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Conference 28-29 Nov


This conference will explore its sea-going past and culture, along with that of its European neighbours. Topics will include: the Vikings; piracy; the Spanish Armada; international trade; the Napoleonic War at sea; island nations; emigration; port cities; Lusitania; WWI submarine warfare

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Commemoration 23 Nov 2014

The Annual Commemoration to remember all those lost at sea, in particular, those lost on Irish ships during the Second World War

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100th anniversary of a very sad day for HM ships.

In my Coast Guard 1822-2014 lecture of 10th April 2014 I made reference to the huge loss of Coast Guards who were used as Royal Navy reservists in the lead up to WW1 and especially on 22nd Sept 1914. A

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Atlantic Youth Trust

Atlantic Youth Trust

Atlantic Youth Trust – A new tall ship for Ireland.

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This Island Nation

Tom MacSweeney

Tom MacSweeney presents THIS ISLAND NATION, a monthly radio programme. Here are details on how to listen live to this program and information on how to download podcasts of older broadcasts.

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The Naomh Éanna today

  6 June 2014 The Naomh Éanna today [Naomh Éanna Trust] THE GROUP CAMPAIGNING to save former CIE ferry the Naomh Éanna from being scrapped appears to be making progress, having reached a deal to take over responsibility for the

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This Island Nation 7 May 2014

From: TOM MacSWEENEY Sent: 04 May 2014 15:52 Subject: THIS ISLAND NATION – THANK YOU Just a short note to thank you for the help and support given to me in returning to radio broadcasting and compiling THIS ISLAND NATION

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Heritage Boats in Grand Canal Dock

Update:  Galway Port has offered a berth for Naom Eanna and after intervention by Seanad Eireann there is a month’s stay. Heritage Boats have tended to end up on Hannover Quay, in Grand Canal Dock. Now, March 2014, in an

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Mary Stanford is going home

Mary Stanford, the most gallant lifeboat, has been left deteriorating in Grand Canal Dock. Fortunately a group has been established to bring her back to Ballycotton and preserve and restore her. See for details and to support this worthy

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A new tall ship for Ireland (updated, April 2014)

Report by Joe Ryan on the Pride of Ireland Trust project to secure a new tall ship for Ireland

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