Friday, 10.30 - 11pm

    Seascapes Friday 3 July 2015



    The maritime programme for this island nation presented and produced by Marcus Connaughton.


    Seascapes Friday 3rd July 2015

    features Marine Institute CEO Dr Peter Heffernan; Sea Fest ; MARei ; Martin McGowan of Scholars Townhouse Hotel in Drogheda;David Branigan at ICRA's /Sovereigns Cup in Kinsale;preview Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta; Gerry Brennan on Tall Ships and much more.


    Hello and welcome aboard  your maritime  programme Seascapes – this week we talk to hotelier Martin McGowan about how he’s honouring the memory of John Philip Holland in Drogheda; Gerry Brennan on the maritime heritage of Tall Ships as Belfast Tall Ships  Festival gets in full swing this weekend  ; David Branigan has a report from last  weekend’s Irish Cruiser Racing Association National Championships and  the Sovereigns Cup ; we congratulate round the world yachtsman Justin Slattery on his success with Team Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in the Volvo Ocean Race  and we preview next weekend’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta – we’ll be there ; first this week on Seascapes to the Chief Executive Officer of The Marine Institute Dr Peter Heffernan who spoke to us about the recent dramatic scientific discoveries by The Celtic Explorer and the forthcoming  Ocean Wealth Conference the opening of The Beaufort Building  and details of  a maritime festival Sea Fest......


         Dr Peter Heffernan CEO of the Marine Institute – who spoke eloquently  at the recent Cork Chamber of Commerce /Irish  Examiner breakfast  briefing .....we’ll be in Ringaskiddy next Friday at the 2nd Our Ocean Wealth Annual Conference and bring you more on next Fridays programme can read more about Sea Fest on the Seascapes webpage ...

    During our recent visit to Drogheda we heard from regular listener  and Holland enthusiast  Brian  Hanratty  who kindly phoned Seascapes  and  made us  aware of local hotelier Martin McGowan and his enthusiasm for the submariner  inventor and great maritime hero  Liscannor’s John Philip Holland – so off from the banks of the Boyne up to King Street where in the grounds of Scholars  Townhouse Hotel we met Martin .......


       Martin McGowan of Scholars Townhouse Hotel in the historic heart of Drogheda on King Street where you can see that memorial to John Philip Holland  and see more on the Seascapes webpage ..........


    Next weekend we’ll be in Dun Laoghaire for the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta  You can read and see more detail on   ; the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta,  takes place from Thursday 9th to 12th July  an exciting four days of racing in Dublin Bay as four sailing clubs, 400 boats and 2,500 competitors come together for the biennial event; Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club, Royal St. George Yacht Club and National Yacht Club.



    The quality of sailing will be extremely high with some of the country’s top class sailors taking part including Olympian, Annalise Murphy and Dave Cullen who will skipper Check Mate XV in the IRC II class, which was the overall winner in the 2013 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta . Yachts are travelling from all over the country as well as a large number from overseas and they will be fighting it out for top position in their classes across the four days. 


     to Tall Ships next as Belfast welcomes the Tall Ships Race to the city this weekend – Gerry Brennan was in Drogheda at the recent Irish Maritime Festival and we talked about the opportunities and the need to preserve and celebrate  timber sailing  vessels......

    Congratulations from all aboard Seascapes to Rear Admiral Mark Mellett  who this week was nominated as the next Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces , an historic development  on this island , he will take up the appointment in September ..we wish him well.....

    The Government this week  accepted the recommendation of the Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., to nominate Rear Admiral Mark Mellett for appointment by the President as Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces. He will succeed the current Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Conor O’Boyle, when Lieutenant-General O’Boyle retires in September this year.


    Minister Coveney said “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Rear Admiral Mellett on his new appointment and I look forward to working closely with him in the future.”

