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The "culture, challenges and benefits" of living on the Atlantic seaboard are explored in a new TG4 Maritime TV series broadcast from this week.

Áine Ní Bhreisleáin, presenter of Bladhaire on Raidió na Gaeltachta and co-presenter of Beo ar Éigean on RTÉ Radio 1, travels down the west coast, from Donegal to Kerry, for 'An Cósta Thiar' (The West Coast).

Communities and people who have a strong affinity with the coast and the sea, through "new businesses, traditional livelihoods, recreational activities, ecology, birdwatching, eco-tours, swimming, boats and vessels of all kinds and more are explored in the series.

She begins her journey at home in Gaoth Dobhair in Donegal, heading to na Rosa to learn about the historical importance of the sea from local historian Donnchadh Ó Baoill.

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"While fishing with local fisherman Éamonn Mac Ruairí agus the renowned musician Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Áine investigates the constant battle between sustaining communities and conserving our seas, and finally discovers a gem, Owey Island with Aiden Ó Fearraigh, a young man who lives for the sea and water sports,"TG4 says.

She is on the island of Árainn Mhóir on the second leg of journey, where she meets with the local RNLI lifeboat crew crew of the local RNLI, and she learns about a local tragedy and a history of emigration with a local historian, Hugh Mac Ruairí.

She also meets a young musical family, Fiona Nic Ghloinn and Jesse Smith, who have moved to the island and tries her hand at sailing.

In south Donegal for the third programme, she joins Iain Miller and Aodán Mac Fhionnlaioch to ascend on the majestic Sturall, and explores the local fishing industry . She goes horse riding with mother and daughter duo Sinéad and Ríona Ní Eochaidh to "explore how the sea brings energy and peace to people and animals".

On the fourth week, she is on Achill island, Co Mayo, with outdoor instructor Tomás Mac Lochlainn, and she is in Carna in Conamara for the fifth episode where she learns about the aquaculture industry in Ireland with local marine biologist Macdara Ó Cuaig.

The Galway coast is focus for the sixth episode, this time in Cois Fharraige, where Ní Bhreisleáin gathers seaweed with a local businessman Noel Lee. She interviews local historian Seán Ó Coidealbha, visits the Claddagh with local TD Catherine Connolly, learns how to steer a Galway hooker with Bádóirí an Chladaigh and goes kayaking with Olympian canoeist Éadaoin Ní Challaráin.

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Inis Oírr is location for episode seven, while she is in west Kerry for episode eight where she goes rowing with local musician, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, boatbuilder Eddie Hutch and All-Ireland champions in Cumann Rámhaíochta an Daingin.

She also investigates the attraction of sea swimming for local women with local group ‘Snámh for the Soul’ . In the penultimate programme, Ní Bhreisleáin continues on her journey around the Corca Dhuibhne coast, exploring the history of trade in An Daingean with Brenda Uí Shúilleabháin and how the coast inspires artists with the talented Tomáisín Ó Cíobháin.

Her journey concludes in Uíbh Ráthach in South Kerry, where she visits the Skelligs, goes snorkelling with Gráinne Ní Ailín from Sea Synergy and surfing with Cian O’Connor, and explores the long history of this coastal community from the time of the Milesians with poet and historian, Paddy Bushe,

An Cósta Thiar is broadcast from Wednesday, January 12th, on TG4 at 8.30pm.

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The courtship rituals of bottle-nosed dolphins, basking sharks congregating off the Irish coast and the sex-shifting cuckoo wrasse are documented in a new wildlife series on the Celtic coasts.

“Iontas na bhFarraigí Ceilteachta” is a three-part series presented by Eoin Warner which will be broadcast on TG4 from January 12th.

The series filmed over two years in ultra high definition by some of the filmmakers behind natural history series Blue Planet, according to TG4.

The team took “a corner of these islands which has never previously been explored in such sumptuous detail – Ireland’s sunny southeast and the Welsh coast”, it says.

Footage of blue sharks, basking sharks and fin whales is included, along with guillemots – the seabirds that can “fly” underwater - and the blenny fish which can breathe on land.

“Getting close to nature – especially given recent lockdown events- provides such a great escape for the soul,” director Paddy Hayes said.

