A radio documentary series about people and the sea.
A radio documentary series about people and the sea.
The Bird Lady of Bray - The True Story of Aunty Ethel And Her Sister Maura
A Real Ireland postcard from the 1980s features a woman with a seagull perched on top of her head! To the visitors who sent this card to places all over the world this woman was known as ‘The Bird Lady of Bray’. However, to the people of Bray and the listeners to East Coast FM, she was simply, ‘Aunty’ Ethel, a much-loved and slightly eccentric character, fond of ‘a drop of the cratur’ and who occasionally cropped up on air to share her amusing stories. Following Ethel’s death in 2015,...
One Mile Long - Bray Seafront Remembered (Episode 2/2)
One Mile Long - Bray Seafront Remembered (Episode 2). In this final episode we hear about the fall of the lighthouse during a storm; the passenger, rowing and peddle boats for hire. A couple who've returned from Israel for a visit - their first since their honeymoon. We find out about the chair lifts to the Eagles Nest and the reasons why Bray as a resort declined in the 1970s. This programme was made in 2008 - the start of the fall of the 'Celtic Tiger' and a protracted decade of...
One Mile Long - Bray Seafront Remembered (Episode 1)
One Mile Long - Bray Seafront Remembered (Episode 1). Revisiting the post-war halcyon days of Bray’s seafront; a time when thousands of Irish and British holiday-makers along with Dublin day-drippers strolled the Promenade and thronged its once sandy beaches. Stories from those who came, those who worked and those who grew up there. Time was when visitors who had just arrived on spec and late at night had to sleep in one of the town's three cinemas which were kept open overnight to cope...
Alan Corr recounts his professional career at sea and discusses the challenges of life away from family. Alan is the manager of the newly constructed Greystones Marina and highlights some of the plans for this award-winning harbour.
We drop in to the Bray Heritage Centre - once the former Bray Court House - to catch up with the esteemed Frank deGroot and a team of volunteers building a replica of the once popular Droleen, a small sailing boat with a lifting keel - ideal for coming up onto the beach - a craft especially common to Bray seafront at the turn of the Nineteenth Century. Find out move about Sea Stories: www.seastories.ie Follow us on Twitter: @SeaStoriesIRL Find us on Facebook:...
Arklow Native and retired sea captain Danny O'Neill is one of Wicklow's most illustrious sea farers. He is also curator of the spacious and bright Arklow Maritime Museum. In this programme, Danny talks about life at sea and he gives us a personal tour of the museum which has an abundance of artefacts, documents and photographs - each with an interesting story to tell. Find out move about Sea Stories: www.seastories.ie Follow us on Twitter: @SeaStoriesIRL Find us on Facebook:...
A chance encounter led Myles Kelly to take up sailing with gusto at the age of fifty. Since then, Myles has achieved a great deal and has crossed the Atlantic on no less than two occasions. On a beautiful summer's evening cruising on Dublin Bay, Myles tells us about that first encounter and what the sea means to him. Find out move about Sea Stories: www.seastories.ie Follow us on Twitter: @SeaStoriesIRL Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Sea-Storie…23714297?fref=ts TuneIn Radio:...
Paul Cunningham, marine electronics
Paul Cunningham operates Marine Electrics a successful Dublin-based company looking after the power and electronics needs of the boating and saying community. Paul discusses the uses of power and communications in a modern day boat. He also talks about the mid-life crisis that perhaps led him to the decision to combine his love of the sea and his specialised skills. Find out move about Sea Stories: www.seastories.ie Follow us on Twitter: @SeaStoriesIRL Find us on Facebook:...
Dubliner Richie Saunders visited many parts of the world when he worked on Irish Shipping. Later he worked on the pilot boats at Dublin Port. Upon retiring he spotted one of the old Dublin Ferries lying up and rusting away. It was a boat he once skippered with pride. Over four years he undertook the restoration of Dublin Ferry No11. In the programme he recalls how it was once located at the site of the now East Link Bridge and how it used to ferry scores of men every morning from Ringsend...
Mark McGibney from RNLI
In this programme we pay a visit to an Open Day at the Dún Laoghaire RNLI and we feature Mark McGibney, one of the youngest RNLI coxswains. Mark recounts some of the 'shouts' from the less serious to the one that has most deeply affected him and caused him to pause and think about his own life. We also hear from Stephen Wynn, Dún Laoghaire's RNLI Operations Manager about the greatest loss of life to a lifeboat crew which occurred on Christmas Eve back in 1895 when 15 lifeboat brave men...
It's the start of the season and we take an afternoon trip aboard the St Bridget with vessel owner Eugene Garrity and skipper Eddie Keane. Eugene discusses the many challenges to setting up and running a successful business involving the sea. We cruise down the Liffey under a raised East Link Bridge - a project that first brought Eugene to Dublin during its construction and where he once drove a tugboat. We head out the mouth of the Liffey, and into Dublin Bay and finally south to our...