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Battle of the Piers

Plan of proposed piers

This article reviews the rivalry between two engineers on building the pier in Dún Laoghaire harbour. It continues to describe current rivalry, and future hopes.

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Limerick Marine Radio Schools

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Radio Officers were trained in Limerick. This is a history of the school.

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The Asian Adventures of the Bandon River Ships: “Hope” and “Thomas”.

A further account of the East India Company. The story of two of their Bandon-built ships “Hope” and “Thomas”

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Sibe Gorman & Co

From early in the nineteenth century until the present time, the image of a copper and brass diver’s helmet or hard-hat has been an easily recognisable icon which most people could associate with what has always been referred to as “deep-sea diving”.. This is the story of the company responsible for that image: Sibe Gorman & Co

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Historical Diving in Ireland

While there were few diving inventors or innovators in Ireland, it is remarkable that many of the early diving pioneers worked around the Irish coast. Local entrepreneurs and salvors were quick to exploit the invention of the helmet in the early 19th century and rapidly took on salvage work on their own account.

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Italian Salvage Ships at the Galley Head

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Paddy O’Sullivan traces the history of the Italian salvage company, Sorima, and describes its successful Ludgate operation off the Galley Head in 1934-35.

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Moyalla Salvaged

The salvage of the valuable cargo of the Moyalla is the tale of triumph of a skilled first time salvor over the might of a large professional salvage company. It is a remarkable story of early scuba diving in Ireland

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A Riddle of Sand – The Kish Bank

The Kish Bank is a sandbank, or a set of sandbanks, off the east coast of Ireland. This study discusses how, the Kish Bank, got its name.

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Lost to Time and Tide

This article offers no conclusions or answers, and is only designed to record some unusual archaeological features within a beautiful bay, which seem to have been forgotten and their use gone unrecorded. One wonders, just how old they are? Suggestions please.

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Concrete Ships

Irish shipyards Warrenpoint – Concrete ships Cretefield During the First world war a shortage of steel developed as replacements were being built for the huge tonnage sunk by submarines. Steel was prioritised for construction of warships. Late in the war

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