Friday, 10.30 - 11pm


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.

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.

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