Friday, 10.30 - 11pm


Friday 16th October

Seascapes October 16

Pamela Lee and Kat Hunt on their attempt to set records sailing around Ireland. TD Holly Cairns on the controversial decision to overturn a ban on large trawlers operating in inshore waters

Friday 2nd October

Seascapes podcast

93-year-old Jerry Creane is a life long veteran of the River Shannon & our inland waterways. He met Joanna McNicholas on his boat to speak about his adventures. Fisheries Ireland has announced two funding programmes for young & novice anglers to get involved in the sport. IFI's Education and Outreach officer, Lorraine O'Donnell explains how to apply on the IFI website, And our regular contributor Hugh Oram tells the story of Dublin Butt Bridge, one of the biggest bridges crossing the River Liffey.

Friday 25th September

Seascapes podcast

Fishermen are protesting at a new penalty points system which has just been introduced for trawlers found in breach of regulations. The Irish South & West Fish producers Organisation is launching a constitutional case against the new system, the ISWFPO Chief Executive, Patrick Murphy speaks about their objections to how the system will work. In 1962 an explosion on board the Irish Naval ship, the LE Cliona, nearly caused a disaster. It caused a large fire in the boiler room while the ship was on a live fire exercise, with many guests on board. The bravery of a number of crewmen averted disaster. One of them, Bill Mynes, who later received a commendation for his bravery, tells the story of that day.

Friday 18th September

Seascapes podcast

Author Grace Tierney speaks about her new book, Words the Sea Gave Us, a dictionary of nautical terms in everyday use & their origins. Also, Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan, is lying in 5th position in the Solitaire du Figaro race in France, with just one leg to go.

Friday 11th September

Seascapes podcast

This month is the 35 year anniversary since the wreck of the Titanic was discovered in the North Atlantic, director & playwright Dan Gorden who has written extensively about the Titanic speaks to Fergal. Plus Dublin angler Ray Bannerman talks about a case of animal cruelty he came upon while fishing.

Friday 4th September

Seascapes podcast

Fergal takes to the Royal Canal to meet bargers & boaters & our regular contributor Hugh Oram has some of it's history.

Friday 28th August

Seascapes Podcast

One of the world's toughest sailing events starts on Sunday with two Irish competitors and we are on board a century-old wooden ship delivering cargo to our offshore islands.

Friday 21st August

Seascapes Podcast

Rosslare port in Wexford is ripe for redevelopment, Fergal Keane talks to the community and the workers, while retired sea captain Brendan Ford recounts life on Dublin's docks as a superintendent in the 60s.

Friday 14th August

Seascapes podcast

Joanna McNichols brings us a report from the historic Scottish island of Iona. Regular contributor Capt Brendan Forde on the Iron Curtain & Amy's Fish Adventures.

Friday 7th August

Seascapes podcast

We visit the Great Blasket Island & meet some of the summer residents, including caretakers Annie Birney & Eoin Boyle. Hugh Oram recounts Irish writers relationships with the Sea. Vera Quinlan tell of her & her family's return to Ireland on board Danu of Galway after more than a year at sea.

Friday 31st July

Seascapes podcast

We visit the Blasket Islands off the coast of Kerry and Coney Island off the coast of Sligo.

Friday 24th July

Seascapes podcast

We visit Balbriggan Harbour, which is about to undergo a rejuvination porject by Fingal County Council. Fergal Keane speaks to Aoife Sheridan of Fingal CoCo, Fisherman Richard Guildea & councillor Tony Murphy. And retired sea captain, Brendan Ford tells how he ran away to sea aged 16,in 1948.

Friday 17th July

Seascapes podcast

Scuba diving on WW1 battle ships & Hugh Oram on islands for sale around the Irish coast.

Friday 10th July

Seascapes podcast

Lorna Siggins visits Spanish Point in County Clare to speak to the lifeguards on duty. She hears about new working practices introduced becasue of Covid 19. From the RTE archives going back to 1949, Boatman John Gallagher tells of supplying the Eagle Rock lighthouse off the North Mayo coast on board his boat & lighthouse keeper Frank Sweeney tells of life on the rock plus lighthouse keeper Mr H Duggan tells of life on the Tusker Rock lighthouse in 1953. Our regular contributor Hugh Oran explores the history of the Martello Towers which dot our coasts, who built them & why.

