New Book on Irish Shipping

ISL Fleet History
Tom MCSweeney launches the irish shipping book in the magnificent setting of the Cork Port boardroom

Tom MCSweeney launches the irish shipping book in the magnificent setting of the Cork Port boardroom

The Rosslare Maritime Enthusiasts based at The Rosslare Maritime Heritage Centre in Rosslare Harbour, Wexford, are currently coming to the end of a 4/5 year project to produce a book entitled ‘Irish Shipping Ltd. - A Fleet History'. The book details the history of each of the vessels owned by the company from its humble beginnings in 1941 to its sad demise in 1984. It also gives a fascinating insight into life at sea during the war years and how the brave crews kept Ireland supplied with essential goods. The authors, Brian Cleare, Leo Coy and brothers, Brian and John Boyce have done many years of research and gathered together over four hundred photographs covering every ship in the fleet. Many of the photographs have never been published before. This hardback publication, with more than 400 photos will be a superb source of reference for many years to come. After an initial launch in County Wexford in Novemebr, the authors will visit Cork, Dublin Waterford, and the West to promote the book. Initial book launch was on Friday 22nd November 2013, at 8pm in Hotel Rosslare, Rosslare Harbour, Co.Wexford. Cork was on Tuesday 26th November 2013, at 6pm in the Board Room, Port of Cork, Custom House Street, Cork. Dun Laoghaire was on Thursday 28th November 2013, at 4pm in the Maritime Museum, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co.Dublin. Extra dates/venues are being arranged and will include Galway, Limerick and Waterford.
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