Eoin Warner goes kayaking in Iontas na bhFarraigí CeilteachtaEoin Warner goes kayaking in Iontas na bhFarraigí Ceilteachta

“ The Iontais na bhFarraigí Ceilteacha team captured some really breath-taking footage of our undiscovered coasts and some eye-opening behaviour of our best-known marine animals’ – and it is such a joy to know that all this occurs just off our shores,” he said.

The three episodes of Iontais na bhFarraigí Ceilteacha are divided into three habitats - the shores, the shallows and the deep.

Warner explores the marine animals that inhabit the coastlines of Ireland and Wales who need to adapt to this rapidly changing environment in the first part, on the shores, and he goes kayaking off Waterford’s copper coast.

In part two, Warner goes skindiving in the shallow seas where he explores “the seabed bursting with life”, including filming a female catshark as she lays an egg or “mermaid's purse’” deep in the kelp forest floor.


Lady's Island Lake in County Wexford, where Arctic terns have arrived to breed, is also captured in this episode. Arctic terns spend the summer fishing in these shallow waters to feed their young, and then embark on the longest migration of any living thing on Earth.

The final episode, on the deep, explores animals from the giant fin whale to the tiny microplankton that is responsible for 50% of the air that we humans breathe.

“In this episode, we encounter a bait ball – many different species co-operating in a deep-water feeding frenzy,” the team says.

“ We first encounter a group of fin whales - at twenty-five meters long, these majestic submarine-shaped creatures are the planet’s second-largest animals. Joining them to hunt sardines are two-meter-long blue-finned tuna,” they explain, and common dolphins enter the “feeding fray”.

“ Fast-moving, super-intelligent marine mammals, they drive the hapless fish together and push them towards the surface, where they are easily picked off by diving gannets. Spectacular footage shot from above and below the water captures the freneticism of this extraordinary wildlife phenomenon,” they state.

Iontais Na bhFarraigí Ceilteacha is an Irish/Welsh BBC/TG4 co-production by Tua Films & One Tribe TV.

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When Hilda Hunter eloped with Hori Morse on the SS Barrabool to Australia, little did she know that she would become the last victim of the Auxiliaries.

She was on board another vessel, SS Medic, and trying to escape from her former lover, when she was shot dead with the Smith and Wesson revolver that Morse had used against the IRA in Ireland.

The two ships were central to a forgotten murder which is the subject of a drama-documentary on TG4 this week.

Galway film producer Des Kilbane worked with award-winning directors Lydia Monin and Andrew Gallimore on Pairteach I nDúnmharú - An Auxiliary To Murder, which records how Morse and Hunter’s relationship linked in with a seminal chapter in Ireland’s War of Independence.

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Morse, originally from New Zealand, was a member of the infamous “H Division” of the Auxiliaries which besieged Tralee, Co Kerry, from November 1st to 9th, 1920. The Auxiliaries were known as a “gentleman’s Black and Tans”, wreaking havoc and fear during their short but murderous spell in Ireland.

Morse began his relationship with Hunter, who lived in Coleraine with her husband and three children, while he was on leave in Wales.

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After he resigned from the Royal Irish Constabulary, the couple eloped to Australia to work on the sheep-shearing circuit. However, Hunter decided to leave him, and was on board the SS Medic when she was persuaded to disembark in Adelaide.

As Kilbane says, that decision “sealed her fate”. Morse shot her dead with one bullet through her heart on February 24th, 1924, and then turned the gun on himself but survived.

Morse stood trial for murder in Adelaide, and a petition signed by 22,000 people saved him from hanging. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. He was released after ten years, having reportedly been a “model prisoner”.

He returned to New Zealand, married and had two children and passed away in the 1970s.

Hori Morse fires the fatal shot in the TG4 docu dramaHori Morse fires the fatal shot in the TG4 docu drama

As Kilbane explains, there were no court martials, no war crimes tribunals, no truth and reconciliation commissions dealing with the havoc which the Auxiliaries had caused.

Morse’s trial in Adelaide, therefore, became the “only legal forum to investigate the character of a man who became part of the most feared killing machine of Ireland’s revolutionary period”, he says.

Relatives of Hunter were interviewed for the drama-documentary, which draws on newsreel archive footage of the War of Independence, along with contemporary film, photographs and newspaper reports.

