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Reaper's return - Built in 1902 by J&G Forbes in Sandhaven, Fraserburgh, Reaper began life as a two-masted sailing lugger. At 70ft long, she was used for drift net and great line fishing and in the 1930s, held the record catch of herring in Shetland, some 223 crans, nearly 250,000 fish
A 19th century Fifie Sailing Herring Drifter and a ‘rare survivor’ of the golden age of sail will make her maiden voyage to return to the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival in Portsoy, Scotland on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July…
The De Wadden, the historic Arklow schooner in Liverpool
The De Wadden, the historic schooner which sailed out of Arklow, the County Wicklow town once described by maritime historian Dr John deCourcy Ireland as the “most maritime town in Ireland”, is to be demolished at the Merseyside Maritime Museum…
Mairtín Óg Mac Donnacha, Joe and Michael Barrett on board Sruthán Buí in preparation for their sea to river Corrib challenge on May 19th, weather permitting.
Sruthán Buí is a 17-year-old gleoiteog based in Lettermullen, south Connemara, which will embark on an unusual trip later this month. Its owner Mairtín Óg MacDonnacha, his cousins Joe and Michael Barrett and several others will set off on May…
PS Waverley, the World’s last seagoing paddle steamer is to operate a first cruise from Warrenpoint Port, Co. Down on 30 May. This follows a call to the port on Carlingford Lough in October, 2022, when as AFLOAT adds the 76 year-old vessel took on bunkers (fuel) during a repositioning voyage from London to Scotland to the steamers homeport of Glasgow after a season of excursions along the English south coast and Thames Estuary. The Waverley has made cruises out of Belfast and Red Bay, Co. Antrim, whereas the first visit based out of Dublin in 1984 involved calls to Dun Laoghaire, Wicklow,Arklow, Rosslare and Cork and a return to the Irish capital which last took place in 2001.
PS Waverley, the World’s last seagoing paddle steamer will for the first time, it has been announced set sail for a cruise from Warrenpoint Harbour, Co. Down on Tuesday, 30th May. Waverley will offer local people the unique opportunity to…
Cover girl of April 1976. The unique Phoenix – then aged “only” 102 years – demonstrating just how easily driven is her elegant hull as she makes her way - with minimum fuss - through the breezy Lough Derg chop after officiating at the Helmsman’s Championship 1975 at Dromineer’s Lough Derg YC, when the winner was Enterprise Champion David Gay of Kinsale
Until DBOGA President Adrian “Stu” Spence’s ancient 1873-vintage Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter Madcap was sold away to France some years ago, John and Sandra Lefroy’s Phoenix was just one of three yachts of the circa 1870 era still in Ireland,…
Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club marina on Dublin’s River Liffey
The Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association have updated the programme of events for their 60th anniversary weekend at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club in Dublin Port later this month. Booking in commences Friday 26 May at 4pm ahead of the…
The Howth 17's Poster For Thursday's 125th Anniversary Race includes eye-catching wording
Just get one good strange and distinctive word in your publicity material, and the news will spread like wildfire. Howth 17 Class Captain Dave O'Shea has discovered that the word for 125th Anniversary is Quasquicentennial, and he posted it this…
Gary Mac Mahon aboard the restored Ilen in Greenland, July 2019
Twenty years ago, the thought that the two Conor O’Brien-designed and Baltimore-built ketches – the 1922 42ft world-girdling Saoirse and the 1926 56ft trader-ferry Ilen - would be sailing together at their birthplace in 2023, the Centenary Year of the…
The Lady Min team at the International Classic Boat Awards 2023 in London are (left to right) Jim O’Keeffe, current Lady Min owner Simon O’Keeffe, classic boat-builder Tiernan Roe of Roe Boats, and Liam O’Keeffe
Irish classic boatbuilders and owners are no strangers to the podium at the annual International Classic Boat Awards in London, and 2023’s ceremony in April was no exception. Simon O’Keffe of Schull – the current family owner of the 1902…
An Mór Ríoghain currach built by Mark Redden
An Achill currach built by artist Mark Redden is part of a project on display for the next fortnight in Dublin’s Temple Bar. Redden says the project began as a conversation about how a damaged two-handed Achill currach, An Trá…
In September 1588 three great ships of the Spanish Armada sank at Streedagh Beach in Sligo with the loss of over 1,100 lives. The May conference will describe and assess this invasion force, the troops and their equipment, illustrated by finds from the wrecks
Armada experts from across Europe will converge on Sligo on May 24-25th next for the Spanish Armada TIDE International Conference. The conference, titled Turning the Tide - revealing the past through new eyes, will feature speakers from Spain, Ireland, the…
Utterly timeless. The Howth 17s – which are celebrating their 125th birthday in 2023 with special races and a Regatta Week in late June in Baltimore – are here bringing the atmosphere of times past to the little harbour at Lambay, complete with a lineup of salty Fingal longshoremen on the quayside
Ten years ago, when the Old Gaffers Association’s Dublin visit was a highlight of their Golden Jubilee Cruise-in-Company, it was a very crowded and festive series of events based around Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club in late May 2013 that…
A former famous 'Cross the Mersey ferry, the Royal Daffodil, built 1958 is to be transformed into an 'iconic visitor attraction' that is to include a restaurant. AFLOAT, adds across the Irish Sea, such a facility, is part of the Dublin-static based MV Cill Airne venue. The Royal Daffodil resembles the 1963 Liffey Dockyard built Cill Airne, as both vessels were designed by the same naval architects of Graham and Woolnough of Liverpool.
A former Mersey ferry, the Royal Daffodil is to be transformed as plans reveal that the historic river-ferry is set to become an "iconic visitor attraction" with a food, drink and events space. The Royal Daffodil which was originally named…
Tóstal na Gaillimhe - after a break of ten years, the event planned for May 6th and 7th has been billed as a “celebration of Galway’s maritime life and seafaring customs
The 70th anniversary of “Tóstal na Gaillimhe”, a traditional currach regatta, is to be celebrated off Salthill in Galway Bay in early May. After a break of ten years, the event planned for May 6th and 7th has been billed…
The author Kevin Cronin on expedition in the Arctic
The disappearance of 129 people led by Sir John Franklin after they set out in 1845 to find a sea route to the Orient by way of the North-west Passage is one of the great mysteries of high-latitude exploration. That’s…
Tops of the town from Schull. The Lady Min team in the Royal Thames YC in London on Tuesday night to receive the International Classic Boat Award 2023 for Under 40ft are (left to right) Jim O’Keeffe (grandson of original builder Maurice O’Keeffe), his son Simon O’Keeffe the Project Commissioner, classic boat-builder Tiernan Roe of Roe Boats of Ballydehob, and Simon’s son Liam. With sponsors of the calibre of Gstaad Yacht Club, the awards have become decidedly high-powered, and Lady Min’s success was additionally celebrated as a moveable feast at the Irish Embassy and in the Royal Ocean Racing Club
There’ll be celebrating in West Cork this Easter, and rightly so, as the 1902-vintage cutter Lady Min – designed, built and sailed in Schull by the O’Keeffe family during 120 years – has been garlanded with honours at this week’s…