On Sunday July 26th, 1914 the sailing yacht Asgard, owned and skippered by Erskine Childers, sailed into Howth harbour and landed guns. These had been collected from a German tug off the coast of Belgium for the Irish Volunteers who were seeking Home Rule.
This was a pivotal event in Irish history.
On the Centennial this July it is intended to have a commemorative sail-in, to Howth on Sunday 27th July, led by a yacht of the period. All are welcome to join in the celebrations.
The plan in outline is:
- 1.30 to 2.30 - Assembly of Lead Boat (‘Asgard’) and flotilla of period boats and modern yachts outside the Harbour, with commentary and music on the pier.
- 2.30 to 3.30 - The Landing.
- 3.30 to 5.00 - Presentation of Asgard Dingy to the National Museum of Ireland. Music and Picnicing.
This event is being organised by a voluntary group, most of whom were involved in the rigging of Asgard, now on display in the National Museum at Collins Barracks, Dublin. It has the support of the Director of the National Museum and is non-political.
This will be a family and community event with local Drama and Tourist groups, Sailors, Fishermen, Businesses and Musicians participating in the re-enactment and celebration. There will be no speeches, other than from our commentator who will explain the various aspects of the event.