Friday, 10.30 - 11pm


Friday 30th April

Seascapes 30th April 2021

Katelin and Andrew O'Shea set sail from Kinsale last July and will be spending at least the next few years sailing around the globe on their small yacht. Katelin and Andrew speak to Fergal from the Mediterranean on the last year at sea, how they prepared for the voyage and how they fund it. Follow them on Facebook or Instagram on A Nautical Change. Also, the Isolda lightship was sunk off the Irish coast by a German bomber in the early days of WWII. Eleesa Rushby is a researcher from the University of Bedfordshire who is attempting to find out more about the six Dun Laoghaire men who died in that sinking and about the survivors. Contact her via

Friday 16th April

Seascapes 16th April 2021

With Fergal Keane. A traditional Dublin Bay sailing boat being handbuilt in the capital; some tales from Waterford harbour; and a trip on the Liffey from the archives.

Friday 9th April

Seascapes - 9th April 2021

Fergal Keane meets Michael Fitzgerald, who is retiring after 40 years with the Arklow Lifeboat. And we hear from the Master of the Irish Lights ship, the Granuaile, Dermot Gray.

Friday 2nd April

Seascapes 2nd April 2021

A dramatic airlift of seven fishermen from a trawler last weekend, and the Sligo sailing centres who managed to keep young people on the water right through the pandemic.

Friday 26th March

Seaescapes 26th March 2021

We hear from of the world's authorities on Sea Shanties, and the Sea Shanty craze started on TikTok. Tom Lewis is a one-time submariner who now lives on a boat on the Shannon Waterways. He talks about the songs, their history, and his own life story. You can find more information about Tom and his music on his website: or Facebook page, Tom Lewis Songs. Paul Stott, senior lecturer in ship production at Newcastle University, explains how container ships have grown to such a vast size that one has blocked the Suez Canal and thrown world shipping into chaos.

Friday 19th March

Seascapes 19th March 2021

New Zealand retains the Americas Cup; we visit one of Ireland's biggest fish processing co-ops and Fergal visits the once largest shipyard in the Republic of Ireland.

Friday 12th March

Seascapes - 12th March 2021

We visit Ireland's newest survey ship, in dry dock, in Cork. The Majuro (pictured) is owned by Irish Mainport, and Chief Executive, David Ronayne, shows Fergal Keane around. Oliver Lee reports from New Zealand on the America's Cup. Dr Maria Kirrane recounts how she photographed a ship apparently floating above the sea. The picture is on her Twitter feed: @mariakirrane

Friday 5th March

Seascapes Podcast 5th March 2021

On Seascapes tonight, John Leahy tells us about the Cruising Association of Ireland: Joanna McNicholas reports from County Mayo on a media company bringing the maritime history of the area to life, The Blacksod Bay Company And we have a piece from the archives, from the first every Dublin Boat Show in 1960!

Friday 26th February

Seascapes 26th February 2021

Lorna Siggins visits renowned sailor and adventurer, Jarlath Cunnane, in his boatyard in Rosmoney, County Mayo. Jarlath has spent lockdown building a replica of Ernest Shackleton's lifeboat, the James Caird, the boat which Shackleton and Tom Crean, sailed across 800 miles of the Southern Ocean to rescue. We also have advice on what to do if you are considering buying a boat from the UK post Brexit. Norman Kean has been researching the issue and found that you will be asked to pay an extra 33% of the purchase price in tax. And Green MEP Grace O'Sullivan, speaks about the public consultation process opened recently on Marine Spatial Planning in Ireland and Europe.

Friday 19th February

Seascapes 19th February 2021

On Seascapes tonight, Noel Sweeney was in Dingle to speak to brothers Laurence (pictured) and Gene Courtney, musicians and singers. Laurence is one of the country's foremost singers of Sea Shanties and has appeared in the NCH with Ireland's best-known musicians. Jehan Ashmore from tells us where to get information on sea traffic in Ireland and around the world. And to tell us about the Dubin Bay Buoy with its own Twitter account @DublinBayBuoy. And Oliver Lee joins us from Auckland to give us the latest news from the America's Cup.

