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The Marine Engineering Class of 1967 are arranging a 50th anniversary reunion in September of this year.

We have contact with the majority of the class but are missing two:
Hugh Teehan and Mick Byrne
I would be obliged if you could post a request on the website for anyone who might have knowledge of their whereabouts to contact me at

Many thanks and regards,
Erc Kealy


Sad to report the death of Desmond (Dessie) Stacey EX B&I Line, Irish Continental Line and Seaman's Union of Ireland on the 7th February 2017, after a courageous battle with a short illness.  

Rest in Peace 

Removal on Thursday morning  9th February  to the Church of Our Lady of Victories, Ballymun Road, Glasnevin arriving at 9.50am for 10am Funeral Mass followed by burial in St. Fintan's Cemetery, Sutton. Family flowers only please - Donations, if desired, to St Francis Hospice, Raheny. Enquiries to Stafford's, Portmarnock - 01 8462620.

Bryan Holmes feb.2017


Message from Harry Callan's daughter-in-law regarding his memoirs.

Harry Callan. Irish Merchant Seaman.


Harry is my father-in-law and I have written his memoir. Forgotten Hero Of Bunker Valentin - The Harry Callan Story has been published by Collins Press and will be available from 20th March.

My WEB site  gives more background information to Harry's story. 

I am trying to let Harry's colleagues know about this, unfortunately he didn't make it to the commemoration ceremonies on City Quay and the Maritime Museum this year.  Harry is now 93 and still in great fettle. 

I would appreciate if you could pass on the information to as many as possible - you can also pass on this email address too.       

Thank you in advance for any help you can give in this regard. 

Kind regards

Michele Callan.



Sad to report the passing of Liz Black
Ex, B+I Stewardess.

Ronnie Black
10th. August 2016.

M.V. Innisfallen 1970s
Peg O'Sullivan, Marie Brazil, Liz Black,
Christine Fitzmorris, Kay Breen>>>



Friday 29 April 2016

Irish Coast Guard SAR service using new technology S92 helicopters has reached 10,000 hour milestone

The Irish Coast Guard has achieved the significant milestone of 10,000 Sikorsky S92 flight hours in its Irish Search-and-Rescue (SAR). The five new technology Sikorsky S92 aircraft have completed more than 3100 missions, operating from the bases in Sligo, Waterford, Shannon and Dublin. With the introduction of the S92, the service ushered in a stepped change in operational effectiveness and flight safety. The fleet is equipped with state-of-the-art autopilot functions, auto hover and flight director upgrades. This has led to improved safety and higher levels of aircraft availability.

Chris Reynolds director of the Coast Guard said: ‘IRCG Search and Rescue helicopters operating out of four bases located across Ireland ensure that we continue to assist mariners, hill walkers, those living in rural areas and our islands communities”

Case Studies:

  1. A significant percentage of SAR missions ensure critically ill people reach hospitals within the so called ‘golden hour’, giving them the best chance of a full recovery. For heart attack victims in rural communities, ensuring fast access to a specialist cardiac unit is vital. The speed and reliability of response is critical because the heart muscle starts to die within 80-90 minutes after it stops getting blood, and within six hours, almost all the affected parts of the heart could be irreversibly damaged.
  1. When a pregnant woman living on an island off the Irish coast went into labour and found herself unable to get to hospital in July 2013, the SAR team were scrambled to take her to hospital. Impatient to make his/her arrival, labour was more advanced than initially believed and a baby boy was delivered by the crew’s winchman in the hospital corridor.
  1. The waters around Ireland’s coastline can be both beautiful and wild. SAR Ireland’s crews have completed many missions miles offshore in some of the most challenging conditions. Here are two examples of a single night’s work.

·     The 18th of September 2015 was a very busy shift for the crews of Waterford Rescue 117 (R117) and Shannon Rescue 115 (R115). Rescue115 was tasked by the Irish Coast Guard Station MRCC Valentia to Vessel Hanjin Cape Lambert approximately 170mls SW of Castletownbere, for an injured crewman. Due to the distance of the mission, R115 routed to Castletownbere refueling helipad. On arrival at the helipad, Rescue 115 was retasked to a more time critical medevac approximately  240mls SW Castletownbere to evacuate a 72 year old female with a suspected heart attack from cruise vessel Regal Princess. 

Rescue 117 (Waterford) was subsequently tasked to the Vessel Hanjin Cape Lambert. Rescue 115 lifted and met the Regal Princess 180mile SW Castletownbere. A Rescue 115 winchman was deployed to the vessel to assess the casualty’s condition. A Hi-line and stretcher technique were used to recover winchman and casualty back to the helicopter. R115 departed for Cork where the casualty was handed over for transfer on to Cork University Hospital.  

·         A crewman aboard a container ship about 100 miles off the coast of Ireland took ill recently and required medical evacuation.  Two of Ireland’s Coast Guard helicopters were tasked in the long-range mission to the MV Atlantic Cartier and removed the man from the ship as he was suffering from chest pains. The Waterford-based aircraft (Rescue 117) reached the ship, located about 100 miles from Fastnet Rock, with the helicopter from Shannon (Rescue 115) providing top cover. The Irish Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) in Valentia, Co Kerry, which coordinated the rescue, said the man was taken to Cork Hospital where he made a full recovery.

Press Office, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport 01 604 1093 /01 604 1090








The story of the 'Helga', from her launch in Dublin in 1908 as a fishery protection and research vessel, and the part she played in the bombardment of Liberty Hall and Boland's Mill in 1916, to her ultimate sinking in 1947. 

The Tragic story of the ship that came to be known as the 'Aud', and the failed attempt to land a cargo of German arms at Fenit. Also, the voyage of the submarine 'U19' from Germany and the landing of Roger Casement at Banna Strand.





New Irish Shipping Ltd. Facebook page.
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Maritime Aspects of The 1916 Rising

A Cháirde na Mara,

I wish to inform you that the final lecture in the Glenua 2015/16 Winter Lecture Series in Poolbeg will be on Thursday 14 April.

Details below and in the attached flyer.

Le gach deaghui,

Seamus Mac Gearailt


When I was working in Ghana some years ago I came across an ISL house flag in the Takoradi seaman's club. I did a bit of haggling and eventually got them to part with it. I'd love to get the history, apparently one of the vessels visiting there in 1976 presented it to the club. I'd love to find out which ship it came from and who "presented" it to the seaman's club. Apparently the Takoradi club was a great club in the day, I worked there for 7 years and I really enjoyed it. The flag is a bit faded as you can imagine hanging on the wall all those years. Any chance we do some digging and find out. I'm also looking for a fitting home for the flag if you know of some museum or society.
The "swimming pool" is now the open
Walter Phelan

Regarding Walter Phelans query from Ghana. The Irish Cedar was there is September 1975 if you look at the Signal for that period you will see the crew list.

I remember Takaradi and the club which I think had a big wooden elephant and the challenge was to lift it. Both Pat Conran junior engineer and Larry Kieran cook, lifted it.

Have a hazy memory of the flag donation but I was not directly involved.

Remember sending some of the engineers to fix a pump for the Seamanship Mission there but we did not have the right bearing.

Mick Carey was Master and Gerry Mooney chief engineer, Alan Coughlin was mate, I was 2nd engineer. We had gone there from Lagos where we spent 3 months, I joined there. We went on to Rio for repairs and Rosario in Argentina and then to Genoa and Trieste, Italy and to final dry dock in Valletta, Malta where the Cedar was sold.

Pat O'Halloran 


 Irish Merchant Marine Flag.