         Next to Kinsale Yacht Club last weekend  .....David Branigan of Oceansport was  there for Seascapes .... The biennial Sovereigns Cup shared the stage with the Irish Cruiser Racing Association’s National Championships and congratulations go to Ross McDonald and the crew of Equinox, new ICRA Division 2 national champions and winners of the overall trophy.  But apart from the five national titles at stake, two classes of non-spinnaker boats were also sailing and making the most of the ideal conditions.  David spoke to,  Windsor Laudan, owner of Demelza from Howth and Caroline Forde from Kinsale Yacht Club, all passionate about the potential of sailing without spinnakers lets hear from Race Officer Peter Crowley.........

    David Branigan of Oceansport at  Kinsale Yacht Club for Seascapes talking there to Caroline  Forde ...

     A fortnight ago in our Seascapes competition we gave you the chance to win “Flies  of Ireland”  by Peter O’ Reilly  which was recently re published by Merlin  Unwin –and the lucky winner of a copy of the book   courtesy of the publishers and Seascapes  who answered that Peter O ‘ Reilly  is  from Cavan  Margaret O’ Donoghue , Fethard on Sea , Co Wexford .......



    Just a reminder that The Glandore Classic Regatta runs from Saturday July 18th to Friday July 24th, The Regatta opening ceremony takes place on Saturday evening July 18th, The parade of sail happens on Sunday afternoon July 19th.  There’s  a sailing and racing programme of activities daily until Friday 24th when the regatta closes with the final prize giving. Throughout the week there are recitals, lectures, a Quiz , BBQ’s  ,street music and more Do mark you calendar and visit Glandore in July during the Classic Regatta the Programme is on their  club website at

      Next  week here on your maritime programme we’ll hear from Oliver Harte of The Spirit of Oysterhaven on a busy season ahead  ; we talk to composer Michael Holohan about the marine archaeology of The Boyne and its history and his music  ; we have a full set of walking guides to the Iveragh Peninsula ; The Dingle Peninsula and the Beara and Sheeps Head Peninsula’s by Adrian Hendroff courtesy of  The Collins Press in our Seascapes competition and Dominic Daly on a luxury yacht The Makayabella  which is being auctioned off by the state , all that and much more here on your maritime programme, until next Friday night ...tight lines and fair sailing.”

    Global Leaders in Maritime Economy to convene in Cork for Our Ocean Wealth Conference 2015


    When:             Friday, 10 July 2015, 9am – 5pm.    


    Where:          Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork: the conference will take place in a custom built temporary venue, and delegates will have the opportunity to see the state of the art facilities at the National Maritime College of Ireland and the new UCC Beaufort Building which together form the cornerstone of the Irish Maritime and Energy Cluster.


    What:             This year the second annual Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth Conference takes place in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork as part of SeaFest 2015. Building on the very successful 2014 Conference, the 2015 conference will seek to explore how Ireland can develop its marine economy.  


    Who:              The Marine Institute, Galway.


    On Friday 10 July at the second annual Our Ocean Wealth Conference in Ringaskiddy, Minster Simon Coveney T.D. will officially launch the 3rd Report on Ireland’s Ocean Economy by the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU) which indicates that Ireland’s blue economy is performing on average better than the general economy.


    Latest indicators show that Ireland’s maritime economy grew by 9% in the period 2010 to 2012, while growth in Irish GDP during the same period was only 4.75%. In the period 2012 to 2014, the blue economy has continued to outperform the national economy with growth rates of 8% and employment has also increased from 17,425 to 18,480 full time equivalents. 


    The value of Ireland’s maritime economy, the commercial opportunity it presents and its contribution to the Irish economy will be discussed at the conference. Industry experts from Ireland, the EU and USA including EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella will lead discussion on management and governance of our oceans, enhancing Europe’s maritime competitiveness, whilst continuing to protect the environment. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (the OECD) will be represented by Barrie Stevens, Head of International Futures Programme and he will deliver a keynote address on the Future of the Marine Economy.


    A number of Government Ministers are expected to attend the conference.


    Download the Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth Conference Programme here.

    Calling all friends, supporters, members and staff of Meitheal Mara, Naomhóga Chorcaí,
    Cork Dragons and Ocean to City !

    Please come and join in some boating choreography on the river !