Friday 12th February

Seascapes 12th February 2021

We hear from Pat Lawless, in Ballyferriter, County Kerry, who has entered the Golden Globe round the world race, due to start in two years time. Pat speaks to Helen O'Riordan about his preparations and his hopes to become the first Irish man to sail solo, non-stop, around the world. David Hare speaks about a new RTE series of Great Lighthouses of Ireland, due to begin filming this summer. David is looking for any archive material or family memories that people might have of our lighthouses. He can be contacted by email: Plus, we hear from the Afloat Irish Sailor of the Year, Tom Dolan.

Friday 5th February

Seascapes 5th Feb 2021

Environmental programme Clean Coasts has been operating in Ireland for more than 15 years now. Joanna McNicholas joined some volunteers on a beach clean-up in Co. Mayo. The Marine Institute will name its new research vessel The Tom Crean. Fergal talks to Aodhán Fitzgerald, Research Vessel Operations Manager. Fergal talks to the Chairman of the Transport Committee Kieran O'Donnell TD about the Marine Casualty Investigation Board.

Friday 29th January

Seascapes 29th January 2021

We hear about the incredible finish of the Vendee Globe race. Pro sailor and RTE sailing analyst, Maurice O’Connell, explains how it all unfolded. And a new book on the Dunmore East lifeboat, one of the busiest stations in the county. We hear from author, David Carroll (pictured) The book can be purchased online here -

Friday 22nd January

Seascapes 22nd January 2021

Seascapes tonight hears from the Naval Service’s first-ever woman diver. Sub Lieutenant Tahalia Britton made it through the gruelling training course last year to make history in the Navy. Lorna Siggins speaks to her and Lorna also visits the navy Diver training course in Haulbowline in Cork. Donegal Independent TD, Thomas Pringle on the ongoing dissatisfaction among fishermen over the Brexit Fisheries deal. And pro sailor, Olympic coach and RTE sailing analyst, Maurice “Prof” O’Connell on the America’s Cup and a spectacular crash by the USA entry this week.

Friday 15th January

Seascapes 15th January 2021

Jack O'Leary tells us about his book, Sailing Ships of Wexford 1840s to 1940s, which recounts and illustrates all the sailing ships which sailed out of Wexford for 100 years. The book is available from all booksellers in the South East & Wicklow, from the Rosslare Harbour Heritage Centre, which can be found on Facebook. Cost €30. We hear about the TikTok Sea Shanty phenomenon which is sweeping the world of social media and hear some of the most popular songs. And Denis McCarthy from Achill recounts some seafaring tales from the Island.

Friday 8th January

Seascapes 8th Jan 2021

Seascapes pays tribute to the late Tim Severin, adventurer and author, who died recently. We hear extracts from an interview Tim did with RTE Radio, and from his friend in West Cork, Diarmuid O'Mahoney. Fishermen give their reaction to the recent Brexit deal on fisheries. & Andi Robertson has the latest news from the Vondee Globe.

Friday 6th November

Cuan Beo

Lorna Siggins meets the Cuan Beo oyster regeneration project in Galway Bay

Solo Sailor Alex Thomson

Alex Thomson takes time out of his preparations to speak to Seascapes just before the start of the Vondee Globe

Friday 23rd October

Navigation courses

Eddie English of speaks about the online navigation courses he is offering this year

Fungie still missing.

Marine Biologist Kevin Flannery of Dingle Seaworld, on the search for Fungie the Dolphin

Auriel Robinson of Seatrails

Joanna McNicholas goes to Streedagh Beach in County Sligo to meet marine expert Auriel Robiinson and hear about the walks she leads, Seatrails

Cargo ship, the Lily B, rescued.

Waterford Harbour Master, Captain Darren Doyle, tells how a 4,000 Ton cargo ship was rescued from near disaster off Waterford.

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

Seascapes podcast

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.

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