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Seascapes Friday 7 February 2014



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

Seascapes Friday 7th February 2014

features author,sailor & historian Sylvester O Muiri "The State and the Sea Fisheries of the South and West Coasts of Ireland, 1922-1972."; Kieran Devaney on the Brassbounders and David William Bone...

Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme Seascapes …this week Kieran Devaney has the remarkable story of the Brassbounders and David William Bone ; is there any hope of rescue for the Naomh Eanna which languishes in a forlorn state in the Grand Canal basin stripped of many of its fixtures and fittings alongside the Mary Stanford - who cares for our maritime heritage a listener asks …………. first this week on Seascapes to an author a keen sailor and historian - His book “ The State and the Sea Fisheries of the South and West Coasts of Ireland, 1922- 1972” deals with the development of the Irish fishing industry from the foundation of the Irish State in 1922 until the signing of the Treaty of Accession to the EEC in 1972. He’s based his research on official Government documents, archival material from other European countries as well as interviews with retired skippers, fish merchants, retired civil servants in Ireland and on the continent....Seascapes travelled to his home on Helvick Head in county Waterford to talk to Sylvester O Muiri .....


The voice there of Sylvester O Muiri – author of “ “ The State and the Sea Fisheries of the South and West Coasts of Ireland, 1922- 1972” You can hear more on next weeks edition of Seascapes when he talks about our participation in the fishery talks and the signing of that agreement in 1971 prior to joining the European Economic Community......

The Irish Sailing Association this week revealed the 20 nominees in contention for its five prestigious annual awards including the premier accolade; the ISA Sailor of the Year award.

     The awards will be presented at the ISA 8th Annual Awards Ball in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin on the 1st of March as hundreds of members and supporters of the Irish sailing community come together for one evening of celebration.

And the nominees are:


ISA Sailor of the Year proudly supported by MGM Boats

  •          Philip Bendon (2013 Youth European Match Racing Champion)
  •          David Kenefick (Rookie Champion of France of Offshore Racing)
  •          Annalise Murphy (3 Gold medals and 1 Bronze medal)


ISA Mitsubishi Motors Club of the Year proudly supported by Mitsubishi Motors

  •          Galway Bay Sailing Club
  •          Howth Yacht Club
  •          Kinsale Yacht Club
  •          Lough Derg Yacht Club


ISA Youth Sailor of the Year

  •          Liam Glynn (Topper World Champion)
  •          Fionn Lyden (Italian Europa Cup Champion)
  •          Finn Lynch (U21 Men’s Laser Radial World Champion)


ISA Volunteer of the Year proudly supported by Dublin Port

Winner to be announced on the night


ISA Instructor of the Year proudly supported by Parasol Sun Care

  •          Ben Fusco (Royal St George Yacht Club)
  •          Graeme Grant (Howth Yacht Club)
  •          Emma Hett (Royal Cork Yacht Club)
  •          Will O'Morchoe (Courtown Sailing Club)
  •          Jill Roy (National Yacht Club)


ISA Training Centre of the Year

  •          Adventure Training Ireland
  •          Fastnet Marine OEC
  •          Malahide Yacht Club
  •          Royal Cork Yacht Club
  •          The Oysterhaven Centre


For more information or to book tickets go to




The Irish Specimen Fish Committee launched their 2013 report and the report is online but also now available in hard copy from IFI Swords but will be available in all IFI offices shortly.  They will be available on the Inland Fisheries Ireland show stand at the Ireland Angling Show at Cloghran on the 15th and 16th of February. In other news, the Minister for Fisheries, Fergus O’Dowd TD. has announced a new funding stream and a total of €410,000 to support fisheries development projects




Next to a note from one of our regular podcast listeners who writes – “ I enjoy listening to the podcast of your show each week. Just a comment regarding the ice tether profiler buoy: The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is in Massachusetts (postal code abbreviation MA), not in Maine (postal code ME). Just a minor point! I'm sure you'll enjoy similar confusion when Ireland adopts the seven-digit postal codes in the future. All the best: Stephen Storms......... Oceanographer and faithful RTE Radio podcast listener in MD (Maryland) in the USA. Many thanks Stephen – much obliged and apologies for the error....

   Harrowing to see the effects of the torrential rain , high tides and severe winds have had Cork one would wonder about the fact that the River Lee has not been dredged in over twenty years so that the level of the flood waters when these extreme weather events occur are so catastrophic..........






In the 19th Century if your parents had the money you could go to sea as a Brassbounder to train as an officer in the British Merchant Navy. Glasgow born, David William Bone was one of the last of the Brassbounders. Kieran Devaney has the tale for Seascapes of the final leg of his fourteen thousand mile voyage on the barque, the “City of Florence” , from San Francisco around Cape Horn to Sligo in 1889 and a haunting link with one of the greatest disasters in maritime history.


Kieran Devaney reporting there for Seascapes on Glasgow born David William Bone – a Brassbounder - The Narrator was Jamie Doran and Brian Woods was the voice of “Ould Andy” ; "Leave Her Johnny , Leave Her " was sung by Willie Murphy and Johnny Collins - Audio supervision was by Trevor Sweeney a special word of thanks from Kieran to Charlie McCarthy from Dundalk for working out the sailing miles from San Francisco 'round Cape Horn to Sligo.


       Following a very successful event at Ireland’s Naval Service Base, on Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour in December , the Radio Officer Association are bringing their lecture series to the National Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday 22nd. February with kind permission of the Directors of the National Maritime Museum.  More information from Colman O Shaughnessy -or on the National Maritime Museum of Ireland website - 


International author Eoin Colfer and distinguished composer Liam Bates will join forces to host a concert on the centenary of the 'Fethard Lifeboat Disaster' of 1914 which saw nine-crew men of the RNLI vessel 'The Helen Blake' lose their lives aiding the shipwrecked Norwegian schooner 'The Mexico' off the coast of Wexford.

     The concert will be hosted by Wexford Sinfonia on Saturday, February 22 in Wexford to honor and remember the crewmembers of ‘The Mexico’ and the RNLI who lost their lives, the performance will include a specially commissioned piece by Composer Liam Bates, 'Heroes of the Helen Blake'


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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