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Paul Keogh (centre) speaks of what the Naomh Cronan project meant to the Clondalkin community after receiving the Jolie Brise Cup from Old Gaffers Association President Patrick Vyvyan-Robinson (right), with Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association Hon Sec Darryl Hughes (left) in  Ringsend's Poolbeg Y&BC in Dublin Port
The saga of the building and sailing of the traditional Galway Hooker Naomh Cronan by Clondalkin Community in west Dublin goes back nearly thirty years. And though the story has regularly featured in Afloat.ie,the various lockdowns had made it difficult…
The ketch Ilen adds something exotic to the already complex London skyline
These past few days have been purest serendipity for historic Irish boatbuilders. Just two days after the 1926-vintage West Cork-built Limerick ketch Ilen was celebrated beside the River Thames in London on Wednesday, the 1937 Tyrrell of Arklow 43ft ketch…
A French yawl built from a late 18th-century replica will be on display in Galway from this weekend
A French yawl built from a late 18th-century replica will be on display in Galway as part of a “Mini Brittany Fest” which runs from May 7th to 14th. Mayor of Lorient Fabrice Loher will lead a delegation to Galway…
Total shelter. Ilen safely into the tidal lock at St Katharine Docks in
London today
The River Thames in the heart of London is a lively piece of intensely tidal water, so for vessels bound for the sea-locked haven of St Katharine Docks beside Tower Bridge, it can be restless enough lying inthe waiting berth…
Currach launch - from left to right; Gerry Doyle, Ciaran Healy and Ed Tuthill in the three-seater currach, named Faoilean (Seagull) built during lockdown is rowed on the River Liffey
Three currachs were successfully launched on the River Liffey yesterday to the sound of traditional music tunes and the boats were blessed in a ceremony at Poolbeg in Dublin city. As Afloat reported earlier, the boats were launched by the…
Currach at the Custom Hosue on Dublin's River Liffey. The boats feature in a short video (below) by Pat Larkin of Misery Films
Three currachs will be launched on the River Liffey this Saturday. Traditional Boats of Ireland Editor Criostoir Mac Cartaigh has been invited to officiate at the launch proceedings. Launching at noon from the slipway beside the Stella Maris Rowing Club in…
The Falkland Islands postage stamp of 2001 featured an Irish tricolour to honour the origins of Ilen, while also revealing her very practical propellor installation
Following the departure last Saturday for her 700-mile Limerick-London voyage, the trading ketch Ilen under the command of Ilen Marine School Director Gary Mac Mahon was able to sail the track as far as Land's Endin Cornwall, which she rounded…
Fair winds and sunshine - Ilen departs on time down the Shannon Estuary on Saturday
Although she is now meeting easterly headwinds in the English Channel as she voyages towards London following her departure down the Shannon Estuary on Saturday, the 56ft Limerick Trading Ketch Ilen was able to lay the course from the Fastnet…
Connemara wreck: Restoration of the final Severn Estuary car ferry, Severn Princess which plied between Beachley and Aust, both in Gloucestershire, England. The 19 car carrying ferry used to serve until the first (M48) Severn Bridge was opened in 1966. AFLOAT adds according to the The Severn Princess Preservation Trust, this is how the 'Princess' was found in Kilkieran Connemara, Ireland, with the vessel seen thrown up on to the quay wall after a massive Atlantic storm, with the former ferry wedged up and under water twice a day. For more on how the ferry returned to the UK for preservation, read below.
If Tim Ryan could be transported back to any time in his life it would undoubtedly be the hours he spent on the ferries crossing the Severn to England and back. He did it 11 or 12 times a year…
Gentle start to a great voyage – Saoirse getting under way in Dun Laoghaire on June 20th 1923
Barry Keane and Tony Doherty of Mountaineering Ireland have formally proposed that commemorative postage stamps be issued to celebrate the up-coming Centenary of Conor O’Brien’s pioneering voyage round the world south of the Great Capes with his Irish-built 42ft ketch…
International star Dominic West of Glin Castle on the Shannon Estuary will be bringing his enthusiasm for waterways and boats to the Ilen ceremony in London on May 4th
The complex and long-standing relationship between the ancient city ports of Limerick and London will be celebrated with a ceremony on the historic Trading Ketch Ilen in the London city-centre St Katharine Dock, beside Tower Bridge on the River Thames,…
Hal Sisk with the re-build of the record-breaking 1912 schooner Atlantic in Dun Laoghaire
Hal Sisk of Dun Laoghaire has tonight (Tuesday) received the International Classic Boater of the Year Award in London for his decades of inspired service to classic craft and sailing history, while his colleagues Fionan de Barra of Dun Laoghaire…
Looking good – The Ilen team of Aodh, Eugene & Mike with their ship looking spic and span after her Spring refit at Oldcourt.
The restored 56ft trading ketch Ilen of 1926 vintage and Conor O’Brien fame has been blithely passage-making to and fro at speed – despite the unsettled weather – along the southwest coast in recent weeks, as Ilen Marine School Director…
"Doon the watter" Plans to sail again on the Firth of Clyde of the local 1933 shipyard built (Denny's of Dunbarton) TS Queen Mary were announced with summer cruises by 2024. AFLOAT adds the 'pocket liner' launched to carry mail and passengers from the River Clyde to the west coast, was the largest turbine steamer built for such service spent also with Caledonian MacBrayne. The ship is the last of its type and is listed on the UK’s National Historic Ship register, as a ship of national pre-eminence as also is the Scottish operator's half-sister, the 1947 Clyde-built PS Waverley, the world's only ocean-going paddle steamer. Sold in the 1970's, the preserved streamer visited Irish east coast ports by making excursions up to the early 2000's.
The veteran vessel turbine steamer, TS Queen Mary will once again sail on the Clyde, Scotland, according to the National Historic Ship UK, as it is hoped to be in service offering cruises by the summer of 2024 UK royal…
The launch of  the new book on Bray Sailing Club’s historic Droleen Dinghy
On Friday evening, April 1, Vincent Delany launched ‘Bray Sailing Club’s Droleen Dinghy’ book at the County Wicklow club in Bray harbour. Vincent’s Co-author Jim Horgan was at the launch. Unfortunately the third author, Michael Weed was isolated in Donegal…
The late Tim Collins - contributed so much to maritime history and science
Tributes have been paid to maritime author, historian, librarian, sailor and musician Tim Collins who passed away unexpectedly in Galway. “A polymath,” was how Galway hooker sailor and adventurer Dr Michael Brogan described him, while colleagues at NUI Galway (NUIG)…

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