Friday 3rd July

Seascapes podcast

Joanna McNicholas reports on the new marina in Westport, Co. Mayo & Fergal speaks to Dougie Martindale author of Gunther Prien and U-47: The Bull of Scapa Flow, a WW2 u-boat commander.

Friday 26th June

Seascapes podcast

Trudy McIntyre is one of the few women involved in the commercial fishing industry in Ireland . Noel Sweeney met her in Dunmore East to speak about her working life. Vincent Delany speaks about his book, the Motor Yacht Club of Ireland. It's a history of a club founded in the early years of the last century. Hugh Oram has been looking at plans to build a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland, not pie in the sky, he says, more pie in the sea.

Friday 19th June

Seascapes Podcast

Lorna Siggins reports from the Shannon Estuary on the works of port pilots guiding ships in and out of the waterway. Jeremy Dixon on his book, The U Boat Commanders, speaks about the new Sky TV series Das Boot and the men who commanded German submarines in WWII. And Hugh Oram on the many local shipping companies which dotted our coast early in the last century.

Friday 12th June

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Fergal Keane visits the popular Courttown beach, which disappeared in recent storms. Fergal meets Green Party MEP Grace O'Sullivan in Courtown. John Litchfield reports from France on the sad demise of the ship the Calypso, owned for nearly fifty years by the explorer & ecologist, Jacques Cousteau. And Daria Blackwell of the Ocean Cruising Club tells how they are helping ocean going yachts reach their home ports during the pandemic.

Friday 5th June

Seascapes podcast

Noel Sweeney speaks to Clare fisherman on the impact of Covid-19. Chief Exec of the Irish Sailing Assoc Harry Herman on the easing of the lockdown & its effect on how you go sailing this summer. Our regular contributor Hugh Oram on the Shannon Waterways.

Friday 29th May

Seascapes podcast

Tonigh Seascapes comes from Castletownbere, West Cork, the frontline of the fishing industry's battle to survive Covid-19.

Friday 22nd May

Ships: HMS Dreadnought

Correspondent John Lichfield reports

RTE Archives

A sample of the nautical-related audio being digitised in RTE Archives.

RNLI Volunteers

Lorna Siggins reports on RNLI volunteers around Ireland during Covid-19.

Friday 15th May

Seascapes podcast

We hear from Vera Quinlan on board her family's yacht, Danu, in the Caribbean. She & her partner Peter Owens and their children, set sail from Galway last June & have spent nearly the last year cruising the Atlantic & the Caribbean. Joanna McNicholas reports on the origins of the name of the Bills Rocks at the entrance to Clew Bay.

Friday 8th May

Seascapes Podcast

Sustainable Seafood Ireland owned by Niall Sabongi. Sea Fisheries Protection Agency on their work to protect Irish fish stocks. Noel Sweeney met the SFPA chair and CEO Susan Steele and Adrienne Patterson, Director of Port Operations.

Friday 1st May

Seascapes podcast

Charlie Kavanagh, a well known sailor in Ireland and former Commodore of Wicklow Sailing Club took a 5 month sailing trip from Ireland to Sweden last summer talks about his adventures. Lorna Siggins brings us a tribute to fishing industry leader Donal O'Driscoll, who died at the weekend aged 86.

Friday 24th April

Seascapes podcast

Renowned internationial fly fisherman, George Barron, speaks about his new book, 'A fine Line' & about his love of flyfishing on Lough's Corrib & Mask. Jonathan Nicholson, The Commodore of Ireland's largest sailing club, Dublin Bay Sailing Club, speaks about how they hope to fulfill a sailing programme later in the year. And Lorna Siggins speaks to the crew of the Celtic Explorer research vessel as they are about to undertake a voyage this weekend to recover seismic devices from the ocean bed. The devices were placed to measure seismic activity from earthquakes at sea.

Friday 17th April

Seascapes Podcast

Seals and fishing in the South-west of Ireland; a trip to one of Ireland's most mysterious and mythical islands; and we look at some Irish inventions in the maritime industry over the years.

Friday 10th April

Seascapes Podcast

The restrictions on ferries during the Covid-19 crisis; a new type of wind energy from the sea; and how Irish fishermen aim to keep our shops supplied with fish.

Friday 3rd April

Seascapes podcast

Tonight we visit the ISA club of the year, Malahide Yacht Club & hear about their sail training programme which caters for 500 young sailors every year. Also, we speak to Eddie English of Sail Cork about his online sailing courses run to beat the lockdown.

