Friday, 10.30 - 11pm


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.

Friday 18th October

Seascapes podcast

Richard & Rita Kennedy, spent the summers of 2017 & 2018 sailing their boat, Seachrán, around Ireland. Setting out from Rossaveal in June of 2017, their first couple of week saw them meet bad weather & difficult conditions. But they explored hidden anchorages while island hopping from Innishbofin to Inishturk, to Arranmore and beyond. From Rathlin Island, south to Wexford, things improved so much they decided to prolong their journey for another summer.

Friday 11th October

Seascapes podcast

Lorna Siggins reports from a recent conference Women in Marine, where professionals from all marine sectors shared their expereiences. Poet John F Deane reads his contribution, entitled The Sea, The Sea, to Miscellany 50, the anthology marking 50 years of the RTE Radio 1 programme Sunday Miscellany. And Hugh Oram has a column on Bullock Harbour, the small picturesque harbour in Dalkey, now mired in planning controversies.

Friday 4th October

Seascapes podcast

Jim Kennedy of Atlantic Sea Kayaking speaks of his upcoming paddle, 1000 miles down the Yukon River in Alaska & Canada. We hear from former Taosieach, Enda Kenny, about his sailing adventures this year & Hugh Oram explains one of the country's most complex pieces of legislation, the Foreshore Act, which governs all activity on our shores, beaches & for several miles out to sea.

Friday 27th September

Seascapes podcast

Joanna McNicholas meets fishermen on Achill Island to hear about their industry & their lives. Francis O’Donnell of the Irish Fish Producers Organisation tells about the decision to suspend herring fishing in the Celtic Sea. Francis Kelly meets people involved in the traditional sport of coastal rowing in Dingle. And Lisa Lambe sings Fiddler’s Green from the Abbey Theatre’s production of a new play by Dermot Bolger 'Last Orders at The Dockside'.

Friday 20th September

Seascapes podcast

We visit the tall ship, the Eye of the Wind, to hear about sail training & speak to the captain, Pit Schmitt & his crew. We hear from sailor Tom Dolan about his upcoming trip to Dublin with his boat Smurfit Kappa, to bring people sailinig in aid of the charity Sailing Into Wellness. Our regular contributor Hugh Oram on how nautical phrases have found their way into everyday speech, while sailing still retains a language all of its own.

Friday 13th September

Seascapes podcast

Lorna Siggins on 40th Anniversary of Crinniú na mBád in Kinvara, Co. Galway. Mike McCartney reports from Rathlin Island & a dramatic sea rescue of a South Korean cargo vessel The Golden Ray off the southern state of Georgia by the US Coast Guard.

Friday 6th September

Seascapes podcast

Seascapes tonight visits the Mexican tall ship, the Cuauhtémoc, which is in Dublin for the weekend. We also hear from competitors & oranisers of the Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships which are taking place over the next week in Dun Laoghaire.

Friday 30th August

Seascapes podcast

Seascapes tonight comes from the recent Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta in the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. The event saw more than 50 boats mostly with all women crews taking part in the first event of its kind in the country. As boats had women on the helm, but some male crew members were also allowed. We hear from the compeditors, the organisers & the sponsors. Among the issues raised is how taking to the water can encourage women to take a leadership role in the workplace.

Friday 23rd August

Seascapes podcast

Francis Kelly reports on the All Ireland coastal Rowing championships in Dingle. Mike McCartney visits one of the country's most unexplored islands, Rathlin Island & Hugh Oram looks at the many marina's now operating all around our coast.

Friday 16th August

Seascapes podcast

Fergal on board traditional boats in Poolbeg Yacht Club Dublin 'The Old Gaffers Assoc'. Lorna Siggins on a documentary about Greenland & the wider Arctic region.

Friday 9th August

Seascapes podcast

Remembering the 1979 Fastnet's Race tragedy that claimed 19 yachtsmen. Our regular contributor Hugh Oram on nautical terminology & three women talk about life on our offshore islands.

Friday 19th July

Seascapes podcast

Fergal visits Cuallaun Sailing Club based in east Clare between Tulla & Kilkishen to see their new state of the art clubhouse & spoke to commodore, Jim O'Sullivan. Sea Shanty Groups from home & abroad, Noel Sweeney with The Molgoggers at the recent Sea Festival in Cork.

Friday 12th July

Seascapes podcast

Lorna Siggins on board one of the country's state owned ocean research vessels The Celtic Voyager & Poolbeg's Yacht Club commodore Joe Bowden talks about his life at sea plus our regular contributor Hugh Oram on Howth.

