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For 25 years I presented SEASCAPES, the maritime programme which I introduced to and developed on RTE Radio 1. Having left RTE I am now an independent marine correspondent, one of the few in Ireland, an island nation where, unfortunately, reportage of the maritime sphere in the national media is not a priority. I write a weekly column on Wednesdays for THE ECHO, Cork’s morning daily newspaper, under the title MARITIME CORK. It is the only daily newspaper in Ireland which gives regular coverage to maritime matters. I write a weekly SAILING column for THE ECHO on Thursdays. Again, it is the only daily newspaper in Ireland which gives weekly coverage to the sport of sailing. I am also a correspondent for Afloat, the national maritime website and I am Deputy Editor at the MARINE TIMES, the monthly newspaper dedicated to Irish fishing and coastal community interests.

And I present my monthly Podcast, MARITIME IRELAND, on all the major Podcast services sites. It is also broadcast on Community Radio Stations around Ireland. Check the transmission times on the schedule of your local community station. This is a 3-minute enjoyable and pleasant voyage through Ireland’s maritime development, culture, history and tradition.

Here on the website you can also hear the programme, just go to the Podcast section and there is also an archive of previous programmes.

This section is my weekly blog on maritime topics and there is also the section MARITIME SEASCAPES PERSPECTIVES, with photographs, to which you are welcome to contribute. Your opinions are always very welcome and I would be most pleased to hear from you. Email me to:

The next Podcast will be issued on Friday, November 3. The Podcast is issued on the first Friday of every month. You can subscribe to it to be notified when each one is issued and you can also subscribe to the monthly MARITIME IRELAND Mail Chimp notification to your Email box. Just Email your request to:

There are many great people working in the maritime sphere in Ireland and many fine achievements being made. Do please join the MARITIME IRELAND community, be part of the maritime sphere in this island nation. There is also a WEEKEND NEWSLETTER on Facebook and daily news on Twitter. Follow me, if you wish on: @TomMacSweeney.