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Podcast: Angling Show, Submarine Thetis & Transition Year Campaign for Water Safety

3rd April 2017
Marcus Connaughton, Presenter of Seascapes Marcus Connaughton, Presenter of Seascapes

Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme Seascapes, later this evening we’ll hear from Fergal Keane who attended the recent Angling Show at the National Show Centre in North County Dublin;  we’ll hear from writer and broadcaster Hugh Oram on the loss off Liverpool in 1939 of the submarine “Thetis”; Transition Year students in Rosbercon in Wexford are campaigning for a focus on Water Safety with their entry “Water Wise in the Young Social Innovators project .....

First on Seascapes to a mariner and maritime enthusiast Hugh Loane....... Hugh was born in the early nineteen twenties and grew up in Cobh , descended from a long line of seafarers with family connections to harbour pilots, ship's chandlers and lighthouses. Hugh made the trip to Liverpool on the schooner the Mary B Mitchell in 1939 when he was just 16 and heard news of the outbreak of the second world war on the return journey. The stories he tells Seascapes are from his younger days when he spent all his free time at the harbour in Cobh, as he says messing about in boats, crewing for yachtsmen, racing and learning from his uncle Ruby who was a Grand Old Master of Cork harbour..........Indeed Hugh witnessed the loss of that submarine “Thetis” during her sea trials in 1939......he talked recently to Emer Horgan for Seascapes ....

The voice of seafarer and maritime enthusiast Hugh Loane in conversation with Emer Horgan for Seascapes and remarkably as Hugh Loane was an eye witness to the loss of the submarine “Thetis” on her sea trials in Liverpool in 1939 - writer and broadcaster Hugh Oram tonight tells us about his connection with the submarine and the story behind its loss and submariner Captain Joe Oram...

Hugh Oram , writer and broadcaster on the loss of the “Thetis” , and his relative Captain Joe Oram , Hugh’s latest book is “On Our Way “ travels in Europe and Ireland , published by Trafford Publishing...
This week the Waterville Coast Guard station was opened by An Taoiseach, the Building, which was originally taken over by the State from the British Coastguard in 1923, had fallen into disrepair and has now been fully refurbished by the Office of Public Works with an investment of €377,000.

Next on Seascapes to Angling , The annual Ireland Angling Show was held in the National Show Centre in Swords in Dublin a few weeks ago Fergal Keane went along for Seascapes......

Fergal Keane with that report from the Ireland Angling Show at the National Show Centre 

Next Tuesday morning 4th April @ 11.a.m the distinguished journalist Charlie Wilkins presents an illustrated talk on the building of Fastnet Lighthouse / Carraig Aonar / the iconic Lone Rock off the South West Coast . Admission is free. All are welcome. That’s all taking place in the Frank O’Connor Library, Old Youghal Road, Mayfield in Cork ....on Tuesday morning next at 11am

Next to a group of Transition Year students from Our Lady of Lourdes, Rosbercon, New Ross in Co. Wexford who are doing a young social innovators project on water safety. The name of their project is “Water Wise”.

Water Wise is focussed on water safety, the students are trying to change the legislation regarding the use of life jackets. The legislation states " All persons under 16 years of age must wear a life jacket at all times on board a pleasure craft" . They feel that people of all ages should wear a life jacket on board a pleasure craft. Also they say “they discovered there is no mandatory course for boat users to take in order to be allowed to steer a boat. This is only the case for commercial boat use.

They would very much like to bring this issue to light. In their view it seems as though personal water safety is not regarded as highly as personal road safety.

.......we wish the Transition year students all the best with their project through Young Social Innovators.....we’ll keep you posted on their progress....speaking of Transition Year students this week on Seascapes joining us in studio we had from Dingle –( Reon ) Rioghán Herkommer- Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne ; Liam Lenihan- from the same school ; also from - St Colman's Community .College ;Midleton Cian McDonald and Katie McCarthyand from Glanmire Community College Emma O'Driscoll and Dylan O'Connor- ......

That’s it for this week here on Seascapes, next Friday night more on the recent sale of the LE Aisling courtesy of Paschal Sheehy – we’ll be hearing from Auctioneer Dominic Daly and the purchaser of the vessel Dick van Der Kamp Ship Sales of The Netherlands ; we’ll have details on the latest edition of Ireland’s only diving magazine “Subsea “ ; Naval historian - Sean T Rickard on the Admiralty Trawler “Lord Eleneage” ; and we shine a light on energy company “Wavepower” plus we hear from Features Editor of Inshore Ireland Magazine – Gery Flynn on what’s in the latest edition from our Galway Studios, all that and much more , until next Friday night – tight lines and fair sailing.”

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