In recent days there was a call out for a Irish merchant marine flag for the funeral service of an Irish seaman. There doesn't seem to be any pacifically for that purpose, so I would hope that someone can come up with a design that would be acceptable to the majority of the Irish Maritime community. If anyone can put their mind to design a flag and there is agreement I will get it made up for future use. Thank you.

 13th. January 2016.

I have added an amended ISL flag as an example and the reasons for the design. 

 Click on photo:

The first flag of Ireland, the saltire known as St Patrick's Cross. One of the earliest references to the flag is a picture of it flying from a ship.(Hibernia 1576, John Goghe). The flag also appears on many flag charts, most of them naval, which suggest that this flag must have been used by Irish ships. One such book is Neptune Francois published in Amsterdam as early as 1693. This depicts a saltire on a white field, which in some hand coloured copies is red. Above and below are the French and Dutch words for Irish: Ieres and Irlandois.

Irish ensign according to 1785 newspaper

Further evidence to this flag being used by the Irish at sea comes from a 1785 newspaper report from Waterford states about ships leaving for the colonies that:"Upwards of forty vessels are now in our harbour, victualling for Newfoundland, of which number thirteen are of our own nation, who wear the St Patrick's flag (the field of which is white, with a St Patrick's cross, and an harp in one quarter.)"
It was even adopted for the
 House Flag and jack of the Republic of Ireland's state shipping company, Irish Shipping until it was liquidated in 1984, it is still included in the house flag of the Commissioner of Irish Lights.




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Cormac Lowth.



    Its our sad duty to report the death of Joe Beggs, ex. boson and Worker Director B+I Line and former member of the executive board of the SUI.

Funeral on Thursday the 7th January 2016 in Portmarnock,Co.Dublin
Details to follow.

BEGGS, Joseph (Joe) (Portmarnock, Co. Dublin and former Chief Purser and worker director of the B & I Line) 4th January 2016 (peacefully) in the care of the staff of Talbot Lodge Nursing Home surrounded by his loving family. Joseph will be very sadly missed by his loving wife and best friend Mary (Maloney), his son Mark, daughters Andrea and Fiona, daughter-in-law Anne Marie, son-in-law David, grandchildren, brothers and sisters, aunt Bridie, extended family and friends.


Rest in Peace


Reposing on Wednesday afternoon at home from 4pm until 7pm. Removal on Thursday morning to St. Anne's Church, Portmarnock arriving for 10am Funeral Mass followed by burial in Fingal Cemetery.


MV.Meath 1961

jetfoil 1981



Sad to report the death of Val Keenan ex. B+I, Irish Ferries and the Irish naval service.

Val Keenan,2nd.left in photo.

In a workplace full of characters Val stood out and I hope the first words he uttered when he got to where he is now, were: "spread out"......

To his family, his friends and his shipmates he will be greatly missed.

"Till we all meet in another place"

Swords) - Dec. 22, 2015 (suddenly), at Beaumont Hospital, late of Irish Ferries; sadly missed by his loving wife Elizabeth, sons Stuart and Wayne, their partners Clare and Ally, granddaughters Ella and Mia, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. R.I.P. Removal on Monday morning from Rock's Funeral Home, Swords to St. Finian's Church, River Valley arriving for 11 o'c. Mass followed by funeral to Glasnevin Crematorium. Family flowers only. Donations if desired to R.N.L.I.



227 /15                                                                                                                                                                   14 December 2015


The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney T.D. has today published the report of the Government Task Force on Non-EEA Workers in Irish Fishing Industry.  The Task Force was set up just over a month ago by Government following reports of alleged abuses of migrant workers on board Irish fishing vessels.  The high level Task Force was chaired by Minister Coveney, and also involved Minister Ged Nash, Minister of State for Business and Employment and senior officials from relevant Government Departments and Agencies.   It received presentations and submissions from a number of relevant stakeholders.   

The Task Force recommended a new sector specific Atypical Worker Permission system which will enable employers in specific parts of the Irish Fishing fleet, under a structured and transparent framework, to source and employ workers from non-EEA countries.  The scheme developed provides that employees will be guaranteed, at a minimum, the national minimum wage and statutory terms and conditions in accordance with national law, which will be underpinned by the requirement for employers to provide a legally binding contract of employment.    

Speaking after briefing Cabinet colleagues on the main contents of the scheme, Minister Coveney stated “These new arrangements will provide a clear pathway for the employment of non-EEA workers in parts of the Irish fishing fleet while ensuring that such workers cannot be exploited. The Task Force strongly benefited from the input of the Migrant Rights Centre and the International Transport Workers Federation which outlined the experiences of non EEA workers and outlined measures that would give protection to these workers”.  

The Minister also stated, “I am also greatly encouraged by the engagement of Fishing Industry representative organisations with the work of the Task Force.   The Task Force evaluated the information provided and developed a scheme that will support structured employment of crew on fishing vessels and give guarantees on conditions of work to these employees.    I hope to have the new arrangements, which will provide for up to 500 non-EEA workers to work legally in Ireland’s Fishing Industry, in place very early in the New Year.” 

Minister Ged Nash added, “We now have a scheme which I believe will address the problem of illegal migrant workers in the Irish fishing fleet and also the potential for abuse of these workers.  What is key now is the enforcement and inspection element and I am chairing a group to agree a Memorandum of Understanding to provide for effective enforcement across all relevant State agencies.  Extensive progress is being made on this plan, which I expect to finalise shortly, where our agencies will coordinate, cooperate and share information.” 

The main recommendations of the Task Force’s report are:- 

·         The establishment of a new system of atypical worker permission specific to the fishing sector for recruitment of non-EEA workers. The scheme will provide that during the first 3 months after its commencement, permissions will be limited to those non-EEA workers already operating in Ireland on fishing vessels.  

·         Employers (who must be licensed vessel owners) are to be responsible for ensuring that a valid contract of employment, certified by a Solicitor and drafted in accordance with National and EU employment rights legislation, is in place for all workers.   Employees will be guaranteed, as a minimum, the national minimum wage, will be repatriated at the conclusion of a contract where no new contract is in place and will be provided with adequate health care coverage for the duration of the contract.


·         A pre-clearance system to be put in place, including the establishment of a depository of contracts which will monitor overall numbers (to be capped at a maximum of 500).  

·         A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to be put in place before the commencement of the scheme by the relevant State enforcement bodies to provide a rigorous and effective inspection system 

The Taskforce Report is available on the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine website at: Further details of the scheme will be published in early in the New Year. 




The Annual National Commemoration Services For Irish Seafarers

The Annual National Commemoration Services For Irish Seafarers will be held at on
 Sunday 15th November 2015 at 1230 hrs. in the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
City Quay, Dublin 2.

Wreaths will be laid at the Irish Seaman’s National Memorial, City Quay.




I wish to inform you that our November lecture, Sailing the Northwest Passage, will take place on Thursday 12 November 2015 (instead of the usual first Thursday)!
Details below and attached.
Séamus Fitzgerald

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An illustrated lecture on the Diving Bell will take place at Dublin Port Company, Port Centre, Alexandra Road, Dublin 1 on Wed Oct 28th 2015 at 20:00.

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Cormac Lowth-Oct 16th. 2015


Hello all,

I joined Irish shipping in 1974 and was on the Irish pine, the larch, the maple, and the pine again, I left in 1980 and was a 'poncho' then a galleyer, and then an assistant Stewart, I worked with Benny Dorgan, jack Rogan, Sean Lloyd, and john buggy, jimmy savage, and jimmy Kennelly to name but a few.

