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Tuesday, 11th July 2017

Drogheda Sail Training Bursary trainees reunite for presentation


Home from the sea – local youngsters who participated in the Drogheda Sail Training Bursary scheme pictured with sponsors and Drogheda Port staff at the recent presentation of certs.

Local teens who participated in the Drogheda Sail Training Bursary, voyage two were reunited last Friday in the Drogheda Port headquarters to receive their certificates of achievement.

The trainees, their families and sponsors of the Bursary; Louth County Council, Fast Terminals, Irish Cement and Drogheda Port were all in attendance.

The Captain of the Brian Boru, Tony Mc Loughlin, joined the presentations via satellite phone from the Dingle Peninsula, where he and his new group of trainees were fishing for their dinner!!

He added some lovely words about the Drogheda trainees, who he described as a really wonderful group of youngsters who bonded very quickly and achieved so much in terms of seamanship, friendship and teamwork over the course of the voyage.

Following the wonderful maritime festival weekend, the Brian Boru Sail Training vessel initially set sail southbound from Drogheda’s River Boyne with the second group of seafaring teens in tow.

They embarked on a five day exploration of the beautiful east coast, heading for Arklow and from there they cruised to Lambay Island and braved the cool sea temperature for some swimming on their down-time.

The vessel overnighted in Poolbeg and then headed across to Ireland's Eye for more water activities in the sunshine before making a course to Warrenpoint and Carlingford where this group of great young people finished their "Drogheda Bursary" voyage adventure.

“The trip consisted of sailing, swimming, cooking, cleaning, singing, laughing, bonding and making lots of great memories. It marks the fifth successful year of the Drogheda Sail Training Bursary, we are looking forward to plans for next year already!” a spokesperson said.

The scheme caters for young adults between the ages of 16 to 21 years and if you know anyone who would benefit from such an experience it is not too early to register your interest. Next year’s voyages are scheduled for May\June and further information can be obtained from;

Nessa Lally, Drogheda Port Company, 041 983 8378,

Daragh Sheridan, Sail Training Ireland, 01 8559597, 

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