Model Railway Exhibition

We have a fantastic model railway exhibition opening on November 28th.  It is based on an Irish docks scene with (naturally) CIE locomotives, Irish freight containers and, of course, an old Dublin bus! Come in and see what you can spot.  Previous Next

Talk with Robert Collins and Kevin O’Farrell

Date November 23rd Time 8:00pm Location National Maritime Museum Price €10 (Ex Booking fees) Rowing Across the Atlantic – 6000km with Robert Collins & Kevin O’Farrell In April this year, Robert Collins and Kevin O’Farrell rowed a small boat from Portugal to French Guiana in South America. On Wednesday, 23rd of November, they will present […]

Pat Sweeney RIP

It is with great sadness that I write to you today to inform you of the death of a former President and long standing volunteer of the Maritime Institute of Ireland Mr Pat Sweeney. Pat  was a stalwart of the Maritime Institute/Museum for over 50 years. He firmly believed in the richness of our maritime […]

The Uniform​

The Maritime Museum’s Halpin Collection includes his Royal Navy Reserve Officers Dress Uniform, including tailcoat, epaulettes, and dress sword. This would have been an extremely rare uniform because. President Michael D. Higgins used Halpin’s sword to officially open the newly refurbished Museum in 2012. The uniform was recently restored to the highest possible standard by […]

The Great Eastern

When the Great Eastern was launched in 1858 it was the largest ship in the world. It was designed by the great Victorian engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It was built at Milwall on the River Thames. There was no dry dock large enough for it, and it had to be built alongside the river and […]

Captain Robert Halpin

Captain Robert Halpin is an Irish maritime legend. He was born in Wicklow town on 17th February 1836, the youngest of 13 children. At 11 years old he went to sea. His first trips were on sailing ships, but Halpin saw that the future lay in steam. In 1858 Halpin took command of a 1,000 […]

The Chilean Ambassador Visits

There have been many points of contact in history between Chile and Ireland. It is in this context that the Chilean Ambassador to Ireland, Ms. Carla Serazzi, accompanied by the Second Secretary Daniel Mora, was received on March 3 by members of the Irish Maritime Museum. Touring the permanent exhibition of this true jewel of […]

Ireland and the WW1 Endgame


David Snook our speaker talks about how he has endeavoured to improve his understanding of Ireland’s part in the WW1 endgame. Geographically, Ireland was right in the middle as the British and US governments overcame the U-boat threat and transported food, war material and two million US troops to Europe. The U-boat defeat led to […]

SS Isolda Lecture

Elleesa Rushby MA, a current PhD student at the University of Bedfordshire, UK., is researching ambiguous loss in descendants of the SS Isolda sinking. Ambiguous loss occurs where the body of a loved one is never found. The Irish Lights Tender SS Isolda was sunk by the Luftwaffe on 19 December 1940 while carrying out […]

My search for Du Teillay

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When David’s grandmother Elizabeth Sullivan née Gill (school teacher and amateur historian) died in 1987, the family entrusted her vast collection of research – letters, charts and historical documents to David.  Over the past 35 years, with the help of DNA, genealogy software and computers David has managed to advance her research quite considerably. David’s research […]