This morning, Monday 9th July 2012, the Captain and Crew of the sailing Ketch ‘IRENE’, made a presentation of a framed certificate to Youghal Town Council at the Quayside Youghal. The certificate read “To the people of Youghal, Co. Cork to commemorate their visit from the 3rd to 9th July of the sailing Ketch Irene, the Master and crew would like to express their sincere thanks for the warm welcome they received”
The Captain of the ship Laurance Ottley said they have sailed 10,000 miles around the Atlantic but the visit to Youghal was by far the warmest welcome the crew have received in any of the ports they have visited. Mr. Ottley said it was a happy coincidence to arrive in Youghal Harbour during the fantastic Queen of the Sea Festival which the crew enjoyed very much. The Captain raised the sails to add a nice backdrop during the Queen of the Sea Contest final as the boat was berthed nearby and lowered it later that evening for the people at the Quayside to enjoy the Firework spectacle looking through the ships riggings.
Deputy Mayor Eoin Flanaghan was delighted to accept the presentation along with his fellow Councillors, Tara O’Connell, Mary Linehan Foley, Sammy Revins, Michael Beecher and Liam Burke. Also present were Paddy O’Beirne from the Youghal Kathleen and May Society and musician Michael O’Connell.
It is hoped that the Irene will pay a return visit to Youghal to coincide with the Moby Dick Festival organised by the Youghal4All Group. The Irene sets sail tonight at high tide approximately 10 p.m.