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Tall Ships gathering renews 'Raise Asgard' campaign
The Tall Ships head for Belfast next week but the fleet will be missing the pride of Ireland, Asgard II. The Brigantine still lies at the bottom of the sea off France. The Government has the insurance money (3.2 million…
For maritime topics of interest, tune in to Seascapes this Friday (June 19) at 10.30pm on RTE Radio 1 – Tom MacSweeney reports on what happened to the compensation money for Asgard; the views of the great Alan Villiers on…
Ocean Froggie says 'chill' there is no controversy on a Navy sprint up the Shannon. Garboard Strake says the reason behind the White sail civil war is 'a bunch of dinosaurs' that believe they are preventing cheque book sailing by…
A system to allow for voluntary contributions to salvage the national sail-training vessel, Asgard II, the Dáil heard yesterday. The news is a breakthrough for over 5,000 Asgard supporters who signed the Afloat petition to have the boat raised. Minister…
It may be nearly six months since she sank without a trace, but political references to the Asgard II keep bobbing to the surface. In the latest metaphorical voyage, Elaine Byrne uses the decision to leave Asgard on the seabed…
The Master of the sail training ship Asgard II has expressed “disappointment” at the decision by Minister for Defence Willie O’Dea to leave the ship on the seabed off northwest France. He was only one of three former Asgard crew…
The Asgard II, which sank last September off the coast of France, will not be lifted from the seabed inspite of an Afloat petition that generated thousands of comments and signatures. The Minister for Defence, Willie O'Dea, has announced that…
Captain Tom McCarthy, who commanded Asgard II for nine years, has thrown his weight behind the Lift the lady campaign to save the sunken vessel.The longest serving Master of Asgard II says the ship must be 'recovered and restored to…
Below the fold is footage of the last moments of Ireland's sail training vessel, the Asgard II, as she went down off the French coast on September 11, 2008. More than 950 people have now signed the petition to raise…
MINISTER FOR Defence Willie O’Dea has been advised to commission the building of a replica Asgard II for the national sail training programme according to a Lorna Siggins report in the Irish Times this morning. The Minister has been advised…
The Sunday Independent reports today that Asgard II is to remain in its watery grave because of the salvage costs involved. Efforts instead will focus on identifying a replacement vessel. The exclusive report by Don Lavery quotes a source close…
Tonight's edition of Seascapes features an item on Asgard and the Afloat petition to raise her. Listen in at 10.30 p.m RTE Radio 1. The petition has now reached nearly 800 signatures as the Irish boating commnuity signals its anger…
Simon Coveney TD, a sailor and Fine Gael front bencher has added his voice to the Raise Asgard campaign but fears the worst for the brigantine, lost in French waters five months ago. "It looks like the Government is getting…
Minister for Defence Willie O’Dea will decide on Friday whether the national sail training vessel Asgard II will be salvaged, following its sinking off the northwest coast of France last year. Mr O’Dea told the Dáil that the board of…
High profile signatories to Afloat's Raise the Asgard campaign have caught the attention of the national media this morning including musician Jimmy Crowley whose song 'My Love is a Tall Ship' has been adopted as the anthem for the campaign.…
A Parliamentary Question (QUESTION NO: 132) from David Stanton TD today asked the Minister for Defence about his plans to proceed with a salvage operation on the Asgard II; and if he will make a statement on the matter. The…

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