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Two Irish journalists feature on RNLI 200 Voices podcast

Cork maritime journalist (and not forgetting Deputy Editor of the Marine Times Newspaper) Tom MacSweeney, former Marine Correspondent at RTE and his erstwhile colleague Tom McGuire, recently retired Head of RTE Radio 1 both contribute this week to a special podcast series marking 200 years of the RNLI.

Tom MacSweeney presented more than a thousand episodes of the maritime programme ‘Seascapes’ on RTE Radio 1 and in Voice of the Sea reflects on the unchanging mission of the charity and the generous spirit of RNLI volunteers.

In this episode which, will is available from Thursday 21 December, he reflects particularly on the Lady Murphy tragedy in Rosslare Harbour on Christmas Eve 1977 in which Kilmore Quay RNLI volunteer Finton Sinnott was lost at sea.

In his reflection Tom MacSweeney notes how the mission of the RNLI ‘to save every one’ has remained unchanged over two centuries. In particular he pays tribute to the contribution of lifeboat people and their families for the contribution and sacrifices they make in saving lives.

Also available to listen in Full Circle, Tom McGuire who is lifeboat press officer at Lough Ree RNLI talks about how his media career and his return as a volunteer to the same community he served in a pastoral role in the 1980s.

The unique podcast series will hear from people connected to the RNLI in Ireland and those whose lives have been touched by the lifesaving charity. Hear from locals with a special kinship to their lifeboat station, a crew member who’s been on service for a generation, or the family of someone rescued by an RNLI frontline lifesaver – each episode is sure to take the listener on a journey through a touching story.

Available across all podcast platforms and the RNLI’s website, listeners can hear from survivors, supporters, volunteers, lifeguards, celebrity ambassadors, historians and many more from across Wales, England, Scotland Ireland and beyond.

Launch into a podcast like no other: Listen to the RNLI’s 200 Voices daily, wherever you get your podcasts or at

To find out more about the RNLI’s bicentenary, visit