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Progress on Restoring the Vintage Cork Harbour Yacht 'Lady Min' in Ballydehob

10th November 2020
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The Lady Min is being carefully restored in Ballydehob, West Cork The Lady Min is being carefully restored in Ballydehob, West Cork

"The Lady Min is pretty special, and she performs really well…."

The world was a great place to be when the Lady Min was an idea, and there was a 'can do' attitude in West Cork.

Simon O'Keeffe is carrying on with that type of determination and is my guest this week on the Afloat Podcast as we talk about his restoration, being done at Tiernan Roe's boatyard in Ballydehob, of the Lady Min whose heritage and association with Simon's family goes back to 1902.

The Lady Min in November 2018 as work started on her restorationThe Lady Min prior to her restoration in 2018

Preparing for the cabin to be installed on Lady MinThe story today - preparing for the cabin to be installed on Lady Min

It's been two years since he first told me of his determination to restore the boat, now 118-years-old and which was, in her heyday, a thorn in the side of the then yacht racing fraternity of Cork Harbour!

Another stage  of Lady Min's restoration at Roe BoatsAnother stage of Lady Min's restoration at Roe Boats

It's a story to hear direct from the man who has put a lot of money, time and effort into his personal project. He is determined that the Lady Min will go afloat again early next summer.

The modern appearance of Lady Min’s hull makes it all the more remarkable that she was designed and built in Schull in 1902 Photo: courtesy Dermot O’DonoghueHey-day- The modern appearance of Lady Min’s hull makes it all the more remarkable that she was designed and built in Schull in 1902 Photo: courtesy Dermot O’Donoghue

I began this week's podcast by asking Simon to outline the latest stage of the restoration work.

Listen to the Podcast here.

Tom MacSweeney

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Tom MacSweeney writes a weekly column for Afloat.ie. He also presents the maritime radio programme This Island Nation on community radio stations around Ireland.

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