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Tim Severin, Adventurer of Brendan Voyage Fame, Dies Aged 80

19th December 2020
Explorer and writer Tim Severin was a longtime resident of West Cork Explorer and writer Tim Severin was a longtime resident of West Cork Photo: Aaron R Linderman/Wikimedia

A famed adventurer who crossed the Atlantic by currach in a journey inspired by the story of Brendan the Navigator has died at the age of 80, as RTÉ News reports.

Tim Severin set out in 1976 on the epic 7,200km journey in a hand-built currach from Co Kerry, via the Hebrides in Scotland, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland to Newfoundland in Canada.

It marked the first of a series of recreations of voyages inspired by legendary events — which included sailing from Oman to China by dhow in the vein of Sinbad, and following the odysseys of Ulysses and Jason and the Argonauts.

But Severin’s connection to Ireland remained as he made his residence in West Cork, where he died peacefully at home.

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