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On-line Journal of Research on Irish Maritime History: a list of articles published here, presented in a grid layout. Placing the mouse over any square in the grid will give some more information. Click on a square will present the

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This Island Nation – Weekly

Tom MacSweeney

This Island Nation, designed to be a reflective, informative and entertaining programme about maritime matters, is now a weekly radio program. Click here for details.

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Lecture 1 Nov 2016


Lecture, 1 November 2016, Cormac Lowth, “Maritime Dublin from old photographs”

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Commemoration 20 November 2016


The 2016 Annual National Commemoration Services For Irish Seafarers will be held at 12 noon on Sunday 20 November 2016, at the City Quay Memorial to Irish Seafarers.
At 2pm there will be an ecumenical service in the National Maritime Museum, conducted by Fr. Pat Mernagh CF, army chaplain and Rev. William Black port chaplain. Refreshments will then be served

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Lecture 3Nov16

Austin O'Carroll

“The Road to Rio Paralympic Sailing”-An illustrated lecture by Dr Austin O’Carroll will take place on Thursday 3 November (20:00hrs) at the Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club, Ringsend, Dublin 4. There will be an entry fee of €5 in aid of the charity organisation, Safetynet, instead of our usual RNLI.

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In his illustrated lecture, Dermot Cronin of Malahide Yacht Club, will bring us the inside story of how his son Paddy and himself won the Double-handed division of the 2015 Middle Sea Race in their yacht Encore, a First 40.7. Apart from the tactical challenges, it was an energy–sapping race with frequent sail-changing and variable winds reaching 42kts+.

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Ireland’s Mercantile Marine during the Second World War

An earlier version of this article was donated to Wikipedia The Irish Mercantile Marine[lugnote]In Ireland it is the “Mercantile Marine”; in the United Kingdom, it is the “Merchant Navy”; in the USA, it is the “Merchant Marine”.[/lugnote] during World War

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Lecture 27 Sept 2016

Lecture “Shipwrecks of Dublin Bay” by Dr Ed Bourke in Howth 27 September 2016

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Lecture 26Apr16 Cormac Lowth


Maritime Institute of Ireland Aud wreck © John Collins photography Illustrated Lecture The Roles of the Aud and the Helga in the 1916 rising Tuesday 26 April 2016 19:30 by Cormac F Lowth at Maritime Museum Dún Laoghaire Admission free

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New Article, by Joe Ryan: Irish Shipping Ltd. and the Ministry of Supplies

Séan Lemass

This article has been written to give people a sense of conditions in Ireland during the early years of the “Emergency” which existed in Ireland from 1939 and the urgent need for shipping which brought about the formation of Irish Shipping Ltd. In condensing a journal of 200 close typewritten pages much detail can be lost but I have taken great pains to reproduce each commodity named so you will understand where the most want occurred. I have learned great respect for the Minister, his Department, the officials of Irish Shipping, their Officers and Crew many of whom paid the ultimate price, with their lives, so we would have the necessities of life at a very turbulent time for our young Nation and the World.

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Why are goods transported on land called a "shipment" and why are goods transported by sea called "cargo"?