The maritime programme for this island nation
The maritime programme for this island nation
features Fergal Keane at The Angling Expo in The Show Centre in Cloghran; Dive 2015 in Nenagh; Kevin Corcoran on documentary film The River Runner on the big screen....
Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme Seascapes – this week we hear about a documentary on the River Lee and the Gearagh – The River Runner we’ll be talking to the author of West Cork Walks which was published 25 years ago – he is environmental biologist Kevin Corcoran; we’ll hear about the nominees in the Irish Sailing Awards which are being held in Dublin next Friday ; there is a Canal and Inland Waterways Conference in Tullamore next Saturday ; Dive Ireland hold their conference in Nenagh this weekend ..... first to the National Exhibition Centre in Cloghran near Swords in North county Dublin where Fergal Keane visited the annual Angling Expo for Seascapes last weekend...........
Fergal Keane at the National Exhibition Centre near Swords at the Angling Expo indeed the Irish Skipper Expo bringing those in the Fishing industry together takes place in the Galway Bay Hotel next weekend on Friday and Saturday details from maramedia .ie or The Irish Skipper website .....
The latest edition of the Irish Diving Magazine Subsea features West Coast Blue Shark Diving ; Diving off the Galapagos- below the ice in Russia ; John Philip Holland; John Collins and a Red Sea Photography Workshop in Marsa Shagra in September; - this weekend Dive Ireland have their Annual Conference at The Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh....
Lusitania Exhibition, Cape Clear Heritage Centre
Cape Clear Heritage Centre is currently preparing an exhibition for the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania which will be celebrated on 7 May next. The Centre is fortunate to have one of the original deck chairs from the ship, kindly donated in years gone by Islander, PT O Driscoll, since deceased. The chair needed substantial conservation and restoration and this has been carried out by Letterfrack Conservancy College.. The Centre would be very interested to hear from anyone with other items from the vessel or photographs or such like which could be loaned or donated or even interesting anecdotes about the ship and its tragic end.
It should be remembered that all sorts of wreckage would have washed up along the West Cork Coast and some of these items may still be in local hands. If so, why not share this valuable heritage with others?. Any enquiries to email@example.com will be passed onto the Heritage Centre. The Heritage Centre and Comharchumann Chleire Teo acknowledge the assistance received from the Cork County Council Amenity Grant scheme towards the costs of the restoration of the chair.
Next on Seascapes to The River Runner a superb documentary film which featured in the Cork Film Festival is narrated by Alan Nolan and Kevin Corcoran ;-Kevin ‘s West Cork Walks was published by The O’Brien Press 25 years ago and is still going strong – Kevin an environmental biologist is steeped in the history of the Gearagh and he came in to talk to Seascapes about the documentary The River Runner and what survives of the Gearagh….heres an extract from The River Runner……
– Kevin Corcoran features in The River Runner a documentary which is being shown from tonight on the big screen at The Omniplex at Mahon Point for the coming week –the film covers the plight of the beleaguered majestic salmon and the rare freshwater pearl mussel………
Environmental biologist and author of West Cork Walks -Kevin Corcoran on his beloved Gearagh – The River Runner can be seen on the big screen at The Omniplex in Mahon Point in Cork until next Friday 6th March …. You can see and read more on the Seascapes webpage www.rte.ie/radio1/seascapes .
The Marine Casualty Investigation Board ruled recently that engine failure on board the Dutch registered sail training vessel MV Astrid was due to freshwater contamination of a fuel tank and the Board criticised the master for “altering his passage to facilitate promotional activities.”
Next week here on Seascapes we have a gem from the Seascapes archive – The Last of the Islanders – by Mary McBrien which features the last islanders of Lough Erne in Fermanagh and was broadcast in September of last year ....... until next Friday night , tight lines and fair sailing.”
The River Runner
As its central core the film uses the sad dilemma of the River Lee's Wild Atlantic Salmon to convey the disturbing truth of what happened to this once famed and spectacular river, just a mere 60 years ago. In doing so it brings to light several tragedies that have been hidden away all this time, and by some, hopefully forgotten.
Not only does the film cover the plight of the Salmon it also looks at the fate of the Salmon-dependent, Freshwater Pearl Mussel, a species now perilously close to extinction.
It also exposes the shocking destruction of one of Western Europe's rarest forest types, 'the Gearagh'. Before the damming of the river for hydro-electricity purposes, this was the last pure stand of ancient, riverine forest that had survived intact since the end of the last ice age - one of just four such systems left on the planet.
In addition, with the forest's demise, the last true Community of ancient, forest dwelling people also vanished. The story of their scattering and forced relocation is a harrowing and heart-breaking saga.
This untold saga of the River Lee is narrated by two Corkonians, Alan Nolan and Kevin Corcoran.
Alan, who grew up beside the lower reaches of the river, is a World Class, Salmon angler who passionately describes the present dilemma of the River Lee's 'King of Fish', the wild Atlantic Salmon.
Kevin Corcoran is a well-known author of walking guides and a very experienced and respected environmental biologist. A living descendent of the ancient forest community that lived in the Gearagh, he has spent a large portion of his life studying, recording and trying to protect the tiny fragment of the Gearagh that still survives.
River Runner was filmed over a period of two years, during which the camera spent most of its time mid-river.
Waterways Ireland Proposes Changes to the Lough Erne Navigation Bye-laws
Waterways Ireland with the approval of Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure has made proposals to change the Lough Erne Navigation Bye-laws.
A limited number of changes are being proposed with the intention of enhancing the visitor recreational experience and increasing the deterrent to blocking of public moorings by private boat owners.
The enhancement of the visitor's recreational experience is being sought through two measures. The increase of the current 48 hour maximum mooring period on a public jetty to 3 days, with a requirement to then move more than 3km away before mooring on another public jetty, and secondly the ability to flexibly place and remove speed and wake restrictions. Both changes are focused on supporting the ability of boaters of all kinds to tour, extend their stay and enjoy events and recreational activity on Lough Erne.
Waterways Ireland relied in the past on educating and advising boat owners, warning of breaches and asking them to comply and this will remain its primary focus. However, the number of boat owners persistently breaking the bye-laws particularly mooring bye-laws by mooring their boat on a permanent basis at a public mooring has grown substantially in recent years and has become an impediment to the free movement of boats particularly around Enniskillen. Waterways Ireland and the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure have agreed to seek these changes to the bye-laws to enhance the opportunities for hire cruisers, visiting boaters, event organisers and visitors and recreational/ activity centres to continue to use Lough Erne as an open and freely moving waterway now and into the future.
A public consultation period has opened for individuals, groups and organisations to comment on the proposed changes and will run until the 22nd May 2015. A Public Information Event is being held from 3-7pm on Tuesday 10th March 2015 to enable interested people to meet with Waterways Ireland staff and give their feedback. For those unable to attend; the proposed changes are detailed on www.waterwaysireland.org/Pages/Public-Consultation. An online submission form is available. Alternatively people can visit the Waterways Ireland Headquarters 10-5pm (ex 1-2pm) Mon – Fri to view the documents and complete a submission.
The bye-laws being changed are the Lough Erne (Navigation) Byelaws (Northern Ireland) 1978 as amended by The Lough Erne (Navigation) (Amendment) Bye-laws (Northern Ireland) 1986.
Presenter/Producer: Marcus Connaughton