Friday 5th July

Seascapes podcast

Fergal visits Clogherhead RNLI to see the newest resident The Michael O'Brien Shannon class lifeboat. Plus a preview of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta which offers four days of open-sea racing by Irish and international teams from July 11th to 14th.

Friday 14th June

Below Deck on the Stena Adventurer Car Ferry

Most of us have been onboard some car ferry, from small vessels to some of the biggest in Europe. Eager to get to our next stop, we rarely think of the people below deck or what life is like inside the engine room of today. On a crossing from Holyhead to Dublin, Radio 1's Michael Lawless got an exclusive tour of Stenaline's Stena Adventer, where he meet their 2nd Engineer Russel Haswell below deck in the control room. (2019)

Seascapes - Friday 14th June Full Programme

Tonight on the programme, we're onboard one of Ireland's biggest ferries as it sails to Dublin, we're sailing around Donegal and we have the latest on Rockall.

Friday 7th June

French Solo Figaro Race - Kinsale

Seascapes comes from Kinsale where the French solo Figaro Race has made a stopover. The race is one of the biggest sailing events in Europe & a a huge fixture on the French sporting calendar. Fergal Keane speaks to some of the sailors & organizers, including Irish solo sailor Joan Mulloy.

Friday 31st May

Up-coming Maritime events

A new Life Boat, the Michael O'Brien arrives at the lifeboat station in Clogherhead, Co. Louth on Sunday at 1.30pm. Also in Poolbeg, Dublin a traditional boat regatta & this weekend, the Cork Harbour Festival begins. Cork Harbour Festival manager Joya Kuin joins Fergal in studio.

Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival

Seascapes visits Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival in West Cork to hear from owners & lovers of traditionial boats. Curragh rower Martin O'Donoghue - Leo McDermott talks about his boat the Sile A Dó - Kate Baker from Cormwall speaks about her family's life on board their traditional boat The Lively - Liam Hegarty tells us about the latest project in his yard, the rebuilding of The Saoirse & Boatbuilder Rui Ferreira on his boats & his boatyard in Ballydehob.

Friday 24th May

Skipper Show Galway

Upcoming events & Fergal speaks to Brian O'Sullivan of O'Sullivan Marine in Tralee at the recent Skippers Show in Galway.

Re-development of Balbriggan Harbour

Our regular contributor Hugh Oram on the re-development of Balbriggan Harbour in North Dublin.

Tall Ship the Lord Nelson

A group of people with spinal cord injuries as well as some able bodied sailors boarded the Lord Nelson Tall Ship in Cork Harbour on Wed for a 6 day expedition to Poole in the south of England. Brian O'Connell reports.

Friday 17th May

WW1 sunken Japanese liner

Fergal speaks to David James of the West Wales Maritime Heritage centre on the forgotton story of a Japanese liner, Hirano Maru sunk by a U Boat in WW1, off the east coast of Ireland.

Blessington Street Basin

Our regular contributor Hugh Oram visited Blessington Street Basin, a little known water gem in the centre of Dublin city.

Cape Clear Island - new road surfaces

Last week Seascapes travelled on a ferry transporting tens of tons of material & equipment to Cape Clear island to surface all the roads. Fergal spoke to Máirtín Ó Méalóid, Bannistoir of the Co-Op there on what it means to the people there.

Women in the RNLI Galway

Loran Siggins with the women of the RNLI in Galway.

Friday 10th May

Ferry to Cape Clear Island

Fergal baords the Serena 2 ferry leaving the pier on Baltimore with its cargo for Cape Clear & met up with Skipper Pat Collins & crew Lucan Konwiki & Davey Ryan. Poem 'High Island' is by Richard Murphy. P

Friday 3rd May

Currach racing on River Liffey

Fergal Keane hears about Currach racing on the River Liffey this weekend.

Irish Whale & Dolphin Group

Noel Sweeney speaks to Mick O'Connell of the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group about the three Sperm Whales which stranded on Irish beaches last month.

Irish Youth Sailing Championships

Niamh Hayes reports from the Irish Junior Sailing Championships held in Crosshaven last weekend.

Friday 26th April

Marina Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Our regular contributor Hugh Oram on the many yacht clubs in Dun Laoghaire harour, the largest marina in the country.

BIM - New fishing Net

Recently Fergal was at the Skipper Expo, the trade show for Irish fisherman looking at some new technologies for the commercial fishing sector. Matthew McHugh of BIM had a net on display there which aims to avoid catching undersized fish.

Rossaveel - Co Galway

Rossaveel in Co Galway is the gateway to the Aran Islands & an historic fishing village in the West of Ireland. When Seascapes Lorna Siggins visited Rossaveal recently she found much concern about its future.

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.

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