18th August

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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Aigh Vie sailing through Dalkey Sound bound for the Poolbeg Yacht Club in Dublin and onwards to Peel, Isle of Man

Not a totally unusual sight for Dublin Bay which boasts many classic and traditional wooden vessels, but none perhaps with such a colourful history as this centenarian vessel. For Aigh Vie has a direct link to the sinking by a German U-boat off the Old Head of Kinsale, of the luxury liner Lusitania on May 7, 1915.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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"Visiting rowers were more than surprised with the splendour of the city's river environment," remarked Gary McMahon, Ilen School director, who plans to develop the race into an international annual river event for Limerick- a dynamic confluence of strong Atlantic tides and flooding land waters. 

The Ilen School and Network for Wooden Boat Building in Limerick City teaches the craft of local boat design building.

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.

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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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Link to Lusitania returns to the Irish Sea after a 21-year restoration
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Haulbowline Lighthouse centenary commemoration
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Inaugural King's Island river race

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