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Beat the English

A certain way to be accepted in Ireland is to beat the English. That’s what one of the world’s top yacht designers says on this edition of the maritime programme, THIS ISLAND NATION. New Zealander Ron Holland looks back on 40 years in Ireland in a wide-ranging interview in which he has a message for young people – “don’t be defeated by school exam results.” He never passed his he says!

From Iceland, Dr.Simon Berrow reports on the circumnavigation of that island nation by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group and there are reports from Irish Water Safety and Angling Ireland.

These are amongst the topics from coast-to-coast on this, the maritime programme for Ireland - THIS ISLAND NATION, presented by Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney.

Marine Plastic Waste

The Little Skellig Island off Kerry is being covered by plastic waste. But the problem is that it is being brought ashore by Gannets building their nests. This is one result of the 12 million tons of plastic being dumped in the oceans every year. This edition of the maritime programme, THIS ISLAND NATION, reports this story and the attempts by an Irish project to re-use marine plastic waste.

The programme also hears about a scheme encouraging young people to take up angling and all the news from the offshore islands.

These are amongst the topics from coast-to-coast on this, the maritime programme for Ireland - THIS ISLAND NATION, presented by Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney.

The Wonderful Ilen

On this edition - the story of ILEN, Ireland’s last surviving, traditional, wooden sailing and trading boat. We’ll also hear about World Oceans Day and about the new National Drowning Prevention Strategy.

These are amongst the topics from coast-to-coast on this, the maritime programme for Ireland - THIS ISLAND NATION, presented by Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney.

Maritime Safety and Rescue Equipment

There are over 170,000 users of an Irish-developed maritime safety and rescue system worldwide, but Irish people are much slower to use it. On this edition of the maritime programme, THIS ISLAND NATION, we hear from the man who developed what is regarded around the world as a system which fills a critical gap in maritime safety awareness. But why are the Irish so slow to use it, even though it is free-of-charge?

The programme also hears that offshore island residents are not happy with the Government’s continuous delays in working with them on long-term planning for the future of the islands and the programme joins in the campaign to get rid of plastic from the world’s oceans

These are amongst the topics from coast-to-coast on this, the maritime programme for Ireland - THIS ISLAND NATION, presented by Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney.

100th Edition of This Island Nation

The 100th edition of THIS ISLAND NATION brings news of the end of an Irish maritime era, the huge task of removing the natural gas rigs from Ireland’s first offshore exploration discovery at Kinsale Head. The programme also hears of an Irish expedition to remind the Icelanders, as they start to hut fin whales again, that whales are not the property of one nation. As Summer approaches, the importance of Beach Lifeguards is discussed and how many lives and injuries they have saved is revealed. These are amongst the topics from coast-to-coast on this, the 100th edition of the maritime programme for Ireland - THIS ISLAND NATION, presented by Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney.

Reconnecting the Land and Sea Communities

Reconnecting the land and sea communities, the first broadcast of a ballad about the R116 Coast Guard helicopter tragedy, a plea to observe and report the arrival of swallows, cuckoos and swifts and to protect the last of the corncrakes, angling news from all over Ireland and what is happening on our offshore island communities. These are amongst the topics from coast-to-coast on this edition of the maritime programme for Ireland - THIS ISLAND NATION, presented by Tom MacSweeney, Deputy Editor, Marine Times.

Who Was Molly Malone?

MOLLY MALONE AND DUBLIN’S COCKLES AND MUSSELS: Molly Malone is not a real person, purely fictitious, but her name became synonymous with Dublin because of cockles and mussels and the raw consumption of them caused serious problems for thousands of Dubliners. That is one of the stories which writer and ecologist, Richard Nairn, will be telling us about on THIS ISLAND NATION programme. With two colleagues, David Jeffrey, Bob Goodbody, he has produced a book “Dublin Bay- Nature and History…” published by Collins Press. It is a good read, dealing with questions such as - How was Bull Island former in Dublin Bay??? Who was Molly Malone and why are cockles and mussels so much associated with Dublin….?? What about Dublin Bay Prawns?? And what about the Vikings and Captain Bligh in Dublin Bay ?? Worth reading and worth listening to. A wide-ranging and interesting edition of the maritime programme, THIS ISLAND NATION, presented by Tom MacSweeney.

Superstitions of the Sea

The ways in which fishermen try to avoid misfortune at sea are told by Bairbe Ni Fhloinn who lectures in Irish folklore at University College, Dublin, on this edition of THIS ISLAND NATION, the maritime programme for Ireland, presented by the Deputy Editor of the Marine Times, Tom MacSweeney, and supported by the paper. The programme also tells how the people of Rosslare remember the 61 passengers and crew who were killed in the Aer Lingus crash off Tuskar Rock 50 years ago and hears the story of the Black Guillemot and about 29 years of watching birds on Rockabill Island. A wide-ranging and interesting edition of the maritime programme, THIS ISLAND NATION, presented by Tom MacSweeney.

Does the Boating Community Take Enough Notice of Safety Issues?

IRISH WATER SAFETY reveals that 62% of all drowning fatalities occur inland and just 38% at sea on the new edition of THIS ISLAND NATION radio programme tonight on CRY104FM at 6.30 pm and www,cry104FM online and stations throughout Ireland this week. The RNLI reports on the latest news from Irish lifeboats and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group will examine the story and history of ‘MUC MHARA’ - IRELAND’S SMALLEST WHALE. And the story of the one-legged Irish sailor from Cork who attacked a King of England will be told. WELCOME TO KINVARA – THE 11TH STATION IN THE COMMUNITY OF THE SEA: Kinvara FM Community Radio in County Galway, broadcasting every Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 8 p.m. on 92.4FM is the latest station to join “the community of the sea” through THIS ISLAND NATION programme. From Sunday, March 11, the programme will be broadcast fortnightly on Sundays at 1 p.m. This brings to 11 the number of stations now broadcasting the maritime programme reporting on the culture, history, tradition and modern developments of MARITIME IRELAND. A wide-ranging and interesting edition of the maritime programme, THIS ISLAND NATION, presented by Tom MacSweeney.

The Fishmonger Who Talked to the Queen (... and other stories)

On this edition, the man who made international news when he told Queen Elizabeth that a monkfish has a face like a “mother-in-law” talks about what it is like to sell fish. Pat O’Connell calls for more public education about the fishing industry and says that all sections of it need to be working together for its future, which is not helped, he says, by politicians who fail to stand-up for it against European regulations. The Islands’ Federation says that offshore islanders have just as much rights to travel facilities as any citizen of the mainland; Birdwatch Ireland warns about the future of the seas and Fisheries Ireland encourages youngsters to go angling. A wide-ranging and interesting edition of the maritime programme, THIS ISLAND NATION, presented by Tom MacSweeney.

The Convict Transporation Ships to Australia

 

The convict ships transported 165,000 prisoners to Australia in the 80 years between 1788 and 1868. They were mostly men, but 25,566 women were also transported, though not all were prisoners. Some went voluntarily. The last convict ship, the Hougoumont, docked in the port city of Fremantle in Western Australia on January 9, 1869 – ending the era of transportation. It had been at sea for 89 days on a 14,000-nautical-mile voyage. Amongst the prisoners were 68 Fenians.

Fred Rea, owner and Publisher of the Irish Scene magazine in Western Australia and one of the organisers of the first 10-day Irish festival in Australia, held to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the ending of transportation, tells the story of these ships in a riveting account and asks why there was no commemoration of the historic date in Ireland.

THE RADIO PROGRAMME FOR MARITIME IRELAND

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