Commemoration resumes again at City Quay

A selection of photographs from the day. Special thanks to CE office at Museum, Fourth Port Dodder Sea Scouts, Sea Scout Leader, Ms. Geraldine Smith for organizing the Sea Scout participation, Rose Cearney, Stella Maris, Lara Joye and the Dublin Port Company. Bill Ryan OFM remembering the dead Fourth Port Dodder Sea Scouts display wartime […]

The Great Lighthouses of Ireland

The Great Lighthouses of Ireland (price €28), accompanying the RTÉ series, is a collection of striking images and fascinating stories about the iconic lighthouses that dot our coastline and the extraordinary men and women who lived and worked in them. Covering an encyclopaedic range of subjects, including history, biography, engineering and science, art, wildlife and […]

Ringsend Sailing Trawlers by Cormac F. Lowth

A new book by Cormac F. Lowth, Ringsend Sailing Trawlers, is available in the Museum bookshop.  The book gives a realistic picture of the marine culture of Ringsend with its ancillary trades of boat building and repair, as well as rope making.

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 […]

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Our mission is to provide a great museum for everyone, this can only be done through your help and support. Even during our normal operations your support is greatly appreciated Our work still goes on, so we really need your help to get us through this difficult time. Please consider making a donation so we […]

Kenneth King Paintings

Irish Shipping commissioned Kenneth King, the noted marine artist to paint pictures of their fleet.  After the demise of Irish Shipping these were auctioned by the liquidator.  The Maritime Institute of Ireland acquired some at the auction.  Later the institute commissioned Kenneth to paint pictures of other Irish ships which were lost during World War […]

Baily Optic


This working Optic is the light from Baily lighthouse in Howth, North Dublin. It was installed in 1902 and removed in 1972 when the lighthouse was modernised. The lighthouse was originally gas, then vapourised paraffin powered, the light was equivalent to 2,000,000 candle power. The optic now shines a lesser light over the museum. Bailey […]

LOP 6 Howth Head

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LOP 6 Howth Head The Coastwatching Service in Howth, Co. Dublin: LOP 6, the Summit, Howth Michael Kennedy (difp at   [paper delivered to the Howth Historical Society, February 2009]  I: Introduction May I begin by thanking you for the invitation to address the society this evening, as it is always a pleasure to […]