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    Seascapes Friday 22 April 2016

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    Seascapes Friday 22nd April 2016

    features Marine Institute scientist Denis Crowley; Grainne McPolin talks to Brendan O Ciobhain about the O'Rahilly; Sarah Murphy on World Heritage Site - the port city of Valparaiso plus much more.

         Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme  Seascapes  , this week we have a report from last weekend’s  commemoration  in  Ventry  of the O ‘ Rahilly  from Grainne  McPolin  for  Seascapes , we’ll also be hearing from historian Brandn O Ciobhain on the background to the event ;   Sarah  Murphy   visits the world heritage site and  exotic maritime heritage port city of  Valparaiso  in  Chile  at  the foot of the Andes  and we’ll hear the music of Astor Piazzolla  arriving by land rather than by sea .................first this week here on Seascapes we met up with scientist Denis Crowley in Galway some weeks ago  as the Skipper Expo was concluding ,  we talked to Denis about his work as a scientist with the Marine Institute in Galway , the Holland 1 ROV and the research vessels Celtic Voyager and Celtic Explorer.....................here then is Denis Crowley.........


       Atlantic Ocean Climate Scholars is a collaboration between the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research & Training (SMART), NUI Galway, Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Partnership for the Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO), the Helmholtz Climate programme REKLIM and is supported by the Nippon Foundation.

     

     

    The impacts of human activities on natural climate mechanisms will be examined in detail with reference to the 2013 IPCC Assessment Report. All major components of the climate system will be addressed, with special focus on the Atlantic Ocean and its ecosystems. Tools for modelling and observations will be presented, as well as sessions on policy and societal response to global climate change. Workshop sessions will focus on:

    • The role of the carbon system in the ocean
    • The role of Marine Ecosystems and the services they provide
    • The basic science that underpins Climate Modelling
    • Future tools for modelling, measuring and observing the Atlantic Ocean
    • Climate policy, legal framework, and marine management for the Atlantic Ocean

    Applications to join Atlantic Climate are through online application form and will remain open until the deadline of Friday 3 June 2016 at 18:00 UTC. Further information is available on the SMART Website or by contacting smart@gmit.ie. Also please find attached the event poster for Atlantic Ocean Climate Scholars Programme 2016.

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    Atlantic Ocean Climate Scholars is a collaboration between the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research & Training (SMART), NUI Galway, Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Partnership for the Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO), the Helmholtz Climate programme REKLIM and is supported by the Nippon Foundation.

     

    The impacts of human activities on natural climate mechanisms will be examined in detail with reference to the 2013 IPCC Assessment Report. All major components of the climate system will be addressed, with special focus on the Atlantic Ocean and its ecosystems. Tools for modelling and observations will be presented, as well as sessions on policy and societal response to global climate change. Workshop sessions will focus on:

    • The role of the carbon system in the ocean
    • The role of Marine Ecosystems and the services they provide
    • The basic science that underpins Climate Modelling
    • Future tools for modelling, measuring and observing the Atlantic Ocean
    • Climate policy, legal framework, and marine management for the Atlantic Ocean

     

         Dr John Treacy whom  we spoke to recently.... has  been appointed Honorary Research Officer for the Maritime Institute of Ireland, who operate the National Maritime Museum of Ireland. Over the next five years he will be conducting academic research and publication to promote and preserve Ireland's rich and diverse maritime heritage. He hope’s  this will serve to increase awareness of the critical place maritime affairs have had; past, present and future, to the political, social and economic well-being of the island of Ireland.......Congratulations John from Seascapes and the maritime community .....fair sailing”

    Next here on Seascapes to South America and a city whose streets are resplendent with multi coloured buildings and avenues of Jacaranda trees ,  Sara Murphy  travelled  to Valparaiso and has this tale about the World  Heritage site for Seascapes .....

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sarah Murphy on the historic city of Valparaiso , the music was “Libertango “ from Astor Piazzolla and you can see some of Sarah’s photographs of Valparaiso on the Seascapes webpage ...

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We’ll be bring you highlights from the H.E. President Michael D Higgins visit to Banna Strand and the Casement commemorations here on Seascapes in a few weeks time .....

     

    The Kerry Amateur Radio Group will participate as an Award Station in this year's International Marconi Day event on tomorrow Saturday 23rd April, which celebrates the birthday of “the father of radio communications,” Gugliemo Marconi.

       The group of Amateur Radio enthusiasts will set up a radio communications station at Colaiste Brhreanainn on the site of the former Marconi Station in Ballybunion, Co. Kerry.

     

    Amateur Radio operators worldwide will participate in the international event which will see them attempt to make radio contact with special stations set up at the location of former Marconi radio communication stations like the one in Ballybunion.   

         A certificate is awarded to those Amateur Radio operators who make successful radio contact with a prescribed number of Marconi stations.

     

    The Marconi station in Ballybunnion made history by establishing the first transatlantic voice radio transmission in March 1919 to the Marconi Station located at Louisberg, Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland.

     

    The Kerry Amateur Radio Group have previously participated in this event, making radio contacts with Amateur Radio operators in countries and continents all over the globe including the Falkland Islands, Russia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Africa and America to name a few.

