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Talk On Famous Irish Yacht 'Asgard' Ahead Of Centennial Sail-In

14th March 2014
Talk On Famous Irish Yacht 'Asgard' Ahead Of Centennial Sail-In

#Asgard - Round-the-world yachtsman Pat Murphy will give a special presentation later this month on what's perhaps the most famous yacht in Irish history, the Asgard.

All are welcome to the talk at 6.30pm on 31 March at Donaghmede Library in North Dublin, at which Murphy will recount the story of the gun-running vessel's 23-day secret voyage to land munitions for the Irish Volunteers in 1914. Early booking is advised - contact the library at 01 848 2833 or [email protected]

The talk precedes a centennial sail-in this summer to mark the pivotal date in Irish history when the original Asgard, owned and skippered by Erskine Childers, landed at Howth.

On Sunday 27 July 2014 - 100 years and a day after Childers' yacht delivered its cargo to the Irish Volunteers in their fight for home rule - a flotilla of boats comprising vessels from the period and more modern yachts will assemble outside Howth Harbour from 1.30pm.

The recreation of the landing is scheduled for 2.30pm, followed by the official presentation of the restored Asgard to the National Museum of Ireland, where it is currently on display at Collins Barracks; and a community picnic.

The day is being organised by a voluntary group, many of whom were involved in the rigging of the restored vessel, and will be celebrated with pier-side entertainment for all the family.

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MacDara Conroy

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