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Wexford's Tallship Dunbrody Ship-Shape With €400,000 Funding

27th January 2020
Minister Michael D’Arcy Jnr presenting €400,000 to Dunbrody Experience. Front: Walter O’Leary, Chairman Dunbrody Trust, Sean Connick CEO and Minister Michael D’Arcy Jnr. Back: George Walsh, Frances Ryan and Willie Fitzharris, board members Minister Michael D’Arcy Jnr presenting €400,000 to Dunbrody Experience. Front: Walter O’Leary, Chairman Dunbrody Trust, Sean Connick CEO and Minister Michael D’Arcy Jnr. Back: George Walsh, Frances Ryan and Willie Fitzharris, board members Photo: Dunbrody Famine Ship-facebook

Funding of around €400,000 from the Government has been allocated towards maintenance works on the Dunbrody Famine Ship over recent years.

The funding, according to the New Ross Standard, has been used to carry out essential works to the tallship (barque) vessel, including painting, waterproofing and the instalment of a lift.

Minister of State Michael D'Arcy Jnr said: 'The ship has a high level of maintenance work which has to be done. At a particular point we gave a commitment of €400,000 in funding.'

The barque went into dry dock at New Ross Boat Yard in January 2017 for several weeks and substantial repair and improvement works were carried out. She will once again go into dry dock in early 2021 for further works. Mr D'Arcy said the ship has been greatly improved over the past two years. A survey of the rigging will take place in early February, with specialists arriving from Cork at New Ross Boat Yard to carry out the job.

Mr D'Arcy was highly complimentary of the work of Dunbrody staff. 'This is one of the major tourism projects, not just in Wexford, but in Leinster and Ireland. My view on this is that the tourist projects like this need to cluster with other projects like Hook Lighthouse and the Irish National Heritage Park. There are very few projects in any other county that are as close to each other.'

The newspaper has more here on the story. 

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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