    Meitheal Mara's Flower-shaped Flotilla .... please read on ....


    What: A special press photo shoot creating a large flower in the river from thecomplete fleet of boats belonging to Meitheal Mara, Naomhóga Chorcaí, CorkDragons, Fionnbarra, the Men's Shed and all our supporters - some 60+ boatsin total. This photo will be used to launch Meitheal Mara's campaign tosupport the establishment of a new community boatyard and maritime activitycentre for Cork. Aim: We want this photo to be FRONT PAGE news in the national press! This hasnever been done before and with the photo being taken from a crane, it willbe very striking... and maybe even go VIRAL?! Let's make it go viral!  When: Tuesday 14 July, 16:00 gathering to shoot at 17:30 (high tide: 17:22), OR(if weather doesn't cooperate on Tuesday) Wednesday 15 July, 16:30 gatheringto shoot at 18:00 (high tide: 18:10). Please pencil in both dates. A decision will be made based on weatherconditions on the Monday morning.  Where: Near the Port of Cork / Kennedy Quay. Starting from the Port of Cork marina.  Why: As many of you know, Meitheal Mara, together with Naomhóga Chorcaí, CorkDragons, Fionnbarra and the Men's Shed, are currently extremely short ofspace; space to work in, space to store boats, to store materials, space forour members to gather in and from which to run our many activities. All ofthe locations that are currently used for storing boats, includingMeitheal Mara, the Reliance Warehouse, Shandon Boat Club, Fitzgerald's Park,Boardwalk Pontoon as well as the Green Pontoon, are absolutelychock-a-block. This photo shoot will show Ireland what an impressive number of boats wehave and how much space is required to store and use them all. It will showthe combined strength of the members, supporters and service users ofMeitheal Mara and its sister organisations. The photo will go out with anaccompanying press release about our joint search for new premises. It will be the first of a series of promotional activities that MeithealMara and partners are planning this year to raise awareness of our need fornew premises, and to attract funding and benefit-in-kind support. It willalso show how Cork city leads the country in community boating!  How: One mooring will be dropped in the middle of the river. Largest boats(Fionnbarra & dragon boats) to move in first, then next-largest boats(4-hand Noamhógs and then 3-hands), then medium boats (Sooty tern, metalboat, 2-hands, dunfanaghies) and then smallest boats incl. coracles andcanoes.  Bowlines and guide ropes to be used to keep boats in flower shape.  Who: A professional photographer will direct the shoot, take the photos whilstsuspended from Burke Shipping's crane on Kennedy Quay, and release them tothe press.  Why we're emailing you: Some 250 people will be needed to crew all the boats and get them in theright places. This means that we will need YOU to make this possible. Meitheal Mara staff will transport many of the boats towards the Port ofCork in the two days before the shoot, however, we will need all the clubboats, private supporter boats, as well as all of our members and supportersto crew the boats.  ·        Naomhóga Chorcaí: We would really appreciate it if the club was ableto rally support amongst its members and take charge of moving and fillingall of the club boats from Shandon Boat Club. ·        Cork Dragons:  It would be fantastic if all Meitheal Mara's fourdragons boats could be filled with approx. 10 people each and we wouldreally appreciate if Cork Dragons were able work on this. We'd welcomeyour new dragon boat in the flotilla too if that's possible. ·        Fionnbarra: We'll need a good bunch of people to help move thelongboat around and to crew some of our other boats. If you can help it'd besuper. ·        Men's Shed: There are lots of non-club boats that need to be mannedand it would be great if the Men's Shed could help with this. ·        Supporters/volunteers/staff of Meitheal Mara: If you have receivedthis email, we would love you to bring your own currach or sit in one ofours. If you are able to be assist, please let us know.   Be part of it! If you are free to get involved and help make this happen, we would love tohear from you. Please register here:  <>



    A Swell Line-Up of Free Family Fun Announced for SeaFest 2015


    All sorts of fun will be available at Ireland’s first national maritime festival, SeaFest 2015, from hurricane wind simulators, modern day warship tours, shellfish cookery demonstrations, a fish market, ship simulators, sailboats and ferries in Cork Harbour and a RNLI duck race!  


