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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…
The Spirit of Sailing, A Commodores' Cup Boost & Youth Drop Out Rates
Island Nation
#rorcbdcc – At a time when the future of Irish sailing is under examination by the sport's national association, the Irish success in winning what has been described as the world cup of offshore racing, the Commodore's Cup, is in my…
Maritime Guardians, Sailing Decisions & Ireland's First Angling Medal
Island Nation
#islandnation – The sea moulds the Irish coastline, it lubricates the nation's economy, its exploration is a resource for scientific investigation, it provides adventure and leisure. The sea which surrounds us also has the potential to be a cradle for…
An Irish Tall Ship or a Bantry Longboat – Which is Best for Sail Training?
Island Nation
#tallship – The first Bantry Longboat ever built in the Midlands will go sailing on the Shannon at Banagher in County Offaly. It will be some sight when it does, bringing involvement with the Atlantic Challenge which organises international competition…
Superyacht Names, Marine Crying & Fog at Sea is Frightening
Island Nation
#islandnation – We were beating on port tack up past Cobh. It was a pleasant night's sailing in Thursday night's cruiser league race out of Monkstown Bay Sailing Club. Then the VHF came alive with the first radio call I have…
Who Is To Blame For The Decline in Sailing?
Island Nation
#sailing – Sailing is a sport, not the qualification of a superior social standing. Is that fully understood by everyone involved in the sport or is there still an element of elitism which needs to be eradicated? The term 'yachting' was…

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