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A New Maritime Safety Strategy But Will Irish Maritime Administration Listen or Dictate?
Island Nation
#seachange – The Government is planning a new maritime safety strategy. The Irish Maritime Administration, which is effectively the Coast Guard and other aspects of maritime transport within the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, has decided that Ireland needs…
Changing Nature of Cork Harbour, Marine Wildlife & B31 Iceberg Breaks–Off
Island Nation
#thisislandnation – Enjoying the current good spell of weather in the South of the country I have been reflecting on how marvellous Nature and marine wildlife is and how fortunate it is to have ownership of a boat which allows…
A Lifetime in Kinsale Boats – Ships, Fishing, Piracy, Hanging & A Happy Ending
Island Nation
#islandnation – Entering Kinsale Harbour, east of the Bulman Buoy, is a prominent 200-foot cliff rising sharply above the sea. It is known as Hangman Point and was the location of a gibbet, a warning to everyone not to engage…
This Island Nation Podcast (June) – Irish Maritime Interests Are Wide & Varied
Island Nation
#thisilandnation – There are 11 different storylines in this month's THIS ISLAND NATION programme here on the Afloat website, underlining the wide variety of maritime topics to be reported. They range from an exclusive interview with the head of the…
Rivers That Flow Through Our Cities Should Be Utilised
Island Nation
#thisislandnation – We don't make enough use of the rivers which flow through our cities. These ribbons of life to our major urban centres pass through the heart of the cities where the pressure of traffic and pedestrians shows more…
Sailing Friendships Lead to a Meeting By The Kittiwakes In Dunmore East
Island Nation
#islandnation – The 'reach' of friendship which sailing has was demonstrated to me when I was trying to record kittiwakes who live on the cliff face in Dunmore East. The County Waterford fishing port has a colony of the black-legged…
Coastal Communities Endeavour to Maintain Ireland's Maritime Heritage
Island Nation
#thisislandnation – After an absence of several years it is a pleasure to return to the airwaves, a decision I have taken in pursuance of my belief that the national media is seriously neglectful of maritime matters. The marine sphere…
This Island Nation Podcast – Waterford Estuary Fishermen, Ocean to City Rowing & More...
Island Nation
#islandnation – Welcome to the new monthly 'This Island Nation' radio programme on Community Radio Youghal, Cry104fm and podcast on Afloat.ie, Ireland's boating website. Click the play button above to hear the podcast. In this month's programme Marine Journalist Tom…
What Does the ISA Do for Me, as a Club Member?
Island Nation
On THIS ISLAND NATION this week... I take the view that every sport needs a national association to lead its development. So Ireland needs a national sailing association. How a national association serves its members must be the definition of…
How Government Misled Maritime Public, Respect for the ISA & the Unluckiest Ships' Captain?
Island Nation
#islandnation – On THIS ISLAND NATION this week... How the Government has misled the maritime public ... The unluckiest Ships' Captain? ..... What about this collision in Singapore! Have you checked your marina's ladders? And much more... Government reform to…
Steamship history, Coastal Jobs, America's Cup & Indian Sharks
Island Nation
#islandnation – This week...Steamship history from a small town in Cork Harbour...Coastal areas deserve State support for development projects to create jobs...Ice on the river...Grant Dalton blows his cool on America's Cup hypocrisy... Indian sharks have gone missing and more...…
Searching for Trawlers, Sailing Solo, Salp & Parking Your Boat
Island Nation
Fishing – THE MAN WHO SEARCHED FOR 60-FOOTERS #islandnation – Can you imagine spending years searching for old 60-foot boats, travelling the country's coastline because of a 'bug' within your system? Pat Nolan from Cork, who now lives in County…
Coastguard Warns of Putting to Sea Alone. Where is Ireland's Maritime Government?
Island Nation
#islandnation – On THIS ISLAND NATION this week – an island nation without a maritime government ... Coast Guard doesn't seem to like solo boaters.... Whispering to sharks ... Scrapping the only nuclear container ship and more .... Safety COAST…
Massive Container Ships will Challenge Port Capacities
Island Nation
#islandnation – This week – massive container ships are on the way to challenge the port capacities .... Costa Concordia Captain speaks... Slavery for Irish seafarers... Time for environmentalists to talk to fishermen.... And much more.... THE NEW AGE OF…
Farmed Fish, Harbour Master Retires & Shipping Revival
Island Nation
#islandnation – On THIS ISLAND NATION this week – farmed fish overtake the wild kind ... Cork Harbour Master retires ...Shipping revival predicted ... EU attempt to licence leisure boating stopped ... And much more marine news ..... FARMED FISH…
Making Sailing in Ireland Less Elitist
Island Nation
#islandnation – Making sailing less elitist; BIM addressing difficulties between fishermen and processors;Captain defends his sunken ship; Cork brotherly angling duo amidst lots of cod; Using one sea to help another; RNLI independence and a giant squid is filmed. CREATING…

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