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From childhood memories of waiting and watching for his father’s ship to arrive in port, singer/songwriter Johnny Duhan developed a maritime interest which led in later life to his writing the hugely popular song, The Voyage. On this edition of the maritime programme he discusses his reasons for writing the song and his autobiography, also called ‘The Voyage.’

Also on the programme, how the sport of sailing is being made more widely available, particularly to disabled people, through the national sailing development plan, Sailability, is discussed. BirdWatch Ireland outlines how 50 years of studying seabirds has shown how important Ireland is to the survival of international species and Water Safety Ireland has advice for enjoying the Summer in safety on the beaches of Ireland. The programme is presented by Tom MacSweeney

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July issue in shops from Friday 28th June

  • Government Position “Not Credible” Over Rockall

    Taoiseach Accused of Giving Rockall Away to UK

    The sudden and unexpected ramping up by the Scottish Government of pressure over Rockall, by threatening to arrest Irish fishing boats, shocked, surprised and “caused a degree of panic,” in the Departments of the Marine and Foreign Affairs, according to sources who spoke to this paper.

  • Decision Not to Proceed With €1.5m Sea Survival Training Centre at Greencastle is “Outrageous”

    Decision not to proceed with €1.5 million Sea Survival Training Centre at Greencastle is outrageous says Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn. Donegal Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has described the confirmation from Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) that they do not intend to proceed with the €1.5 million Sea Survival Training Centre at the National Fisheries College in Greencastle as “outrageous”.

  • Clogherhead RNLI Welcomes Latest €2.5m Shannon Class Lifeboat to Louth Station

    The latest in RNLI lifeboat technology was delivered to Clogherhead in county Louth on Sunday 2nd June and was welcomed to its new home by hundreds of people who turned out from the town and surrounding areas. Clogherhead RNLI’s Shannon class lifeboat is unique in the RNLI’s fleet as it has been funded by an Irish legacy, named after an Irish lifeboat volunteer, designed by an Irish engineer and is the first class to be called after an Irish river. The Michael O’Brien Shannon class lifeboat arrived to a sunny Clogherhead at exactly 13.31 hours, the operational number of the lifeboat.

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara to Increase Visibilty of Women in Ireland’s Seafood Industry

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, today, 6th March 2018, launched a promotional campaign to profile the important role women play in Ireland’s Seafood Sector. The Irish Seafood Sector contributed €1.15 billion to Ireland’s GDP in 2017. However women’s participation in the industry remains low. Just over one in ten (11.7%) employees in fishing, forestry and agriculture sectors in Ireland is female. This is significantly lower than the EU average of 36.9%. ‘I'm Trudy McIntyre, from Dunmore East, Co Waterford. I'm the daughter of a fishing family and now the wife of a fisherman, Shane McIntyre with two young daughters. I came into fishing through my father, spending time with him when he was out working on the boat.'


The Future of the Legendary Galway Hookers

The legendary Galway Hookers are the subject of our monthly interview in which the Chairman of Cumann HúcéirÍ na Gaillimhe, the Galway Hookers Association, Dr. Michael Brogan, talks to Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney, about the future of these iconic West of Ireland boats and says they are a maritime art, the preservation of which deserves official support. The sight of a Galway Hooker under full sail is a wonderful spectacle, which can lift the heart of anyone with a maritime feeling. To helm one is even more stirring – and demanding. The feeling of power which comes through the tiller is astonishing, as I found on the helm of the MacDuach, the biggest of the Hookers.

Great Lighthouses of Ireland RTE Documentary »

Great Lighthouses of Ireland RTE Documentary

Irish Lights has announced its involvement in a four-part documentary series with RTE 1 that tells the story of Ireland’s lighthouses and the associated aids to navigation network around the island of Ireland and the vital role it plays in ensuring safety at sea for all. The documentary, Great Lighthouses of Ireland, illustrates Irish Lights’ leading role in safe navigation at sea from the 1800s to the present day, and the advances that have taken place in relation to Aids to Navigation from an engineering and technology perspective during this period.

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Segmentation of Fleet Capacity

Art Kavanagh: I remember some years back being at a presentation from a County Manager – as they were called at the time which he entitled “Running the County as a Business”. Since then the title of County Manager has been replaced with the title of “Chief Executive” which is probably more appropriate given the size of the Business actually being managed with Huge Budgets, large Numbers of Employees and responsibilities for many aspects of life within the County.

Rogues Gallery in the Marine Times Newspaper

    Joefy checking images and of his 'younger days' in the September issue of the Marine Times in Power's Centra in Dunmore East - Photo courtesy William Power

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