    SeaFest 2015 promises to be a fun filled family affair celebrating Ireland’s incredible ocean wealth while showcasing our abundant maritime resources. Taking place in Ringaskiddy, Haulbowline and finishing up in the Port of Cork on Saturday 11 July 2015, this festival will provide incredible line-up of free entertainment, music and activities for all the family.  


    At SeaFest you can experience what it’s like to be a captain on the high seas in the state-of-the-art simulator, take a tour of a modern day warship in Haulbowline, or be blown away by hurricane force winds in the Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) Beaufort Scale Hurricane Experience. The SeaFest line-up has it all – from boating trips, yacht sailing, open water swimming, marine simulators, tours of Irish Navy ships, rescue demonstrations, sea life exhibits, educational screenings and talks, to a food village with live seafood cookery talks and demonstrations.


    As part of SeaFest, a ‘parade of sail’ including yachts and boats will sail from Ringaskiddy to the Port of Cork marina in the city centre at 4pm. The parade of sail will follow behind the last of the 500 swimmers of The Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim and further celebrations will continue in The Port of Cork from 5-8pm with live music, street performers and food market, face painting & balloon modelling and tours of a naval ship.


    “As an island nation, it is so important to recognise and celebrate the incredible resources of Ireland’s abundant and surrounding seas,” said Minister Simon Coveney, T.D.  “This two day festival will travel Ireland, taking place in Cork in 2015 and with plans already underway to bring SeaFest to Galway in 2016. It is a national festival at which we can share our seafaring heritage and future, enjoy a myriad of water sports and activities, have fun while learning about the sea and the opportunities it presents, and feast on some of the world’s best seafood. I am hugely excited about this national festival, SeaFest, and look forward to it becoming one of Ireland’s leading festivals in the coming years.”


    Ireland’s two greatest natural resources – our vast undersea territory and our young people – will come together in Ringaskiddy as part of the Explorers Marine Life Education Exhibit. The exhibit is a collaboration between the Lifetime Lab and the Marine Institute’s Explorers Programme and will give children a hands-on marine experience where they will learn about and see creatures like the seahorse, starfish, and even whale bones! They will also discover the real map of Ireland, which extends out across the Atlantic Ocean.


    Cookery demonstrations, workshops on how to cook and eat prawns, lobsters, mussels and oysters among other seafood will be hosted by the seafood development agency, BIM and Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, with renowned seafood chefs Martin Shanahan and Rory O’Connell.  As well as leading Irish chefs showing people just how easy, quick and healthy it is to enjoy fresh fish from our oceans, there will also be fishmongery demonstrations and a large fish market, as well as a ‘Tales from the Deep’ movie screening which gives an exclusive glimpse into the life of an Irish fisherman.


    In Haulbowline the Irish Naval Service will be on hand to provide tours of a modern day warship! Come and meet the men and women of the Irish Defence Forces and discover what life is like on the high sea and learn about the latest in modern seafaring technology on board this new ship.


    More than 2,000 ducks in lifeboats will race in Cork Harbour as part of the RNLI Duck Race. The RNLI are the nominated charity for the event and the race will help raise funds for the charity, which provides rescue services all around the Irish coast and saves hundreds of lives at sea each year.


    The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) will be sharing their facilities, normally used to train for a career as a maritime professional, with the public at SeaFest. Festival goers can experience various ship models in national and international waters in a variety of weather conditions via the simulators; these simulation exercises show the skills required when working at sea. Visitors to the festival will also be able to visit UCC’s new Beaufort Building. This state of the art €15 million building will house the LIR National Ocean Test Facility and the SFI MaREI centre which is a cluster of key university and industrial partners dedicated to solving the main scientific, technical, social and economic challenges related to marine renewable energy.


    SeaFest 2015 promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable festival for all. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the best of Ireland’s oceans this July in Cork Harbour. A full festival programme is now available on


    Latest Show

    Presenter/Producer: Marcus Connaughton

    Schedule Open Schedule