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Shipwrecked – Brian Carlin Tells How He Survived Volvo Ocean Race Crash
Island Nation
#vor –  As the Volvo Ocean Race organisers release the investigation report into the Team Vestas Wind shipwreck in the Indian Ocean, Irish sailor Brian Carlin who was the yacht's Onboard Reporter describes dramatically on the current edition of THIS ISLAND…
Difficult Waters for Irish Sailing, Just 17,000 Registered Leisure Sailors in Ireland
Island Nation
#irishsailing – There are just 17,000 registered leisure sailors in Ireland at present. There has been a decline in sailing, the level of activity has weakened, clubs are losing membership and several marinas have space available for the first time.…
Shocking Drowning Figures & EU Recognises Cruise Ship Industry After 25 Years
Island Nation
#drowning – The Chief Executive of Irish Water Safety, John Leech, shocked me this week when I heard him say at the end of his regular report on my radio programme 'THIS ISLAND NATION': "I finish on a sad note,…
Why Sea Links Are More Important Than Air Links
Island Nation
#sealinks – In the current debate which has surfaced about the future of Aer Lingus, it is good to hear the realisation in all quarters, from politicians to business, economic and media commentators that Ireland is an 'island nation'. While…
The Relationship of Ireland to the Sea
Island Nation
#islandnation – "There is a deep-rooted interest in the sea amongst Irish people. Seeing history through the prism of the sea, bringing together the coastal communities and the public generally will raise interest in the relationship of Ireland to the…
Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth: Understand Backwards – Look Forwards
Island Nation
#islandnation – "Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards." It was Søren Aabye Kierkegaard, a 19th century Danish philosopher and theologian, who penned those words. His approach to philosophy was to leave the reader of his…
Do Boats Talk?
Island Nation

Do Boats Talk?

18th December 2014
#islandnation –  I have told my wife that my boat is not an inanimate object, that it does talk to me, which has generated the response that it costs enough, but does it ever explain why? It may not be…
Island Communities Speak Out Against Government Policy
Island Nation
#islandnation – On this edition of THIS ISLAND NATION podcast I question Government policy towards two aspects of the marine sphere and ask how much confidence can be placed in the much-hyped plan to create Ocean Wealth writes Tom MacSweeney. Several times…
Sailmaker Des McWilliam Interview on His First Transatlantic Crossing
Island Nation
#islandnation – Sailmaker Des McWilliam talks about his first time sailing across the Atlantic, which he has "wanted to do" throughout his long sailing career, but has never done until now. He talks about the ARC - the Atlantic Cruiser…
Women Of Dubious Morale Values, Sailors, Sex, 'Fish Wives & Smugglers
Island Nation
#islandnation – In the maritime context there are probably several answers to that question, varying from legal to illegal, to elements of sex for sale to sailors at ports around the world, interpretations of the life of the sailor with…
Glandore Harbour & The Importance of Safety at Sea
Island Nation
#glandoreharbour – I have had good times, as well as tough and challenging sailing and one frightening experience in the harbour of the oaks or the harbour of gold. Those descriptions, some locals claim, are literal meanings of the name,…
Government Ignores Its Own Islands & Maritime Reports
Island Nation
#islands – On Thursday, October 9, not enough TDs turned up in the Dáil to create a quorum for the business of our national Parliament. The Opposition accused the Government parties of being responsible and of showing lack of commitment…
Island Nation Podcast – Widow of Skipper of Tit Bonhomme & Commander of Navy's Newest Ship
Island Nation
#islandnation – This month, Caitlin Ni Aodha, widow of the Skipper of the Tit Bonhomme who drowned in that trawler tragedy in West Cork, talks to us on the pier at Howth in County Dublin as she launched the new…
'In the Wealth of the Sea Lies Our Hope' So Where is Ireland's Department of The Marine?
Island Nation
#marine – The Irish Maritime Administration (IMA) was established in 2013 to integrate the planning and delivery of all the maritime services of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport under a single national office. The Department's website describes this…
Encouraging Young Sailors Into Keelboats & A 'Cool' Ship In The North Sea
Island Nation
#islandnation – Heir Island, which is mistakenly called 'Hare Island' and in Irish is known as 'Inishodriscol' is one of "Carbery's Hundred Isles," that are "scattered," as some descriptions put it, throughout Roaringwater Bay on the West Cork coastline. It…
Writing Fishing Women Out Of Existence, Ignoring Pirates & Limerick Slave Port
Island Nation
#islandnation – Why is it that women have been written out of the history of the Irish fishing industry and that in Ireland we ignore the economic opportunities which can be obtained from associating with pirates? Those are two of…

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