In Memoriam

Joe Fallon RIP Joe Fallon, former member of the Maritime Institute, died on 1st May 2019 after a long illness. Joe served as Commodore of the Dún Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club and was also an active member of the National Yacht Club. He established BIM’s Sailing Club, where he worked, to encourage its staff to […]

Margaret Downey Harrington Receives BIM Lifetime Achievement Award By Richard McCormick

Margaret Downey-Harrington from Castletownbere, Co. Cork was honoured with the BIM National Seafood Lifetime Achievement Award for her immense contribution to the Irish seafood industry. Margaret, whose career spans more than 60 years, owns a Castletownbere pelagic trawler and is also a founding member of Mná na Mara, the national network for women in fisheries. […]

MFV Nordkap Returns to Dun Laoghaire By Richard McCormick

In August 2018, during the wedding of Ciara Joyce and Erol Aycan in the Maritime Museum, a scale model of the Norwegian, 1959 built, sixty-three foot (19 metre) long Dún Laoghaire Trawler MFV Nordkap had pride of place on the altar. After the wedding, Skipper Crummey presented the model to former President Richard McCormick, who […]

An April Disaster in Wartime Greenock 1940 By Pat Sweeney

April this year was the 79th anniversary of the sinking of the French Destroyer, Maillé Brézé, in Greenock in Scotland on the last day of that month when she was badly damaged by the accidental discharge of an armed torpedo on the portside. At 4:15pm on Tuesday 30th April, the weapon slid along the deck, […]

Shipping News By Pat Sweeney

This shipping review focuses on Ferries. The hull of the new WB Yeats was launched in January 2018 with the final two superstructure units arriving from Poland in February. Irish Ferries also disposed of the Kaitaki, ex Irish Isle of Innisfree, to Toll Shipping of New Zealand, earning a profit of €25.5 million. Also that […]

Brendan Neary – Obituary from 1993 By Jim Wolohan

The Mariners Church in Dún Laoghaire houses two aspects of the Maritime Institute’s activities – the museum and the library. As the greater activity centres on the museum, there was the chance that the library might be overlooked at times so it was appropriate that Brendan should be a member of the museum committee to […]

Brendan Neary – Notes from the Past By Joe Varley

1988 was an eventful year in Brendan’s life. It was the 400th anniversary of the Spanish Armada and this generated the same type of media and general interest as was evident last autumn in relation to the RMS Leinster. Yet Brendan was involved in Armada lore in 1985 when he and Kevin Crothers represented the […]

Library News By Brian Ellis

Over the last year there have been a significant number of book donations to the Museum Library involving several hundred volumes. There has, however, been a delay in adding these books to the Master Catalogue but, following the purchase of a new PC, cataloguing these items has recommenced and they will be added to the […]

SS Dundalk -14th October 1918 By Charley McCarthy

The Ship SS Dundalk was built in Glasgow in 1899 at a cost of £40,000 as a flagship for the Dundalk and Newry Steam Packet Company. Her main trade was in carrying cattle and produce from Dundalk to Liverpool and other goods on the return journey with passengers. Her Captain, Hugh O’Neill from Killowen, Co […]

Some Thoughts on Brexit By Terry Conlan

On 23rd June 2016 the UK voted by 51.9% to 48.1% to leave the European Union. Such a narrow victory – if such it was – has led to major upheavals in the British Political Establishment and throughout society in general. Without any clear plan following the debates leading up to June 2016, the UK […]