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Watch Back: Helga's Role in Irish Natural History - Ireland's First Scientific Vessel

 Images of two sponge specimens collected during a scientific expedition on Helga II (image inset of name plate from the vessel held in the collections of NMI).

Join National Museum of Ireland - Natural History Zoology Curator, Dr Amy Geraghty, for an online talk exploring the role of Ireland’s first scientific vessel in Irish natural history.


The first purpose built Irish scientific vessel was the famous ship, The Helga II. It was later named MuirchĂș and is better known for its involvement in the 1916 Easter Rising and other historical events. This talk will explore the ship’s less well-known role in Irish scientific research. This role would also lead to the collection and donation of specimens to the Museum which will be the focus of this talk.


This pre-recorded talk was broadcast on YouTube on Friday, 6 Ocotber 2023, as part of the Dublin Festival of History 2023 programming. For the most up-to-date information about NMI - Natural History, inlcuding opening hours please visit 'Visitor Info'.


For more highlights about the collections at the Museum visit our online talk series 'Tales from the Decant' 


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