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The new Irish Marine Research Vessel Tom Crean pictured in May 2022 will be delivered to Galway in the Autumn
It is “on time and on budget”. That’s the Marine Institute’s new 25 million euro research ship, RV Tom Crean, due for delivery this autumn. Named after the Kerry polar explorer who worked with both Ernest Shackleton and Sir Robert Scott,…
Irish Coast Guard Doolin volunteers Bernard and the late Caitriona Lucas on a training run
On June 25th, Clare coast guard volunteer Bernard Lucas, along with Cormac Coyne of Inis Oir and Eoin Keane from Kilfenora will set out to climb 5,895 metres (19,341 feet) to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro the highest mountain in…
The new RNLI Clifden lifeboat has over 10,000 names of loved ones on its hull
A newly built all-weather lifeboat with over 10,000 names on its hull which is due to arrive at the RNLI’s Clifden station in Connemara on Saturday has already recorded its first rescue mission. The Shannon-class lifeboat named St Christopher escorted…
IFPO chief executive Aodh O'Donnell
Is Derry on the island of Ireland? That’s a question being asked by fishing industry representatives in a bitter row over how the State’s sea fisheries regulator has been handling landings of valuable blue whiting. The Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation…
Domonique Gillen with the Marine Institute's Celtic Explorer in the background
Several months ago, images of a long silver streak on the water surface of the Bay of Biscay went viral on social media. The streak was created by an estimated 100,000 dead fish dumped by Dutch-owned trawler Margiris, one of…
Study author Dr David Willer, research fellow at the University of Cambridge
Farmed salmon is Britain’s largest food export by value – more valuable than anything else except beer. Sounds impressive, but nutritious wild fish caught to sustain salmon farming is being squandered a new study maintains. Scientists analysing the Scottish salmon…
Caitlin Ui Aodha, fishing vessel owner from Helvick
The devastating invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin’s forces has focused minds on reducing energy dependence on Russia, with Ireland Inc gearing up to be the “Saudi Arabia” of offshore renewable. However, the Government’s delay in setting up a liaison…
The SOS Bearna delegation handing in a petition to Galway County Hall
When former president Mary Robinson was speaking about the horrific invasion of Ukraine on RTE’s Late Late Show last week, she reminded us that climate change hasn’t gone away. SOS Bearna is the name of a community group in Galway…
About 30 close friends and family flew to Barbados to greet Karen Weekes (left) on her arrival in Barbados
“So your boat goes up the size of the wave, and then it goes down a bit and sometimes you might surf it or whatever but yeah, they were very very big..”. I’m useless at measuring things, I don’t know…
Donegal-born former Army Ranger, lifeguard, diver and swim instructor Henry O'Donnell broke his neck during the bicycle section of a triathlon 30 years ago, but hasn't looked back since his recovery. Anrí Ó Dómhnaill, a father and grandfather, has trekked…
Former Defence Forces chief of staff Mark Mellett
The Russian military exercises which had been due to take place within Ireland’s Exclusive Economic Zone ( EEZ) raise some serious questions, according to former Defence Forces chief of staff Mark Mellett. Mellett believes the Russian Federation’s original plan was…
Dr Karen Weekes speaks to Lorna Siggins on her solo row across the Atlantic
A spectacular meteor shower, a close encounter with a hammerhead shark and a brief refuge for exhausted storm petrels – these are just some of the recent experiences recorded by Dr Karen Weekes on her solo row across the Atlantic.…
Rachel Gotto has spent her life on, in and around the sea
“Will I ever be able to sail again?” These were the first words Rachel Gotto remembers asking a close friend after coming round from major brain surgery. Gotto has spent her life on, in and around the sea, as one…
Dr Karen Weekes and Dr Suzanne Kennedy in Puerto de Mogán in the Canaries before Weekes set off on her 3,000-mile row to Barbados.
Dr Karen Weekes will be spending Christmas Day, New Year’s day and more at sea on her 3,000-mile row from the Canaries to the Caribbean in her bid to become the first Irish woman to row solo across the Atlantic.…
Guide and author Catherine Merrigan on Skellig Michael and hopalong
Living on a small island in a cabin with no electricity or running water for five months of the year may not be for everyone, but Skellig Michael's Catherine Merrigan wouldn’t miss a season since she began working as a…
Pictured at the Dunmore East pontoon taking delivery of the new Port of Waterford pilot boat, the ‘Port Láirge’, are from left; Captain Darren Doyle Port of Waterford, Joefy Murphy from Dunmore East, John Glody from Dunmore East and Sean Whitty from Passage East
Boatbuilder Frank Kowalski of Safehaven Marine Ltd in Youghal, Co Cork, could certainly give the makers of Deadliest Catch a run for their money with his cool videos set to stirring musical scores. One of his latest is of sea…

Afloat's Wavelengths Podcast with Lorna Siggins

Weekly dispatches from the Irish coast with journalist Lorna Siggins, talking to people in the maritime sphere. Topics range from marine science and research to renewable energy, fishing, aquaculture, archaeology, history, music and more...

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