Christmas day 1976
John Buggy, 2nd.cook?,  galley boy?, Bennie Dorgan, Richie Pullen, Jim Byrne, Bertie Coogan.

there's a picture of me on the larch with Benny and jimmy Kennelly and john buggy and jimmy savage all standing in the crews mess I think it was, it would be great if any of those lads were still around and wanted to get in touch.

 Thanking you once again , Jim Byrne.
The Fourth Annual B & I reunion will be held in the Clifton Court hotel on Eden Quay, Dublin on Saturday the 15th. November 2014 at 20.00hrs.
Previous years it has have been a great success and we hope to see many more of our friends and shipmates there this year.

Further information from Noel Byrne and Morris Ward at or Maurice on 0877409249 and Noel on 0863130697



The death has occurred of Peter Timmins former chief cook MV.Connacht.

"Ar dheis De go raibh a anam"

Peter was a very talented chef and one of the best shipmates you could have. He made his future in America and became one of the few chefs to get the Certifed Master Chef award, the highest level of achievement of all American Culinary Federation Certifications. He will be missed by his many ex. shipmates.

"Fear no more the heat o'the sun,
Nor the furious winter's sea rages,
Thou thy worldly task has done,
home art gone, and ta'en thy wages".


 30 year anniversary of the winding up of Irish Shipping Limited

I believe that some people, including Jack Rogan, have organised an informal get together in the Conrad Hotel in Dublin on the 14th of November to commemorate the 30 year anniversary of the winding up of Irish Shipping Ltd.

Cost is €10 per head to cover finger food and the event takes place at 8pm.

Erc Kealy
28th.October 2014



Looking for Eammon Frampton.
( Ex. Bell Lines and ISL)

If anyone can put me in touch with Eammon I would be very grateful. He is a cousin of my mother Nora and  I remember him in my grandmothers when he worked with Bells lines, here in ferrybank Waterford city.
As he is the only living member of the Frampton's that I know other than my mother and her family,  it would be nice to catch up after 20 odd year. 

Thank you.



 Michael Langran of Carrickmines, Dublin 18, founder and M.D. of Sea and Shore Safety Services and formerly of Irish Shipping, died on September 30th, 2014, suddenly  but peacefully, after a long illness.

 Remembered with love by his wife Susan, daughters Felicity and Clare, son Peter, sons-in-law David and Tony, grandchildren, by his brother Paddy and sister Diddy, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and colleagues.

Funeral Service on Friday, October 3rd at 11.00am in Kilternan Parish Church, Dublin 18. Cremation private. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to a nautical charity of your choice. House private. 

Paddy Boyd
1st October 2014

Details here:


I have a long-term interest in local Dun Laoghaire history
I wonder if it is possible to identify a Dublin registered small ship seen in a number of Dun Laoghaire photos of the 1950s.  Details might help us to date these and other photos.
In both photos attached, it is moored at the jetty on the East Pier. 
Clearly, the name starts "Lan????", Dublin.

Kind Regards
Tom Conlon
September 2014
*20th September 2014
Identified as the Larssen, a Dublin pleasure boat from the 1950s by Mark Russell

Click on thumbnails to see photo.
If you can help with Tom's request please email the site at

Thank you.



22nd. July 2014 

Ireland ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention


Convention will improve working and living conditions for ship workers making the maritime sector more socially responsible 

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, today (Tuesday 22nd July 2014) announced the ratification by Ireland of the Maritime Labour Convention, which sets standards for working and living conditions for seafarers.  

This means that from 21st July 2015, Ireland will be a party to the Convention and will implement the requirements contained therein, both for Irish-flagged ships and for international ships calling at Irish ports. 

In the meantime, work is progressing on the inspection and certification of Irish ships in preparation for entry into force of the Convention for Ireland.  A Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance – Part I has been issued to all Irish-flagged vessels of 500 Gross Tonnage or more which operate internationally, and ship owners have completed a Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance – Part II.  Work is also underway on preparing for port State control inspections for foreign-flagged ships in Ireland when the Convention enters into force here. 

Minister Donohoe said: ‘I am delighted that Ireland has now ratified this Convention, which underlines our commitment to maritime safety and to improved living and working conditions for seafarers.  Implementation of the Convention will improve Ireland’s international maritime reputation, as well as ensuring that seafarers enjoy better conditions, and that the shipping sector generally becomes a more secure and socially responsible sector’. 

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, whose Department has overall responsibility for ILO matters, also welcomed the ratification, saying: ‘I am very happy to welcome the ratification of this important international labour standard.  This Convention will improve working and living conditions for workers on board ships and should lead to more secure, better-protected and responsible maritime employment.  Ireland is fully behind the ILO’s efforts to define international labour standards in this important sector’.    


Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

01 604 1087 / 01 604 1090 

Notes for Editors


1.       The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) was adopted at the 94th International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Maritime Conference, on 23rd February 2006 in Geneva.  The Convention sets the standards for working and living conditions for seafarers.   

2.       Ireland was represented at the Conference by a tripartite delegation consisting of Government officials, nominees of the employers (IBEC) and of the workers (ICTU). This tripartite group played an active role in developing the Convention and fully supports the measures it contains. 

3.       MLC entered into force on the 20th August 2013 for members who have ratified the Convention, and it will enter into force for Ireland on 21 July 2015, i.e.12 months after the date our ratification was registered with the ILO.   

4.       The Convention applies to all seagoing ships which are ordinarily engaged in maritime operations, other than fishing vessels and naval warships.  States which are party to the Convention apply its provisions to ships of their own flags, and to ships of other flags visiting their ports.   

5.       Ireland, along with other ILO Member States must bring the Convention into force via national legislation.  The Convention will be implemented through a package of national legislation under the Merchant Shipping Acts.   A number of Regulations are already made, and work is ongoing in relation to the remainder of the package of Regulations. 


6.       The Marine Survey Office (MSO) of the Irish Maritime Administration (IMA) has been designated as the competent authority for the implementation of the Convention.   

7.       The Convention consolidates and updates over 60 maritime labour instruments adopted by the ILO since 1920.   While many aspects of the Convention are already set out in previous ILO Conventions such as ILO 147, there are some new requirements under MLC 2006, such as the requirement that every seafarer has an employment agreement, and the requirement that ship owners complete a Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance – Part II (with Part I being completed by the competent authority).   The Convention therefore, while it introduces some new requirements, mainly involves the updating of existing rights afforded to seafarers under previous ILO Conventions. 


8.       Under the Convention, only vessels of 500 GT or over which operate internationally are subject to certification inspections. In preparation for entry into force of the Convention for Ireland, a Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance – Part I has been issued to all Irish-flagged vessels of 500 Gross Tonnage or more which operate internationally. Ship owners have completed a Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance – Part II  

9.       Recognised Organisations have been appointed for the purpose of carrying out MLC certification inspections, and they have issued, where inspections have been completed, a Statement of Compliance with the MLC.   MLC Certificates will be issued, once the MLC enters into force for Ireland. 



Hi All, 

Beginning in 1994, the Radio Officer Association has now grown to 400 members Worldwide. For the first time, Ireland has been selected for a reunion of its members and guests and we have selected Dun Laoghaire as been a suitable location  for the weekend of November-21-22nd 2014. 

Provisional plans: 

Friday 21st November 2014:  Members and guests will arrive Dun Laoghaire where there are many  Pubs  with a healthy night life- music etc. 

