Friday, 10.30 - 11pm


Friday 19th April

Edenderry Harbour Festival

Seascapes visits Edenderry, County Offaly, to speak to people ahead of this weekend's boat festival. In this report Fergal meets up with Christine Traynor, Tim Meehan of the Inland Waterways Assoc, boat owners Judith Hearne, Sean O'Reilly & Katriona Hilliard. Ciaran Clinton of Nav Watch, a new way of logging problems on the canals.

Friday 12th April

Cork Maritime pilots Conference

Noel Sweeney brings us this report from the recent Maritime pilots conference held at Ringaskiddy in Co. Cork.

Cruise Ships Action Group

Recently Dublin Port annouced that it would be severely limiting the number of cruise ships it will facilitate in the port for capacity reasons. Businesses who rely on tourists are not happy & have formed an association the All Ireland Irish Cruise Ships Action Group to challenge this decision.

Love Your Beach - Buncrana

A clean up project on the shores of Lough Swilly in Co Donegal has been taking place recently as primary students along with their teachers from local schools have been working on the clean up on Buncrana beach. Mike McCartney brings us this report.

Friday 5th April

Irish maritime locations made famous by Hollywood

Hugh Oram reports on the locations around our coast which have featured in Hollywood movies.

The Joseph Sprott Ship

The Joseph Sprott ship sank off the coast of Cork at Galley Head in February 1871 & that, along with the wrecking of two other ships, ultimately led to the establishment of the Galley Head Lighthouse. A story has emerged from that ship of a young girl who survived & was adopted by a family on Spike Island. Niamh speaks to Gerald Butler, attendant light keeper at Galley Head Lighthouse & Rowena Riley, great grand-daughter of the little girl who survived.

Disabled Anglers facility on the River Moy

Fergal attended the opening of a new facility for disabled anglers at Straide on the River Moy. The ceremony was performed by the Min for Rural and Community Dev, Michael Ring who praised the East Mayo Anglers' Association for their work for the past 10 years. Fergal also met Lester Cassidy, a 40-year-old angler from Kilcock in Co. Kildare, broke his back 21 years ago during a scaffolding accident.

Friday 29th March

Viking Sky Cruise engine failure

Eyewitness accounts of the near disaster which befell the Viking Sky cruise ship off Norway this week. Spome 479 of 1,300 passengers on board had to be airlifted to safety when the engines failed in a storm.

FLAGS - smart coastal areas

Finian O'Sullivan looks forward to a European conference on fisheries local action groups (FLAGS) being held in Bantry next week.

Ships - Lorna Siggins

In the first of an occasional series entitled Ships, Lorna Siggins looks back at Ernest Shackleton's last ship, The Quest. The ships cabin is being rstored for the Shackleton Museum in Athy.

Launch of Thunderchild 2

Noel Sweeney visits Safehaven Marine in Youghal, County Cork & their latest super motor boat, Thunderchild 2.

Friday 22nd March

IMDO - iShip Index

Hugh Oram explains how to watch ship movements in an out of Ireland on line with the iShip index

Irish Sailing HQ

Fergal Keane visits the new Irish Sailing Performance HQ in Dun Laoghaire. It will be the base for Ireland's Olympic sailors.


A man overboard demonstration in Union Hall in West Cork by the RNLI.

Friday 15th March

Skipper Expo International, Galway

Fergal attended the annual Skipper Show in Galway last weekend & brings us this report from Europe's premier inshore fishing exhition.

Friday 8th March

Dublin Gaslight Company

Our gas now comes mainly from the Kinsale gasfield but before we had natural gas, our gas came from imported coal brought in on a special fleet of ships, as Hugh Oram now recalls.

Pike v Trout Angling

A recent High Court case stuck down a new government by-law which allowed the killing of pike on certain western Lakes. The Irish Pike Society took the government to the High Court & Paul Byrne talks about the society & the case.

BIM - Commercial Diving Course

Bord Iascaigh Mhara helps to develop the Irish Seafood Industry by providing technical expertise, business support, funding & training. One of its key training facilities is in Castletownbere in West Cork & recently following the needs of the fish farming sector, they have started courses for commercial divers for the aquacultural industry. Mark Costigan went to one of the courses to talk to the trainees & students.

Friday 1st March

Ilen Project

Gary McMahon of the Ilen Project on the boat's plans for the summer, including a Greenland cruise.

U Boats in Irish Waters

In light of the new U boat series Das Boot, Hugh Oram looks at the history of German U Boats in Irish waters.

The Ballycotton Big Fish Competition

A new fising competition launched for Ireland with a €250,000 prizefund. The angler who catches and lands the biggest shark will win a grand total of €170,000 for landing the longest shark in the whole tournament.

Prep your boat for Summer

Michael Lawless speaks to Killen Marine, Barrowline Cruises & boatowner Harry Bond about readying boats for the summer

Friday 22nd February

National Angling Show

Seascapes looks at some boats & finds out how much it might cost to get on the water this summer. Also new regulations will allow for angling for huge Blue Fin Tuna in Irish waters for the first time this year.

