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    Seascapes Friday 27 March 2015



    The maritime programme for this island nation

    Seascapes Friday 27th March 2015

    features Inland Navigations -Map with Donal Boland; Jim Kennedy of Atlantic Sea Kayaking;David Murphy -author of Walking on Ripples ; Norman Kean on white diesel.

    Hello and welcome aboard this weeks edition of your maritime programme Seascapes ,  we have  few more words with  Jim Kennedy of Atlantic Sea Kayaking whom we featured last week in West Cork, with a word on the  Irish Islands Guide – Oileain by David Walsh ; we talk to Donal Boland in Tullamore about the recently published Inland Navigations of Ireland Historical Society map and where you can get a copy  ; we also hear in a wide ranging interview from Angler David Murphy – author of Walking on Ripples – The Angling Life published by The Liffey Press ; first on Seascapes this week to the subject of marked diesel for pleasure craft – when we were at the recent Irish Sailing Association Awards in Dublin we took the chance to speak with sailor and yachtsman  Norman Kean of the Irish Cruising Club  who has written extensively on the matter  ...



    The voice of Norman Kean , now a few weeks ago we were in Tullamore where we met up with Inland Waterways enthusiasts where the Inland Navigations of Ireland Historical Society in partnership with The Heritage Boat Association met to discuss  The Canals of Ireland  with presentations from a wide variety of speakers also on display was the newly published map of the inland navigations By Donal Boland .....

    Donal Boland and the map of the Inland Navigations which is available as he mentioned on the the  IWAI website and go to their Online shop


    Next here on Seascapes to angling and a man although born in Cork he has lived north of Dublin and in Waterford but   It was in  his home city  of Cork that  author and angler  David Murphy began his fishing pursuits – David has written Walking on Ripples – The Angling Life  which is  Published by The Liffey Press –David talked to Seascapes about those early days around the Lough.....


    You can win a copy of David Murphy’s book Walking on Ripples – An Angling Life published by The Liffey Press  by telling us  Where did David Murphy begin his angling exploits – Answers on a postcard to Seasacapes, RTE Radio 1 , Fr Mathew Street , Cork or by email to .




     Members of the public and harbour stakeholders are being invited by the Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group to submit their views on plans for the development of a new cruise berth facility for large cruise ships in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. You can  read more on how you can participate on the Seascapes  webpage .



    The two week public consultation process will open on  next Monday  and is being launched in advance of an expected planning application to An Board Pleanala for the project. The planning application will be made by Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company on behalf of the Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group.


      Last week you may remember we featured Jim Kennedy of Atlantic Sea Kayaking and we wanted to draw your attention to The Irish Islands Guide –Oileain by David Walsh.....


    As Jim mentioned the Fastnet earlier and our lighthouses  yesterday saw  the commemoration of 100 years of services at the Irish Coast Guard Valentia Marine Rescue Sub-Centre (MRSC). A plaque unveiled by Minister Donohoe pays tribute to all the members of staff, both past and present, who have served in the centre over the past 100 years. The Valentia MRSC has been in operation since 1914 and covers the South West and Western Atlantic coastal area. It has served as the first point of contact for shipping,  liners and cross Atlantic vessels transiting to and from Europe to America.


    Irish yacht sailors called on to help RNLI with research


    A new research project being run by the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) is exploring attitudes towards risk and safety, and the various ways in which yacht sailors participate in their sport.


    The research, which is supported by the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) will look at what motivates sailors, how often they go to sea, their experience and training, awareness of potential hazards and use of safety procedures and equipment. The findings will be used to help develop tailored and relevant safety messages for the yacht sailing community.

    An online questionnaire for yacht sailors in Ireland launches today (27 March) and will run for five weeks until 30 April. All of those who participate in yacht sailing who are based in Ireland – no matter how often or what level of experience – are encouraged to take part.  The RNLI is asking people to log on to and complete the survey, which will take about 15 minutes.

    The survey will also be supplemented by interviews with individual yacht sailors and yachting organisations as well as focus groups held in selected locations. The project will be undertaken by Substance research, a social research company who have produced research for the RNLI on a number of occasions, on behalf of the RNLI.

    Pip Hare, RNLI Coastal Safety Manager, explains the reasoning behind the research project: ‘The RNLI exists to save lives at sea – a large part of that role is trying to prevent incidents from happening in the first place by providing important safety information. We’re always pleased to see people enjoying their leisure time at the coast and we want to help ensure they can take part in their chosen activity safely RNLI incident data shows lifeboat crews in Ireland have rescued almost 623 yacht sailors in the last five years.’

    ‘The aim of this research is to help us understand why people get involved in sailing and how they behave when they are on the water so we can provide the most relevant and useful safety information to them. We’re working with the Irish Sailing Association to join expertise in coastal safety with experience of the sport. Once we have the results of the research, we will work together to develop the most suitable safety programmes and advice.’

    Gail MacAllister, Communications Officer and Regional Development Officer for the ISA said: "It is great to be working with the RNLI on their survey on attitudes to safety at sea and the waterways. If we can learn to understand perceptions of safety checks and maintenance then we can make massive steps to helping change some of those perceptions and in turn save lives."


    The main project partner for the safety project is the Irish Sailing Association, the national body for all forms of boating in Ireland. The project is also supported by the Cruising Association of Ireland ( and the Irish Cruising Club (

    All who participate in the survey are offered the option of free entry into a prize draw to win a McMurdo Fast Find personal locator beacon. A winner will be chosen at random on 31 May. Full terms and conditions for the prize draw, as well as further information about the study, can also be found through the above link.  



    Join our Sail-Training community
    Lay anchor in membership to Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club
    Sail away on a Tall ship voyage while
    Being part of some regular cruising and racing in Dublin Bay


    Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club, in association with Sail Training Ireland are offering a special package of benefits including memberships and a voyage for just €200 for:

    • Students in Full Time Education
    • Aged from 18 to 25yrs (on date of application)      

    The aim is to develop a group of enthusiastic tall ship sailors that take part in regular club sailing and racing as well as collectively organising Tall Ship voyages and activities each year (with our help). This is a unique opportunity to experience Tall Ship Voyages, and become part of a regular community of sailors in the heart of Dublin City.

    Tall ship enthusiasts outside of the above age category can still join the club as a normal member and take part in collectively organised voyages.

    The package includes membership of Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club and Sail Training Ireland as well as a 4 day voyage on Tall Ship "Maybe" for just €200


    To celebrate the launch of this initiative two ships ‘Maybe’ and ‘Spirit of Oysterhaven’ will be in Poolbeg on April 26th and open to visitors. 

    The voyage available as part of the package is on board Maybe (Dutch Ketch) from Dublin to Liverpool from April 27th-30th

    New members will be invited to join current members at a reception in Poolbeg to visit the ships, relax and enjoy some music, refreshments and finger food.

    Let's get back to being a sailing community!

    For details of the vessels visit:
    Spirit of Oysterhaven

    For details of the PYBC/Sail Training Ireland offer and application form see:

    This a fantastic offer..........which is only open until 20th April.

    A chance to set down roots and enjoy the community of sailing where there are those who share your enthusiasm for the sea...
    The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself.
    - John Rousmaniere

    Membership for those under 18 can enquire here
    Membership for those over 25 can enquire here


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