Saturday 22nd November 2014:  Using DART/LUAS/ -Day Trip ticket to Dublin Central.  Visit * Guinness or* Jameson  ( lunch) – Collins Barrack Museum – Time to shop.

                                                                Dinner at 1900 hours at the National Yacht Club ( Ticket €35/Guest). Sample Menu attached.

                                                                Note: Later I will have some idea of the day ticket cost on transport and prices for lunch/visit. Refer to Google for Guinness or Jameson visits. 

Saturday evening at 1900 hours: assembley at National Yacht Club – only a short walk from both hotels. A good location with good food and with a bar.  I will request payment for dinner tickets in October but if you could RSVP sooner I would like to get some idea of numbers and would appreciate your response. I will further make a list of those wishing to go to Dublin City on the Saturday. 

Sunday 23rd November 2014 at 1000 hours:  Visit to National Maritime Museum. (located less than 5 minutes from hotels. 

 I do hope we can encourage members and guests to attend and to make the event an enjoyable reunion of Radio Officers. 




P.S.   Royal Marine Hotel:  Dezirae Stephen    email:    Code: Radio Officers Association.  €109 per Single Room per Night including full Irish Breakfast.  

 €119 per Double Room per Night including full Irish Breakfast. 

P.S.   Kingston Hotel:           Sinead.                       Email:    Code: Radio Officers Association.  Single room €59.00 per room per night  B & B.                                                                                                                                  Double room €75.00 per room per night B & B. 

P.S.  National Yacht Club.     ( Louise Fry email: )     Dinner: €35  per person (Sample menu attached).  Wine & Bar Facility (settled on personal basis). 


Colman J. Shaughnessy,

Vice-Chairman- Radio Officers Association,

11 Lakeside Park,


Co. Galway. 

Mobile 086-2489319. E-mail:


Varadkar calls for Sea Change in attitudes to maritime safety
  • Minister kick-starts Maritime Safety Strategy Consultation
  • 134 maritime fatalities since 2002 – half of them as a result of leisure pursuits
    There have been a total of 134 fatalities in the Maritime Sector since 2002:
    Leisure activities:    
    66 fatalities (49% of total)
    Youngest fatality (15yrs)
    Oldest fatality (71yrs)
    Fishing Sector:
    51 fatalities (38% of total)
    Youngest fatality (21yrs)
    Oldest fatality (70yrs)
    Passenger Sector:      
    11 fatalities (8% of total)
    Youngest fatality (14yrs)
    Oldest fatality (73yrs)
    Cargo Sector:          
    6 fatalities (5% of total)
    Youngest fatality (20yrs)
    Oldest fatality (55yrs)
Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has called for a sea change in attitudes to maritime safety, as he launched a new consultation process on maritime safety: Sea Change – Building a new Maritime Safety Culture.
Minister Varadkar highlighted the 134 maritime fatalities which have occurred since 2002, almost half of which were as a result of leisure activities on recreational craft. He was speaking at the launch of the consultation process in the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport which included stakeholders from shipping, fishing, leisure, passenger operators, maritime safety and many other sectors.
Minister Varadkar said: “We all need to take a fresh look at how we use the waters in and around our island, and build a culture of maritime safety in our communities. This requires a radical change of culture in our attitude to safety.”
“The sea and any open water can be hostile and dangerous environments and demand total respect. By consulting with stakeholders and the general public, we want to reach a situation where there are no fatalities.”
The results of the consultation process will feed into the first ever Maritime Safety Strategy for Ireland. This Strategy is being prepared by the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport. This approach borrows from the very successful road safety strategies that have helped make Ireland’s roads considerably safer over the last 15 years.
The goal is to reduce the number of deaths and injuries which occur every year on craft in our coastal and inland waters.  This will be done by building a culture of safety in the maritime sector, for all types of craft, with a focus on maritime safety issues, and by posing key questions to shape the new Maritime Safety Strategy.
Sea Change looks at how to address the top ten factors contributing to loss of life at sea in Ireland:
  • Lack of an adequate maritime safety culture;
  • Unsuitable or inadequately maintained safety equipment on board, or lack thereof;
  • Lack of crew training;
  • Failure to plan journeys safely, including failure to take sea/weather conditions into account;
  • Non-wearing of personal flotation device (PFD);
  • Vessel unseaworthy, unstable and/or overloaded;
  • Inadequate enforcement of regulations;
  • Impairment due to fatigue or the influence of alcohol and/or drugs;
  • Inadequate crewing levels/solo operation;
  • Unsuitable clothing being worn on board.
Minister Varadkar said: “The number of tragedies around our coastline, and the effect of those events on families, has put the need for a new Maritime Safety Strategy into sharp focus. We have to learn from past tragedies, in memory of those who have lost their lives, and safeguard future generations. There is a lot of goodwill towards improving safety at sea, but we need to harness that goodwill.”
“I urge all stakeholders, and the general public, to engage with this consultation process and to contribute their ideas to the Irish Maritime Administration in my Department as we strive to improve maritime safety together. My hope is that a wide range of responses will be received, and that positive ideas will emerge which will enable us to take further practical measures to save lives in the maritime sector, since any life lost is one too many.”
The consultation period runs until 29th August 2014, and the new Strategy will be published later this year. The Strategy will be monitored closely during implementation and reviewed and updated within a five year period.
The Irish Maritime Administration
The Irish Maritime Administration (IMA) was established in 2013 to integrate the planning and delivery of all the maritime services of the Department under a single national office. It is central to the Department’s drive for more efficient and effective delivery of maritime services.
It comprises the Maritime Safety Policy Division, the Marine Survey Office, the Irish Coast Guard, the Maritime Transport Division and a new Maritime Services Division.
The IMA is developing the maritime transport sector by facilitating the achievement of international safety levels and by enhancing infrastructure needed to secure employment in the shipping, fishing and leisure sectors.
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
01 604 1087 / 01 604 1090


The South End Sea Shanty Singers, featuring  two ex I.S.L. crew members 
George Molloy & Richard ( Dick ) King

Click on poster for full details:


Owen McGarry
20th. June 2014


Friday 20th June 2014  


The Coast Guard is urging people not to go to sea in unsuitable craft. Coast Guard units all over the country are dealing with an increase in calls because of supermarket-bought inflatable craft being used at sea. The Coast Guard has experienced over 25 incidents in the last few days which involved leisure activities and any one of them could have resulted in disaster and loss of life. 

Incidents varied from inflatables being blown out to sea, to people being isolated by the tide and also a notable increase in the use of cheap dinghies with small outboards. All of these can lead to disaster and the Coast Guard strongly advises against their use and also for PARENTS and GUARDIANS to be vigilant especially where young teenagers are purchasing such equipment. 

The Coast Guard also had to deal with the dangerous use of Jet-skis. 

Coast Guard units are currently running Compliance Monitoring Patrols in all coastal areas and strongly advise the use of PFD’s (lifejackets) at all times.  

If you are in difficulty or see someone in difficulty and requiring assistance dial 112/999 and ask for the Coast Guard.  

Going out to Sea

  • Ensure your craft is fit for purpose.
  • Do not overload the craft.
  • Have a means of alerting the emergency services.
  • Wear a Personal Floatation Device, it could be the difference.

Lifejackets are just that LIFEjackets, and are of no use unless they are worn.

Personal Flotation Devices (PFD’s) include lifejackets and buoyancy aids.  It is vital to wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid if your activity takes you near the water.  This doesn’t just mean the sea – it includes lakes and rivers too. If you enjoy sports like jet skiing, windsurfing, water skiing and canoeing, wearing the appropriate Personal Floatation Device will give you added confidence when in the water. Also, in the event of an emergency, it will help you remain afloat while the Search and Rescue services locate you.  

