Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

Irish Shipping Crews Reunite 30 Years After Closure

17th November 2014
Irish Shipping Crews Reunite 30 Years After Closure

#IrishShipping - Former officers, crew and staff of Irish Shipping gathered at the Conrad Hotel on Friday evening (14 November) for a special reunion 30 years after the liquidation of the company, as The Irish Times reports.

Among those in attendance were Brian Cleare, Brian Boyce, John Boyce and Leo Coy, co-authors of last year's Irish Shipping Ltd: A Fleet History, as well as 96-year-old Des Branigan, one of the company's first recruits who put their lives on the line to keep Ireland supplied during the 'Emergency'.

The anniversary is also time to reflect on Ireland's shipbuilding history, as Jehan Ashmore writes on the tenure of Verolme Cork Dockyard – and the lasting legacy of Irish Shipping, which lives on in name in the form of the Arklow Willow, an echo of the earlier cargo vessel Irish Willow.

Published in Ports & Shipping
MacDara Conroy

About The Author

MacDara Conroy

Email The Author

MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

We've got a favour to ask

More people are reading than ever thanks to the power of the internet but we're in stormy seas because advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. Unlike many news sites, we haven’t put up a paywall because we want to keep our marine journalism open. is Ireland's only full–time marine journalism team and it takes time, money and hard work to produce our content.

So you can see why we need to ask for your help.

If everyone chipped in, we can enhance our coverage and our future would be more secure. You can help us through a small donation. Thank you.

Direct Donation to Afloat button

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

dbsc mainbutton
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Brokers

leinster sidebutton

Featured Webcams

Featured Car Brands

subaru sidebutton

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
isora sidebutton

Featured Events 2020

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
osm sidebutton
viking sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
mansfield sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
sellingboat sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating