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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…
Preserving The Naomh Éanna, GPS Failure, & Buying An Island?
Island Nation
#IslandNation - Readers of this blog have been kind in welcoming me back to the airwaves, for which I am grateful. Community radio on which I now broadcast is quite a big operation about which I did not know a…
Why Does The Central Bank Not Recognise Marine?
Island Nation
#islandnation – Having written last week about the lack of national recognition for our maritime heritage I received a press release about the Central Bank honouring John Philip Holland, the Irish inventor of the submarine. I am pleased to see…
Is Ireland's Maritime Heritage Recognised?
Island Nation
#maritime – I was giving a talk at Bishopstown Library on the western side of Cork City during Heritage Week on the subject – "Is Ireland's Maritime Heritage Recognised as Part of Ireland's Heritage?" – outlining what had been achieved…
Irish Sailors Deserve More Coverage, Sailing Deserves Better Reporting
Island Nation
#sailing – I have been friends for a long number of years with Ireland's two top international sailors who set new speed records for sailing in the Round Britain and Ireland Race. I hear regularly from them and am proud…
Clouds & Fighting 'Blue–Sky' Thinking
Island Nation
#clouds – Clouds can be unjustly maligned. Life would be immeasurably poorer without them. They are expressions of the mood of the atmosphere and can be read like the moods of a person's countenance. "Clouds are so commonplace that their…
Taking Over Cork Harbour, Seamanship, United Nations & The Sea
Island Nation
#corkharbour – In compiling this month's edition of This Island Nation I met a 23-year-old student from University College, Cork, who told me the story of Soviet-inclined workers of Cork Harbour Board taking over the port and flying the Red…
This Island Nation Podcast by Tom MacSweeney: August
Island Nation
#islandnation – In this month's programme we have the story of a Soviet take-over of Cork Port, hear that love is in the air at the country's lifeboat stations, with the 45th station due to open shortly; we go to…

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