Discover the historic Asgard yacht. Learn about the 1914 Howth Gun Running & Irish Volunteers. Meet Erskine Childers & Roger Casement.
From her building in 1905 by Colin Archer, the celebrated Norwegian naval architect, to her pivotal role in the 1914 Howth gun-running and her later use as Ireland’s first national sail-training vessel, the yacht has had many incarnations.
Since August 2012 the Asgard has been on display in Collins Barracks. She stands as a monument to the skill of both the original builders and the conservation team, as well as a reminder of the turbulent events of 1914.
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In October 1904 Erskine and Molly Childers and her father Dr. Hamilton Osgood travelled to Norway to discuss the building of the yacht with Colin Archer.
In its early years, while the Home Rule Crisis developed in Ireland, the Asgard was used as a cruising yacht by Erskine and Molly.
The Asgard played a key role in the events of Irish history throughout the fateful year of 1914.
The crew of the Asgard collect German arms and delivers them to Irish nationalist forces, at Howth on July 26th
The Asgard had three private owners during the middle part of the twentieth century before being purchased by the Irish State for use as a naval training vessel.
The refitted Asgard served as a sail training vessel and took part in international tall ship events.
The aging Asgard was dry docked in Kilmainham Gaol where she remained as an attraction until being put into storage.
A team of restorers led by master shipwright John Kearon carried out a detailed restoration of the Asgard returning it to how it appeared at the time of it's historic voyage.
Read a brief biographical account of Childers and his part in the story of the Asgard
Download the information panels from the exhibition, as well as additional resources.
Follow the family trail to see real tools used during restoration