Blue Talks

Sea for Society Blue Talks Dublin - Keith Duggan ‘Writing Cliffs of Insanity - A Winter on Ireland’s Big Waves’

Sea for Society aims to bring about a shift in attitude and an increase in public awareness around the issue of maintaining a sustainable marine ecosystem. On 14 July 2015, an evening of Blue Talks was held in Science Gallery Dublin featuring stories about and by people whose daily lives revolve around the ocean. Keith Duggan is an award-winning senior sportswriter with The Irish Times. He has written three books: The Lifelong Season and House of Pain, which are explorations of Gaelic games, and Cliffs of Insanity. Cliffs of Insanity tells the story of a dedicated group of surfers in Co. Clare whose lives revolve around the pursuit of Ireland’s wildest waves. Keith is originally from Donegal and grew up beside the sea. He now lives in Galway ten miles from the coast and that sometimes makes him feel a bit claustrophobic. Sometimes we don’t realise how crucial our seas are to our daily lives and how our impact upon them. After hearing these stories, we hope you’ll be inspired to learn more, spread the word and take action to help protect our precious ocean life support system! For more information, please visit the official project website seaforsociety.eu and our Irish blog seaforsociety-ireland.blogspot.ie. You can also follow our Twitter feed @SeaforSocietyIE to receive updates on our activities.

Sea for Society Blue Talks Dublin - Margaret Rae ‘Marine Biodiscovery’

Sea for Society aims to bring about a shift in attitude and an increase in public awareness around the issue of maintaining a sustainable marine ecosystem. On 14 July 2015, an evening of Blue Talks was held in Science Gallery Dublin featuring stories about and by people whose daily lives revolve around the ocean. Margaret Rae is a researcher in the Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery Programme, examining marine organisms harvested from the Irish coast and deep-sea territories in search of species with biological characteristics that may have medicinal uses and medical device applications. Margaret has over 20 years’ experience in industrial, regulatory and academic environments, both nationally and internationally. Sometimes we don’t realise how crucial our seas are to our daily lives and how our impact upon them. After hearing these stories, we hope you’ll be inspired to learn more, spread the word and take action to help protect our precious ocean life support system! For more information, please visit the official project website seaforsociety.eu and our Irish blog seaforsociety-ireland.blogspot.ie. You can also follow our Twitter feed @SeaforSocietyIE to receive updates on our activities.

Sea for Society Blue Talks Dublin - John Joyce ‘Being Nemo - Misadventures of a Marine Science Communicator’

Sea for Society aims to bring about a shift in attitude and an increase in public awareness around the issue of maintaining a sustainable marine ecosystem. On 14 July 2015, an evening of Blue Talks was held in Science Gallery Dublin featuring stories about and by people whose daily lives revolve around the ocean. John Joyce is a professional science communicator, published author and cartoonist with a background in marine science. He is currently the Irish Area Leader for the Sea for Society project. He was Communications Manager of Ireland’s Marine Institute until January 2012, where he created the Explorers marine science education programme. John has published four children’s books and five novels. His alter ego “Black John the Bogus Pirate” can regularly be found running children’s cartoon drawing classes at science festivals and aquariums around Ireland. Sometimes we don’t realise how crucial our seas are to our daily lives and how our impact upon them. After hearing these stories, we hope you’ll be inspired to learn more, spread the word and take action to help protect our precious ocean life support system! For more information, please visit the official project website seaforsociety.eu and our Irish blog seaforsociety-ireland.blogspot.ie. You can also follow our Twitter feed @SeaforSocietyIE to receive updates on our activities.

Sea for Society Blue Talks Dublin - Hugo Tagholm ‘Surfers Against Sewage: Waves, Environment, Community’

Sea for Society aims to bring about a shift in attitude and an increase in public awareness around the issue of maintaining a sustainable marine ecosystem. On 14 July 2015, an evening of Blue Talks was held in Science Gallery Dublin featuring stories about and by people whose daily lives revolve around the ocean. Hugo Tagholm has been Chief Executive of Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) since 2008. SAS was formed in 1990 in Cornwall by a group of surfers who were fed up of the regular sewage slicks and sanitary debris at local surf spots. It has a network of over 150,000 regular supporters, mobilises 15,000 community volunteers annually and has 60 regional chapters around the UK. Prior to taking the helm at SAS, Hugo worked at a senior level with various charities big and small, including the Climate Coalition and the UK Wildlife Trusts. Hugo lives in Truro, Cornwall with his wife and son. His favourite wave is Droskyn. Sometimes we don’t realise how crucial our seas are to our daily lives and how our impact upon them. After hearing these stories, we hope you’ll be inspired to learn more, spread the word and take action to help protect our precious ocean life support system! For more information, please visit the official project website seaforsociety.eu and our Irish blog seaforsociety-ireland.blogspot.ie. You can also follow our Twitter feed @SeaforSocietyIE to receive updates on our activities.

Sea for Society Blue Talks Dublin - Hugh O’Brien Moran ‘Fifty Years of Surfing - the Evolution of Surfing in Ireland’

Sea for Society aims to bring about a shift in attitude and an increase in public awareness around the issue of maintaining a sustainable marine ecosystem. On 14 July 2015, an evening of Blue Talks was held in Science Gallery Dublin featuring stories about and by people whose daily lives revolve around the ocean. Hugh O'Brien Moran is a surf instructor and professional photographer based in Tramore, Co. Waterford. He took up surfing in 1965 at the age of fourteen, and went on to surf competitively in national and international contests alongside his wife, Margaret, also a former surfing champion. He has won the Irish national championships five times and come second in the European masters surfing championships, as well as acting as tutor to Ireland’s national teams. Today, Hugh still surfs all year round; he carries out surf coaching accreditation courses across the country for the Irish Surfing Association and is an active member in T-Bay surf club, where he teaches surf lessons to children and adults throughout the year. Sometimes we don’t realise how crucial our seas are to our daily lives and how our impact upon them. After hearing these stories, we hope you’ll be inspired to learn more, spread the word and take action to help protect our precious ocean life support system! For more information, please visit the official project website seaforsociety.eu and our Irish blog seaforsociety-ireland.blogspot.ie. You can also follow our Twitter feed @SeaforSocietyIE to receive updates on our activities.