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One of the most dramatic marine visual sights in the country is along Drogheda Port’s town quays, the backdrop of the Boyne Viaduct carrying the rail line from Dublin northwards over the historic River Boyne. The Greek geographer Ptolemy is said to have drawn a map of Ireland in the second century which included the Boyne. In 937 A.D there were 60 Viking ships on the Boyne, plundering ancient sites of Ireland. There is a new vision, much different to that, for Drogheda, which declares it will become “the first new deepwater port development since the foundation of the State.” Dr. Joe Hiney, former Chairman of Drogheda Port and now Director of what is to become Bremore Ireland Port , is an experienced international port management consultant. Creating the new port could cost between one and two billion Euros and will take several years to complete. It is a challenging project about which he discusses the overall plan, the timiming of planning applications, the international perspective and why it will be important for Ireland. He explains the concept of construction a new port which will involve the community, so that there is not a barrier between it and the port and how it will also have a marine leisure aspect.

Dr. Joe Hiney

Have you ever wondered how sails are made, harnessing the power of the wind from canvas from the old sailing ships to the modern fabrics on modern yachts…?  Sail-making is a unique craft that takes many years to learn. Barry Hayes and his wife, Claire Morgan, have made a historic change in the Cork Harbour sailing centre of Crosshaven where they’ve opened the first sailing shop in the village and moved the former UK Sailmakers Ireland sail loft of the legendary Des McWilliams and family from the 50-year-old base it had near the village to a new base in the nearby town of Carrigaline. Not only has Barry Hayes built sails for boats, but also for Ireland’s only working windmill at Blennerville in Tralee. He started his working life, not in sail-making, but in producing chocolate, as he tells us on this edition.

Saimaker Barry Hayes and his wife, Claire Morgan and their dog, Bert

Also on the programme, Myles Kelly of Fisheries Ireland reports a story of international success for young Irish anglers and Antoin O’Callaghan brings a round-up of maritime news.

Tom MacSweeney

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