Friday, 10.30 - 11pm

Seascapes Friday 7 June 2013



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

Hello and welcome aboard Seascapes your maritime programme

This week we have details of the Rosses Point Shanty Festival in Sligo; we talk to rower Peadar Lamb on the eve of An Ras Mor ; Pat Tanner talks to Seascapes about his Galway Hooker An Faoileain ; the Route des Prince begins this weekend in Valencia in Spain heading for Dun Laoghaire in a fortnights time; we hear about Stories of the Sea from Derry ;... First this week we feature the work of the Halpin Research and Innovation Centre at the National Maritime College of Ireland which was formally launched recently by Minister of State Sean Sherlock the centre is named for Captain Robert Charles Halpin of Wicklow one of the great nineteenth century mariners....Seascapes spoke to the Vice President of Development at the College -Michael Delaney ...

Next here on Seascapes to Cormac Gebruers of the Halpin Centre we talked about the remarkable mariner from Wicklow Captain Robert Charles Halpin

As Derry reaches the half way point of being European City of Culture Rhona Tarrant visited the city recently ...A new collection of folklore has been gathered at the University of Ulster, dedicated entirely to the telling the stories of the sea. Over three hundred memorates through English, Irish and Scottish Gaelic have been gathered; the earliest can be traced back to 1814, the most recent is from 2003.

Rhona Tarrant speaking with Maxim Fomin of The University of Ulster about Stories of the Sea, a collection gathered in cooperation with the National Folklore Collection in University College Dublin and the School of Scottish studies archives in University of Edinburgh. If you would like more information you can log onto

The first edition of the Route des Princes, a new European Tour which is solely for racing multi hulls, will take on a challenging new course over three weeks of racing, starting on June 9th from Valencia in Spain to the Bay of Morlaix in France via Lisbon, Dun Laoghaire and Plymouth.

The nine multihulls led by the flagship new Maxi 80 multihull Prince de Bretagne will arrive in to Dun Laoghaire Thursday 20/Friday 21 June depending on weather conditions. The race seeks to mix exciting competition on the water with engaging activities and festivals ashore. The host organisations are Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and the National Yacht Club who will host a festival on the East Pier from Friday to Sunday. The festival in Dun Laoghaire will start at 5pm on Friday 21st June with a concert from the Band Stand on the East Pier and will continue until Sunday 23 June with food courts and childrens amusements. On Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June, the multihulls will race in the bay from 2pm to 5pm and there will be live commentary from Irish Olympic sailor Ger Owens. There will be an emphasis on shared music traditions at the festival with the well known Breton guitarist Dan Ar Braz topping the list with a performance at 5pm on Saturday 22nd.

next we hear from shipwright seafarer and owner of a venerable Galway Hooker – An Faoileain he is Pat Tanner we talked as the sun set in Baltimore ......about the Wooden Boat Festival and our maritime heritage ..

Pat Tanner and his wonderful Galway Hooker - An Faoileain...

Now on the eve of the Ras Mor which is the highlight of the Ocean to City Festival we hear from Peadar Lamb and his enthusiasm for Currachs and our wooden boats ......

On June 14,15,16. Rosses Point Sligo's maritime village - great merchant navy tradition
performers this year are from Ireland england scotland germany the netherlands france and spain.
plenty of sessions in all the local venues

unique set of workshops exploring the social history and use of shanties
a lot more , boat races literary event etc.

Gala concert on the Saturday night in the Yeats Country Hotel, best of local and international shantysingers only 10 euro all in aid of the

You can find all details available on and as a first for a shanty festival download the new app for iphone and android just follow the link on the website.


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.



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