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A tribute to - Dr. John de Courcy Ireland
Father of Maritime Ireland

Moneen de Courcy Ireland

On the evening of 6th October 2008, Dalkey Tidy Towns held a ceremony to mark the life and work of Dr. John de Courcy Ireland at Coliemore Harbour.

A binocular scope, donated by Dalkey Tidy Towns, with state of the art optics mounted on a granite pillar offering views over Dalkey Island and beyond, was dedicated to his memory.

In attendance were;
•  Ms Moneen de Courcy Ireland (Dr. John’s daughter)
•  The Argentina Ambassador - Sra. Ana Pisano de Ashton and her husband Chris
•  First Secretary and Deputy Head of Mission of the Portuguese Embassy -
        Ms Marta Garcia Ribeiro Cowling
•  Eamon Gilmore - T.D.- Leader of the Labour Party
•  Leas Cathaoirleach - Ms. Lettie McCarthy
•  County Manager - Owen Keegan and Representatives from DLRCC
•  Dun Laoghaire Life Boat personnel
•  Owen Ganley - President of National Maritime Institute of Ireland
•  Arthur Reynolds - representing St. Patrick’s Cathedral Grammar School
•  Fr. John McDonagh P.P.
•  Reverend Canon Ben Neill
•  Ken Dixon - Chairman of Dalkey Community Council
•  Josie Dixon - Chairman of Dalkey Active Retirement Association
•  An Taisce
•  Dalkey Garda
•  Members of Dalkey Tidy Towns Committee and their volunteers.

Chairman, John Hickey, opened the ceremony by thanking the various persons and organisations in attendance. The Leas Cathaoirleach - Ms. Lettie McCarthy gave a short address followed by Eamon Gilmore T.D. who was a personal long time friend of Dr. John’s. He gave a very warm speech about Dr. John’s lifetime’s work of teaching, his interest and association in all
maritime matters, his high profile involvement in the Labour Party of Ireland and his participation in the peace movement as a founder member of CND.

During the ceremony the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat arrived at the harbour in honour of Dr. John’s memory, and stayed just off shore during the event.

Ms. Moneen de Courcy Ireland was invited to unveil the binocular scope in memory of her father.

Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the Dalkey Castle Heritage Centre. John Hickey thanked the Heritage Centre for the use of their building and facilities, Country Bake for the donation of a celebratory cake and all the Dalkey Tidy Towns volunteers for their input during the year. The lifeboat men of the Dun Laoghaire lifeboat gave an impromptu rendering of the lifeboat anthem “Home From The Sea”. The evening finished on a very happy note.

A tribute to - Dr. John de Courcy Ireland - Father of Maritime Ireland