     

    Some details of the event and the history of the Marconi station can be found on the Amateur Radio website QRZ.com at the following address http://qrz.com/db/ei6yxq

    Next here on Seascapes to the Kerry village of Ventry where last weekend Ventry Historical Society held a Centenary   Commemoration in honour of the O’Rahilly , the dedication ceremony of a marble bench looking out to sea took place last Saturday in glorious weather , originally from Ballylongford , Michael O Rahilly bought a Summer house in Ventry where he and his wife wanted their children to be fluent in the Irish language. The commemoration was a celebration of  the life of The O Rahilly , Grainne  McPolin  went along for Seascapes to meet historian Brendan O Ciobhain ..........

     

     

      

     

     

     

     

     

     

        At a special ceremony held on Saturday last , Sligo Bay RNLI officially named its new Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Sheila & Dennis Tongue, at its station in Rosses  Point.  You can see and read more on the Seascapes webpage.....

     

    Peter Killen, a member of the Irish Council of the RNLI, accepted the lifeboat on behalf of the RNLI before handing her over into the care of Sligo Bay Lifeboat Station. He paid tribute to the donors Sheila & Dennis Tongue who had left a generous legacy to the RNLI in recognition of the vital life-saving work of the charity and as a thank-you for the happy days they spent living on the coast at Exmouth.

     

     

    The couple were born in Birmingham in the 1920s and on Dennis’s retirement they moved to Devon where they lived until their eighties, overlooking the coast. The couple did not have any children and it was during their retirement that they came to know and admire the work of the RNLI and recognise its place in the life of the communities it served.

      

    The couple were represented today by their nephews Raymond and Philip Tongue who travelled to Ireland for the special occasion.

    Philip had the honour of officially naming the lifeboat during the ceremony which was also attended by the donor family of Elsinore, Sligo Bay’s former lifeboat which during her 13 years on service launched 189 times and brought 155 people to safety.

    The new state of the art Atlantic 85 lifeboat was introduced into the RNLI fleet in 2005. The lifeboat is 8.4 metres in length and weighs 1.8 tonnes. Improvements on its predecessor include a faster top speed of 35 knots, radar, provision for a fourth crew member and more space for survivors.

    Since the new lifeboat went on service on Sligo Bay in November it has launched four times to call outs.

     

    During the event, Willie Murphy, Sligo Bay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said the naming ceremony and service of dedication was a wonderful occasion in the history of the lifeboat station, and marked the tremendous generosity of Sheila and Dennis Tongue.

    ‘It is wonderful to have the opportunity to thank the family directly for this amazing generosity. We assure you that you will always have a warm welcome here among us and we genuinely hope you will come and visit. We also commit to you our utmost dedication in ensuring that this wonderful new lifeboat is indeed a lifesaver in Sligo Bay.’

    Mr Murphy paid tribute to the volunteers at Sligo Bay RNLI saying it was they who would give the new boat life: ‘It is your commitment and courage that will save lives with her in the future. Being a volunteer, whether on shore or afloat, involves a huge commitment in time and energy and I want to thank you and pay tribute to your dedication. Most importantly I wish all of you who put to sea safe passage aboard the Sheila and Dennis Tongue.’

    He thanked the local fundraising branch for their untiring work and praised the generosity of the people of Sligo and further afield for helping to raise funds to enable the station to continue to save lives at sea.

    He also thanked the families and friends of the crew, acknowledging that having someone involved in the RNLI was often not easy:

    ‘Away off for the many training sessions, or when the pagers go off you are being abandoned at the check-out in the supermarket, following down to the station with clothes as they ran off in their pyjamas, or suddenly having to make a whole new set of arrangements for the day. This can be a right pain, It’s not often we get a chance to publicly thank you, but we do today, to each and every one of you for your support.’

    A lifeboat station was established at Sligo Bay in 1998. Situated at Rosses Point it is flanked by stations at Ballyglass to the south and Bundoran to the north.

    In 1998, a D class lifeboat was sent to the station for evaluation and in 1999 an Atlantic 21 class lifeboat B-525 Spix’s Macaw was placed on temporary station duty on 12 March.

    An Atlantic 21 class lifeboat B-512 US Navy League was placed on station on the 26 October.

    On the 2 February 2002, B-781 Elsinore, an Atlantic 75 class, was put on service.

    The new lifeboat, an Atlantic 85 and the latest version of the B class, was placed on service on the 19 November last year.

    A crowd of well-wishers turned up to see the lifeboat officially named today with a bottle of champagne poured over the side of the boat before it launched at the end of the ceremony.

     

    Among the guests officiating at the ceremony were Martin Reilly,

    Chair of the Lifeboat Management Group who welcomed guests and opened proceedings; Raymond Tongue, nephew and representative of the donor, who handed the lifeboat over to the RNLI, Peter Killen, Member of the RNLI Council for Ireland, who accepted the lifeboat on behalf of the RNLI and handed her into the care of the lifeboat station and Willie Murphy, Sligo Bay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, who accepted the lifeboat on behalf of the station. The Rt Reverend Monsignor Gerard Dolan PP, and the Very Reverend Arfon Williams, led the Service of Dedication.