Avoid using inflatable toys, such as lilos and rubber rings, on open water.  

Also the Irish Coast provide free waterproof wristbands for children to assist the emergency services in contacting a parent or guardian should it be required. These wristbands distributed last year as part of the “Give us a Hand” campaign can be attained at Coast Guard stations nationwide. 

For specific advice and information on any water and coastal activity, visit  


Issued by the Press Office, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport  :  01 6041090 / 01 6041087,


Hello to all, particularly those I meet at Stella Maris each month over the winter.
  I am holding a lecture at the Museum in Dun-Laoghaire at 19:30 on 10th April 2014.
I hope you can book early as we can only accommodate 200, tops.
I attach the official poster for the lecture which will appear on shortly and is already carried by
I will be donating €50 from proceeds to Rose for Stella Maris as we are moving this lecture out to DunLaoghaire to facilitate a bigger audience.
I look forward to telling the story of the Coast Guard over all the years.
Kind Regards, Joe Ryan

MII coastguard lecture.pdf


I have being trying to contact some engineers from the 1954.1960 period.
We all trained together in the UK at plants and yards.
They are Jack McDonough, Steve Fleming, John Gunning and Frank Maher, there was also another fellow Al Higgins
Does anyone knows where these old friends are?
Thank you.

 Larry M . Flood


Naomh Eanna - Prevent the cutting up of one of the last ships built in the Liffey Dock Yard and let her be restored!
This ship is part of Ireland's Cultural Heritage and served the people of the Aran Islands as a life line to the mainland.  It is also one of the last remaining vessels riveted in the Liffey Dockyard in Dublin.  She is a one off and unique!  This vessel needs to be saved as part of our maritime and cultural heritage.  More information from; Niall Galway at

Sign the petition here:















Cormac Lowth.





Sad to report the passing of Mr. Tommy Stacey JR aged 51 who passed away on the
8th January 2014 , he was a crew member on the MV Conaught and also worked in the stores with B&I line/Irish Ferries.
"As long as you live, he too will live; for you are all a part of him,
and as we remember him, he will live now and forever"

Noel Byrne (Logsie)

Details here:

The death has occurred of Mr. Jimmy Hewitt,
Former B&I engine room motor man.
A true Gentleman.

Jimmy Hewitt-centre

Details here


I have the sad duty to report the passing of Kay Skelton on the 22th. November 2013
Kay sailed on the M.V. Innisfallen's Cork-Swansea route for many years and I know her many shipmates and friends will be saddened by the news.


"As o'er the stormy sea of human Life
We sail, until our anchor'd spirits rest
In the far haven of Eternity,..."

Edith Carman 23rd.November 2013.

Funeral Details

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The eagerly awaited publication, Irish Shipping Ltd – a Fleet History, by Brian Cleare, Brian Boyce, Leo Coy& John Boyce will have its Dun Laoghaire launch in The National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, on Thursday 28th of November at 4pm.

The launch will be performed by former Operations Manager with Irish Shipping Ltd, Mr Bill Lynch, FICS, FCILT, and all are welcome to attend.

Many thanks, 
Brian Boyce
Rosslare Maritime Enthusiasts

For further info please email


Brian Cleare mobile 0861075057 email clearebrian@yahoo,com

Leo Coy mobile 0863103417 email



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The Annual National Commemoration Services For Irish Seafarers

The Annual National Commemoration Services For Irish Seafarers will be held at 11.30 am on Sunday 17thNovember 2013 at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, City Quay, D. 2.

and in the afternoon at 3.15 pm in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Wreaths will be laid at the Irish Seaman’s National Memorial, City Quay.




The Third Annual B & I reunion will be held in the Clifton Court hotel on Eden Quay, Dublin on Saturday the 9th. November 2013 at 20.00hrs.
Last years event was a great success and we hope to see many more of our friends and shipmates there this year.

Further information from Noel Byrne and Morris Ward at or Maurice on 0877409249 and Noel on 0863130697
Rosslare Harbour Maritime Heritage Centre

Initial book launch will be on Friday 22nd November 2013, at 8pm in Hotel Rosslare, Rosslare Harbour, Co.Wexford.

Cork will be on Tuesday 26th November 2013, at 6pm in the Board Room, Port of Cork, Custom House Street, Cork.

Dun Laoghaire will be 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.

For further info please email

Many thanks, 
Brian Boyce
Rosslare Maritime Enthusiasts

Brian Cleare mobile 0861075057 email clearebrian@yahoo,com

Leo Coy mobile 0863103417 email



Online Journal of Research on
Irish Maritime History

New Irish Maritime History Website

A new website covering Irish maritime history has been established. On-line Journal of Research on Irish Maritime History The objective of this site is to support and promote research into Irish Maritime History.We include some general maritime history and general Irish history. Here we will publish articles, as well as identifying articles on other sitesWe will provide some material which may be of assistance to researcherssuggest libraries, museums and other locationsWe will review books, list lecture programs and make other announcements Encourage education and school programs, such as Comenius and ‘Follow the fleet‘Participate in other like-minded projects, such as Wikipedia’s WikiProject Irish Maritime.The overall objective is to promote an appreciation of our maritime history.   Please submit articles to the site to develop interest in the Maritime history sphere  Please submit book reviews (with scan of the book cover as an illustration)
Edward Bourke 


Paddy McSweeney

My grandfather, Paddy McSweeney, worked with Irish Shipping and later with Irish Lights, his seaman's identity book tells me he sailed on the Hawthorn, Hazel , Heather, Oak,  Fir, Ferne and Willow vessels between 1958 and 1966, is there any chance anyone might remember him or have any photographs of Paddy McSweeney form Cork City, he worked as a Cook/Baker and Steward. I don't see him listed on any crew lists.

Ken Long


Hi  All

Please find attached Your invitation to Haulbowline Naval Base by kind permission of Lieutenant Commander Mannix McAlister, Ireland’s Naval Service. Date: Saturday December 7th. 2013 at  1500 hours (sharp). 

We, Radio Officer Association, do hope that you will join us and that you will assist by bringing this invitation to the attention of former Radio Officer colleagues. We have one instruction from the Naval Service, that I must, for security reasons,  submit your name and car number of each person attending the meeting at the Naval Base. (text/email/phone to me only). List now open! 

Programme in brief: 

1400 hours set up for 1500 hour start: 

1.       Welcome – Radio Officer Association – Colman Shaughnessy R/O. Tivoli/Riversdale with Marconi/Sanko.1969-1978. (10 minutes)


2.       “Cork during the American War of Independence 1776-1783” by Joe Varley R/O  ex Kevin Street – Marconi in the 1970’s.  Masters in Marine History from University of Exeter. (20 minutes) 


3.       “The Making of the BBC COAST programme, with the Irish Navy Personnel, on Marconi’s Radio Station at Clifden” ( 45 minutes total.)

Frank Mc Curry- ex R&D. Marconi Space & Defence Systems in Radar & Communication Satellites. Principle Grade Engineer Marconi’s. Retired Head of Department GMIT (25 years service) with Tom Frawley, ex Marconi Marine Radio Officer, 10 years deep sea Merchant Navy. Electronics Technician in Galway Institute of Technology. Qualfiied in Marine Radio Communication, Radar and shipboard electronics. Degree in Applied Technology. Chairman of Marine Radio Officer Association Radio Society.  Talk was first presented at the Galway- Volvo stop-over.


