Friday, 10.30 - 11pm

Seascapes Friday 17 May 2013



The maritime programme for this island nation presented and produced by Marcus Connaughton

Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme –Seascapes on the programme we’ll be hearing from Norman Freeman –author of Seaspray and Whisky with more tales from the Southern Oceans ;We’ll be talking with Joya Kuin of Meatheal Mara about the Ocean to City Maritime Festival in its ninth year and the Ras Mor ; the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival is on next weekend we’ll have the details ; the Old Gaffers Association are celebrating Fifty Years and combining forces with Dublin Port to celebrate in a major river festival which will feature the majestic Howth Seventeen first this week to a man we spoke to a few weeks ago he is a founding member of the 8u Calafort Dun Laoghaire Sea Scouts and also Commodore of Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club he talked to Seascapes about our remarkable maritime heritage and Asgard 1 which can be seen in The National Museum in Collins Barracks – here is Peter Tobin ....

Malahide Sea Scouts are in the process of fundraising for a new Den and as part of this, on the 28th of June they are organising a "Source to Sea" event, where they are aiming , as a group , to travel the entire 125kilometres from the source of the River Liffey to the sea. ........Malahide Sea Scouts will be using all means known to scouts - sailing, cycling, rowing, canoeing. Its going to be a weekend event and should be great fun..........

A Number of Tall Ships are voyaging from Belfast to Dublin at the end of this month ......

The Howth 17s – widely regarded as the world's oldest one-design keelboat class still racing as originally designed – will play centre stage of a 3-day sailing regatta in Dublin Bay.

Adding further maritime splendour along the city quays will be five Class A & B Tall Ships, as part of the OGA50th/ Dublin Port River Festival which will see classic craft competing for the inaugural RMS Leinster Trophy and Asgard Trophy, and the Howth 17s competing in the River Liffey Race between the East Link and Samuel Beckett Bridges.

The Howth 17s were designed in 1897 by the lawyer and founding Commodore of Howth Yacht Club , Herbert Boyd. The first five boats were built by John Hilditch of Carrickfergus.
Two years later another three boats were built in Dún Laoghaire and five more in Portrush in 1906. During the next six years, four more boats were built, bringing the fleet to 17.
Making her centennial return to the River Liffey for the OGA 50th festival will be the 36ft cruising yawl Ainmara, owned by noted Strangford Lough sailor, Dickie Gomes.

She will join a visitor fleet of OGA gaffers currently at sea, some of whom will be heading this way to compete in the Dublin Bay events.

Ainmara was built in Ringsend in 1912; Dickie Gomes spent 27 years on her restoration.


Seascapes and all our listeners send congratulations to Annalise Murphy on her Gold Medal win on Lake Garda at the Italian Olympic Week you can read more on the Irish Sailing Association website

The 9th Ocean to City, Cork’s Maritime Festival will take place from June 1 to June 10 and will feature boat races along the River Lee, maritime trails, treasure hunts, kayak racing, harbour cruises and free family fun entertainment. The Half Moon Theatre will screen a series of nautical films including the classic seafaring film Moby Dick on Thursday June 6th ).Seascapes talked to Joya Kuin of Meitheal Mara about this years Ocean to City Festival

Ocean to City, An Rás Mór will take place on Saturday 8th of June and will see boats of all sizes row 15 nautical miles from Crosshaven via Cork Harbour before finishing at the boardwalk in Lapp’s Quay in Cork. The race is a feast of boats and approximately 500 Irish and International rowers will compete in a diverse range of vessels including Dragon Boats, Kayaks, Currachs, Wooden Boats, Celtic Long Boats, Cornish Pilot Gigs and Irish Coastal Rowing Boats.

Following our recent interview with Jason Whooley the CEO of Bord Iascaigh Mhara on the proposed major fish farm development off the west coast we had this note by email....

If you could raise an objection from Iscairí Cois Costa Inis Oírr to what BIM stated on Seascapes recently ,their CEO Jason Whooley stated that BIM were holding up the Clare Island salmon farm as the bench mark for the success of the proposed Galway Bay project, Iscairí Cois Costa Inis Oírr question the credibility of BIM in light of such a proposal as the Clare Island farm has an annual production of two and a half thousand tonnes which pales in significance in terms of environmental impact when compared to the fifteen thousand tonnes annual output proposed for Galway Bay.


Castletownbere RNLI in west Cork will officially open its new lifeboat station on this Saturday.........My distinguished former colleague , seafarer and marine correspondent Tom MacSweeney will declare the building open at a special ceremony beginning at 2.30pm which will include a service of dedication where the boathouse will be blessed and the official handing over of the station from the institution to Castletownbere RNLI.

This Saturday, Inland Fisheries Ireland will be hosting a guided river walk along the majestic River Inagh. The looped route will begin from the Falls Hotel ,Ennistymon at 6am and make its way downstream into Inagh’s Tidal Waters Woodlands. There will be expert identification pertaining to birdsong and to the greater biodiversity and trails of the wooded Inagh Rivers Tidal floodplains. The walk will then loop back towards the Village where there will be information provided to participants by IFI staff on the Fisheries Conservation and Enforcement projects that are on-going locally. Completing the loop back through the village the walk will end back at the Falls Hotel where participants can enjoy a well earned cup of - Tea / Coffee / scone.

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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.



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