The first four of many talks on the Asgard - Ireland’s most historic yacht 1905 to 2014, are scheduled for the autumn. The talks will take place during the coming Fingal Heritage Week from 23rd to 31st August. The venues and dates are as follows:
Rush Library - Monday 25th: Phone 01 8708464 or 01 8708414
Malahide Library - Tuesday 26th: Phone 01 8704430
Donabate/Portrane - Wednesday 27th: Phone 01 8905609
Baldoyle Library - Thursday 28th: Phone 01 890679
All talks are FREE and commence at 6.30pm.
Booking is advisable as three previous such talks were overbooked.
The presentation covers the life of this famous yacht in Irish history from her launch in 1905 to her conservation today in the National Museum of Ireland in Collin’s Barrack Museum.
Her 23 day voyage to collect guns and ammunition for the Irish Volunteers and the landing of them in Howth in July 1914 is described in detail with unique photographs and log readings from participants.
Other aspects of her life including her return to Ireland, re-fit in Malahide Boat Yard, years as Ireland’s Sail Training Vessel, in Kilmainham Jail Museum, the “controversy” and finally her conservation completed in 2012 (excluding her dinghy). More about the dinghy and the important work carried out by the Asgard volunteers during the conservation will form an important part of the presentation.