4.       Heritage of Marconi and Alcock & Brown in Clifden”  (45  minutes total).

Shane Joyce, Civil Engineer, is a native of Clifden and has put back life into the Marconi site at Clifden and Letterfrack with a huge display of mapping, photographs of the early 1900’s, listing of personnel and a history of the time spent there by Marconi and his staff. His talk has received many great reviews in Galway City and in Galway West.

Michael Gibbons, Master in Archaeology  and is an expert on the Clifden – Connemara West Area and shows his vast knowledge on why Marconi chose Clifden as his station for Trans-Atlantic Communications.


5.       Marconi Recruitment- 1950’s DVD (10 minutes) – Did you make the right choice of Company ?  

6.       Presentation to our Host  by Anthony Selman, Chairman of Radio Officer Association  (10 minutes)  

              Please, join us for refreshments and a chat at end of lectures.   Thank You.



We plan to take this talk to Dun Laoghaire in February 2014. If you have time please have a look at our web site.  where we have an increased number of Irish Radio Officers as members. 

I will now distrubute this email to several links throughout Ireland, our members, and kind persons who have an interest in Communications, still in employment but no longer At Sea ! 

My  thanks for your attention and help and  I look forward to hearing from you and meeting again in Cork. 

Cheers and 73’s 

Colman J. Shaughnessy,

Vice-Chairman- Radio Officers Association,

11 Lakeside Park,


Co. Galway. 

Mobile 086-2489319. E-mail:



















Looking for  Irish Alder crew (1950s/60s)

My parents Philip and Ita Kane, who were living in Salisbury Rhodesia at the time(Harare Zimbabwe today) but both from Ireland originally used to take us many time times a year to Beira in Mozambique.  Great care used to be taken by my dad to check out whether the Irish Alder was going to be in port so that he could time our trip to occur with the ship’s visit.  I believe he had many Irish friends who worked on board and I have very fond memories of visiting the ship with my siblings – I remember the crew used to rig up a swing for us on one of the decks and provide the most wonderful food, Irish music and dancing.  There was also one chap who had a ventriloquist’s dummy who always put on a show for us.

Anyway, the reason for my contacting you is to see whether you would know if any of the crew from those days are still around?  I know it is unlikely as probably most have passed on like my parents, but it is worth a shot.  I was also wondering if you have any photos of the Irish Alder, particularly any taken while in Beira or in Mozambique, and/or any photos of the crews from those two decades.  It is just for me tripping down memory lane and part of my Life Book which I am putting together for my children.  It was such a special and unique time for me.

  If anyone knows how I could find out any of this information I would be most grateful

Thanks and regards,

Sheelagh Blanckenberg nee Kane




Rosslare Harbour Maritime Heritage Centre

The latest flyer relating to our forthcoming book:
'Irish Shipping Ltd., - A Fleet History',

If you would like to register interest, please contact:-

Brian Cleare mobile 0861075057 email clearebrian@yahoo,com or

Leo Coy mobile 0863103417 email



It is my sad duty to report the death of my father

Denis (Dinny) Watson aged 80 years.  
Bosun, B&I line..1967-1987

Died 9th. August 2013

Further details here:

Anthony Watson 12th. August 2013

Dinny Watson with Maritime Minister Erskine Childers
(Later President of Ireland)
aboard the M.V. Munster 1968.

Rosslare Maritime Enthusiasts

Rosslare Harbour Maritime Heritage Centre

We have been working on a new book on Irish Shipping Ltd., and are now in a position to approach some printers with a view to getting the book published.

It will be entitled 'Irish Shipping Ltd., - A Fleet History', and will contain some 400 + photographs, many of which have not been seen before.

The initial production costs are expected to be high and we are looking at ways on how to defray these costs.

We expect that the publication will retail at around 30 Euro.

To offset the initial production costs, we are looking for 100 investors to each pay an advance of 100 Euro.

In return for this each investor will receive a special numbered edition of the book. Their name will appear in all the books printed.

Each book will be signed by the authors, and will a have a special drawing of an Irish Shipping Ltd. ship, signed by the artist.

The possibility of each book having a special dust jacket will also be explored.

If you would like to register interest, please contact:-

Brian Cleare mobile 0861075057 email clearebrian@yahoo,com or

Leo Coy mobile 0863103417 email 15th July 2013


B&I Commodore Gerald Barry.

My name is Sean Rochford and my hobby is genealogy, I am looking for any or all information anyone might have on Commodore Barry.
Commodore Gerald Barry was the son of Henry Barry and Teresa Bridgett, they lived in the lough area of Cork, Teresa Bridgett his mother would have been my wife's grand aunt.
What I know of Gerald Betty is not very much, he was born in cork in 1918 he died in Liverpool in 1982 a few hours after he received a presentation on board the MV Leinster and his wife may have been a doctor from Galway, I don't know if they had any children.
Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Yours, Sean Rochford.
July 2013



I have the heartbreaking and sad duty to report that my sister  
Marie Barrett now Murphy
 late B & I Cork route 1970 / 80 passed away on Thursday 23rd May 2013

Linda ( Barrett ) Hickey
25th. May 2013

Details here.
  Linda and Marie (Barrett ) Murphy
MV.Innisfallan 1980s


Looking for Brian Scott, ex. B&I
My name is Patrick (Paddy) Madden and I live in Rathfarnham, D16.
I am looking to contact one of my best friends from those forgotten times a young fellow called Brian Scott.  He lived on Oxmantown Road which was about a fair kick of a football from my parents home and both of us attended Brunner, the famous old School Around the corner on North Brunswick Street. Anyway, school ended in 1966 and we all went our separate ways. Many years ago a mutual friend said that Brian had gone into the B&I where, apart from his work he also became a skilled Union official. If anyone can help with my request in any way possible I'd be hugely indebted to you.
Thank you
Patrick Madden.


The Rosslare Maritime Museum are on the road again on
Saturday,11th May, to give a repeat of their talk on
Irish Shipping Ltd - The First Fifteen .
(The War-time fleet)

It is due to start at 3 pm and is being held in the
Harbour Commissioners Building, Cork City, Co.Cork.


Anthony Moans (centre) with a couple of his shipmates 1980s

I have the sad duty to report the death of ex B+I Line seaman
Anto (Bimbo) Moans.
 He passed away on Saturday morning 27th.April after A brave battle against Cancer.  His Funeral is tomorrow (30th.April 2013)  at St Mathews Church Ballyfermot and form there to Newlands Cross Cemetery for Cremation.

Charlie Hickey-29th April 2013.

Details here
I regret to report the passing of Mr. Jack Doran,
suddenly, at home, on 1st April 2013. 
Jack sailed for many years as Senior Catering Officer with Irish Shipping Ltd. where he was held in high regard, not only for his efficiency but also for his great sense of humour.  He will be greatly missed by his Family, relatives, friends and ship mates.  May he Rest in Peace.

Funeral details in

Gerald McGovern-2nd.April 2013


Another film from ex. B+I engineering officer Colm Fynes, this time showing the MV.Leinster on her triangular passage from Liverpool to Dublin and same day passage to Holyhead during a force 10 gale,
also includes the Guinness boat on passage from
Liverpool to Dublin.

M.V. Leinster --January 1986

Rosslare Maritime Enthusiasts

This photo of the of the Irish Fir shows her after she ran aground. If anyone knows what year this happened or has any information about this incident I would be very grateful if they would contact Leo Coy at:

           Rosslare Harbour Maritime Heritage Centre

Thank you.


