Friday, 10.30 - 11pm


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.

Seascapes - 30 November 2018

Tonight, Roger O'Reilly's book 'Lighthouses of Ireland', businesses that support the angling industry; and diesel and leisure boats.

Friday 16th November

Seascapes - 21 November 2018

Tonight, Fergal speaks to sailing meteorologist, Jessica Sweeney and he chats to some of those at the Irish Fly Fair.

Irish Fly Fair

Fergal was at the opening of the Irish Fly Fair in Galway last weekend where he spoke to the organiser of the fair, Stevie Munn, and others in attendance.

Sailing Meteorologist

Fergal speaks to Jessica Sweeney, sailing meteorologist, ahead of the conference on weather and sailing at the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dún Laoghaire on 23 November.

Friday 9th November

MV Kerlogue

Hugh Oram remembers the MV Kerlogue, a little Irish ship which survived WWII despite being attacked several times.

Documentary on the inventor of the submarine

Researcher Tony Duggan previews a documentary on RTE television next Monday on the inventor of the submarine, John Philip Holland. 'John Philip Holland: Submarine Inventor' | RTÉ One | Monday, 12 November | 23:45

Brexit and the maritime industry

Pat Brennan, Director of Doyle Shipping Group, speaks about Brexit and the Irish shipping industry.

Seascapes - 9 November 2018

Tonight, Brexit and the shipping industry, a preview of a documentary on the inventor of the submarine and Hugh Oram on the MV Kerlogue.

Friday 2nd November

B&I Line

Hugh Oram takes a look back at the B&I Line.

Richard Hayes and his marathon voyage in a tiny boat

Grainne McPolin and Paddy Brosnan meet Richard Hayes who spent 54 days out on the water and sailed almost 1,600 nautical miles in a laser dinghy to raise funds for Croí.

Brian Ború - Sail Training Vessel

Fergal visits sail training vessel, Brian Ború, in Ringsend before she heads to Newry for the City of Merchants Festival.

Seascapes - 2 November 2018

Tonight, the Brian Ború, a marathon voyage for Croí and a look back at the B&I Line.

Friday 26th October

Brexit and Carlingford

Joe Mag Raollaigh reports from Carlingford on the problems Brexit could create for the car ferry companies working on both sides of the border.

Derry and World War II

Hugh Oram discusses how Derry was a huge naval base for World War II.

David L. Mearns

Fergal chats to David L. Mearns, author of 'The Shipwreck Hunter'. David will be speaking at The Shackleton Autumn School this weekend.

Seascapes - 26 October 2018

Tonight on Seascapes, David L. Mearns, Derry and World War II, and Brexit and Carlingford.

Friday 19th October

Gregor McGuckin

Fergal catches up with Gregor McGuckin, who has just arrived back in Ireland after being forced to abandon the Golden Globe Race after 3 months alone at sea.

Friday 12th October

Shore-based theory courses

Eddie English of Sail Cork tells Fergal all about their shore-based theory courses.

Dennis Moss

Fergal Keane meets Dennis Moss, author of 'Trout from a Boat' and 'Irish Rise', on the shores of Lough Corrib to talk fly fishing and more.

Seascapes - 12 October 2018

Tonight, fly fishing with Dennis Moss and shore-based theory courses with Eddie English.

Friday 5th October

Centenary of the Sinking of the Leinster

Fergal Keane visits the National Maritime Museum, where some of the commemorations of the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Leinster are taking place.

Commemoration Ceremony on Bere Island

Mark Costigan reports from Bere Island where a commemoration ceremony took place recently marking the 80th anniversary of the departure of the British military from the island in 1938.

Seascapes - 5 October 2018

Tonight, commemorations on Bere Island and in Dublin - Mark Costigan and Fergal Keane report.

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