DUBLIN MARITIME FESTIVAL 2008
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This lovely brigantine, which was designed specially for sail training purposes by the late Jack Tyrrell was built in Arklow, Co. Wicklow and commissioned there on 7th March 1981.
While Asgard II is owned by the state and the Minister for Defence is its registered owner, it is not a Naval service vessel. It is managed by Coiste and Asgard, the committee first formed in 1968, which is now a Company limited by guarantee. The Chairman of the Company is the Minister for Defence and most of the other Directors are experienced yachtsmen with a keen interest in sail training.
As befits the traditional design of the vessel, Asgard II carries as her figurehead a carving of "Granuaile" the famous 15th century Mayo "Pirate Queen".