Friday, 10.30 - 11pm

Seascapes Friday 22 March 2013



The maritime programme for this island nation. This weeks programme features music from John Spillane; Islands - Olwen Gill ; The Lightkeeper and author Gerald Butler ; Galway Bay Fish Farm; ISA Dinghy Meeting

Coming Up Next Friday

Coming Up Next Friday

Next Friday night– Seascapes talks to Suzanne Campion ,Head of Business Development with Inland Fisheries Ireland; David Dinsmore - Editor of The Irish Angler tells us what’s in the latest edition of the magazine ; as our Inland Waterways burst into life we’ll be hearing from Colin Becker and we’ll have the final excerpt from our conversation with Gerald Butler and his book The Lightkeeper ; all this and more until next Friday night tight lines and fair sailing.

The Lightkeeper

Hello and welcome aboard this weeks edition of Seascapes your maritime programme ...we hear more from Gerald Butler – author of The Lightkeeper and his encounter at the Fastnet with a world famous swimmer ; we’ll have music from John Spillane ; first this week on Seascapes our report from the Islands - According to Bord Iascaigh Mhara the major fish farm planned for Galway Bay is to have an initial investment of €60 million euro ; 500 jobs over a four year period; nearly 350 direct jobs resulting in €14.5 million in an annual wage boost to local economy; 15,000 tonnes of organic salmon produced annually- you might expect that in a peripheral area all of this would bring joy unconfined – not so – from Inishmore we hear from Olwen Gill.....

We’ll be speaking to Jason Whooley CEO of BIM in coming weeks

On the companies plans and attempting to understand the conflicting data from scientists – next week here on Seascapes we’ll be talking to Suzanne Campion ,Head of Business Development with Inland Fisheries Ireland on this issue and the work of Inland Fisheries Ireland .......

Galway Bay Sailing Club

Galway Bay Sailing Club

Galway Bay Sailing Club are hosting on Friday next 29th March @ 8pm an illustrated talk from the Author of ORDEAL BY ICE - SHIPS OF THE ANTARCTIC- Rorke Byran - Rorke Bryan has been fascinated by the Antarctic since he was 8 years old and saw Scott of the Antarctic in the Metropole Cinema in Dublin. Bryan’s Father was a mariner, Rorke studied Natural Science in Trinity College Dublin and then joined the British Antarctic Survey in the Falklands and spent 3 years at Base T on Adelaide Island. That talk is next Friday at 8pm in Galway Bay Sailing Club.....

Michael Martin - Titanic Trail Cobh -distinguished naval historian...

Following a motion submitted to the ISA AGM by Norman Lee and Bryan Armstrong, the ISA has scheduled a follow up meeting (to be chaired by Paddy Maguire) to explore the issues raised at the AGM and suggest action needed to rectify them.

The meeting is scheduled for Saturday the 23rd of March at 10.30 am in the National Yacht Club and is expected to be concluded by 2.00 pm.

Congratulations to the young Irish sailors on Lake Garda last weekend - Fionn Lyden, Robbie Gilmore, Cian Byrne, Finn Lynch and Conor O' Beirne all took home medals which included both overall gold and silver from the 165 boat Laser Radial fleet at the Europa Cup in Italy.......

Next on Seascapes to Gerald Butler to whom we were talking last week here on Seascapes he told us about meeting up with a famous Olympic swimmer – the legendary Mark Spitz on the Fastnet Rock prior to his triumphs at the Munich Olympics in that summer of 1972 and his seven gold medals..... .......

From happy times on the Fastnet to the tragedy of the Fastnet Race in 1979 – Gerald Butler had mislaid his diary from that time however when he came to write The Lightkeeper – it turned up....

You can still be in with an opportunity to win a copy of The Lightkeeper by Gerald Butler – all you’ve got to do is name the publisher – we’ve copies for four lucky listeners courtesy of Irish Books Direct dot ie .......Answers on a postcard to Seascapes , RTE Radio 1, Fr Mathew Street Cork or by email to

John Spillane performing a song he wrote THE BALLAD OF PATRICK MURPHY in May 2011 for the Murphy family of Passage West, who were commemorating the 100th anniversary of the killing of their grandfather Patrick Murphy, by the water bailliffs (The Murracawn) in May 1911.......

Drogheda Port welcomes 6 Tall Ships to the town during the Drogheda Fringe Festival in May this year. Its the inaugural Tall Ships event to be held in the Port and the ships will arrive in Drogheda on Friday 3rd May they will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, 4th & 5th May, before departing for Liverpool on Monday, 6th.

Drogheda Port is the first port of call for these vessels who will also visit Dublin, Belfast, Liverpool, Whitehaven and Warrenpoint during the months of May and June. The ships will berth in the port on the Ballast and Deepwater Quays which in conjunction with Drogheda Port Company will be open over the bank holiday weekend with plenty to see and do on the dockside as well as on the river Boyne.

Many thanks to the Maritime Institute here’ s one for you diary ....Robin Middleton CBE will give a Lecture on the MSC Napoli at Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire Tuesday 23rd April 20:00hrs and the following day at the National Maritime College of Ireland in Ringaskiddy in Cork at 15.00hrs its the inside story of the UK’s largest, most complicated and most expensive shipwreck and the ensuing salvage operations”.

About The Show

Seascapes, the RTÉ maritime programme with Fergal Keane. Seascapes brings you around our coasts and onto traditional and modern boats and yachts for a taste of the great outdoors. Whether you are a trawlerman or a yachtie, Seascapes will be of interest to you.

Music Played on the Show

Don't Play That Song (You Lied)

Don't Play That Song (You Lied)

Aretha Franklin




Harry Chapin




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