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In control. Anthony O’Leary powering along to his convincing victory in the All Ireland Championship 2015 in Dublin Bay
W M Nixon
It has been a golden if sometimes very thin thread running through Irish sailing continuously since 1947. Despite the vagaries of the Irish weather and the increasing complexity of our sailing programme, absolutely every season for sixty-nine years now we’ve…
On the mark – Ewan McMahon. His Silver Medal in the KBC Laser Radial Worlds in Dublin Bay was Irish Youth Sailing’s supreme achievement in 2016
W M Nixon
Time was when youth sailing and junior sport generally were dealt with very cautiously by mainstream media, if at all writes W M Nixon. Apart from the need to provide space for young people to develop their personalities and sporting…
The Lonely Sea and the Sky is inspired by Dermot Bolger's late father's career at sea
Seascapes
This week's Seascapes podcast features distinguished writer, poet and playwright Dermot Bolger in conversation with Marcus Connaughton about his recent novel "The Lonely Sea and the Sky" inspired by his late father's career at sea and the story of the MV Kerlogue.
Pink Gin – a favourite with sailors
Island Nation
The ‘Pink Gin’ has long been associated with the sailing fraternity, notably it has to be said, with an elderly vintage of sailor! There were those halcyon days when revered - or maybe not so revered, but certainly talked about…
One of cruising’s many pleasures is the unrivalled opportunity it provides to enjoy island and coastal wildlife without fuss. These puffins were seen on the Treshnish Islands west of Mull during the cruise by the Sun Fizz 40 Mystique of Malahide (Robert & Rose Michael) to the west coast of Scotland in July 2016
W M Nixon
While today’s galaxy of our top international sailing talent draws in its stars from many parts of Ireland to focus their energies and campaigns through a relatively few major centres, there was a time when one charming little estuary village…
The President unveils a sculpture of Roger Casement in Ardfert, Co. Kerry
Seascapes
Welcome aboard this week's Seascapes podcast with Marcus Connaughton. This week's edition features the State ceremonial event held on Banna Strand earlier this year with HE President Michael D Higgins; descendants of Captain Monteith and Sir Roger Casement and Grainne McPolin talks to historian Pat Lawlor on…
Dublin Port – public appreciation and understanding of the port has diminished and there is a plan to restore it. Listen to the podcast below
Island Nation
This week on my podcast, I focus on what Dublin is doing about its waterfront. This follows on my last podcast about the lack of attention by many of the country’s towns and cities to their waterfronts and why they…
New boats to a classic design. On the waterfront at Clontarf, the IDRA 14 Wicked Sadie (left) and the Waldringfield Dragonfly Phoenix (right) are both 2016-completed to an O’Brien Kennedy design with its origins in 1938
W M Nixon
A two-day celebration in a coastal suburb of Dublin to mark the 70th birthday of a 14ft One-Design sailing dinghy class may not seem an event of major significance in an island nation which can trace its recreational sailing history…
Sir Ernest Shackleton – sculpture unveiled
Seascapes
Hello and welcome aboard your maritime programme Seascapes, this week we bring you highlights from the unveiling of a fine sculture by Mark Richards in Athy, Co Kildare on the centenary to the day of the rescue of the Endurance…
Don McEntee on the banks of The Dodder - Rhino in the background
Island Nation
Being a marine journalist brings the opportunity to meet interesting people in pleasant locations….So it was that I had coffee in the Dropping Well, a very pleasant bar and restaurant in a very nice location at Milltown in Dublin, which…
Liebherr dockside cranes
Seascapes
Hello and welcome aboard your maritime programme Seascapes, shortly we’ll be hearing about a company that dominate our skylines on constructions cities throughout this island ..Grainne McPolin for Seascapes focuses on crane company Liebherr and its relationship with Tralee Bay,…
A performance sailer being used as an introductory fun boat. At last weekend’s Open Day for junior sailors with Howth YC’s new club-owned flotilla of five J/80s, instructor Craig Jeffares (left) guides Sarah Hanratty, Grace Quilligan on tiller, Anna Maguire, and Hannah Furlong, with Class Bos’un Luke Malcolm beyond
W M Nixon
While the headlines and public attention for much of the summer were dominated by the acrimonious Brexit vote in Britain and the extremes of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, out beyond a narrow sandspit on a secretive peninsula…
Blackrock Castle - this weekend a fleet of boats sails up the River Lee from Cobh to moor at the uppermost navigable point of the river
Island Nation
This Saturday will be a special one in Cork City when a fleet of boats sails up the River Lee from Cobh to moor at the uppermost navigable point of the river which yachts can reach. Cruisers and dinghies will…
The Irish Sailing Association (ISA) pushed the boat out to welcome home the Olympic Sailing team this week in Dun Laoghaire
Seascapes
Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of Seascapes your maritime programme .......glad to be back this week after our break during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro we salute the Irish competitors who participated and congratulate our medal…
Fireworks with all the trimmings – celebration over Dun Laoghaire from the National YC while on the screen are Silver Medallist Annalise Murphy, her training partner Sara Winther, and longtime coach Rory Fitzpatrick
W M Nixon
On Thursday evening, sailing came centre stage in Irish life when our new Olympic Silver Medallist Annalise Murphy was officially welcomed back to her home port of Dun Laoghaire. She arrived by sea on a summer’s evening with flags flying…
Mayo's unique floating clubhouse
Island Nation
Seamus Butler is, to me, a man who embodies all that is good about sailing. He has a deep love for the sport, he enjoys it and teaches those values to young sailors, building the future of sailing. I found…

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