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  • #16
    The sale has since fallen through. I believe the sewerage system,as mentioned by boforsgunner above was one of the reasons.


    Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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    • #17
      Former Naval Service Tender

      This article was in today's Irish Independent. I have never heard of the Naval Service having a tender called Cill Airne. Can any of the nautical experts shed light on this, or has the Indo got it wrong.


      Irish Independent.


      DUBLIN has put one over on Cork with the purchase of the former Naval Service tender, Cill Airne, which will now be developed as a floating nightclub and wedding venue.

      A tender is a boat traditionally used to carry goods from one ship to another.

      The Cill Airne - one of the most famous ships in Cork harbour over the past 40 years - will now switch berthage from the Lee to the Liffey just weeks after Cork also lost the famous Kerry famine era replica ship, the Jeanie Johnston, to the capital.

      It's hoped to renovate the old ship and use it as a pub, restaurant and potential wedding reception venue on Dublin's docklands and upper harbour.

      Last October, it was sold for €76,000 to private investors who had hoped to renovate it and use it as a nightclub and pub for cruises along Cork harbour.

      However, the plan failed to progress beyond the drawing board and the Cill Airne will now relocate from Cork to Dublin where she will be adapted to cater for functions and receptions.

      Ironically, the Cill Airne is actually returning home - because she was built at the Liffey Dockyard in 1962.

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      • #18
        It never belonged to the Naval Service . It was a tender for the White Star Line working out of Cobh ferrieing passangers out to their ships for the crossing to the States .
        Apperantly it is the last floating link to the Titanic and ended up in the hands of U .C.C for maritime students . It rarely left it's berth in Cork and when it did it would only get to Cobh and back if lucky .

        How it is going to get from Cork to Dublin should be intresting , the bottom should fall out of it around Roaches Point or just befor that .

        Any bets as to how far she will get ? .
        Don't spit in my Bouillabaisse .

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        • #19
          The cost of towing will cost more than the purchase price .
          Don't spit in my Bouillabaisse .

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          • #20
            Hi all
            I was told one time that it began life as a Mersey ferry,before it came to Cork.
            regards
            GttC

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            • #21
              Cill airne is currently in Cork Dockyard undergoing major refit. She was never certified for passage beyond the Cork Buoy,though we once took her as far as Inch bay,where she handled pretty well. Her wide beam,and relatively flat bottom make her quite stable for a vessel of her size.
              I believe she was the first Diesel engined vessel built in Liffey dockyard(who up to then specialised in steam powered ships). Her sister ship,Blarna, is currently in Canada or the us,and in a pretty poor state.

              I don't see why they are gloating that Cork"lost" the Jeannie Johnson. She was never Cork's in the first place. She just ended up Here because nobody wanted her after her North American trip.
              The reason the initial sale(of Cill Airne) fell through was because of the difficulties converting the vessel to floating resturaunt,namely the marious health,safety and hygene regulations that would have to be adhered to,necessitating major ,and costly,modifications. Possibly the new owners have deeper pockets.


              Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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              • #22
                Thanks for the info lads.

                It seems that a lazy journo has got it wrong:

                This vessel never belonged to the Naval service and the remark about the Jeannie Johnson was also
                the product of lazy or just plain bad research.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by B Inman
                  Thanks for the info lads.

                  It seems that a lazy journo has got it wrong:

                  the remark about the Jeannie Johnson was also
                  the product of lazy or just plain bad research.
                  Wow...thats never happened before.

                  Name and shame so we can add them to the list. :tri:


                  Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Goldie fish
                    Wow...thats never happened before.

                    Name and shame so we can add them to the list. :tri:


                    Add the name "Ralph Riegel" to the list, this is the guy whose name is at the end of the article.

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                    • #25
                      Very pleased to see the Cill Airne is at an advanced stage of her €2.5m refit, and was relaunched before Christmas in her new configuration, which is much as she appeared when she first left Liffey Dockyard back in 1962. It is good to see that there are people in this country interested in preserving irish nautical heritage. Hopefully a similarly deep pocketed group will be interested in preserving L.E. Emer, when she finally pays off as a vessel of the Irish Naval service.

                      Cill Airnes colour is the same as that as she served in during her brief service as a Liner Tender in the 1960s, and was more or less the standard colour for all passenger vessels at the time.

                      http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/...php?lid=161525



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