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Seascapes Friday 21 June 2013


Hello and welcome aboard your maritime programme Seascapes on this weeks edition we have a reminder to check your life jacket – the RNLI Road Safety Show is in Wexford at the John Barry Maritime Festival this weekend ; we’ll have music from The Drunken Sailor Shantymen from Hamburg and talk to Helmut Uthof ; we’ll be hearing about this weekends Pirate Festival in Baltimore from Bernie McCarthy and the history of Dun na Sead Castle; first on Seascapes to the North West where in Rosses Point last weekend to coincide with their very successful Shanty Festival the village saw the superb RNLI Lifeboat station at the heart of the village celebrate its fifteenth birthday with an Open Day with Life Jacket checks – open water swimming in the Channel from the metal Man with over one hundred swimmers in the water at full tide last Sunday morning Seascapes talked to Willie Murphy .....

The RNLI Roadshow is on the quay in Wexford this weekend doing those lifejacket checks as part of the John Barry Maritime Festival..

One of the long serving members at the Station is Frank Sweeney who talked to us as he escorted parties of parents and children visiting the lifeboat station for their Open Day .....

Last weekend Seascapes met up with seafarer and former cowboy Jim Corr; marine engineer Fred Parle who was kidnapped by Somali pirates some years ago and whom we’ll be hearing from on the programme in the coming weeks

One of the groups attending the Rosses Point Shanty Festival were from Germany they are Drunken Sailor Shantymen – Helmut Uthof talked to Seascapes about the groups origins .....

The sound of Drunken Sailor Shantymen from Germany and Hanging Johnny ......

The tenth edition of Kinsale Yacht Clubs bi-annual Sovereign’s Cup gets under way next week with a very healthy entry list of 90-boats.The recent reopening of Kinsale Yacht Club after extensive renovations creates a fitting venue to celebrate the tenth birthday of this most popular event. The warm welcome, competitive racing in what are some of Irelands most beautiful sailing waters, along with the very social atmosphere ashore characterise Sovereign’s Cup and have made it the success it is over the last ten years.

The 90-boats registered to date are spread across 16 classes with a healthy sprinkle of talent from both at home and overseas racing in each division. The regatta will be sailed across four different courses. The windward/leeward course will be managed by Alan Crosbie with Jack Roy shepherding the round the cans course.Peter Crowley has his hands full with both the 1720 and Quarter ton classes and Donal Hayes is looking after the White Sail division.

This year sees the return of the Quarter ton fleet for what will be their third class start at Sovereign’s Cup. The fleet is made up of the who’s who of the class from both at home and the UK. Rob Gray, class winner in 2011 returns with a “new” boat “Cote”. Other notable Solent raiders are making the journey with recently crowned ICRA National Champion Quest along with Diarmuid Foley’s beautiful Anchor Challenge leading the Irish charge. We’ll be speaking with Michael Walsh on next Friday nights edition of Seascapes you can read more about the Sovereigns Cup on .

Next here on Seascapes to Baltimore where this weekend the annual Pirate festival is in full swing – Bernie McCarthy explained the origins of the festival and the heritage and history of Dun na Sead Castle in the heart of the West Cork village....

We ‘ve had a note from Brian Dempsey of Dublin Airport Police / Fire Service who each year try to raise money for deserving causes by taking on a charity challenge. In previous years they have climbed Irelands 18 highest mountains in under 62 hours, rowed a boat across the Irish Sea and entered The Celtic Challenge - the world’s longest rowing race. They are the driving force behind the Dublin Airport Authority’s charity of the year program raising over €1,000000 since its inception 6 years ago. For this years challenge they have decided to attempt to row the entire 300 kilometre navigable section of the River Shannon in aid of this years DAA charities which are Make-A-Wish Foundation, Bee for Battens and Down-Syndrome Ireland.

Starting from Spencer Harbour on the north west coast of Lough Allen, Co. Leitrim on Thursday the 27th of June and finishing at Foynes, Co. Limerick on Saturday the 29th of June, 15 members of the force will attempt to row our 25’ Celtic Longboat ‘Brandon’ along the longest river in this part of the world passing through all 8 locks along the way.

Our land support team which is again kindly provided by The Emergency Services Training Institute will move ahead of us and set up night camp in advance at Athlone on Thursday and again at Killaloe on Friday night where we will overnight in tent accommodation to help keep the cost of the event to a minimum. The new Chief Executive of the Dublin Airport Authority Mr. Kevin Toland has also agreed to take part along with the rowing crew as he sees this event as a very worthwhile and physically demanding challenge that will be the highlight of the DAA charity program.

Now on Seascapes to Ballydehob where Cormac Leavis talked to Seascapes about the remarkable Towel Sail Yawls or Heir Island Lobster boats and their origins .......

Cormac Leavis on the Towel Sail Yawls – we’ll have more from Cormac next Friday night .....

The unique Wexford American connection of two of America’s finest heros will be celebrated during the John Barry Maritime Festival in Wexford town from 20th to the 23rd June. Festival highlights include a photographic exhibition on JFKS visit in 1963 where he laid a wreath at the John Barry statue in Wexford and the 1956 unveiling of the Commodore Barry statue a present from the people of America to the people of Ireland. A short film on the visit and John Barry will also be shown during the festival.

With the visit in the past week of President Obama I came across this poem by the distinguished African American poet Langston Hughes who was a cabin boy under sail and in The Dream Keeper and Other Poems writes of attending an Irish Wake and this piece Seascape-

“ Off the West coast of Ireland

As our ships passed by

We saw a line of fishing ships

Etched against the sky”

“Off the coast of England

As we rode the foam

We saw an Indian merchantman

Coming home”

Seascapes 28th June 2013

On Seascapes this week we remind you to check your life jacket - the RNLI Road Safety Show is in Wexford at the John Barry Maritime Festival ;music from The Drunken Sailor Shantymen from Hamburg and we talk to Helmut Uthof ; we'll be hearing about this weekends Pirate Festival in Baltimore first on Seascapes to the North West to the Rosses Point Shanty Festival.

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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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