight of the Dart” , a special Seascapes commendation was presented by yours truly to the entry from Cooley Peninsula  Mens  Shed and “Staying Afloat” I talked to Ray Byrne......


You can see and read more on the Seascapes webpage and the latest edition of Irish Country Living has a major spread on the event .... edited by Mairead Lavery in  The Irish Farmers Journal .



     The Heritage Council’s Heritage Hero Award  helps  celebrate  people who have  made an outstanding contribution to the protection and promotion of heritage in Ireland. This year 86 individuals were nominated.

One of the  winners  is  Alan Martin  of the Dublin Dock Workers  Preservation Society.......  Alan Martin always had a passion for preserving the industrial heritage of Dublin Docks. Initially he did this through his own photographs. Then he helped set up the Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society, which appealed for old photographs. Alan maintains a website which displays the 3,500+ photographs that have been donated to date. Without him this rich heritage would have been lost.


  Next on Seascapes to the Mirpuri Foundation and Dr Paulo Mirpuri  whom we heard from last week in conversation with  David Branigan for Seascapes....David talked to Dr Mirpuri about the voyage of Green Dragon from the Cape Verde Islands to Barbados and the activity on the water  as they arrived in .....

David Branigan  for Seascapes in conversation with Dr Paulo Mirpuri of the Mirpuri Foundation and their participation in the Volvo Ocean Race  2020 edition.

      Dominic Daly Auctioneers  have  been in touch to let us know that there will be a Public Auction on  Thursday 23rd March at 12 noon in the Carrigaline Court Hotel  of the LE Aisling  as is  , as seen in Cork Harbour , more on the Seascapes webpage......or from Dominic Daly Auctioneers.......

That’s it for this week here on Seascapes  your maritime programme, on the sound desk this week   Niall O’ Sullivan   –, so no Seascapes next week  we’re not on air next Friday night to facilitate the Count of the Northern Ireland Elections however Seascapes is back the following Friday 10th March with an in depth interview with explorer Pat Falvey , Pat will be talking about his heroes Tom  Crean and Sir Ernest Shackleton  , his summiting of Everest and the traverse of South Georgia  and remembering the late Ger McDonnell ,  and Pat’s forthcoming one man show in the Cork Opera House on Thursday 30th March , so all that and more until Friday the 10th ........tight lines and fair sailing .”



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