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Seascapes Podcast: Liebherr, Endurance Crew Centenary & Lots More

2nd September 2016
Liebherr dockside cranes Liebherr dockside cranes Photo: Liebherr

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, Fenit and its shipping operations through the area.....first this week on Seascapes, we were in Athy on Tuesday on the centenary to the day of the rescue of the Endurance crew from Elephant Island for the unveiling of a sculpture by Mark Richards of Sir Ernest Shackleton beside the Athy Heritage Centre in his home place complete with an Honour Guard from the Iriish Naval Service , we’ll have a full report on the event on next Friday’s edition , however the first group we met were fresh from Skibbereen and the jubilant celebration of our rowing heroes the O’ Donovan Brothers, I talked to Eugene Furlong that man who unearthed the cabin from “The Quest”, Liam McLoughlin and this man Donncha O Hea ......

Lets hear next from Joe O’ Farrell, a director of Athy Heritage Centre on the significance of the day ....

We’ll have a full report on next weeks edition of Seascapes covering that wonderful ceremony in Athy, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross T.D. has signed an Order transferring Wicklow Port Company to Wicklow County Council, with the consent of his colleagues Paschal Donohoe T. D., Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and Simon Coveney T.D. Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. Wicklow Port is the first port to transfer under the National Ports Policy which was approved by Government and published in 2013. The policy recommended that designated Ports of Regional Significance - Drogheda, Dún Laoghaire, Galway, New Ross and Wicklow - transfer to more appropriate local authority led governance structures.....

Next to the South West and deepest Kerry to Tralee Bay and Fenit and Liebher Container Cranes Ltd of Killarney home to a company that established there in the late nineteen fifties , Grainne McPolin talked to a number of people with strong connections either to the company or the work that they do in the locality, lets hear first from the Chief Executive Officer of Liebherr – Pat O Leary...

From Pat O'Leary CEO of Liebherr to a former employee now retired – Max McCarthy told Grainne McPolin about the origins of Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd and his time working there....

Well from Max McCarthy to the Manager of the Port of Fenit Don O Herlihy who talked to Grainne...

We hear next from Fiona Frawley , Commodore of Tralee Bay Sailing Club and Vice Commodore , Gary Forte ....

The final word goes to Harbour Master Batt McCarthy who talked to Grainne McPolin about the movement of shipping through what is a busy waterway....

That report on the workings of Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd was assembled and recorded by Grainne McPolin...............

Bernard Lynch completed an English Channel Swim on Wednesday his support boat was the Louise Jane and his pilot Andy King, together with 2 other support crew

A ceremony to honour the crew of the LÉ Cliona for actions taken by them in relation to extinguishing a fire onboard their ship on 29 May 1962 took place on Thursday onboard the L.É Niamh docked at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay.

Minister with responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe T.D was in attendance to present scrolls of commendation to Lieutenant Pat O’Mahony, Able Stoker William Mynes, Chief E.R.A. Maurice Egan and Chief Stoker Gerald O’Callaghan (posthumously) for their brave and decisive actions in bringing the fire under control.

Sailor and poet Mick Delap is on the Poetry Programme this coming Saturday 3rd September talking about his collection 'Opening Time', published by Arlen House.

He reads several of his sailing-related poems during the interview with Rick O'Shea, including 'Kerry Head' and 'At anchor off the island of Inishglora'. Thats the Poetry Programme on Saturday night at half past seven on RTE Radio1 ........

That’s it for this week on your maritime programme, on the sound desk this week Niall O Sullivan , next week here on Seascapes we hear from Features Editor Gery Flynn of Inshore Ireland Magazine on whats in the latest edition ...Dr Gordon Dalton of Maribe on the outcome of a recent conference held in Cork and the unveiling of a magnificent sculpture of Sir Ernest Shackleton in the heart of Athy, we’ll be talking to Jack L; sculptor Mark Richards; Jonathan Shackleton and Commander Cormac Rynn of the Irish Naval Service, until next Friday night, tight lines and fair sailing.

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