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thousand American sailors arrived in Cork Harbour in May of 1917
as the United States entered the First World War. Their task was
to protect waters off the South Coast. But there were huge social
effects, with fighting over women between the sailors and local
men. That is one of the stories on this edition of THIS ISLAND NATION
which reports that those incidents had reverberations when Eamonn
De Valera went to the States to raise money for the emerging Irish
Free State. As well as that fascinating story there is a lot more
of interest in the maritime sphere on the programme, including the
introduction of fish-smelling dogs to counteract poaching on the
rivers, news of what is happening on the islands and the attractions
there can be in not taking part in yacht racing.
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is always something interesting to be reported upon and discussed
about the maritime sphere.
week the importance of maintaining knowledge of our maritime history
and passing it onto future generations was underlined to me as I
recorded an interview for THIS ISLAND NATION on the quayside at
Kinsale on the South Cork coastline. The town's historical society
was laying wreaths at a memorial to two brothers, Tim and Mortimer
McCarthy from a fishing family in the area, who had both won Polar
medals for their service with the world's renowned Polar explorers
- Mortimer with Captain Scott on the Terra Nova Expedition in 1910.
A mountain in Antarctica is named after Mortimer McCarthy. His brother,
Tim, was with Shackleton and Tom Crean on the legendary rescue voyage
for the Endurance crew from Elephant Island in the James Caird lifeboat.
But Tim is not as well-known as Tom Crean. The remembrance ceremony
was held a hundred years to the day since Tim McCarthy, was killed
while serving aboard the tanker SS Naragansett when it was torpedoed
and sunk by the German submarine U44 off the South Coast of Ireland
during World War One.
memory of these men is part of the history of this maritime town
and must be preserved," said Terry Connolly. "It is important
that we remember and that we pass on what we remember to the younger
generation so that they can know their history."
is correct about passing on our history to the next generation.
He also referred to the "connection of the coincidence of history
between Polar explorers and Irish revolutionaries" which you
can hear about on the programme.
in this edition of the programme we remember the tragedy of the
loss of Coast Guard helicopter R116.
Irish shipping company which had the unique attraction for women
- that they didn't get seasick aboard its vessels - is featured
on this edition of THIS ISLAND NATION, the maritime programme which
also marks the centenary of the sinking by a German submarine during
World War One of the Royal Mail Ship - RMS CONNAUGHT - owned by
the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company. The CONNAUGHT was a sister
ship of the RMS LEINSTER which would be sunk a year later, with
huge loss of life, by another German U-boat. Much less is known
about the CONNAUGHT than the LEINSTER. The story of the CONNAUGHT
and its revenge on the submarine which sank it, is told in this
edition of the maritime programme which also hears the history of
river pilots on the Boyne, reports news from the offshore islands
and of the latest happenings in the angling world.
is disappointing news, reported in the programme, where the Irish
Whale and Dolphin Group reports that, so far, this year is the worst
on record for strandings and deaths of dolphins. The Group says
that January and February have had high levels of deaths of dolphins,
particularly on the South and West Coasts. No clear reason has been
given. It has recorded 56 deaths so far.
NEW VESSELS, CLARE LIFESAVERS AND BRENDAN BEHAN
man who arrived in Ireland from Poland to grow oysters, but found
that designing boats was what he was best at is featured on this
edition of THIS ISLAND NATION. Frank Kowalski is setting a new trend
in the design of boats to counter drugs-running and people-smuggling
which he is building at Youghal on the East Cork coastline.
on this edition, the lifesavers of Clare, who are the best in Ireland
and you may not have known that Brendan Behan, Ireland's famous
writer, was once involved in the maritime sphere, but not with much
distinction! .He was employed as a painter in St.John's Lighthouse
in County Down, but the Principal Keeper got fed-up with his work
or, it would seem, lack thereof and wrote to the Engineer-in-Charge
of Irish Lights calling for Behan to be dismissed.
are amongst the stories on THIS ISLAND NATION, where there is always
something new and interesting to be reported about the sea.
to the programme here on the MARINE TIMES website.
RAINING IN ANTARCTICA AND PENGUINS ARE FREEZINGTO DEATH
THIS ISLAND NATION we bring you stories that you won't hear on any
other radio station. There hasn't been much reporting about the
rain in Antarctica - the Continent of snow and ice where it is now
Summertime. That rain is killing penguins who are used to the cold
temperatures but not to being wet. Donald Trump doesn't believe
in climate change, but he should listen to those with first-hand
experience, like Jim Wilson, the respected Irish ecologist and ornithologist,
just back from a trip down there and about to return to the area.