The documentary is narrated by Sile Nic Chonaonaigh, and was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. It is due to be broadcast on TG4 this Wednesday, December 15th, at 9.30 pm.

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On the western edge of Europe lies a unique culture that depended and fought with the Atlantic Ocean for thousands of years.

It is the native sailboat, the Galway Hooker, that sustained this poorest of communities, and the new generation of these same families of sailors still sail the coast of Connemara, now racing to be champions.

TG4’s documentary Bádóiri, now in its second series, follows the historic boats as they awaken from the long Connemara winter, only to find new contenders aboard for this season’s Galway Hooker Racing League regattas.

The preparations have started in earnest, and the show will keep up with the sailors as they race each other in the first of the summer’s races.

In series one we saw the family owned boats battle one another for the coveted prize of All-Ireland champions. In this new series, we introduce a new boat and a new family to the fleet.

Young and eager to impress, this new crew from The Truelight become a racing force to be reckoned as all the crews push themselves and their boats to their limit.

This second series also delves deeper into sailing families lives and histories.

An illness to one of the skippers bring the boatmen together where they share their personal stories as well as their hopes and fears from their sailing culture. Towards the end of the series, the racing and rivalry becomes more intense and the waters become treacherous.

Producer and director Donncha Mac Con Iomaire says: “There are few societies in the world where a 200-year-old boat is the epicentre of the same family for two centuries.

“The maritime community of Connemara never underestimates the Atlantic, and the unity of their families cannot afford to succumb to failure at sea. This ancient world that works hard and plays hard is what is still most genuine culture of Ireland.”

Bádóiri returns tonight, Thursday 5 March, at 8pm on TG4.

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Following January’s film on Ireland’s offshore fishing industry, the latest episode of TG4 documentary series Tabú reaches into the heart and soul of the Irish Coast Guard — as told by the coastguard members in their own words.

In the aftermath of the loss of Rescue 116 and volunteer Caitríona Lucas, An Garda Cósta - Ár n-Insint Féin, which screens this coming Wednesday 4 March, explores how they continue to serve in spite of the tragedies.

Focusing on operations after the biggest tragedy that has happened to any Blue Light service in Ireland, the hour-long film reveals the anguish of the search, along with the coping mechanisms of “the coastguard family”.

And according to the producers, the documentary also reveals the dangers of the job and how they stay on the right side of risk.

Produced and directed by Darina Clancy for Midas Productions, Tabú: An Garda Cósta - Ár n-Insint Féin broadcasts Wednesday 4 March at 9.30pm on TG4.

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The owner of a fishing trawler that took part in a new TG4 documentary series has revealed that the vessel caught fire and sinking during filming.

According to the Irish Examiner, the Susanne II was one of several vessels being followed by camera crews over a number of months for ‘Gafa sna Líonta’, the first episode in the new series of Tabú which starts next Wednesday 8 January at 9.30pm.

‘Gafa sna Líonta’ chronicles the stories of fishermen around Ireland’s coastal and the various challenges facing our coastal communities.

Cameras were not present at the time of the incident, however, in which the trawler’s three crew were airlifted to safety some 100km off the east coast.

Boat owner Ronan Forde explained how he feared for his men’s lives when he learned of their predicament at sea. The Irish Examiner has more on the story HERE.

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#OnTV - A new four-part documentary series on the people of Ireland’s west who keep the Galway Hooker sailing tradition alive behind tomorrow night (Thursday 10 January) at 8pm on TG4.

Bádóirí provides an insight into seven Connemara families, part of one of the few indigenous communities of sailors left in Europe, as they compete to be champions of the Galway Hooker Association Racing League.

The first of four episodes screens tomorrow at 8pm and will be available to stream for viewers in Ireland on the TG4 Player.


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The remarkable “voyages as pilgrimages” of a Kerry naomhog (currach) have been followed with fascination by an increasing number of maritime enthusiasts ever since the founding crew of Breandan Begley, Anne Bourke, Danny Sheehy and Liam Holden rowed, sailed and very occasionally outboard-motored the little vessel the whole way from southwest Ireland to the holy island of Iona in Scotland four year ago writes W M Nixon.

They brought with them the gift of a translation of the bible in Irish – a publication which apparently had been lacking in the Iona library.

