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Marine Times - This Island Nation : Weekly Podcast


    From this edition, a new way to listen to my Podcast and the national maritime radio programme, THIS ISLAND NATION, which we have combined into one Podcast for easier listening on the Marine Times website. CLICK ON PHOTO TO LISTEN TO PODCAST

    The lost s.s. Dundalk whose story is told on this edition of the Marine Times This Island Nation Podcast; Dessie Morgan whose uncle died in the s.s. Dundalk tragedy - with the memorial clock mentioned in the podcast.

    This edition of the PODCAST reflects on the discrimination against fishermen wherein, apparently because they harvest the sea, they are not favoured by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, with compensation for the ravages of bad weather, in comparison to the manner in which farmers are.

    Those whose lives are spent on the sea suffer too and that is well reflected in the opening two stories of this edition of the radio programme, which records tragic disasters on the East Coast of Ireland that occurred within days of each other and not too far away from each other.

    The programme also discusses the health of our marine eco systems, as viewed through the presence of thousands of whales, dolphins and porpoises in Irish waters and hears how Irish water safety volunteers are leading Europe and there is an appeal for the public to watch out for sea swallows.

    The sea has many different aspects, as does the maritime community. What is particularly important in an island nation is interest in the sea, which is reflected in this Podcast.

Latest News

  • Irish oyster industry celebrated on the eve of the 64th Galway Oyster Festival

    Members of Ireland’s 1300 strong oyster sector met in Galway on the eve of the 64th Galway Oyster festival to demonstrate to a packed audience of chefs and world champion oyster shuckers, how distinctive Irish oysters are, depending on where along the Irish coastline they are being raised.

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  • Dún Laoghaire Harbour transfers to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

    Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has been advised by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport that the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport has determined that the date of the transfer of the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council shall be the 3 October 2018.

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  • Triskell Seafood Ltd secures European distribution deal for Irish-manufactured Marine Hook

    SPONSORED: Sligo-based shellfish trader Triskell Seafood have secured a valuable deal with a well-known French distributer. Under the deal they will market a line of stainless-steel marine hooks manufactured by Triskell Seafood here in Ireland, alongside their own hooks. The hooks are used primarily by growers to secure oyster grow bags to trestle tables as well as on shrimp pots.

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October issue in shops from Saturday 29th September

  • Minister ‘Out of His Depth’ as He ‘Fails Fishing Industry’

    “Minister Michael Creed has exposed state to potential €1.2 million in legal costs as he fails to engage with industry and the opposition on Penalty Points System” Accusations of a “shocking degree of political ineptitude” have been labelled at Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Michael Creed by Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher Leas Cheann Comhairle and Fianna Fail Marine spokesperson.

  • Seven-Year Wait on Aquaculture Licence Continues

    Decision on Marine Harvest Application Deferred Until Mid-2019: Ireland’s leading organic salmon producer and Donegal based firm, Marine Harvest Ireland (MHI) has expressed its disappointment at the latest delay in reaching a decision on a finfish licence application in Bantry Bay, originally submitted to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in 2011.

  • Irish Waters Can No Longer Be A Criminal Playground

    The Government must take a zero tolerance approach towards illegal fishing by foreign vessels in Irish waters, according to MEP Liadh Ní Riada. The Ireland South MEP, who sits on the EU Fisheries Committee, said a serious crackdown was needed following the discovery of more than a tonne of illegal shark fins aboard a Spanish vessel off the southwest coast.

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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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