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Seascapes Friday 13 June 2014



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

Seascapes Friday 13th June 2014

features Conor Mowlds NMCI; visit to JS de Elcano in Dublin Port; Hugh Oram on Marconi; Clipper Race prepares for leg to Derry.

Hello and welcome aboard   this week’s edition of your maritime programme Seascapes – we visit the third largest tall ship in the world the pride of the Spanish Navy the Juan Sebastian de Elcano; Hugh Oram has the tale of the worlds first ever sports event broadcast on radio over one hundred and sixteen years ago covering a yacht race ...Kieran Devaney is on Tory Island to visit the lighthouse with former keeper and now hotelier Sean Doherty


First on Seascapes this week we talk to the head of the National Maritime College of Ireland – Conor Mowlds about the major contract signed last month with Chevron Shipping .....





Earlier this week the pride of Spain – the Tall Ship the Juan Sebastian de Elcano paid a visit to Dublin she last visited the Port fifteen years ago – Seascapes went aboard on Monday evening at the invitation of the Embassy of Spain Department of Tourism we talked to their Counsellor for Tourism Gonzalo Ceballos about the vessel......



We hear next from Commander Fernando Moreu in the magnificent Officers Ward room...

As we moved through the heart of the Tall Ship and through the engine room which positively sparkled – we headed back on deck to the castle....and talked to this naval officer from Cartagena ..

A career change is always difficult. But even more so when you are in your seventies and spent most of your working life in one of the loneliest jobs in the world .Sean Doherty was a lighthouse keeper for fifty years. He spent many of them as the custodian of the Tory Island light ........those days have gone and now Sean has made the voyage from one world to another ..... for Seascapes, Kieran Devaney sailed out into the Atlantic to Tory Island to bring us this story............




Staying with a lighthouse related theme ...... We’ve had a note from Deirdre Lane of the Irish Branch of the Nautical Institute that on Wednesday next in Sydney the Annual General Meeting of the Nautical Institute will elect Captain Robert Mc Cabe to the Presidency of the Institute for a two year term. The Institute has 6,500 members worldwide across 110 countries. The Sydney Branch will host the international Annual General Meeting of the Institute on 17th June at the Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour as part of a conference on Navigational Competence.


An Irish Master Mariner, Captain Mc Cabe is Director of Operations and Navigation Services at the Commissioners of Irish Lights and previously served with Irish Shipping Ltd. Congratulations from all at Seascapes......


A major conference begins on Wednesday next 18th June at The Printworks, Dublin Castle- Our Ocean Wealth is the first annual review of the implementation of Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth. The conference will focus on achievements to date, sustainable growth and employment opportunities for the future and the actions required to drive progress


On Sunday week the 28th of June on Whiddy Island there is a special U.S. Naval Sea Plane Base Commemoration.The local community will unveil a hand carved stone memorial on Whiddy Island to commemorate the young marine Walford August Anderson from Monett, Missouri who tragically died in a seaplane crash on the 22nd of Oct. 1918 while returning to their base at Whiddy Island .

The Itinerary includes

   A large flotilla of boats including the Bantry Inshore Life boat and Castletownbere RNLI, which will leave Bantry pier at 12 noon and visit the crash site. There, Kym Kemp granddaughter of the pilot of A1072, will partake in a wreath laying ceremony at sea. Following which they will return to the new pontoon area of Whiddy, where the memorial is located for the unveiling ceremony. The unveiling of the memorial will be performed by Lt. Col. Sean Costen of the U.S. Air Force, and Defence Attaché to the American Embassy.

           Musical accompaniment will be provided by a string quartet that are in Bantry as part of the Bantry Chamber Music Festival, and a poetry reading by Nell O’ Regan poet and director of the West Cork Literary Festival.

The Irish navy will be represented , the Irish air corps and representatives of the American Legion will also attend, as well as local dignitaries, politicians and representatives of Cork County Council.


         After the unveiling ceremony there will be a break for refreshments, followed by presentations by noted Irish aviation historian, Tony Kearns and historian Ted O’ Sullivan, as well as Colonel Barry Hannon Irish Air Corps and Lt. Col Sean Costen U.S. Air Force.   Sean T. Rickard of the American Legion who will be present on the day will give a brief account of Irish American aviation links such as the flying boats in Foynes, and the early Irish air corps pilots who made transatlantic flights.

As the Clipper Race has now left New York bound for Derry Seascapes caught a quick word with Derry Skipper Sean McArter on the pontoon before they boarded....



Seascapes will be featuring the Clipper Ventures Round the World Yacht Race arrival in Derry for their Maritime Festival on the programme on Friday 27th June ........more on our webpage


Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival takes place in Ballydehob this weekend with shanty singers, from Norway, England and Ireland taking part, plus maritime storytelling ......


Dalkey Rowing Club are holding The Dalkey Regatta at Scotsman Bay , Sandycove this Sunday






“ Next week here on Seascapes we feature the story of the RMS Tayleur – we talk to author Gill Hoffs about her recently published book by Pen & Sword “The Sinking of the RMS Tayleur- The Lost Story of the Victorian Titanic ; we have details of a walking festival on Bere Island ; a special Commemoration on Whiddy Island on the site of the former US Naval Sea Plane Base ; details on how to vote for young sailor Finn Lynch in the Nissan Generation Next competition ; Norman Freeman on Prunes and the Prohibition police in Bombay...... .all that and much more here on your maritime programme   until next Friday night – tight lines and fair sailing.”


Current U21 Men’s Laser Radial World Champion Finn Lynch has been shortlisted for the prestigious Nissan Generation Next competition which recognises up-and-coming sports stars. The top six nominees will win a Nissan for a year which would be of considerable assistance to Finn during his campaign for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Finn would like to call on the Irish sailing community to vote for him. All you need to do is click on the link below and enter your email address. No registration necessary.

Finn Lynch is an incredibly talented young sailor from landlocked Co. Carlow. Although only 18, Finn has already secured one of only two spots allocated to compete in the Laser Standard Olympic Qualifier in Santander this September in the hopes of qualifying Ireland for the 2016 Games. Having only just graduated to the Standard, Finn capped off his Laser Radial career in 2013 by winning the U21 Men’s Laser Radial World Championship and taking Bronze in the Men’s Laser Radial World Championship. He adds these achievements to his 2012 Silver medal from the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships. However his accomplishments so far are nothing compared to his goals for the future. Finn plans to represent and bring home the Gold for Ireland at the Olympics. Finn would benefit greatly from a Nissan, as it would cut his three-hour commute to his club; the National Yacht Club in Dublin down to one hour.


To support Finn and the sport of sailing please go to and click Vote. No registration required.

Voting closes Monday, June 30th at 12pm.


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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The Reel Thing

Hilary James/Simon Mayor


The Reel Thing

The Reel Thing

Hilary James/Simon Mayor


Sailing By

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Bbc Concert Orchestra




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