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This Island Nation, Wednesday, April 2, 7.30 p.m.

Three of the country’s leading maritime organisations are joining forces with Youghal Community Radio to support the monthly series of hour-long maritime radio programmes, THIS ISLAND NATION, broadcast from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. on the first Wednesday night of each month on cry104fm

The RNLI which operates the country’s lifeboats; Irish Water Safety, which is the national State body for safety on the water and the Commissioners of Irish Lights that runs the lighthouses and navigational aids all around the Irish coast will provide monthly report inserts to the programme from this Wednesday, April 2.

This month’s programme will include interviews with the new Head of the National Maritime College in Cork Harbour, Conor Mowlds, who will discuss what the College has achieved as it comes to its tenth anniversary in existence; the Captain of the German Naval tall ship, Gorch Fock, which visited Cobh, who explains why in these modern times the German Provigil reviews sailing ship and a man who is fighting for the survival of one of Ireland’s iconic heritage ships. Youghal maritime author, Mike Hackett, will recall sailing ships on the historic Blackwater and there will be a round-up of the latest national and international news.

The programme is presented by Tom MacSweeney.