Climate change is a hard-sell, he says, but it is happening and
he tells us what he has seen at first-hand about the effect of rain
on marine life in the Antarctic.
new edition of the programme, which you can listen to here on the
MARINE TIMES website, also reports on a €5m. development project
by the voluntary community boatyard in Cork which runs the biggest
rowing race in Ireland that has turned it into an international
event. From the offshore islands we hear why the people of Inishbofin
are scouring the world for 'yarn bombs,' about a new college on
Inishmaan and artistic developments on Inisheer.
From the angling world, Inland Fisheries Ireland reports that, for
the first time, no Spring salmon was caught on Irish rivers in January.
is also the rather horrible story of the terrible injuries to marine
birds and wildlife and the killing of numbers of them by balloon
releases into the air. Birdwatch Ireland appeals to people to stop
FORGOTTEN IRISHMAN WHO DISCOVERED ANTARTICA AND WHY VLADIMIR PUTIN
WILL BE OPPOSING AN IRISH VILLAGE
this edition of the maritime programme, THIS ISLAND NATION, thre
is a very special story about the Irishman who discovered
Antarctica, but is not recognised for it and whose achievement is
being disputed by Vladimir Putin of Russia:The Antarctic is the
focus of a lot of attention at present. There are fears that the
Larsen C ice shelf, almost as big as County Cork, could break off.
If it does that could raise sea levels by as much as four inches.
There is another story about Antarctica,involving a man from the
small village of Ballinacurra, on the edge of Cork Harbour
Edward Bransfield, the man who discovered Antarctica but, amazingly,
is not recognised for that achievement. Jim Wilson is a highly respected
ecologist and ornithologist of 40 years experience who is
in the Antarctic at present, where he has been going for many years,
as a guide.He comes from Cobh, not far from Ballinacurra and is
part of a group which intends to provide the first memorial to honour
Bransfield for whom they dont even have a photograph This
interview is a longer one than we normally broadcast in this programme,
but worth listening to for the fascinating story which Jim Wilson
is one of the most important countries in the world for seabirds.
The variety of seabirds around our coastline is huge. I have marvelled
at them when sailing around the coast. On this edition of the programme
it is fascinating to hear Niall Hatch, Development Officer with
Birdwatch Ireland describe just how many there are, the different
species and, unfortunately, the very real threat to the survival
of some. He explains how this interlinks with fish stocks and the
increasingly long, daily journeys which seabirds must make to find
food. It is one of the particularly interesting interviews I have
been fortunate to do on the programme. Birdwatch Ireland is part
of a worldwide research survey at present into the survival difficulties
of some species. In this context Niall outlines the threat to the
survival of the most legendary of birds associated with the maritime
sphere - the albatross.
ON THE EDGE OF LIFE
It was a bad New Year's Day for Enda O'Coineen when Kilcullen Voyager
was dismasted and ended his participation in the solo non-stop around-the-world
Vendee Globe yacht race. Just after the dismasting, he was emotional
and philosophical as he described, from the boat, what had happened.
THE OFFSHORE ISLANDS
"We must work to preserve our island heritage and culture,
but more importantly, strengthen the future of our island communities."
So says the Secretary of Comdháil Oileán na hÉireann,
Rhoda Twombly, reporting the latest news from the offshore islands
on the programme.
Myles Kelly of Inland Fisheries Ireland outlines how young people
can be encouraged to take an interest in maritime matters through
becoming involved in angling and outlines the opportunities in the
next few weeks.
GALWAY PORT SABOTAGED ?
is ideally placed on the Western coastline to be a TransAtlantic
Port, so it has been said. So why has this not happened?
MARITIME PROGRAMME, THIS ISLAND NATION, examines a story which has
been forgotten in the annals of history and raises the question
of whether Galway's efforts to establish itself as a major port
on the Atlantic coastline, was deliberately sabotaged by an effort
to wreck the first ship on the service.
story of what happened to the Indian Empire as it sailed into Galway
Bay for the first time - and struck the only rock in the bay, is
told by author Ray Burke who has investigated whether Galway port's
future was irretrievably damaged by sabotage.
