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  National Maritime Museum of Ireland
Old Mariners Church
Haigh Terrace
Dun Laoghaire

Phone: 01 280 0969

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National Maritime Museum of Ireland

The Mariners' Church in which the museum operates is located within a few minutes walk from Dún Laoghaire Dart station, ferry terminal, and town centre. It is also close to the Royal Marine hotel.

The museum is NOW OPEN 11am-5pm Tuesday-Sunday plus public holidays
Entry €5, family:€10, unwaged:€3
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The Museum is operated by volunteers. All donations are welcomed. Payable to the Maritime Institute of Ireland.

The National Maritime Museum of Ireland is located in the former Mariners’ Church in Haigh Terrace, Dún Laoghaire. This historic Church was built in 1837. The Church was designed to meet the needs of the seafarers whose vessels sought shelter in the asylum harbour of Kingstown. The church could accommodate 1400 people and the Deed of Trust stated that one third of the seating was to accommodate the families of those in the seafaring, coastguard and revenue services.

Although today the seating has been removed a reminder of the Church’s history can still be seen in the west gallery . On either side of the gallery’s stained glass windows can be seen the Prisoner’s docks were those under punishment aboard ship could be kept under guard while still attending Sunday service.

In 1971 the Mariners’ Church closed as its congregation had dwindled. In 1974 an agreement was drawn up between the Representative Church Body of the Church of Ireland and the Maritime Institute of Ireland and following some renovation the Church was reopened as the National Maritime Museum of Ireland in 1978. the buildings character is still preserved through the fine stained glass windows and plaques commemorating past rectors.

HMS Thetis lecture will take place on MONDAY 14 May 2012 in the Dun Laoghaire Club, Eblana Lodge, 3 Eblana Avenue Dun Laoghaire. The lecture commences at 8:00pm, bar opens at 7.30pm. The speaker will be David Roberts MA-BBC marine presenter, he will tell the story of the HMS Thetis - the 1939 submarine disaster in Liverpool Bay when 99 men were left to die. Tickets are available from National Maritime Museum Shop, tel: 01-2143964. Entry fees: €10.00 standard - €5 members of Maritime Institute and concessions.

Act of remembrance
The Merchant Navy Association of NI has invited the members of the Maritime Institute to their annual 'act of remembrance' to be held on Sunday 13th May at 15:00 Hours in the parish church of St. George, High Street Belfast. There will be a wreat laying ceremony and afterwards all are invited to a reception at 79-81 Great Victoria Street, Belfast.

We are an island nation
The earliest inhabitants arrived by sea
King Laoghaire was seen as a Pirate by the Roman Empire
When Rome fell and the Dark Ages engulfed Europe
It was Irish Monks who went by sea to convert and educate
Irish Mariners have sailed the Seven Seas
in Mercantile Marine as well as in Naval Services
Learn of that past, Claim this inheritance
Embark on your own voyage of discovery
Visit the National Maritime Museum


Baily Optic This working Optic is the light from Baily lighthouse in Howth, North Dublin. It was installed in 1902 and removed in 1972 when the lighthouse was modernised. Originally gas, then oil powered, the light was equivalent to 2,000,000 candle power. the optic now shines a lesser light over the museum.

Great Eastern This was the largest ship in the world when it was built in 1857. Its commander Capt.,. Halpin was an Irishman from Tinakeely House , Wicklow. During her life she was used first as a passenger ship, then a cable layer and finally as a showboat. The display contains documents and items of Captain Halpin’s and a clockwork model of the ship over one hundred years old.

Naval Display Tracing the history of the Irish naval service from before Independence to the present day. The display includes models, photos, documents, and uniforms connected with the history of the Naval Force.

Kerlogue An Irish merchant vessel active during the Second World War. on 29th Dec. 1943, she went to the rescue of the crews from two stricken German Naval vessels in the Bay of Biscay, a warzone at the time, and rescued 168 crew from the sinking ships. Ireland maintained her neutrality throughout the conflict and rescued seamen from both sides.


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