Produced and Presented by LS Ron Coveney who currently is in his 16th year of service in the Irish Naval service and who is himslf a Youghal Native , the Documentary will follow 3 Youghal Sailors CPO Kevin Mulcahy,PO Mark Ansbro and PO Brian Crowley as they get ready to form part of the maiden crew of The Irish Naval services latest ship The LE James Joyce.
This access all areas documentary gives us an idea of what life is like onboard this state of the art vessel and also recounts stories of huge storms, life threatening boardings and ‘Ships of the Desert from the crew members from Youghal combined with candid interviews from their partners who are often left at home for weeks at a time while their partners are on deployment on board state ships serving their Country.
The series will also give our listeners virtual tours of areas of the ship not often seen by non crew members such as the huge engine rooms, the bridge, the galley and gun bay offering a fascinating window into a world that takes place far from land through the eyes of three local sailors.
The Irish Naval Service Based in Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour is one of the 3 branches of the Irish Defence Forces but unlike the other 2 (The Army and Air Corps) their work is done over the horizon and is largely unseen. Evolving from the Irish Marine Service in 1946, The Irish Navy has gone from being the butt of many a joke to become one of the worlds most respected, professional and Innovative military services.
Operating with crews of 35-45 people the 8 ship Flotilla guards almost 560,000 square miles of Irish territorial waters from illegal fishing and drug smuggling as well as coordinating search and rescues when needed.
The Navy has been involved in many operations among them the Air India Disaster off the Irish South coast in 1985 in which 329 people were killed and the Navy recovered 139 bodies and the recent recovery of €80m in cocaine from the yacht Makayabella in 2014, 2014 and of course the remarkable 3400 refugees saved by the LE Eithne and her crew in the Mediterranean just months ago.
The Irish government announced in 2012 a replacement programme for some of the Navy’s aging flotilla, the second ship to enter service in this renewal project is the LE James Joyce.
The L.E James Joyce is the second of three Samuel Beckett class Naval Patrol vessels Commissioned by the Irish Department of Defence in recent years. Costing approx. 54 million euro she will be tasked with policing Irish Territorial Waters for the next 25 to 30 or so years.
In what is going to be an unmissable series from CRY104fm Le James Joyce – The Youghal Connection starts on Thursday the 22nd of October at 6.30pm and with episodes 2 and 3 airing on the 29th of Oct and the 5th of November.
You can also catch the series online on www.cry104fm.com