The Boyd Disaster

Boyd statue by farrell 10

THE BOYD DISASTER. by Cormac F. Lowth   And such the trust that still were mine, Though stormy winds swept o’er the brine, Or through the tempest’s fiery breath, Raise me from sleep to wreck and death. Emma Hart Willard, Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep. February 1861 will be remembered not only […]

Lifeboats in DúnLaoghaire

There have been lifeboats in Dublin Bay for more than 200 years. This is one of the oldest services in existence. The first lifeboat was located at Sandycove and run by the Dublin Ballast Board. In 1817 a lifeboat was located in Old Dunleary, before the present harbour was built. In 1861 the RNLI took […]

The sinking of Arandora Star

‘Drowned like rats’ The torpedoing of Arandora Star off the Donegal Coast, 2 July 1940 Michael Kennedy (difp at This paper is a revised version of ‘Men that came in with the sea’ which appeared in History Ireland in 2008.   A PDF version of this article is available: click here   The torpedoing […]

RMS Leinster, over 500 died

Leinster Postcard

An exhibit illustrating this event will, on occasion, be displayed in the Museum The date is 10th October 1918. The place is Kingstown (now DunLaoghaire), Britain (of which Ireland is an integral part) is at war with Germany. A war that came to a close within a number of weeks. At the Carlisle pier one […]

Fethard Lifeboat Disaster


15 December 2009 A Chara, Last weekend in  Rosslare, County Wexford, Ireland a booklet was launched on the Fethard Lifeboat Disaster. David Maloney (Launch Secretary)Rosslare Lifeboat launched the booklet on behalf of the O’Rourke family and the event was covered by the press. The occasion was the gathering of the O’Rourke Family from all over […]

RNLB Mary Stanford

RNLB Mary Stanford RNLB Mary Stanford was the Ballycotton Lifeboat from 1930 to 1959. Many lives were rescued and awards accumulated. She performed what many regard as the most famous rescue: the Daunt Lightship rescue on 7 February 1936. She is the only lifeboat to be awarded for gallantry (boat as distinct from the crew). […]