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ASGARD exhibition: PRESS / PHOTO CALL

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND

PREAS RÁITEAS THAR CEANN ARD-MHÚSAEM NA hÉIREANN

PRESS/PHOTO CALL at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History Collins Barracks, Dublin 7

When?

Wednesday, 8th August 2012

Where?

Exhibition Space; ASGARD – The 1914 Howth gun running vessel conserved

Time?

11.00am

Background Information:

The yacht Asgard is one of the most iconic items of recent Irish history. From her building in 1905 by Colin Archer, the great Norwegian naval architect, for Erskine and Molly Childers 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. Her story is intertwined with many of the wider episodes of 20th-century Irish history, and these can be explored in our other exhibitions in Collins Barracks, ‘The Easter Rising: Understanding 1916’ and ‘Soldiers and Chiefs: Irish Soldiers at Home and Abroad Since 1500’.

From 2007 to 2011, a major programme of conservation of Asgard was undertaken by the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks. The conservation team was led by Master Shipwright and Ship Conservator John Kearon, with the aim of conserving Asgard and in the process saving and securing as much existing original material as possible, while also retaining the structural integrity of the vessel.

Photo Opportunities:

‘Asgard is now on display with a partial reconstruction of how the vessel was rigged.’

Meet with:

Jimmy Deenihan T.D - Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Seamus Lynam – Acting Director – National Museum of Ireland

Sandra Heise, Curator, National Museum of Ireland

Master Shipwright and Ship Conservator - John Kearon

Rory Childers - Grandson of Erskine and Molly Childers.

Notes to the Editor:

This new exhibition opens to the public at 10.00am on Thursday 9th August 2012

Admission to the National Museum of Ireland is Free

Open Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm

Sunday 2.00pm – 5.00pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT Maureen Gaule, Marketing Department, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks

T: 01 648 6429 | M: 087 9031690| E: mgaule@museum.ie

 
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