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The Rivers Dodder & Poddle – Podcast

25th January 2017
The River Dodder In Flood The River Dodder In Flood Credit: William Murphy/Flicker

Hello there and welcome aboard this weeks edition of Seascapes the maritime programme, this week writer and broadcaster Hugh Oram on the River Dodder and we have a copy of “The Rivers Dodder and Poddle – Mills, Storms, Droughts and the public Water Supply“ by Don McEntee and Michael Corcoran published by Dublin City Council in our Seascapes competition, we congratulate lone sailor Alex Thomson on completing the Vendee Globe from Ger Shine and “Seagull, we visit the Seascapes archive to celebrate the news that Open Water swimmer Stephen Redmond is to be honoured by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in April ,we have music from Jerry Early and “I’ll Go” .... first to the Dodder and writer and broadcaster Hugh Oram one of our longest serving contributors on Seascapes....

Prolific Author and broadcaster Hugh oram , Hugh's latest book is “Charmers and Chancers”...we have a copy of “The Rivers Dodder and Poddle – Mills , Storms, Droughts and the Public Water Supply” all we need you to do is name one of the co authors of the book , Answers on a postcard to Seascapes, RTE Radio 1, Fr Mathew Street, Cork or by email to [email protected]

We recommend you see Eugeen Van Mieghem – An exhibition of his paintings in ” Port Life “ at The Hugh Lane Gallery described as a fascinating visual account of the pulsating life of a working port at the beginning of the 20th century. Van Mieghem’s work represents a social history, exploring themes of migration, globalisation, port society, the working community, and, the life of the artist.

Organised with the support of Dublin Port Company, the exhibition is part of Port Perspectives, Dublin Port’s arts commissioning programme to help re-establish links between the Port and the City.

The exhibition can be viewed Tuesday to Thursday 9:45 am – 6 pm, Friday 9:45 am – 5 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday 11 am – 5 pm. Admission is free of charge (voluntary contributions to the Gallery are appreciated).All those details are on the Seascapes webpage.......

A few weeks ago when we were speaking with Dr Deirdre Ni Conghaile of NUI Galway we played an extract from a powerful song “I’ll Go” by Jerry Early honouring the lifeboat men of Arranmore off the coast of Donegal here’s more .....

Stephen Redmond, of Ballydehob , will be inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) at an Induction Ceremony in London on 22nd April ........

Billy Wallace, President of the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association (ILDSA): “If ever a man deserved to be inducted into the IMSHOF it is Stephen Redmond. The amount of planning, training, and travelling he put into preparing for the 7 Oceans Challenge was incredible, and Stephen’s determination and Herculean strength and energy carried him through to become the first person in the world to complete all 7 of the worlds toughest open water challenges.

In 2012, The Tsugaru Channel was the last leg of his unprecedented completion of the Oceans Seven - and his first three attempts were unsuccessful ….. Over the course of three long years, Redmond completed the English Channel (20 hours 1 minute in 2009 between England and France), North Channel (17 hours 17 minutes in 2010 between Scotland and Northern Ireland), Strait of Gibraltar (5 hours in 2011 between Spain and Morocco), Catalina Channel (12 hours 39 minutes in 2011 in Southern California), Cook Strait (12 hours 30 minutes in 2012 between New Zealand's South and North Islands) and the Molokai Channel (22 hours 29 minutes in 2012 between Molokai and Oahu in Hawaii).

The IMSHOF (see was founded in 1971 and named induction classes from 1963. The current honourees are Billy Wallace, the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association, Ned Denison and now Stephen Redmond. For more information on the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the April 22nd induction ceremony, visit its website at or its Facebook page.

Stephen Redmond spoke to Seascapes in September of 2011 about the Fastnet Swim which involved swimming from Baltimore to the Fastnet / Carraig Aonar and then to Schull a distance of twenty six miles....

Stephen Redmond who will be honoured by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in April , Seascapes talked to Steve at a Gala Dinner in the Grand Hotel, Fermoy in November of 2012 .....

Stephen Redmond – conqueror of the Oceans Seven Challenge who is to be honoured in April in London by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame ......and those recordings courtesy of the RTE Radio Sound Archive.....

Music next here on Seascapes and this original from Ger Shine – “Seagull” taken from his album “All the While” produced by Pat “Herring “ Ahern ....

Seagull composed and performed by Ger Shine......

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has launched its new Seafarers web resource for all seafarers, fishers, recreational craft users and others looking to obtain certification or qualification in the sector.

The new website they state is “ intended as a national and international resource for information relating to seafarers, which includes those involved in commercial shipping, the fishing industry and the recreational craft sector.”

The site provides full details of the career structures available and how to obtain the necessary qualifications for work in the industry, as well as for recreational craft users. The website hosts all appropriate application forms and also provides for the verification of qualifications, listing details of approved training course providers in Ireland.

The Department of Transport , Tourism and Sport says the Seafarers website forms part of a wider updating of seafarer education and training in Ireland, and is supported by a new Seafarers Information System, which provides for the registration of all seafarers and for life-long training and career development.

The department encourages seafarers who already hold Certificates of Competency or radio certificates issued in Ireland to register now on the new information system.

On the sound desk on Seascapes this week Bryan Fitzpatrick , next week on your maritime programme we hear about a new development on Spike Island and we’ll be hearing from Cork County Council , Heritage Officer , Conor Nelligan on an exhibition centre featuring The Aud ; also we visit Meitheal Mara and talk about their future plans which were announced this afternoon , and music from Gordon Lightfoot “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”, so until next Friday night , tight lines and fair sailing.”

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