A novel seems an unlikely reference to add to the mix but “The Lonely Sea and Sky” by Dermot Bolger tells the story of his dad a fourteen year old boy who went to sea to support his family after his father was drowned when his vessel was lost. It can be read by people from 12 to 90 and you might read the speakers review http://lugnad.ie/book-reviews/lonelyseaandsky/.
Joe Ryan was educated at CBS, Westland Row and trained at Atlantic College, Leeson Park going to sea as a Radio Officer for 12 years. He became a Computer Engineer, later specialising in System Software Support, involved in a prototype mirror image system for Aer Lingus, the first scanning systems for Quinnsworth and library systems for UL and Maynooth University. He also maintained systems for the Revenue for 15 years. His career came full circle twenty-two years ago when he joined the Irish Coast Guard and worked at MRCC Dublin until he retired in 2014. During that time he obtained a Diploma in Marine Surveying and an MSc in Emergency Management. Daily, he was involved in some of the most tragic incidents and was in charge of the watch the night we lost Air Corps helicopter R111 at Tramore on 1st July 1999 with the loss of four brave men. This led to his dissertation on Critical Incident Stress Management for his MSc, a subject he holds dear. There were many successful rescues and he enjoyed working with his team, IRCG volunteers, the RNLI and Helicopter crews among many others.
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For an overview read: Ireland’s Mercantile Marine during the Second World War