Friday 27th March

Seascapes Podcast

Newly-crowned Irish Sailor of the Year Paul O'Higgins & how the coronavirus is affecting the shipping industry worldwide.

Friday 20th March

Seascapes Podcast

Noel Sweeney talks to fishermen on the Kerry coast about the effect Covid-19 is having on their business and we talk about the Irish Sailing Association Annual Awards which are still taking place, albeit online.

Friday 13th March

Seascapes podcast

To mark International Women's Day, Lorna Siggins meets Lt Commander Claire Murphy, captain of the LE Niamh at a special event in Galway. We hear from some of the exhibitors at the recent Angling Expo in Dublin: Michael Conway of Conway Angling Craft The Dublin Angling Initiative run by Inland Fisheries & Charter skipper Tom Collins on catching the big ones. Plus Captain Brendan Forde tells of an encounter with the French Foreign Legion while serving with Irish Shipping off the coast of Africa.

Friday 6th March

Seascapes podcast

Joanna McNicholas on Clare Island, Brian O'Sullivan of O'Sullivan Marine & Tralee & Michael Sheehan, Waterford City & County Trout Anglers Assoc at the recent Irish Angling Expo in Swords, Co. Dublin. Plus our regular contributor Hugh Oram on Dublin's hidden rivers.

Friday 28th February

Seascapes podcast

On Seascapes tonight, Noel Sweeney meets fishermen Richard Brannigan & Alan Fanning on Howth Pier to speak about fishing, quotas & Brexit. Fergal Keane has been to the Irish Speciman Fish Awards where he met anglers receiving awards for record fish. And Captain Brendan Forde, who spent fifty years at sea, starting in 1947, tells about his favourite ship, the Dahomey Palm & his trip to Africa.

Friday 21st February

Seascapes podcast

Lt Tristan Balcombe of the Royal Navy's HMS Protector, who first sighted the Ballycotton ghost ship drifting in the Atlantic six months ago. The MV Alta was abandoned by her crew 1,600 kilometres SE of Bermuda in September 2018. She then drifted 6,500 kilometres before landing on rocks on the south coast last weekend. Lt Balcombe found her in September 2019 while on a voyage to Antartica. The Protector is an ice breaker in the Royal Navy. We hear about an initiative from Inland Fisheries to get more women involved in angling. And we visit the Ireland Angling Expo where we meet charter angling skippers from Donegal who have been catching & tagging Tuna.

Friday 14th February

Seascapes podcast

Retired sea captain, Brendan Forde spent 50 years at sea working for Irish Shipping & other lines, now aged 88, he lives in Raheny in Dublin. In his first story tonight he remembers witnessing an atomic explosion from the deck of an Irish Shipping vessel in the Pacific Ocean. Jim O'Toole is the Chief Executive of BIM, which hosted a seminar in Carlingford, Co. Louth, for Ireland's oyster producers. Jim speaks about the oyster sector & about the Irish seafood sector. Our regular contributor Hugh Oram has been looking at Ireland's most historically significant river, the Boyne.

Friday 7th February

Seascapes podcast

Seascapes meets Philip Marsden author of The Summer Isles, an account of his single-handed voyage from the south coast of England round the west of Ireland & on to the northwest of Scotland in a small wooden sailing boat. Plus the Ireland Angling Show 2020 will be held at National Show Centre, Swords starting on 15th February, a 2 day event organised by Mara Media.

Friday 31st January

Seascapes podcast

Tonight on Seascapes, we hear from Barrie Deas, the Chief Executive of Britian's National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations. Barrie gives the perspective of British fishermen on what they expect from Brexit & any fisheries deal which might be done with the EU. Some 30% of all fish caught by Irish trawlers come from British waters. Lorna Siggins looks at the political party's election manifestos & what they have to say on the marine sector. Author & historian Cal McCarthy is interviewed about his new book Cork Harbour. Published by Merrion Press the book recounts the military & commercial history of the harbour from the early 1700s & is available from all good bookshops.

Friday 24th January

Seascapes podcast

Courts reporter Tom Tuite reports on a Dublin District Court case in which two men were found guilty of offences for disrupting shipping in Dublin Port. One said it was his 'god given right as a Dubliner' to sail up & down the Liffey. Noel Sweeney speaks to fishermen Shane McEntyre & David Tobin about their lives & the fishing industry. Plus Hugh Oram recounts the history of the seaside town of Bray, designed to resemble Brighton.

