the many interesting stories on this edition of the maritime programme,
THIS ISLAND NATION why the European Union is refusing to
give figures for the total value which the fishing fleets of European
nations have taken from Irish waters. It is claimed that this amounts
to many billions of Euros, but efforts to get the answer in the
European Parliament have been turned down. And the man who is Tom
Crean, tells the programme why he wants to be Tom Crean. There is
also disturbing news about hoax calls to the lifeboats and the results
of a national survey of public attitudes to water safety, as well
as a report on why the Arctic Ocean is becoming more like the Atlantic.
ISLAND NATION is presented by Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney
and you can hear it here now on the MARINE TIMES website by clicking
on the link to the programme now.
Festival to shine a light on maritime matters
free fun filled festival set to shine a light on all things maritime
will get underway at the worlds oldest intact working Lighthouse
on the Hook Peninsula County Wexford this May bank holiday weekend.
action packed weekend of festivities will get underway from Saturday,
April 29th from 11am. Join in the fun and games for all the family
or enroll at the new Pirate School headed up by none other than
taking place over the weekend will be an opportunity to learn first
hand about safety at sea from members of the Irish Coast Guard.
Visitors will also have the chance to step back in time with the
re-enactors from Claoimh who will demonstrate life and battles from
the medieval past. Join in lawn games and fun adventures with Pirate
Pat and Captain Hook or for the bigger adventurous kids
can try out the Bungee Trampoline. A craft market featuring pieces
from crafters based all across the southeast region will also be
hosted over the weekend.
festival will also focus on the heritage and past of Hook Lighthouse,
shining a light on life as it was at this, the worlds oldest
operational lighthouse. Commenting on the upcoming festival weekend,
Manager at Hook Lighthouse Ann Waters said, We are delighted
to host another Shine A Light Festival, it is always a fantastic
weekend of fun for all the family with the added benefit of placing
an important focus on safety at sea and reminding us of the great
work our emergency service teams carry out alongside the beacon
of safety that is Hook Lighthouse. The are also opportunities to
explore the watchroom and tower and learn about technology and navigation
at our lighthouse in times gone by and today.
guided tour at the ancient lighthouse also shines a light on its
history and heritage with first hand stories of life as a lightkeeper
shared via recordings of these tales from former lighthouse keepers
and their wives.
Shine A Light festival takes place in conjunction with the Great
Lighthouses of Ireland, Shine a Light events over the
May bank holiday weekend whereby 12 lighthouses around Ireland including
Hook Lighthouse will shine a light and celebrate and share the rich
tradition and work that they of carry out daily.
taking place on the Hook Peninsula over the weeeknd is the annual
Hike to the Hook event organised by Hook Tourism, walkers
will take on a 20km walk along one of Irelands most scenic
routes from Tintern Abbey to Hook Lighthouse.
are on offer at Hook Lighthouse 7 days a week, visitors to the 800
year old Lighthouse can take a step back in time on a guided tour
and meet St. Dubhan and his fifth Century Monks who first established
the beacon at the Hook Peninsula. Meet the greatest Knight that
ever lived William Marshall and hear the stories from the Lightkeepers
and their families who for well over 100 years were stationed on
site protecting all of those at sea. For all of the festival details
in Wexford see www.hookheritage.ie
and for details on the Great Lighthouses of Ireland see www.greatlighthouses.com
trade deal will see immediate effects on Irish fish prices
Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement or CETA as it is known
will come into effect formally from May 1st when the Canadian parliament
passes the treaty. This will have an immediate effect on prices
of some fish stocks that Canada can export to the EU. This could
have an immediate effect on the price of lobsters in Donegal amongst
other fish stocks' said Independent TD Thomas Pringle.
Coastal Communities being kept in Limbo over Oyster Farms
Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has hit out
at Minister for the Marine Michael Creed over the lack of progress
being made in respect of a number of aquaculture licence applications
and licencing appeals relating to oyster farms in West Donegal which
have yet to be determined. Deputy Dohertys comments come following
confirmation from the Minister this week that a licence application
at Cruit Strand, which received a Ministerial waiver not requiring
the applicant to provide an environmental impact statement for the
plans, is still awaiting decision some six months after public
consultation ended last October.