Asgard

Please note that the Asgard exhibition will be closed from 11th to 16th February 2016 inclusive. Discover the historic Asgard yacht. Learn about the 1914 Howth Gun Running & Irish Volunteers. Meet Erskine Childers & Roger Casement.


Please note that the Asgard exhibition will be closed from 11th to 16th February 2016 inclusive.

 

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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1904-1905: Commissioning and Construction of the Asgard

1904-1905: Commissioning and Construction of the Asgard

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.

1912-1914: Ireland, the Asgard and the Home Rule Crisis

1912-1914: Ireland, the Asgard and the Home Rule Crisis

In its early years, while the Home Rule Crisis developed in Ireland, the Asgard was used as a cruising yacht by Erskine and Molly.

1914: Timeline of Events

1914: Timeline of Events

The Asgard played a key role in the events of Irish history throughout the fateful year of 1914.

1914: The Howth Gun Running

1914: The Howth Gun Running

The crew of the Asgard collect German arms and delivers them to Irish nationalist forces, at Howth on July 26th

1914-1961: Private Ownership and Return to Howth

1914-1961: Private Ownership and Return to Howth

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.

1961-1974: Service as Training Vessel

1961-1974: Service as Training Vessel

The refitted Asgard served as a sail training vessel and took part in international tall ship events.

1974 - 2001: On Display in Kilmainham

1974 - 2001: On Display in Kilmainham

The aging Asgard was dry docked in Kilmainham Gaol where she remained as an attraction until being put into storage.

Conservation of the Asgard

Conservation of the Asgard

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.

Erskine Childers

Erskine Childers

Read a brief biographical account of Childers and his part in the story of the Asgard

Exhibition Panels and Additional Resources

Exhibition Panels and Additional Resources

Download the information panels from the exhibition, as well as additional resources.

Asgard for Families

Asgard for Families

Follow the family trail to see real tools used during restoration