#ClassicShip – It won't be all about vessels under sail as the veteran T.S.M.V. Cill Airne, which served as a trans-Atlantic passenger liner tender in Cobh, will be open to the public as part of the inaugural Dublin Port River Festival (1-3 June), writes Jehan Ashmore.
Throughout the three-day festival, the Cill Airne will have an Open Day between 11am to 6pm.
Since 2006, the Cill Airne has been moored as a static restaurant and bar venue along Dublin's North Wall Quay.
As previously reported on Afloat.ie, last year she celebrated a major milestone, having been built 50 years ago at the nearby old Liffey Dockyard.
To celebrate her half-century, the Irish branch of the World Ship Society (WSS) based in Cobh held a special luncheon on board in the beautiful timber surroundings of the Quay 16 Restaurant.
The 500 tonnes vessel is also unique in that she is the last ship built from the yard.
Research has indicated that she along with her sister Blarna were built with rivetted hulls, this was a political one, designed to ensure employment of the last riveting crews at the dockyard.
This made Cill Airne unique to Dublin's maritime industrial heritage but also significant in that this outdated shipbuilding technique was still in practise in a European shipyard.
Why not come on board during the festival and explore this rare example of a surviving Irish built vessel.
In addition the upper decks will provide an opportunity to gain a higher elevation of the myriad of boating traffic and with Tallships berthed either side along the quays.
On Saturday the Howth 17's, the world's oldest one-design keelboat class still racing will indeed be doing just that!...and on Sunday the Old Gaffers 'Parade of Sail'.