Lecture at Maritime Museum in DunLaoghaire Tuesday 23rd April 20:00

MSC Napoli. “The inside story of the UK’s largest, most complicated and most expensive shipwreck and the ensuing salvage operations”.

Robin Middleton CBE, Former Secretary of State Representative for United Kingdom.

Robin introduces his lecture by outlining the need for a SOSRep in the UK after various disasters starting with the Torrey Canyon in 1967 to the Braer

in 1993 and the Sea Empress in 1996. During these disasters the Government sent a Minister, usually the Minister of Transport, to the location. It was felt that they needed a professional. His career as SOSRep started in 1997 and he oversaw all the major events for 10 years. The Napoli happened in his final year but he stayed on until this disaster concluded. This event is being staged as a fundraiser for the Maritime Institute and there will be a charge of €10 per person. We are very fortunate to have the man who took all the pivotal decisions during this disaster narrate this lecture and explain how it was resolved. Such events still occur. The Rena grounded on a reef in New Zealand in 2011 and some containers on the MSC Flaminia, which exploded in mid Atlantic in 2012, floated towards Ireland and had to be towed into Irish ports. Urgent:

On receipt of this flyer can you email to say you will be able to attend this lecture and how many. Family and friends are welcome.
It is necessary to have sufficient numbers to make this lecture viable.


Cormac Lowth 5th.March 2013.


Video of the Leinster in Drydock and at sea in
January 1989 from Colm Fynes.

Video of the MV Leinster
Drydock in Blohm & Voss Shipyard. Hamgurg.

(16th.February 2013)
A blast from the past! The following link is to a video made by ex. B+I engineering officer Colm Fynes from 1992.
It's from the retirement party for
Chief Stewardess Peggy Walsh and I am sure it will bring back some memories of past crew no longer with us.



Here's an interesting photo for you i had forgotten about till now, just over 2 yrs ago I was passing time on AIS looking around the far east to see if I could find one of the old Bell Ships and by pure chance I clicked on this one at anchor off Kaohsiung Taiwan and I recognised her straight away, what do you think?
 it has to be the WICKLOW .Now TIAN FENG and still working at the time.
She was at anchor there for a good while I kept an eye on her for a while as far as I could make out she was running over and back to China.
I went looking for her again lately but couldn't find her, there's another ship with that name now so she may be scrapped.
Paddy Roche.
1st.February 2013


TIAN FENG (ex.Wicklow?)
Mr. John Clarke who passed away on the 16th. January 2013 was a former crew member from the Irish Oak that was sunk by a U-Boat (U-607) in 1943. At the time he was serving as the mess boy, he was the  youngest crew member on board and was commended for his bravery in assisting some of the injured crew and helping them into the lifeboats. They were all safely picked up by the Irish Plane some hours later. He spent some time with the Guinness fleet and also operated as a shop steward for the crew on board.



The Life and Times of a Local Hero and His Family.



Captain Thomas Gerald Fitzgibbon McCombie was a Sea Captain with the Irish lights who carried out some famous rescues  in Dublin Bay, for which he was decorated. He became  associated with many more heroic rescues and acts of bravery as the representative of the Royal Humane Society.Many of his children led interesting, and sometimes tragic, lives.



A Personal Perspective By CAPTAIN JIM KENNEDY



Captain Jim Kennedy is a merchant Navy Officer who was a pilot in Dublin Port for many years. He also served with the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the R.N.L.I. for many years in several capacities




The death has occurred of Mr Dave Williams ex ships officer formerly of B+I /Irish Ferries.
In the Mater Private Hospital. Much loved husband of Alice, big brother of Linda and Peter. Will be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews, step-children and all his family and friends.
Funeral Service in St Andrew’s Church, Malahide on Tuesday the 15th. January 2013 at 11.30am followed by burial in adjoining Churchyard. Family flowers only, donations to the R.N.L.I. House private.

Tony Brennan
5th. January 2013


I have the sad duty to report the passing of
Mr Jackie Grace from Lemay Street, Waterford.

Jackie was a motorman all his working life with ISL, Dublin Shipping, Bell Lines and ICL. Jackie died suddenly last Friday 21st Dec' after a short illness and is survived by his two sisters. Jackie was 74 years old and had retired some years ago after an accident on one of the ferries in Rosslare. He was always a gentleman and always had a yarn to tell.
He was buried in Waterford.

Walter Phelan
26th. December 2012
Radio Officers Association,
Book: “The Life & Times of the Radio Officer 1900-2000 – The Long Silence Falls costs €25 (inclusive of post and packaging)

For the “Eire” boys and girls there are three specific stories: Radio Officer, Pat Gleeson of Limerick recalls the” SOS” he handled from the m.v. “Montcalm” and his action saves the lives of 248 children from the sea off Casablanca, North Africa on Christmas Eve 1963. Radio Officer, John O’Sullivan of Galway recalls his time at sea in WW11 and the day he received the morse telegram “Germany has surrendered unconditionally........ Radio Officer, Tom Birmingham of Wexford recalls the early days of radio, his time in training as Aircraft Radio Officer and his time on a private yacht in the Mediterranean etc.

I do hope the book will prompt new members to join the Radio Officer Association and put to print their stories of their time at sea. Our Association will continue to have its quarterly QSO magazine based on new stories and nostalgia from our members. Today, there are no Radio Officers on Merchant Ships Worldwide, the Shortwave is quiet and only very few stations with Morse Code except for the Hardy Boys of “Amateur Radio” who are actually very professional in their procedures and modern equipment.

Finally, may I wish You and Your Family , the Peace and Joy of Christmas and Good Health for 2013.

In Radio Code “73’s”


Colman J. Shaughnessy,

Vice-Chairman- Radio Officers Association,

11 Lakeside Park,


Co. Galway.

Mobile 086-2489319. E-mail:

Dear reader, 

The marine Radio Officer was a profession that lasted for about 100 years and sadly died just before the end of the 20th century. In 1995 The Radio Officers’ Association was formed to try and keep the memory of the profession alive and a fledgling quarterly journal ‘QSO’ was created.  It turned out that the rather rudimentary first edition blossomed into something much more substantial and it also transpired that we had some good authors in our ranks.  The stories that were written in each edition achieved two main objectives; firstly, we were providing our current readership and future generations with a tangible record of our experiences.  Secondly, we were providing ourselves with some wonderful nostalgia for a period that many of us, me included, regard as the happiest days of our working lives.  

Some three years or so ago we discussed at our Annual General Meeting that we had many members who were not on board in 1995 and they would have missed many of the excellent stories published over the years.  Why not create a “Best of QSO” was the thinking.  Everyone thought this was a great idea and the immediate past editor of QSO, the current editor of QSO and myself were chosen as the sacrificial lambs to get the project underway.  If we knew then what we know now ……..  Many hundreds of hours later the book has been printed and it would be fair to say the road has not been entirely smooth.  We changed the title to be more representative and we decided to make the book our legacy as there is very little in print concerning the history of our profession. 

The contents cover the experiences of our members from the 1930’s on to the tough times of World War 2, through to hard working trawlers, tramp ships, cargo liners and tankers in the 1960’s and onward to passenger ship memories through the decades. We have tried to reflect the world geographic experiences of the Radio Officer with memories of what was the dreaded two years on the Indian Coast with Marconi’s, the tough working conditions on non air conditioned ships and some of the fun times with the lengthy spells on the New Zealand coast, plus many more. The writers are predominantly British and Irish Radio Officers who served under the Red Ensign in what was at the time the largest merchant fleet in the world. This reflects the profile of our membership, although, we do regularly publish stories from members who do not fit into either of the above categories. 