     

      This summer Sailing In Dublin Club are planning to cruise right around Ireland on their club yacht "Silver Wind", with a number of weeks on the South, West and North Coasts of Ireland.   If you are interested in joining them  for a week or more contact membership@sailingindublin.ie

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Also artist Brian Palm has an exhibition in Duke Street Gallery running until the end of May on “The Myths of the Helga” which was opened last Thursday by Commodore Hugh Tully, Flag Officer Commanding , The Naval Service and attended by His Excellency Dominick Chilcott, British Ambassador to Ireland......you can see more on the Seascapes webpage ......

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    “ Well that’s it for this week here on Seascapes , next week we  speak with His Excellency  Dominick Chilcott , The British Ambassador to Ireland about the centenary of the Imperial TransAntarctic  Expedition  led by Sir Ernest Shackleton of Athy , Co Kildare in a wide ranging interview we focus on the Irish men who played a major role in the British navy , our maritime heroes Tom Crean and Edward Bransfield  to name but two  , the legacy of the late broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan and the impact of both state visits by HM Queen Elizabeth and His Excellency President Michael D Higgins to a greater understanding between these islands  , plus  Shackleton  author  and polar expert Michael Smith ...all that and much more , until next Friday night , tight lines and fair sailing.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This May Bank Holiday Kick Start your summer and get out to the Great Lighthouses for a weekend of fun, discovery, stories and thrills.

     

    Walk through time, meet fifth-century monks, medieval Knights, discover all about the life of Lighthouse keepers at Hook Lighthouse on their new Ireland’s Ancient East tour experience, hear the tales of wrecks and lifesaving feats, as well as having ceol agus craic at Fanad - voted one of the most beautiful lighthouses in the world.   Take guided tours of Loop Head Lighthouse and its award winning peninsula and return for a feast of seafood and fun.

     

    Tie nautical knots and welcome back the puffins as they clown around squawking and sea diving at Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre. Enjoy a traditional music session in the lighthouse keeper’s dwelling house and watch helicopter sea rescue manoeuvres at Valentia Island Lighthouse.

     

    Hear the Singing Sistas at Clare Island Lighthouse and listen to the tales and stories of Lighthouse Keeping on Ballycotton Island.  Get tips on being safe and enjoying our coast this summer, explore our towers, discover their hidden secrets and much more.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    For hundreds of years lighthouses have helped seafarers find their way. Now they shine their light on truly unique experiences around our stunning coastline.  Great Lighthouses of Ireland (www.greatlighthouses.com) invites visitors and friends to a feast of storytelling, music, workshops and of course tower tours in seven of our amazing lighthouses along the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East and all the way to Rathlin Island.  A fun-filled weekend is promised.

    Coastal partners and organisations such as Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI), Coastguard and others will be onsite for demonstrations and talks in many of the locations.

    This will be a special opportunity to get behind the scenes with experts from Irish Lights and learn about technology and navigation today.  Local historians and Storykeepers will provide tours that showcase the natural and cultural highlights.

     

    Yvonne Shields, Chief Executive of Irish Lights said;

     

    Our visitors tell us that getting to the top of a lighthouse tower is a unique and special experience.  This weekend we are encouraging everyone to come and enjoy all that the Great Lighthouses of Ireland has to offer. Irish Lights is delighted to support our partners to showcase the best of these locations.

    Lighthouse keeping was a way of life for keepers and their families for well over 100 years. However, advances in technology meant that lighthouses could be automated, and while all our lighthouses are still fully operational, there is no longer a need for permanent lighthouse keepers to be stationed on site.   Great Lighthouses of Ireland is a wonderful way of keeping this rich maritime heritage, and the legacy of these Lighthouse Keepers, alive.”

     

    Great Lighthouses of Ireland is a new and exciting collaboration between many private and public organisations in coastal communities. The experience has been developed to build on the momentum of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East and this event is supported by Fáilte Ireland. 

     

    Speaking at the opening of Fanad Head Lighthouse on Friday 29th April, Shaun Quinn CEO of Fáilte Ireland welcomed the inaugural Shine a Light on Summer Festival.

     

    “Whether it’s Hook in Wexford, Valentia Island in Kerry, Loop Head in Clare, Fanad Head in Donegal or the Island Lighthouse towers in Cork and Mayo, this is the weekend to discover that part of Irish life and culture where the land meets the sea.  We in Failte Ireland are delighted to support this event as it encourages visitors to embrace an authentic piece of our Irish past and to meet with the people and communities who are passionate about these unique places”

     

    As Gerald Butler, Former Lighthouse Keeper & Current Lighthouse Attendant at Galley Head Lighthouse says, “It wasn’t a job – it was a way of life”

     

    For event details and information about and booking Great Lighthouses of Ireland  .........

     

    Website: www.greatlighthouses.com

     

    Twitter: @gtlighthouses  https://twitter.com/gtlighthouses

     

    Facebook: /greatlighthousesofireland

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