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Seascapes Friday 15 November 2013



The maritime programme for this island nation

Seascapes Friday 15th November 2013

features Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society; LAST Charity founder Noel McDonagh plus music from Martyn Travis.

Hello and welcome aboard this weeks edition of your maritime programme Seascapes –; we congratulate the Irish team in the European Shore Angling Championships in Holland who secured Gold medals a first for an Irish team in these championships ; we’ll hear about the progress of Damian Foxall in the Transat Jacques Vabre and also the progress of the Clipper Race in the Southern Ocean ; in the aftermath of the typhoon in the Philippines we are conscious of the thousands of seafarers from the affected areas working on ships around the globe we’ll hear how they are being helped in making contact with home ...... at the gathering a few weeks ago in the National Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire... Seascapes met up with two members of the Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society and weheard about the society’s work from - Alan Martin and Jimmy Carthy first on Seascapes this week ............ a few days ago we visited   Noel McDonagh in Dunmore East who told us about the LAST Charity and the CD Songs for The River Men featuring forty tracks released and dedicated to the memory of the Bolger Brothers... we’ll be featuring music from Patsy Watchorn in a while but first   “Deckhand on a Trawler “ from Martyn Travis

Patsy Watchorn and Sailing Home to Dublin taken from Songs for The River Men – well two men who have great memories of the maritime traditions of Dublin Port whom we met at the Maritime Heritage Gathering held last month in The National Maritime Museum – are Jimmy Carthy and this man Alan Martin whom we spoke to about the Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society and days of yore down by Paul and Vincents on Sir John Rogersons Quay.....


   During the Tall Ships Races on the Liffey last year the Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society held an exhibition in the CHQ Building which received a remarkable response .....Alan Martin again ......



   Finally a word from Jimmy Carthy on the coal lorries heading up the docks from the gates of the old Point Depot......



THE CENTRE FOR MARINE RENEWABLE ENERGY IRELAND (MaREI) was launched earlier today -MaREI is a unique, new centre in that it brings together marine energy experts, academics and industry partners from allover Ireland to work together in an integrated way to form create spin outs, new technologies and devices, to ultimately make Ireland a global player in marine energy.  . We’ll have more on this on Seascapes next Friday night.......


Warren Doyle reports that the European Federation of Sea Anglers (EFSA) held their 2013 Shore Championships in the Heinkenszand, Zeeland area of Northern Holland from the 28th of October to November 1st 2013.

     These Championships were fished on the same beaches as the World Championships in 2012. The help & advice given by Ireland’s medal winning team at those championships was invaluable to team EFSA Ireland.

The final team result was: Ireland 165 points. Italy 156 points. The Netherlands 138 points. This is the first time Ireland has won the European Shore Angling Championship.


Ship owner groups, unions, and welfare organisations are pulling together in response to the devastating effects of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. One of the main concerns is for Filipino seafarers, who represent over 20% of the world's seafarers, to be able to contact their families and loved ones back home. Already, the Mission to Seafarers and Sailors Society are providing free phone cards, sims, and wifi to Filipino seafarers who visit their centres all over the world.  

     ISWAN is helping to co-ordinate the response from organisations involved in seafarers' welfare such as the International Shipping Federation/International Chamber of Shipping (ISF/ICS), the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF), and the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA).

ISWAN is helping to share information and provide a service to seafarers, via theirSeafarerHelp ( free helpline, who are concerned about their families back home in the Philippines. SeafarerHelp will have Tagalog speakers available.

Individuals wishing to donate can do so via the Mission to Seafarers or Sailors Society.



On Thursday next 21st November at 8pm The Maritime Institute of Ireland present an illustrated lecture titled Mutiny and Murder on the Earl of Sandwich by Peter Brady in The Stella Maris Seamen’ s Club in Beresford Place in Dublin ....In late 1765 the English Merchant Ship Earl of Sandwich left Tenerife with a notable passenger and a valuable cargo ... Admission is free with voluntary donations to the Maritime Institute of Ireland gratefully


Good morning Marcus



Greetings from Moscow. I caught the last part of your programme while driving home from Dublin airport last Friday and just missed the start of the interview regarding Lugnad and the Tailleur.

This made me go back and listen to a pod cast of the programme and listen carefully to the question which in turn promoted me to research the origin of the name Lugnad.

Lugnad was a 5th century navigator related to St .Patrick and also represents a rope shaped standing stone.

Back in the late 70s I dived on the Tailleur off Lambay Island with the Curragh Sub Aqua Club. At that time there was a reasonable part of the wreck still visible. The sea floor was littered with broken crockery and the crates of enormous roof slates from Northern Ireland we still clearly visible. Of course this was before some idiots decided to use dynamite of the wreck and destroyed a wonderful wreck dive for many pleasure divers. I always remember that no matter what the weather was like top side, the water temperature in the bay where the Tailleur lies was always decidedly chilly!

Keep up the good work on promoting our maritime culture and activities. We have long neglected our off shore resources and our unique geographic location to explore ocean engineering. Thankfully it would now appear that we have a minister who not only understands these issues but is lover of all things maritime himself. Keep the pressure on Marcus..Many thanks for your wonderful programme each week and to RTE for the ability to listen to pod casts or on line no matter where my work takes me each week. I will be listening again on the bus from the airport on Friday night! Joe Grealy , Donnybrook in Dublin


Congratulations Joe and many thanks for the kind words – along with Tony Devins in Bray and Pauline Fennell in Kilrush you win a copy of Edward Bourke’s “Bound for Australia “– all of you correctly answering that Lugnad was the helmsman and navigator and nephew of St Patrick.......


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

The Reel Thing

The Reel Thing

Hilary James/Simon Mayor


The Reel Thing

The Reel Thing

Hilary James/Simon Mayor


Sailing By

Sailing By

Bbc Concert Orchestra


Deckhand On A Trawler

Deckhand On A Trawler

Martyn Travis


Sailing Home To Dublin

Sailing Home To Dublin

Patsy Watchorn




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