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#PlassyWreckExhibition- As previously reported on, Inisheer Lighthouse on the easternmost of the Aran Islands, was installed with a new light emitting diode (LED) light by the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) last month.

The Iighthouse is a highly important Aid to Navigation (AtoN) as this safeguards the considerable traffic between Inisheer and Co. Clare. It also marks the south-eastern end of the Aran Islands and the western side of the southern approach route to Galway Bay.

It stands 34 metres and this is to ensure visibility of the light due to the low-lying nature of the Island. A red sector of the light delineates the potential danger of Finnis Rock lying to the east.

As previously reported on, it was during a passage of the Plassy, a Limerick Steamship Co. owned general cargoship which ran aground in a severe storm off Finnis Rock in 1960.

The wreck of the vessel is of TV 'Father Ted' fame, having featured in the opening credits and is the theme for an exhibition 'Art of Rust – From Rust to Art' which this afternoon opens (from 5pm till 7pm) in the National Maritime Museum of Ireland (NMMI) Dun Laoghaire.


Published in Lighthouses

#FatherTedShip – To those shipping historians the wreck of the Plassy on Inisheer can be traced to her owners, the Limerick Steamship Company, while to many she is more familiar with her featuring in the opening credits of Father Ted.

What is not deniable between fact and fiction is the passage of time reflected on this shipwreck. The exhibition 'Art of Rust – From Rust to Art' opens in the National Maritime Museum of Ireland (NMMI) next Thursday on 12 June.

The museum invites you to the launch of the event between 5 to 7pm where you can discover new photos by Loïc Couzineau of the wreck of the Plassy. The show which runs to 17 August, unveil its mysteries and secrets of an amazing world full of surprises. For further details in general visit

So how did the Plassy get to be where she has been since 1960, with her back broken across grey boulders on the easternmost island of the Aran Islands.

It was during a passage through Galway Bay and a mixed cargo of stained glass, yarn and whiskey, when she was caught is a severe storm. The atrocious weather on 8 March led to her grounding onto Finnis Rock on the east side of the island.

All her crew were rescued from the stricken vessel by islanders using a breeches-buoy.


Published in Boating Fixtures

About boot Düsseldorf: With almost 250,000 visitors, boot Düsseldorf is the world's largest boat and water sports fair and every year in January the “meeting place" for the entire industry. From 18 to 26 January 2020, around 2,000 exhibitors will be presenting their interesting new products, attractive further developments and maritime equipment. This means that the complete market will be on site in Düsseldorf and will be inviting visitors on nine days of the fair to an exciting journey through the entire world of water sports in 17 exhibition halls covering 220,000 square meters. With a focus on boats and yachts, engines and engine technology, equipment and accessories, services, canoes, kayaks, kitesurfing, rowing, diving, surfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, SUP, fishing, maritime art, marinas, water sports facilities as well as beach resorts and charter, there is something for every water sports enthusiast.

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The first boats and yachts will once again be arriving in December via the Rhine.

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