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The moment when a nation held its breath. Annalise Murphy in her Laser Radial approaches the finish line to clinch the Silver Medal in the Olympic Games at Rio, Tuesday August 16th 2016
W M Nixon
It’s indicative of the pace of Irish sailing in 2016 that for anyone taking an overview, it takes a bit of an effort to remember what the weather was like for much of our spring, summer and autumn. Admittedly, here…
The Tyrrell Yard in Arklow in the 1960s, with a variety of craft under construction, including a pilot cutter. And just to add an extra something special, it’s highly likely that is Francis Chichester’s Gipsy Moth III nearing completion at the centre of the photo
Boat Sales
The long-lived boatbuilding name of Tyrrell of Arklow carries a resonance far beyond the shores of Ireland writes W M Nixon. In its impressive history, the dominant figure was Jack Tyrrell himself, whose own experiences of seafaring infused all the…
Unsung hero Tom Crean
Seascapes
Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme Seascapes – prolific writer and broadcaster Hugh Oram brings us the story of Jacobs Biscuits from their earliest days in Waterford port in 1853 ; we talk to Lye…
At 106 years old, the former Irish lightship, Penguin, now Arctic Penguin of Glasgow berthed with the stunning backdrop of Inveraray, Loch Fyne. The veteran vessel is to undergo a refit project to offer 'sailing' charters along the Scottish Western Isles
Historic Boats
#HistoricBoats- A rare example of an Irish built ship dating more than a century and listed on the UK Historic Ships Registry, is to undergo a major refit for ‘sailing’ excursions in Scotland, writes Jehan Ashmore. The historic ship Arctic…
WW1 Battle of Jutland veteran light cruiser, HMS Caroline under tow from current location in Alexandra Dock to Harland & Wolff, Belfast, for a scheduled dry-docking involving a hull inspection and repair.
Historic Boats
#HMScaroline - For the first time in 32 years, HMS Caroline departed from its moorings in Belfast Harbour. The Belfast Telegraph reports that the last remaining vessel from the World War One Battle of Jutland gently eased from its Alexandra…
The restored Dublin Bay 24 Periwinkle, currently based in southern Brittany, would be a star turn in the Classic Yachts section in next year’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta if she could be persuaded to return for the celebration of the Bicentenary of Dun Laoghaire Harbour in 2017.
W M Nixon
It could be argued that Dun Laoghaire Harbour has never been completely finished writes W M Nixon. To varying degrees, it has always been Work in Progress. Construction started in 1817, yet it was maybe all of twenty or even…
Wicked Sadie is launched on her maiden sail at Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club this past June
Maritime TV
#OnTV - Clontarf’s new-build classic wooden dinghy Wicked Sadie will feature on RTÉ One’s Nationwide programme this evening at 7pm. Nationwide’s team spent two days filming ‘Number 166’ and the build crew, both on the water and off, before her…
RStGYC Commodore Justin McKenna entered totally into the spirit of the evening with his Gala Dinner outfit at the IDRA14 70th Anniversary Dinner in the RStGYC last Saturday night. Class Commodore Ian Sargent is presenting him with his special pennant to mark an outstanding year for this historic class which had its first race at the RStGYC in 1946.
Historic Boats
When you’re among friends at a major anniversary celebratory dinner for a dinghy class of national historic significance, it’s something of a gamble to allow a roving microphone to be taken into the midst of the gathering at the height…
Creative celebrities at the Ilen deck-closing ceremony on Saturday. Aboard the ship are renowned traditional boat-builder Liam Hegarty (left) with West Cork residents Lord David Puttnam and his wife Patsy. Noted film producer Lord Puttnam was guest speaker at the deck completion ceremony. All photos Kevin O’Farrell, Baltimore
Historic Boats
The restoration of the 57–ft traditional multi-cargo ketch Ilen, built in Baltimore in 1926, has taken a significant step forward through the formal closing of her deck with the ceremonial fastening home of the final plank at Liam Hegarty’s boatyard…
The Cork Sail Training Bursary Scheme awards in Cork
Seascapes
Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of Seascapes, your maritime programme, this week we remember diver, seafarer and trade unionist Des Brannigan ; we hear from Ron Coveney at the naming ceremony of a new Atlantic 85 lifeboat to…
Ilen's bowsprit
Island Nation
A 22–foot long bowsprit is an impressive sight. ‘Wow’ was my first reaction as I stood on the deck of the historic Ilen looking at it during the ‘decking-out’ ceremony for the vessel which I report on the new edition…
Artist Brian Byrnes and Maedhbh Murphy, archivist of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, with the artist’s new painting envisaging how Sir Thomas Myles’ Chotah, one of the Irish gun-running vessels of 1914, might have looked with a steam-driven auxiliary engine fitted. Sir Thomas Myles was President of the RCSI from 1900 to 1902
W M Nixon
The Erskine Childers-led Howth and Wicklow gun-runnings of July 1914 took place so quickly and efficiently that those involved ashore only had fleeting glimpses of the boats involved. Although Erskine & Molly Childers’ historic ketch Asgard is now conserved and…
A class still going strong. An IDRA 14 sailing in breeze in Dun Laoghaire. The Class’s 70th Anniversary Dinner is being held this Saturday night in the Royal St George YC in Dun Laoghaire
Historic Boats
The 70th Anniversary of the IDRA 14ft OD dinghy class has been marked in spectacular style throughout the 2016 season writes W M Nixon, with the latest newly-built classic clinker boat (no 166) being launched in June, a well-supported and…
Well done to anyone who spots the typo in this first version of the community invitation to the Ilen Decking-Ceremony at Oldcourt near Baltimore on Saturday October 15th.
Historic Boats
We well know from running stories now and again about the restoration of the Conor O’Brien 57ft ketch Ilen at Oldcourt near Baltimore for Limerick’s Ilen Boat-building School just what a high level of interest it arouses at home and…
The Schooner 'Result' after completion in Carrickfergus 1893
Historic Boats
An all-day Belfast–based conference this month entitled 'Our Maritime Heritage: Research, Resources and Restoration' is taking place at Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). The first 65 delegates to register here will receive a complimentary lunch. A keynote speaker…
The inaugural Kings Island River Rowing Race on the Shannon in Limerick gets into its stride with a remarkable collection of traditional boats from many parts of Ireland, but the fleet also seems to have included some new previously unknown types
Coastal Rowing
Last Saturday, October 2nd, at 5pm on the River Shannon in the heart of the city, the idea of a significant international rally and rowing race event for traditional craft was realised. It’s a developing concept, an event in the making…

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