For most sailors, that direct delivery would have been quite enough for one year. But in fact when the naomhog finally returned to Kerry, she’d completed a voyage round Ireland, having returned via the east and south coasts.

kerry currach2It wasn’t all easy sailing by any means. Much of the voyage to Iona and back round Ireland was achieved by muscle power. Photo Mark Tierney
Once this was achieved, the idea of undertaking the ultimate European Atlantic seaboard pilgrimage voyage – from Ireland to Santiago Compostela in northwest Spain under sail and oar only – began to take shape, and last summer they completed it after two stages. They were accompanied by Paddy Barry’s 45ft cruiser Ar Seachran as mothership, though the little vessel made the long hops – with an overwinter in Brittany – entirely under her own steam.

In classic Camino style, it has been a picaresque venture, with some crew changes and new folk met at different times. Everyone involved has a strong association with Irish music, and by the time they got to Santiago their crew included Oscar-winning Dublin musician Glen Hansard, moving one of his shimates to comment that “having Glen Hansard rowing at sea was like bringing Shergar to plough a field”.

kerry currach2Getting your shoulders into it – Glen Hansard (second right) doing his bit off the coast of Spain

Happily for the rest of us, a three-part TG4 series has been made on the entire venture, and the first part airs this Sunday (February 19th) at 8.30pm, while for those who miss that particular bus, there’s a repeat on Monday February 20th at 7.30pm, with the same programming being continued for the next two weekends. Check out the weblink here

As for Paddy Barry, his extraordinary lifetime of combining cruising to remote regions with some very challenging mountaineering has been encapsulated in a live show, Sailing to Mountains & Other Cold Places, which he’ll be giving to the Irish Mountaineering Club at the Teachers’ Club, Parnell Square, Dublin 1 on Thursday, February 23rd February, and in the Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire on Thursday April 20th.

Meanwhile his own seafaring plans are undergoing change, as he has returned to his roots with the acquisition of a 27ft Galway Hooker gleotoig in Connemara, while his alloy-built Frers 45 Ar Seachran, a veteran of international Two Ton racing which he then very successfully used for high latitude voyaging, is now on the market.

kerry currach2Paddy Barry’s Frers 45 Ar Seachran at Poolbeg in Dublin after returning from a voyage to Greenland. Photo Tony Brown

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#VOR ON NATIONWIDE – In addition to coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race on TG4 as previously reported, the prestigious global yachting event will also feature in tomorrow's edition of Nationwide on RTE 1 at 7 p.m.

Tens of thousands of visitors will travel to the City of the Tribes to welcome the Volvo Open 70 boats the formula one cars of the ocean and enjoy the festivities.

Nationwide meets the people responsible for bringing the event to Galway for the second time and how the people of Galway have come together to make this spectacular a reality. The programme will also take a closer look at the iconic Galway hooker boats.

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#VOLVO OCEAN RACE - TG4 will broadcast tonight’s Volvo Ocean Race arrivals from Galway live at

The boats are expected to arrive in Galway sometime between 2am and 4am tomorrow morning, and live commentary will be provided online by Martin Tasker and Peter Lester as the fleet approaches the finish line.

TG4's coverage begins this evening at 7.30pm with highlights from the start of Leg 9, following the fleet along the 485 natutical miles from Lorient to Galway through the treacherous waters of the Celtic Sea.

The channel will also present live coverage of the in-port race from Galway this Saturday 7 July from 12.45pm.

After nine months, nine legs and 39,000 nautical miles, it all comes down to this one race, the final scoring opportunity for teams in the 2011-2012 edition of the race which could well decide the overall podium positions. 

The fleet will sail for an intense hour around a course positioned close to land to both challenge the crew and delight those lining the shore along Salthill and Barna. 

Later this month, on Sunday 29 July at 2pm, TG4 will broadcast the official film for this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. 

The documentary will take a look back at the 2011/2012 race as the boats left Alicante last October, sailing around the world and visiting ports and cities such as Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, Itajaí, Miami, Lisbon, Lorient and Galway. 

Delving into the world’s premier global race and one of the most demanding team sporting events in the world, the film will get close to the action in the ultimate mix of world class sporting competition and on-the-edge adventure, a unique blend of onshore glamour with offshore drama and endurance. 

Follow TG4's live coverage of the event HERE.

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