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The Haulbowline Naval Base is an important strategic location for the Irish Defence Forces
Island Nation
Why has no politician of any hue, Government or Opposition, of any party or of the Independents, raised concern in the Dáil about the strategic implications for the State of the threat to a fully operational Naval Service and its…
'Regatta Club' aims to encourage youngsters from 8-to-18 years into "sociable sailing” and, perhaps, return to those days when children loved to go down to ‘the club’ to go sailing
Island Nation
There was a time when the local sailing club was a social centre for children, where they got their first ‘taste’ of sailing as a ‘fun’ and enjoyable occasion without the stress of competition and performance separating them from each…
Cork Harbour Naval base showing single road bridge access to Ringaskiddy where Indaver wants to build a hazardous waste incinerator
Island Nation
“The boy stood on the burning deck,” is one of the most famous lines in literature and particularly relevant in the maritime sphere. Many people can quote the next line…”Whence all but he had fled…” But why was he there,…
The ISA 'Try Sailing' Programme will be launched at Kinsale on Bank Holiday Monday
Island Nation
I have been vocal over the past few months in expressing concern about improving access to sailing and combating the impression that the sport is elitist. I spoke about the need for initiatives at the annual conference of the Irish…
Tony Kehoe and the Kehoe lifeboat family of Rosslare
Island Nation
I said words in tribute to a Lifeboatman on radio this week that I have never said before as I introduced my programme (scroll down the page for the podcast). I meant them and I was honoured to be able…
Vector Martini speeding under Haulbowline Bridge
Island Nation
It isn’t often that I am told “she is a beast of a boat…” with admiration in the voice of the person describing the boat to me. However, when she has over 2,000 horsepower to get her moving, it is…
Would it actually have been possible for the AUD to have landed its cargo in Tralee Bay?
Island Nation
I love Irish history. It is the story of the Irish people, living in an island nation. But I have always wondered about a maritime, a shipping aspect of the Easter Rising, the commemoration of which has raised the profile…
ICRA Commodore Simon McGibney is committed to expanding involvement in sailing
Island Nation
I am a passionate believer in the concept that sailing is ‘a sport for all and a sport for life’. I took to heart a slogan to this effect promoted by the Irish Sailing Association a few years ago. I…
The biggest cruise ship ever built
Island Nation
It is my belief that there is a ‘Family of the Sea,’ a community of interest uniting maritime people, from those engaged in the sector professionally, to those who take part in marine leisure activities. Bonding these disparate interests together…
Youghal Docks. Listen to the Tom MacSweeney podcast below
Island Nation
When that lovely piece of music, SAILING BY, rolls from the studio presentation desk through my headphones, I feel a sense of enjoyment at being able to bring a wide tapestry of news, information, stories about the culture, history and…
Tough sailing for Laser dinghies at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club. Scroll down to listen to the podcast below
Island Nation
I have always considered Laser sailors to be tough, particularly when I have seen them battling the elements of Winter weather during Frostbite series. So, standing on the Sand Quay at Monkstown in Cork Harbour, base of my home village…
Island Nation
Sailing is, definitely, a ‘sport for life’ but “you have to find a bit of time for it and, if you have a family, don’t let it hog your whole life and try to take your family with you.” Good…
Island Nation
It is probably only an “eccentric billionaire” who would come up with and finance a plan to build a second Titanic and operate it with a derivative of the name of the company which owned the original ill-fated vessel. Clive…
Island Nation
There is a battle beginning in Cork Harbour which could become nasty and how it turns out will shape the future of what has been described as “the second most beautiful natural harbour in the world.” At issue is €500m…
Island Nation
Listening to a seafarer describe how colleagues from his native town left port on a night of very bad weather, when their Skipper was advised not to go by other Skippers, I thought of how there can be a very…
Island Nation
“Behold the turtle who makes progress, but only when it sticks its neck out.”I like that quotation because I have ‘stuck my neck out” several times in reporting on the marine sphere.I am doing so again now.To judge from comments…

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