IS HAPPENING IN THE COAST GUARD?
the December edition of the MARINE TIMES we will be hearing that
there are problems in the Coast Guard. West Cork Independent member
of the Dáil, Michael Collins, T.D., questioned the Taoiseach
about the situation and said that voluntary members of the Coast
Guard were "not respected." You can hear a preview of
what he has been saying on this edition of THE MARITIME PROGRAMME
- THIS ISLAND NATION, which is supported by this newspaper. Also
on the programme you can cross the Equator with a solo sailor calling
from his boat, hear an optimistic view of cruise ships in Ireland
and about the success of Irish anglers internationally
A priest who had never been to sea before finds himself interested
in a lifeboat - and becomes a crew member. That is one of the stories
on the new edition of THIS ISLAND NATION, the maritime radio programme
supported by the MARINE TIMES.
Liam Boyle is the newest member of the Arranmore lifeboat crew.
He had never been to sea when he spotted the lifeboat moored off
the island and went over to have a chat with the crew. He quickly
signed on and has now been on four call-louts as a member of the
last 'shout' saw his pager go off at 4.15 a.m. and, during the call-out,
working alongside the Irish Coast Guard helicopter crew, he was
involved in assisting a Canadian couple whose yacht ran aground.
RNLI says on the programme: "We wish Fr. Boyle the best in
his new role and hope he doesn't get too many sleepless nights!"
can also hear about the new Irish-developed 'digital padlock' to
protect outboard engines from the big increase in thefts and the
good news from Irish Water Safety that deaths from drowning are
SHOULD NOT BE HELD TO RANSOM
have a great respect for those who live on our offshore islands.
They are a huge part of our national culture, history and maritime
tradition. To maintain island life they deserve support from all
those who interact with them, both State and private.
Twombly is Secretary of Comhdháil Óilean na hÉireann,
the Islands Federation and, in her monthly report for THIS ISLAND
NATION, the radio programme supported by the MARINE TIMES, she tells
of positive and negative developments on the offshore islands. There
is more support for island schools. There are new development workers
appointed, but there is also disappointing news that islanders on
Inishmore are again caught in a battle between the ferry company
serving the islands, the Government and Galway County Council.
is not the first time this has happened as she says: "Inish
Mór is facing into another winter of uncertain ferry service.
Island Ferries has stated that they will withdraw their service
to the island from the 21st of November until the following 17th
of March unless there is agreement between the company, the Government
and Galway County Council on levy charges at Cill Rónáin
harbour. The uncertainty of ferry service has hovered over Inish
Mór for the past four years and it really is time to bring
a definite resolution to the matter."
is indeed time that this issue was sorted out.
should not be held to ransom, as is happening with the situation
unresolved after four years and what seems like a 'permanent annual
row" once again developing, with the islanders caught in the
on the programme, research into the movements of eels, the fishing
of which is still banned in Ireland and the first Irishman to sail
in a race around the world alone explains why he is doing it.
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our Irish maritime tradition is important. We have been chronicling
the restoration of Ireland's last traditional wooden sailing ship,
the ketch ILEN, underway for a number of years at Liam Hegarty's
boatyard in Oldcourt near Skibbereen in West Cork.. and you can
hear what the Minister for Finance doesn't know about the boat!!!!
always knew who we were. We came here Irish and we didn't change
a whole lot..." The words of Damien Brazil,Instructor in the
Marine, Offshore Safety and Survival sector of the Fisheries and
Marine Institute at the Memorial University of Newfoundland who
is interviewed on the programme - a man with great knowledge of
Ireland's maritime/historical connections. His people emigrated
from Ballylongford in Co.Kerry.
like a bit of squid and there is a little bit about jigging for
squid musically in the programme, as well as the story of what happened
to a Lifeboatman on his wedding day and news about a development
to prevent the theft of Ringbuoys as well as new volunteer rescue
services in Sligo and Clare, this is an edition packed with maritime
news, discussion, comment and information.
week's edition of THIS ISLAND NATION radio programme highlights
the importance of 'being Irish.' Too often in Ireland the rush to
be more European than the Europeans has led to the casting away
of our culture and history. The programme recounts why the people
of Newfoundland, whose cod fishery was devastated in the 90s and
which is now recovering, have more pride in being Irish descendants
with a strong marine culture than the Irish people of today seem
to have in their maritime history.
are amongst the stories in this edition of the maritime programme,
THIS ISLAND NATION, which is presented by the Marine Time's Assistant
Editor, Tom MacSweeney
HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN COPY OF DRAFT HEALTH REPORT
offshore island communities have not been given a copy of a draft
report reviewing the efficiency of health services, despite being
involved in the consultation process for the report.
