Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has said the newly refurbished National Maritime Museum, which was officially opened today (Tuesday), adds to the rich cultural heritage of Dun Laoghaire; a town which is rightfully proud of its marine culture.
Deputy Mitchell O’Connor was speaking following the official launch of the refurbished National Maritime Museum which took place today in Dun Laoghaire, and which she attended. President Michael D Higgins officiated at the launch.
“The people of Dun Laoghaire are delighted to have this museum in the heart of town and are hugely appreciative of the volunteers who man it, who have a clear passion and interest in all things nautical.
“The museum opened in 1978 in the former Mariners’ Church in Haigh Terrace near the centre of the town. The church, which was built in 1837 for seafarers, remained open until 1971. Following that, the Church of Ireland and the Maritime Institute of Ireland signed an agreement that led to the museum’s opening.
“We are extremely lucky in Dun Laoghaire to have people who are willing to give up their free time for the betterment of their community as the volunteers in this case are, as without them the Maritime Museum could not open. Dun Laoghaire has an extremely rich maritime culture and heritage, which this newly refurbished museum adds to significantly.”