#dublinport – Lord Mayor of Dublin and Honorary Admiral of Dublin Port, Oisín Quinn, today performed the annual "Casting of the Spear" ceremony, a Dublin Port tradition dating back 526 years.
The "Casting of the Spear" dates back to1488 when the then Lord Mayor, Thomas Mayler, set out on his horse to ride the city's boundaries. Historical records show that he rode out onto the strand as far as a man could and from there he cast a spear into the sea. At that time, casting the spear demonstrated the extent of the city boundaries eastwards.
The ceremony was re-enacted this morning as part of the launch of the "Dublin - Land & Sea ticket" by Dublin Bay Cruises and Dublin Sightseeing. The Lord Mayor of Dublin travelled out into Dublin Bay on board MV St Bridget and launched a spear deep into Dublin Bay, and once again marked the position of the city boundaries eastwards.
This ceremony marks just one of the many famous moments in Dublin Port's long and remarkable history since its establishment as a trading post some 1,200 years ago.
Speaking at the ceremony on board the MV St Bridget, Lucy McCaffrey, Chairperson, Dublin Port Company said: "This year's 'Casting of the Spear' ceremony was particularly memorable, marking a celebration of traditions old and new. While Dublin Port Company brought to life its medieval tradition of the Lord Mayor casting a spear into Dublin Bay, we welcomed a new initiative from Dublin Bay Cruises and Dublin Sightseeing which will further animate the River Liffey and Dublin Bay for Dubliners and visitors alike."
Dublin Port Company Chief Executive Mr. Eamonn O'Reilly, said: "The re-enactment of the Casting of the Spear brings to life an important piece of Dublin Port's rich maritime history, and illustrates the port's long-standing links with the City of Dublin. It's over half a millennium since the then Lord Mayor Thomas Mayler set the city's boundaries by casting a spear into Dublin Bay. Dublin Port Company is committed to safeguarding the memory of this, and a wealth of other maritime stories, for Dubliners today and future generations in the spirit of continuing to integrate Dublin Port with the city."