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The Laser Dinghy League at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour last January
Island Nation
It was ice on the rigging which put me off sailing in November and December. That was quite a few years ago, but as climate change has had its effects, those months have had different weather patterns and this year…
A ship at Marina Point in Cork Harbour
Island Nation
When I changed tack in my journalistic career and moved, after nearly 30 years from mainstream reporting to specialising in marine matters, I was told by a number of people that I would be “wasting my time” because it was…
Opting in is part of the new approach for charities in communicating with supporters as the RNLI aspire to best practice
Island Nation
I am lucky enough to have good friends in the lifeboat service. Over the years I have met great Coxswains and their crews, enjoying their friendship and admiring with deep respect what they do – marvelling at the rescues they…
Was Galway Port Sabotaged? (Podcast)
Island Nation
In my last Podcast, I expressed the opinion that it is strange how things happen. This was again underlined for me as I prepared the new edition of my maritime programme which you can listen to below. Galway Port Company…
Mussel boat
Island Nation
“The question which must be answered by the Minister is – Does his Department genuinely not think that fish are a natural resource? “If the answer is ‘no’ – then who, in his name (and all of us), said that…
The Cuban Blockade
Island Nation
It is strange how things happen. In the week in which Fidel Castro died and there has been such controversy about how President Higgins eulogised him and ‘shipped’ a lot of criticism for what he said and while the airwaves heard…
Passengers mustering aboard Costa Concordia during emergency
Island Nation
It may have to take another disaster of Titanic proportions before lifesaving provisions on board cruise ships are improved.That might seem like a bit of hyperbole – an exaggerated statement or claim not meant to be taken literally, but it…
Kevin Hennessy with Ben Aken, General Manager of Barrus, the UK’s largest engine distributor which is distributing the Outboardwaren protective system with their engines
Island Nation
I wrote a few weeks ago about the importance of protecting your boat and marine equipment.Since then I have been talking to a man who has developed a unique system to prevent thieves stealing outboard engines, of which thefts there…
The Pilotage conference at the National Maritime College
Island Nation
Master Mariners are interesting people to meet and talk with. They are the Captains of their industry… The Shipmasters …. Leaders in the Merchant Navy…. A Master Mariner achieves that designation after years of study, examinations, Cadetship, sea-going service, more…
Kilronan Harbour on Inismor, the largest of the Aran Islands. Ireland's offshore islands are a huge part of our national culture, history and maritime tradition
Island Nation
I 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…
Cruise ships in Cork Harbour
Island Nation
The cruise ship industry is a huge and growing business …. The “ship hotel” as it has been dubbed. There is huge competition amongst the companies which own the ships and amongst the ports which want them to call. More,…
Ilen's bowsprit
Island Nation
A 22–foot long bowsprit is an impressive sight. ‘Wow’ was my first reaction as I stood on the deck of the historic Ilen looking at it during the ‘decking-out’ ceremony for the vessel which I report on the new edition…
Tom MacSweeney's Sigma 33 Scribbler ashore in Cork Harbour
Island Nation
It is, in my experience, an awful thing to board your boat and see the damage which has been done to it by thieves who have broken-in. That happened to me a few years ago on my mooring at Crosshaven…
Heart's Content, Newfoundland
Island Nation
I have spent many years trying to create more interest in the maritime sphere. Sometimes it can be frustrating and disappointing to see the continued level of disinterest, particularly amongst our political fraternity, most of whom seem to have little…
Pink Gin – a favourite with sailors
Island Nation
The ‘Pink Gin’ has long been associated with the sailing fraternity, notably it has to be said, with an elderly vintage of sailor! There were those halcyon days when revered - or maybe not so revered, but certainly talked about…
Dublin Port – public appreciation and understanding of the port has diminished and there is a plan to restore it. Listen to the podcast below
Island Nation
This week on my podcast, I focus on what Dublin is doing about its waterfront. This follows on my last podcast about the lack of attention by many of the country’s towns and cities to their waterfronts and why they…

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