National Maritime Museum of Ireland
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Mariners Church, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin,
Mr Declan Traynor
Ireland’s National Maritime Museum is situated in the Old Mariners Church at Dún Laoghaire – a seaside town and port located circa 6 miles from Dublin city centre which is easily accessible by DART suburban train and several bus services.
In the early 1940s Col. Tony Lawlor founded the Maritime Institute of Ireland to preserve and present all aspects of marine life. The ever growing collection found a home in the Mariners Church in 1974.
The Museum has since been extensively refurbished by the Office of Public Works (OPW) with generous support of the Government and re-opened in its present format in 2012. It is a showcase of a wide range of objects, pictures, paintings and documents relating to Ireland’s colourful maritime heritage. From early maritime charts to the glorious ages of tall and steam ships to modern marine commerce. There are ship models, instruments, engines and all the paraphernalia necessary to cross the seas. The preservation of the maritime environment is part of the Museum’s aim. Many artists have captured the marine moods and views of the sea. The brave men who come to the rescue of the stricken vessels and the tragic disasters which befell so many ships. The heroes and villains at sea all have a place to take in the gallery. In many decades a substantial library has been established, recently catalogued for scholars to delve into details.
There is something for the maritime enthusiast and casual visitor alike.