Tonight RTE Nationwide will broadcast a report on a new sailing training tall ship planned for Ireland.
As Afloat first reported last October, the new vessel is intended to replace the lost ship Asgard II.
Donal Byrne’s 17-minute piece documents the Irish band’s first attempt at sailing in Sweden.
The Atlantic Youth Trust Charity, chaired by round-the-world sailor Enda O’Coineen, said the 164ft Tradewind schooner she identified will act as the new ‘flagship’ to initiate young people across the island of Ireland to the sea and the quarries.
The ship is to be renamed Grace O’Malley, after the so-called Mayo ‘Pirate Queen’. Constructed of steel in a modern structure and elegant lines of a 19and Tall Ship of the Century, it is considered fit to meet high safety specifications.
There are plans to acquire a new ship to replace the Asgard – Donal Byrne traveled to Sweden with the Irish group behind the project to test a ship for the first time – See #RTENationwide Monday, March 14 @RTEOne 7 p.m. @atlanticyt @AfloatMagazine @SailTrainingIre @EOCoineen RT pic.twitter.com/5wXE53liIR
— RTE Nationwide (@RTENationwide) March 13, 2022
In addition, the charity says the tall ship will have a key role to play in research, innovation, promoting tourism and providing an outlet of support for vulnerable young people.
The charity is seeking funding from the UK and Irish governments to complete the purchase of the ship.
Nationwide airs tonight at 7:00 p.m. (Monday, March 14).
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