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THE SINKING OF THE RMS LEINSTER (1918) – Wednesday 30th January, 8.30pm

October 10th last was the 100th anniversary of the greatest loss of Irish lives at sea when the “mail boat” (RMS Leinster) was sunk within sight of shore, ten miles off Dun Laoghaire in 1918 just before the end of World War One. Over 500 people were lost when the ship was torpedoed by German U-boat UB-123.  It remains the largest loss of Irish lives at sea ever.

How did it happen that a passenger ship was attacked so near the end of the War? Who and what was on board the ship? Why were so many lost so near the shore? Could more have been done? Are there any local connections to Skerries or North Dublin?  Why have we not heard much about this before?

Niall O’Reilly has been researching these RMS Leinster questions for a few years after finding out that a relation of his was one of those lost. He will give an illustrated talk about the ship, the people on-board, the attack, the aftermath, his journey of discovery and a tale of romance lost and found!

Niall, a native of Malahide, has lived in Skerries for over 40 years.

This is a free talk.  Club open at 8.00pm. Talk starts at 8.30pm.  Non Members Welcome.

 

GP14 Worlds 2020 – Accommodation

Skerries Sailing Club (SSC) are please to host the GP14 2020 World Championships on July 25th to 31st, 2020.

The purpose of this featured post is to provide information to all participants, volunteers and sponsors. This post is under development at this time but will grow to include information and directions on all aspects of this major event including accommodation, registration, Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, social calendar, places of interest, hostelries, and other information. If the information you seek is not yet available please come back later. Urgent request/ comments/ suggestions may be emailed to webmaster@skerriessailingclub.com.

Accommodation

B&Bs in locality (as at 28/1/2019)

Other types of accommodations and campsites will be added here later.

NOTE – If any local accommodation provider would like to be listed or if any member can provide suitable rooms please email
webmaster@skerriessailingclub.com for a short confidential application form.

Members/Friends Accommodation

More to follow…….

GP14 Fun Event in Skerries

A special GP14 get together today in SSC when 11 boats had an enjoyable days racing (4 races) on the water, lead by their doyen, Curley Morris, pictured below. W are sure will have an even more enjoyable evening to come. Thanks to all who organised – Doire Shiels, Olive Rooney, Sam Shiels,  David Cooke, Colman Grimes, and Stuart Burns)

Sailors and Officials.

Sailing Club Branded Merchandise

Looking for something for the Christmas stocking, we have SSC hats, scarves, snoods, ties & hoodies available for sale in the club – please enquire with the bar staff on prices. Also RNLI Christmas cards still available for the last minute posts. Club open this weekend – Friday/Saturday/Sunday – see newsletter for times. Come and see the new glass balcony!

World 49s (U23) Champions – Presentation by SSC

Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove were presented with two framed pictures of them sailing in Skerries by SSC Vice Commodore Liam O’Callaghan on Sunday December 2nd last to celebrate their great victory as World Champions. Liam in his speech noted that this was a first for SSC and was the result of great effort and hard work by the boys and their many support teams comprising their parents, coaches and the respective junior sections of both SSC and HYC. Robert and Sean, in a Q&A session after the presentation, spoke to the challenging program of training in Ireland and abroad (7 countries in the next 12 months!) as they complete their campaign to get to the Olympics in 2020.  Many members of the SSC junior section attended and Jack McInerney presented them with a check to support their campaign from the SSC Junior section.  See photos of the event and see Robert and Sean below with members of the junior section present – all aspiring Olympic metal winners!  We ask all members and friends to support them by purchasing their 2019 calendar (available for €5 in SSC bar).

Laying Up Supper Photos 2018

A great night was had by all!  Well done to Commodore Kathryn, Sailing Sec Ross who was MC and all who worked hard to prepare for this successful event.  Congratulations to all trophy winners.  Special thanks to Mick O’Connor for these memorable photos.