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Ireland is Plotting a Course for Compulsory Boat Registration
#islandnation– This week in THIS ISLAND NATION .... Can politicians be trusted to imposed compulsory boat registration? Preserving fishing tradition... Restricting access to the wheelhouse ... A 27-year wait ends at Glandore and much more ..... BOAT REGISTRATION There are…
Recession is Affecting Sailing
This week in THIS ISLAND NATION .... recession affects sailing ... when is it safe for ships to leave port ... an Irish refuge for skates... offshore exploration to increase and new protection for whales ... RECESSION AFFECTING SAILING As…
A Most Dangerous Cargo, No Volvo for Ireland & Lots More
This week in THIS ISLAND NATION blog .... an island people, but not insular ... the most dangerous ship's cargo in the world ... an Arctic Convoy Medal .. no Volvo for Ireland... fishing... history and much more .... A…
Dublin Bay the Cradle of Yacht Racing, Boyne Currachs & Argentinian Tall Ships
This week on THIS ISLAND NATION .... Dublin is the cradle of yacht racing, or is it? ... In shipping the United Nations is warned about dangers to passengers aboard cruise ships ... Environmentalists are accused of trying to damage…
Fish Stocks Up, Coastal Communities Face Losses & Figaro Race Not Sailing to Ireland
This week on THIS ISLAND NATION .... Fishing coastal communities could face €50m. losses .... a 9,000-mile voyage with no one aboard the vessel .... More seafarers lose their lives .... A 3-year whale and dolphin plan ... An eerie…
Coastal Communities Beat Coast Guard Management & the Economic Value of Sailing
#islandnation – This week on THIS ISLAND NATION .... coastal communities beat Coast Guard management for the second time; when will the Government realise the economic value of sailing; sea snails have an acidic message; shipping emotion; seafood is doing…
Shipping Shock, Figaro, Tall Ship Crew, Dead Sailors & Seaweed Kayaking
#islandnation – A major world shipping shock, a Corkman Figaro-ing, a tall ship crew drawing their guns in port, remembering 235 dead sailors in Donegal, seaweed kayaking and an Irish Volvo crewman goes it alone around the world, all in…
Oil Pollution, Ship Break-ups, Dublin Bay Viewing Tower & Angling
#islandnation – Denying ships refuge when in trouble is a questionable policy... a sea watch tower in Dun Laoghaire... Two World Presidents from Ireland ... Angling is good this November and the people of Malin to Mizen, all in this…
Hybrid Car Carriers, Whales, Sea-Sickness & Preserving Island Life
#maritimenews – The world's first hybrid car carrier, whale trouble in Baltimore, is it safe to live near the water, 'heave ho' the stomach, preserving island life read more in THIS ISLAND NATION .... SEASICKNESS – HEAVE HO! SEASICKNESS, mal…
Ports Call for Co-ordinated Action, National Marine Plan & Col Regs
#islandnation – In THIS ISLAND NATION this week .... Determination at 70 .... The ports call for co-ordinated Government action .... Why is the public starved of information about the national marine plan? .... Galway Bay environmental controversy and who…
Sea Crusades, Shipping Youngsters & A Kilmore Quay Ballad
In THIS 'ISLAND NATION' this week, I invite you to join me on a sea crusade, report that the Shipping Industry should encourage youngsters from Sail Training... A song for the Kilmore Quay fisherman who defied the EU ... 50…
Caught Out by The Tide
#islandnation –  Why do people still use a boat when they do not have enough basic knowledge of the movement of tides, sea conditions and the responsibility upon them that, if they go out on the water then they must…
Staying Out of the EU was Norway's Best Decision
#islandnation – In THIS ISLAND NATION this week .. How Norway preserves, protects and respects maritime tradition and its marine industries STAYING OUT OF THE EU WAS THE BEST DECISION I am in Norway this week where I have been…
Free Fish at Kilmore Quay, Coastal Radio Station Battles & Boat Break–ins
In This ISLAND NATION this week .. Protect yourself against Eastern European boat thieves .... EU shambles as hundreds get free monkfish in Kilmore Quay ... Limerick invention for disabled sailing .... $31m. dollars paid for ship damage to a…
Lifeboat Design, Foam in Aberdeen, and International Maritime Stories
KEEPING A LIFEBOAT UNDER WRAPS Keeping a lifeboat design under wraps is some achievement, but that's what an Irishman did with the design for the first RNLI lifeboat to be named after an Irish river. In fact, at the age…
Leading the World in Marine Research
#islandnation –In your maritime 'This Island Nation' column this week. Ireland will lead the world in maritime research ...Will you help to survey the coastline? The Titanic Captain had trouble with his navigation ... Extreme trapezing ... A new cruise…

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