Friday 17th January

Seascapes podcast

On Seascapes tonight we have a report from Joanna McNicholas on harvesting sea salt on Achill Island with the Achill Island Sea Salt Company. And Corkman Gerald O'Flynn offers advice & guidence for holidays on Ireland's inland waterways.

Friday 10th January

Seascapes podcast

Tonight we hear from women who are recent graudates of the country's only third Level course in aqua business. Also the final part of Timmy Flavin's account of his round Ireland trip by kayak.

Friday 3rd January

Seascapes podcast

Celebrating 30 years of Seascapes, a look back at the archives of some of the early days of the programme on Radio 1.

Friday 20th December

Seascapes 30th Anniversary podcast

Seascapes very first programme was in the summer of 1989 & this year we are celebrating our 30th year on air. Tonight we take the opportunity to look back into the archives to remember some of the events and contributors to the programme over the years. Highlights include Hugh Oram, on 30 years of Seascapes, master boat builder Joe Murphy from 1991 on his boatyard in Ringsend & Dublin's diving bell, lighthouse keeper, Gerald Butler & meeting sqummer Mark Spitz on the Skelligs in 1972 & on the Fastnet disaster, when he was on duty on the rock that night. Plus Daphne Pochin Mould, pilot & adventurer on her trip to the island of St Columcille.

Friday 13th December

Seascapes podcast

How a former Irish Navy ship, the LE Aisling, ended up being sold on to a Libyan warlord. Books with an Irish Maritime theme including the late Timmy Flavin's diary of his 1991 kayak trip around Ireland. Timmy's book, At the Water's Edge, can be bought from his wife We meet Joy Gillen of GAC Training & Service Solutions at the National Maritime College of Ireland. Our regular contributor Hugh Oram looks at the future of the Grand Canal Dock.

Saturday 7th December

Seascapes podcast

Tonight survivors of the 1979 Fastnet disaster recount their experiences to Lorna Siggins at a recent event in Howth Yacht Club. And we hear from the author of a book on the centenary of the Baltimore Lifeboat, Eamon Langford.

Friday 29th November

Seascapes podcast

Noel Sweeney on board the Argentinian tall ship, The Libertad in Dublin earlier this month. Jim Wilson on commemoration of Irish-born navigator Edward Bransfield credited with making the first confirmed sighting of the Antarctic coastline 200 years ago. Plus our regular contributor Hugh Oram on the RNLI.

Friday 22nd November

Seascapes podcast

Seascapes tonight comes from the open day held recently at National Maritime College of Ireland in Ringaskiddy in County Cork. CAO entry level to NMCI is about 300 points. Among the interviewees are Cormac Gebruers,Head of College & student Peter Kelly speaks about how he has been recruited by the cruise company, Carnival UK. We also hear from shipping companies Chevron & Shell Ship Management about the careers they are offering students. They aim to sign up cadets who have finished their first year in college & then sponsor the remaining of their education. We also hear from the Irish Institute of Master Mariners about the life of a sea captain.

Friday 15th November

Seascapes podcast

In March of 1945, German submarine U-260 was scuttled by it's crew, three nautical miles south of Glandore harbour. The wreck was accidentlally discovered & later identified in 1978. Its discovery has posed a number of very interesting questions. Also tonight we have another extract from the book, At The Water's Edge, Two Boats, Around Ireland by Kayak. The book is based on the 1991 diary kept by the late Timmy Flavin, of his round Ireland trip by Kayak. Plus we hear from Dr Willie Roche, of Inland Fisheries about the Government's National Planning Framework.

Friday 8th November

Seascapes podcast

Tonight Seascapes Joanna McNicholas on Westport Cruises. One man's account of kyacking around Ireland & our regular contributor Hugh Oram on Ireland's Eye.

Friday 1st November

Seascapes podcast

On tonight's programme we hear how you can take a trip to Antarctica with Quixote Expeditions & the O'Keeffe family rebuilding a boat called Lady Min owned by their ancestors in West Cork.

Friday 25th October

Seascapes podcast

Seascapes is on board the newly rebuild Ilen, the 100 year old ketch which spent much of her life as a working boat in the Falklands. Fergal Keane sails from Cork city to Kinsale & and hears about the Ilen and the work of the charity Sailing Into Wellness. ( We hear from Colin Healy & James Lyons about how they have been using the ship to help people in their voyage into recovery.

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