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3:00pm – 4:30pm, 16 March. Tickets €5

Did you know that Irish Antarctic explorer Tom Crean walked over 56km through freezing conditions to save an expedition colleague? Or that over seven thousand babies were born on coffin ships during the famine years? 

Maritime historian John de Courcy Ireland once wrote ‘the lives of Ireland’s people [have] been dominated by the seas encircling them. Yet this fact has been largely ignored by Irish historians.’ With a panel of guest speakers chaired by Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland, join us for an informal discussion on Irish maritime history and heritage and the fascinating stories that have come from Irish life at sea. Explore why Irish maritime history continues to be under-valued and how Ireland’s relationships with the wider world has changed over past centuries and into the future.

An event as part of St. Patrick’s Festival.