Secretary of the Islands Federation. Comhdháil Oileán
na hÉireann, reveals this on the new edition of THIS ISLAND
NATION radio programme, which is supported by the Marine Times.
Twombly, reporting for the islands representative body says:Comhdháil
Oileán na hÉireann had for several years pushed for
a nationwide consultation on health care provision on the offshore
islands as there has been a gradual decline in the level of medical
professionals and services available as well as uneven level of
care through the Islands. This consultation of HSE employees, primary
care-givers and Island representatives has produced a draft report
after visiting the islands to assess needs. As of now, Comhdháil
and Island Committees have not been given the report for assessment
but hope that this will be allowed.
is one bit of good news, however, she reports full-time nursing
care has finally been established on Inishturk in Mayo so residents
there are breathing a bit easier.
West Cork coastal community's pride in its seafarers who died fighting
in the biggest sea battle in the world is told in this edition of
the maritime programme THIS ISLAND NATION, presented by the Marine
Time's Assistant Editor, Tom MacSweeney.
Irish island community, which changed the world, seeks United Nations
recognition for doing so
.. And - 25 years after it was founded,
the Irish organisation which has changed understanding of coastal
waters reviews its work. These are amongst the items on the current
edition of THIS ISLAND NATION, the maritime programme supported
by The Marine Times and presented by the papers Assistant
Editor, Tom MacSweeney.
farmers need a champion to help develop their industry. So
says the man who is the voice of the aquaculture industry, Richie
Flynn, Executive of IFA Aquaculture, when he talks to THIS ISLAND
NATION presenter, Tom MacSweeney, on the latest edition of the programme,
which you can hear here. While Tom MacSweeney says he has been wondering
about the contradictory attitude of State agencies towards fisheries
issues and whether officials are driven by bureaucracy or commitment,
Richie Flynn makes the point that a 'champion for the industry'
on the programme, an Irishman from West Cork tells how he has been
involved in developing the Code which will regulate shipping and
exploration in Polar waters. There is the story of a former IRA
Commander and a British General who met on the inland waterways
and how security forces raided the wrong boat as a result.There
are reports from the offshore islands and the angling world and
how Ireland is ignoring the Nations project to control alien marine
in coastal communities could grow up being deprived of knowledge
of their history and heritage because of Goverment policies depriving
them of their future. That view is expressed in the current edition
of THIS ISLAND NATION radio programme, presented by Marine Times
Assistant Editor, Tom MacSweeney and which can be heard here. The
programme also reports on national awards to lifeboat crews and
supporters and that 47 people have died from drowning so far this
last man to be hung from the yardarm of a warship by the Royal Navy,
a brutal punishment, was an Irishman. He was from Cork and his name
was Thomas McSweeney. That caused his namesake, Marine Times Assistant
Editor, Tom MacSweeney, who presents our maritime programme, THIS
ISLAND NATION, to take a particular interest in finding out why
the 23-year-old Irish sailor was executed. He tells the story of
the Hanging of Tom McSweeney on this edition of the maritime programme.
this edition of THIS ISLAND NATION, the story of a sailor on a small
boat, a 13-foot dinghy, sailing around Ireland, raising funds to
help blind children, who says he has discovered on his voyage the
tremendous community spiritamongst coastal communities,
the importance of conversation and learned to appreciate the vastness
of Irelands coastal waters. Gary Sargent from Clontarf Yacht
and Boat Club in Dublin started his voyage from Schull in West Cork
and hopes to get back there towards the end of June. The programme
also hears from the RNLI thatthree-quarters of all those who died
in drowning accidents on the coast during the past five years were
male adults, about the 400 Coastcare Volunteer Groups and Tales
of the Brass Monkey aboard warships.
Naval Service is being subjected to a threat to its operations that
is unacceptable and carries strategic implications
for the State according to the Department of Defence. The
commercial company which has been identified as causing the threat
has said that a waste management is as important to the State as
Naval operations. The issue is discussed on this edition of the
maritime programme, THIS ISLAND NATION. The programme, presented
by Tom MacSweeney, also hears the President of the world seafarers
representative organisation say that Ireland needs a strong maritime