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Tom MacSweeney PODCAST


    The national water safety organisation is being forced to change its name – because of confusion caused by Irish Water. Believe or not, but that is happening and it’s one of the topics on my radio programme, THIS ISLAND NATION, this week. Another is the problem of brown rats and the havoc they are wreaking on inshore islands and the efforts being made to control them.

    These are two of the topics on the programme which is Podcast here on the Marine Times website, but one of the really sad marine stories, which will have particular recall on the Northern coastline and in Donegal is that of the SS.Saint Barchan. She was the last ship to be sunk in wartime in Irish waters. The crew of eight dead just 12 hours before hostilities were brought to an end. The tragic story of the SS. Saint Barchan, when she was torpedoed without warning on the evening of October 21, 1918, is told on this edition of THIS ISLAND NATION by a relative of one of the eight crewmen who died, none of whose bodies have ever been recovered. It is, he says, a forgotten ship which should be remembered. Also on the programme, why the national water safety organisation is being forced to change its name and the threat of brown rats to life on the inshore islands.

    There is also a report from County Cork where Kinsale Yacht Club has lodged objections to the plan by a Dunmore East company to begin mussel farming in Kinsale Harbour.

    As always, a wide-ranging and interesting programme about the marine sphere which you can hear now on this Podcast link:

February issue in shops from Friday 1st February

  • €35.7m in Funding for Capital Projects at Irelands Fishery Harbour Centres and Publicly Owned Harbour Network

    Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., has announced details of a €35.7m Capital Investment Package for the ongoing development of Ireland’s publicly owned harbour network.

  • Parties Must Unite Behind Coastal Communities – Ní Riada

    Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has called on all political parties to unite behind a series of broad principles designed to protect our fishing industry, coastal communities and islands.

  • New Penalty Points Legislation Being Drawn Up

    Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Michael Creed confirmed in a recent news report that he is working with the Attorney General to draw up new legislation on penalty points for fishermen. Since 2014, Fine Gael has brought forward three Statutory Instruments to try and bring the EU Penalty Points System for fishermen into Irish law.

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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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