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Simon Coveney to Nail 'Ilen's' Whiskey Plank at West Cork Ceremony for Ireland's Last Traditional Sailing Ship

3rd February 2015
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The last plank on the Ilen is prepared. Photo: Kevin O'Farrell
Simon Coveney to Nail 'Ilen's' Whiskey Plank at West Cork Ceremony for Ireland's Last Traditional Sailing Ship

#ilen – Simon Coveney T.D. Minister for Agriculture, Food & The Marine and Minister For Defence will hammer home the final 'whiskey plank' of European larch on the hull of the good ship Ilen on Monday, 16th February.

The whiskey plank is the final crafted plank nailed to the hull of a wooden sailing ship. It is a significant milestone in the build and is traditionally marked by a celebration.

The Ilen is the last of Ireland's traditional sailing ships. Built in 1926, it was delivered by Munster men to the Falkland Islands where it served valiantly for seventy years, enduring and enjoying the Roaring Forties, the Furious Fifties, and Screaming Sixties.

Returned now to Ireland and given a new breath of life with powerful ribs of grown Irish oak, and long planks of European larch from our gallant allies in the Bavarian Alps, she pitches impatiently in the trammels of the great Corn Store in Hegarty's Boatyard, as eager as a young salmon to get to the sea.

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