Ireland’s most famous yacht

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The history of the Asgard will be recalled by Pat Murphy, the round the world yachtsman, who will give a special presentation later this month on what’s perhaps the most famous yacht in Irish history.

While the talk is on in Dublin on March 31 next, the interest in the history of the famous vessel will be recalled by Pat Murphy and is sure to be of interest to many.

Scheduled for 6.30pm at Donaghmede Library in North Dublin, the talk will recount the story of the gun-running vessel’s 23-day secret voyage to land munitions for the Irish Volunteers in 1914 and therefore early booking is advised – contact the library at 01 848 2833 or donaghmedelibrary@dublincity.ie

The talk precedes a centennial sail-in this summer to mark the pivotal date in Irish history when the original Asgard, owned and skippered by Erskine Childers, landed at Howth.

Later this year, on Sunday July 27 – 100 years and a day after Childers’ yacht delivered its cargo to the Irish Volunteers in their fight for home rule – a flotilla of boats comprising vessels from the period and more modern yachts will assemble outside Howth Harbour from 1.30pm.

The recreation of the landing is scheduled for 2.30pm, followed by the official presentation of the restored Asgard to the National Museum of Ireland, where it is currently on display at Collins Barracks; and a community picnic.

The day is being organised by a voluntary group, many of whom were involved in the rigging of the restored vessel, and will be celebrated with pier-side entertainment for all the family.

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