Rosses Point to host Maritime Heritage talks
Thursday, October 5, 2017
News Rosses Point to host maritime heritage talks
Rosses Point will host the second annual Maritime Heritage Weekend later this month. Over the weekend of October 20-22, the village's rich tradition of maritime will be brought to life with a series of talks and lectures from sailors, explorers and historians in Harry's Bar, amidst a huge collection of maritime memorabilia and photographs which has been recorded in a Heritage Council audit of maritime collections.
Keynote speaker for the weekend is Hayley Vincent-Cropp who was drawn to the incredible story of her great-grandfather John Vincent, and his role in the last great adventure of the Heroic Age of Exploration: The Imperial Transantarctic Expedition,1914-17. Vincent was one of four men of the expedition not recommended for the polar medal by Shackleton. Hayley's talk addresses some of the untruths surrounding a legendary expedition and affords four forgotten crew deserved recognition.
Eugene Furlong will talk about Astronomy, 'the oldest of all the sciences', examining the mythology of the night sky, how early man used the stars to make life enhancing predictions, how early travellers on land and sea used stars to guide their journey and how celestial navigation is still an important part of today's navigator formal training.
Another speaker will be Séimidh Ó Dubhthaigh, a Donegal historian who specialises in genealogical & family history research. He is a member of the Heritage in Schools panel. Through Dúchas Thír Chonaill (Donegal Heritage), based in Carrickfinn, West Donegal, Séimidh provides ancestral and local heritage trails along the Wild Atlantic Way. At this year's event, he will convey the tragic story of the 19 young Donegal men were killed by a sea mine on Ballymanus beach near Mullaghduf in 1943. This was despite the local garda chief's foreknowledge the bomb had been drifting off-shore for up to three hours prior to the disaster. The 'Ballymanus Disaster' was the second greatest loss of human life in the Free State during World War II.
Dr. Jim McAdam, Queens University of Belfast, will speak about Conor O'Brien, 1880-1952, the Saoirse and the Ilen. Mountaineer, patriot, architect and author, O'Brien was a pioneer of international ocean sailing. His voyage from 1923 to 1925, navigating south of the great headlands of Good Hope and Cape Horn in the 42ft ketch Saoirse, set new standards of seagoing competence for amateur sailors. He was the first to sail a small boat around the world carrying the tricolour. He smuggled guns for the 1916 Easter Rising in the Kelpie and was decorated in the British Navy in World War 2. He delivered the Ilen to the Falkland Islands which is now being expertly restored in Hegarty's boatyard, Skibbereen.
Tracey Moberly will be talking about historical female figures involved in piracy and the popularity of nautical style in mainstream fashion through the decades. Tracey is a well-known artist, author & activist. Her work is multi-disciplinary, cross platform and socio-political. She lectures in both the arts and politics. She is an Associate Lecturer at University of the Arts London, which includes Chelsea, Camberwell, St. Martin's and the London College of Fashion.
Jarlath Cunnane, holder of a prestigious Blue Water Medal, an honour awarded annually by the Cruising Club of America for a remarkable sailing feat, makes a very welcome return to this year's event with an illustrated talk on his sailing expeditions including Northabout on Franklin's trail, Eastabout over the roof of Russia and South Arts, retracing the James Caird crossing of the Southern Ocean.
The talks will run from 9pm-12 midnight on Friday, October 20 and Saturday October 21, while Sunday's talks will be at the earlier time of 1-4pm.
Tickets are £10 and will be available at the door or from Harry's Bar, Rosses Point.
FRIDAY: Hayley Vincent Cropp and Eugene Furlong
SATURDAY: Jim McAdam and Seimidh 6 Dubhthaigh
SUNDAY: Tracey Moberly and Jarlath Cunnane