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Link to Lusitania returns to the Irish Sea after a 21-year restoration

Tim Magennis & Gillian Mills 

Sailing through Dalkey Sound on Ireland’s east coast in a fresh southerly breeze (July 25), en route from her Connemara base to her original Isle of Man home of Peel, was the splendidly restored former Nobby fishing boat, Aigh Vie (‘Good luck’ in Manx Gaelic), owned by Dublin blacksmith and noted classic boat enthusiast, Paddy Murphy.

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Scattery Island awarded European Destination of Excellence

Scattery Island, Co Clare, is among 18 European destinations to receive the EDEN (European Destination of Excellence) Award in recognition as the Irish destination that has best used its local tangible cultural assets to grow visitor numbers.

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The EDEN competition takes place every two years along a shared theme in a different EU country and is designed to encourage and promote a more sustainable form of tourism development.

Paddy Mathews of Fáilte Ireland who manages the competition in Ireland, said the initiative provides a platform for “international recognition for destinations such as Scattery Ireland which has a unique tourism offering”.

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Haulbowline Lighthouse centenary commemoration

A six-week project that began on July 30 to illuminate Haubowline Lighthouse at the entrance to Carlingford Lough, marked the centenary year of a disaster described as ‘the worst in living memory’.

A heritage trail from Kilkeel through Mourne into South Armagh and the Cooley Peninsula, culminated in a major programme in Newry on November 3.

Haulbowline Lighthouse heritage trail copy

The legacy will be the creation of the heritage trail, improved cross community and cross border relations and raising awareness of the tragedy, according to the Newry Maritime Association.


Inaugural King's Island river race

Thirty traditional craft from Cork, West Clare and Limerick gathered on O'Callaghan Strand slip for the start of a unique race around King's Island that lies at the converge of the Shannon and Abbey rivers. "Visiting rowers were more than surprised…
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Ilen journeys closer to open water

Progress continues on the restoration of Ilen – the last of Ireland’s traditional wooden sailing ships.

Designed by Conor O’Brien and built in Baltimore, Co Cork in 1926, she was delivered to the Falkland Islands where she served for seventy years, enduring the Roaring Forties, the Furious Fifties and Screaming Sixties.

Ilen 2016

Brought back to Ireland by Gary McMahon in 1997, Ilen is being painstakingly restored, beginning this journey in Liam Hegarty’s boatyard in Oldcourt, West Cork, where shaken oak frames were replaced with Bavarian larch, fixed with bronze.

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Ilen documentary film wins international award

The Ilen Film Documentary depicts the joy of working with wood; it documents the words and skills of Ireland's few remaining traditional shipwrights, currently working on the rebuilding of Ireland's sole surviving wooden sailing ship, Ilen.

Ilen Film documentary

The award comes with a prize of $10,000 from World Wood Day 2015, through their 'Wood & Humanity' film competition. Directed  by Mia Mullarkey, Ishka Films, the documentary features the 1926 trading ketch as she draws nearer to completion and a new operational life upon the sea.


Ireland’s last traditional sailing ship tacks ever closer to the sea

Anthony Keane, Order of St Benedict

Plank by plank and celebration by celebration, Ilen inches ever closer to the sea. Built in Baltimore in 1926 and delivered to the Falklands by Conor O’Brien and Cadogans Denis and Con, she felt the Furious Fifties for seventy years, telling to the Southern Cross her sad tale of woes, until brought back to Ireland by Gary McMahon in 1997.


Official hammering: Rear Admiral Mark Mellett DSM and Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney, secure the whiskey plank. Photo Anne Minihane

Regaining her strength and waxing fat in the Corn Store in Liam Hegarty’s boatyard in Oldcourt, her shivered oak frames replaced and newly planked with magnificent Bavarian larch fixed with bronze from Pete Langley’s Port Townsend Foundry, she moves again irresistibly to the sea. Whiskey plank in place The final bronze fastening was driven home, the final whiskey plank secured, and the deal sealed by marine minister Simon Coveney on February 16 2015.

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Shackleton - By Endurance we Conquer

Cian Gallagher

Review Shackleton

Author Michael Smith'slifetime of knowledge and reading on Antarctic exploration, his commentaries on Shackleton's activities, and general research is vast. The sheer lengths to which he reached for fact and breadth of investigation would impress even the hardiest of scholars.

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Kinsale Harbour: A History

Jermoe Lordan

Author John Thullier of this timely publication is steeped in Kinsale’s maritime tradition. His family was involved in the design and building of all sorts of vessels for hundreds of years up until 1958. He is also the man responsible for introducing a maritime module at the Kinsale Further Education College, providing students with marine skills such as navigation, seamanship, net making and sailing.

Review Kinsale-Harb

These skills were in danger of being lost at that time as the town’s maritime traditions went into decline. A keen sailor and a great researcher of local marine affairs, he brings a lot of his skills to the table in this long overdue compilation of the famed harbour town.