Friday 15th February

Afloat Irish Sailing Association Awards RDS

Fergal met with some of the winners of the annual ISA Awards sponsored by Afloat recently in the RDS. He spoke to Ellen O'Regan, Senior Sailing Instructor of the year from Schull in Co. Cork, Jack Hannon of Bray Sailing Club, the Sail Training Centre of the year. Youth Sailor of the Year, Nell Staunton. Volvo Sailors of the Year, Robert Dixon & Sean Waddilove, World U23 champions in the 49er class. Tom Dolan Figaro Class solo sailor & Donal O'Sullivan, retiring after 27 years as General Secretary of Dublin Bay Sailing Club

Friday 8th February

The Figaro solo sailing Race

Niamh Hayes reports from Cork on the announcement that the Figaro solo sailing race will stop in Kinsale later this year.

The Golden Globe Race

Last week the 50th anniversay Golden Globe Race was won by a remarkable 73-year-old Frenchman, Jean-Luc Van Den Heede.

River Liffey Ferry

Hugh Oram on the reopening next week of the historic River Liffey Ferry, closed in 1884.

Ballyvary River

Brian Lally reports on the remarkable transformation of the Ballyvary river in Co Mayo, from an open sewer to a wildlife haven.

Friday 1st February

Peter O'Reilly, Fly Fishing Master R.I.P

A tribute to the late Peter O'Reilly, author & doyen of Irish fly fishing.

Deep Water Coral

Lorna Siggins speaks to Dr Anthony Grehan of NUI about the discovery of deep water coral off the coast of Kerry.

Bere Island

Mark Costigan visits Bere Island in County Cork where local people are engaged in a project to restore old Royal Navy defences as a tourist attraction.

Friday 25th January

The Vikings - Luggala Co Wicklow

Fergal visits the set of the TV series, The Vikings & speaks to Alistair Rumball. He also had a chat with Patrick Folan & Michael McDonagh who are involved with making ships for the series. Plus Hugh Oram looks back at the history of the vikings in Ireland.

Friday 18th January

Hugh Oram

A profile of renowned angler & author Dennis Moss.

New Ocean test facility opens in Cork

In Cork today Tánaiste Simon Coveney opened a new ocean test facility. Fergal visited the Marine Institute in Ringaskiddy & spoke to Jimmy Murphy, manager of the Lir, Nat Ocean Test Facility, in University College Cork.

Arranmore Island

Arranmore Island off the coast of County Donegal was once a thriving fishing community with a population of over fifteen hundred. The census of 1981 confirmed that by then 803 were living on the island & today that number stands at less than four hundred. New EU fishing regulations & restrictions has forced many to emigrate or relocate to the mainland. Our reporter Mike McCartney has been to Arranmore where he first spoke to Jerry Early, Chairman of the Irish Islands Marine Resource Organisation.

Friday 11th January

Fancy a Fishing Holiday in Iceland?

Now is the time of year when people are booking their holidays. There is one new destination for anglers, Iceland. Fergal was at the Irish Fly Fair recently & met one of the men promoting salmon angling in that country.


Ned Dwyer the Director of EurOcean talks about his work as the head of Europe's Centre for Information on Ocean science & technology.

New Fishing Restrictions

Noel Sweeney reports from County Kerry on the new fishing restrictions banning all trawlers over 18 metres in length from fishing within 6 miles of the coast.

Friday 4th January

Maratime Museum

Fergal Keane visits Ireland's newest maratime museum in Passage West, County Cork.


Hugh Oram visits Greenore in County Louth, on the frontline with Brexit.

Whiddy Island - 40th Anniversary

The Whiddy Island disaster prior to the 40th anniversary on January 8th.

Friday 21st December

Seascapes 2018

This is the last programme of 2018 & Fergal takes a look back at some of the people he met through the year.

Friday 14th December

Irish Fly Fair Galway

Linda Bachand from Seattle in Washington on her fishing flies.


Hugh Oram on the 18,000 shipwrecks mapped around the Irish coast.

Omey Island

James Morrissey on his book, Omey, the story of Omey Island, published by Crannog Books.

Friday 7th December

Shipbuilding in Dublin

Hugh Oram takes a look back at the shipbuilding industry in Dublin.

Joe McPeake

The outgoing Commodore of Howth Yacht Club, Joe McPeake, joins Fergal in studio to talk about the future of sailing and sea leisure activities in Ireland.

The Port of Cork and Brexit

In 2020, the Port of Cork will move to Ringaskiddy, but how are they preparing for Brexit? Reporter, Noel Sweeney visits the port.

Seascapes - 7th December 2018

Tonight, the Port of Cork and Brexit, Joe McPeake and the future of sailing and sea leisure activities in Ireland, and shipbuilding in Dublin.

Friday 30th November

Diesel and Leisure Boats

Because of a recent EU decision, it has now become illegal for leisure boats to be found with green agricultural diesel for the first time. Norman Kean of the Irish Sailing Association explains what has changed.

Businesses that support the angling industry in Ireland

While Fergal was at the Irish Fly Fair in Galway recently, he spoke to some of those who run businesses that support the angling industry in Ireland.

Lighthouses of Ireland

Illustrator Roger O'Reilly has published his book called 'Lighthouses of Ireland'. Michael Lawless visited him in his Kilkenny studio to find out more about his book and his passion for lighthouses.

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