Although for obvious reasons this book reflects the maritime experiences of Radio Officers I think and hope it will provide an entertaining read for people interested in maritime history and nostalgia as well.  I hope you enjoy reading it.

Tony Selman,

Can anybody help in identifying any of these men from the Irish Pine of 1949?>>
Photo from Leo Coy.
If you can please email here
Thank you.
Can anybody help in identifying the cooks from the Irish Pine of 1949?>>>
Photo from Leo Coy.
If you can please email here
Thank you.

<<<From Mark Russell:
The two cooks are Arthur Madden (Dublin) & Thomas Forde (Mayo).Taken in February 1949 in Boston.

Sad to report the passing of Greg Yearsley
 (ex.Irish Ferries/ICL)
(Suddenly) Beloved son of Marie and the late Jack.
 Deeply regretted by his heartbroken mother, uncles, aunts, cousins, relatives, colleagues and many friends.
May He Rest in Peace
Removal on Wednesday evening to the Church of the Nativity, Beaumont, Dublin arriving at 5.30pm.
Funeral on Thursday morning 8th.November 2012 after 10am Requeim Mass to Fingal Cemetery.
(November 2012)

The Annual National Commemoration Services For Irish Seafarers

will be held at 11.30 am at City Quay Church Dublin on Sunday 25thNovember 2012 and at 3.15 pm in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
 Wreaths will be laid at the Irish Seaman’s National Memorial, City Quay, Dublin. 

The commemoration in Cork will also be on Sunday 25th November 2012 at 12.00 noon. The ecumenical service will be in the Board Room Port of Cork, Customs House Quay Cork.


The Second Annual B & I reunion will be held in the Clifton Court hotel on Eden Quay, Dublin on the 10th. November at 20.00hrs.
Last years event was a great success and we hope to see many more of our friends and shipmates there this year.

Further information from Noel Byrne and Morris Ward at or Maurice on 0877409249 and Noel on 0863130697


Rosslare Harbour Maritime Heritage Centre

The official opening of the Rosslare Harbour Maritime Heritage Centre will take place on 19th Oct at 1900hrs

The Rosslare Maritime Enthusiasts will also host a fortnight-long exhibition by renowned maritime artist Brain Cleare, as part of the Wexford Festival Fringe 2012

Anyone requiring directions or information on accommodation etc, can email or visit the Facebook page;!/rosslaremaritime.enthusiasts

Also, the group have just launched their 'SHIPMATES' 'Friends Of' fundraising scheme. All support would be greatly appreciated.


Sunday 14th October 2012

Passenger rights extended to ferries - Varadkar

Passenger rights are being extended to people travelling by ferry or other seagoing vessels, who will enjoy the same rights as air and rail passengers under a new measure being brought in by Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar. Minister Varadkar announced today (Sunday) that the National Transport Authority will assume responsibilities for enforcing passenger rights in the maritime sector from the 18 December 2012.

“Passengers travelling by ferry or other seagoing craft will be able to enjoy similar rights and protections as those enjoyed by passengers in the aviation and rail sectors across Europe. These protections are particularly welcome for passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility,” Minister Varadkar said.

The new rights are designed to protect against discrimination and ensure equality of access to maritime passenger services.

The EU Regulation is designed to protect passengers using waterborne transport by establishing certain rights and a guaranteed level of service across the EU. It provides maritime passengers with enhanced rights to compensation and assistance when their journey is cancelled or delayed.

Passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility will also be protected against discrimination when booking a journey and, once appropriate notification is provided, they will be assured of assistance as required at embarkation and disembarkation as well as on board the ship.

The National Transport Authority already acts as the enforcement body for rail passenger rights. This role is now being extended into the maritime area, and will allow the Authority to further develop its expertise in the area of passenger rights.

Minister Varadkar recently signed Statutory Instrument 394 of 2012 into law to ensure that EU Regulation 1177/2010 will apply in Ireland from the 18 December 2012, when it is due to come into force. This Statutory Instrument provides for the Regulation’s introduction into Irish law and designates the National Transport Authority as the relevant national enforcement body.


Further Information is available on the Departments website at and on the NTA website at

Issued by Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Contact: (01) 6041090 (01) 6041087










8.00 P.M.

27th. August 2012

Sad to report the death of a great ship mate, Nicky Whitfield (I.S.L. and  B&I ) a very sad loss, may he rest in Peace.

Details here

Jimmy Byrne.

Looking for old Shipmates ------- 23-8-12

how come nobody answers the telegraph?

Larry Flood would like to hear from Jack mc Donough, Steve Fleming, Frank haher, John Gunning,
Al Higgins or anyone else who sailed with Larry.
where are you?

Larr M flood 2/E --


Press release 22 August 2012

New Irish Coast Guard App that will help save lives

Not an alternative to emergency beacons or VHF radio

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar today welcomed the news that the Irish Coast Guard is developing a new iPhone App with the potential to save lives at sea. The App which has already been 3-4 months in development has now commenced live trials and a cross-section of people across Ireland are testing it.

The test group includes sailors, divers, fishermen, powerboat users and pleasure-craft water users from every corner of Ireland. The group are being asked to test the App in a variety of situations, including diverse weather conditions and their feedback and experience will be invaluable to the development of the final App. While the App will initially be for iPhone users, it will also be extended to other smart phones depending on the uptake. All going well, the new App could come into use before the end of 2012 or early 2013.

Speaking today, Director of the Irish Coast Guard Chris Reynolds said: It’s been a busy few weeks for the Coast Guard as it is every summer and there has been a range of high profile incidents on our seas, on our coastline, inland and so on. This new iPhone App being developed is the first of its kind anywhere in the world. Its purpose is to further encourage anyone going out to sea whether it is professionally or for leisure or sport to let the Coast Guard know in advance. Getting to casualties early is the key for our search and rescue Units. This new App has the potential to get our resources on-scene as quickly as possible which will in turn save lives.”

He continued: “The new App is very easy to use and is being extensively tested at present. It requires you to input some details before heading out on the water and it will track your movement and trigger an alert if you have not returned as expected. Our experience shows that even wearing a life jacket, your life may be at risk if you are in the water for prolonged periods, in dangerous currents or poor weather conditions.”

Mr. Reynolds was speaking today as the Irish Coast Guard handed over the chair of the European Coast Guard Forum to Greece. He concluded: Coast Guards from Malta, the UK, Sweden and Portugal see the value of using this innovative technology and have expressed an interest in developing similar systems for their jurisdictions. Around the world, experience shows that getting to casualties early is the key for search and rescue units. While we are trialling this new technology, remember that it is not being developed as an alternative to VHF radio or emergency beacons. As we come towards the end of a busy summer period, I want to remind everyone again, of the very important water safety message:

· Before going to sea check local weather conditions and tides in the area.

· Wear correctly maintained and fitting lifejackets that are suitable for the activity. Lifejackets are of no use unless they are worn.

· Ensure your craft is fit for purpose.

· Always advise someone as to where you are going and the time of your intended return.

· Do not overload the craft.

If you do see someone in difficulty in the sea, on the shore, cliffs, lakes or rivers dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.”


Issued by:

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Press Office. Tel: (01) 604 1087 / (01) 604 1090.

Notes for Editors:

The new App is being developed by the Irish Coast Guard in conjunction with DeCare Systems, a Cork-based company.

Depending on the results of the trials, it is expected that the App will be available before the end of 2012 or early 2013. It will be available for a small fee (yet to be determined) when it is ready for full release.


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