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Community gathers to celebrate unique Rinn Voyager vessel

Friday, 28th December, 2018 10:00am
Community gathers to celebrate unique Rinn Voyager vessel

Dublin Port Company Harbour Master Michael McKenna and Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring join Poolbeg Training CLG representatives Manager Denis Murphy, Betty Ashe of Pearse Street, Tim Darmody of the Docklands and Jimmy Murray.

Community gathers to celebrate unique Rinn Voyager vessel

Dublin Port Company Harbour Master Michael McKenna and Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring join Poolbeg Training CLG representatives Manager Denis Murphy, Betty Ashe of Pearse Street, Tim Darmody of the Docklands and Jimmy Murray.

MEMBERS of Dublin’s dockland communities gathered at Poolbeg Yacht Club recently to celebrate more than 25 years of a unique local sailing project.

Former volunteers, organisers and participants in the Rinn Voyager Sailing Project saw the 42ft vessel blessed during the ceremony.

Speeches were also given by Dublin Port Harbour Master Michael McKenna, Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring, Poolbeg Training manager Denis Murphy and former first mate of the Rinn Voyager, Darren Dent.

The Rinn Voyager Sailing Project began in 1993 in response to feedback from the community for educational training facilities and opportunities for the communities around Dublin Port.

Dublin Port Company helped establish the project that has since benefitted thousands of Dubliners by agreeing to match EU funding and supplying the premises, facilities and engineering expertise.

This enabled a group of unskilled school leavers and long-term unemployed people from Regal House, Dublin, to build the Rinn Voyager.

Upon completion, the sailing vessel was launched in 1994 by the then Irish President, Mary Robinson and for the past 24 years has been used by local community groups and organisations for outings, rehabilitative programmes and team building exercises.

The Rinn Voyager has also been used by drug treatment providers to deliver rehabilitation and reintegration programmes. It is estimated that more than 7,300 service users of the Drugs & Alcohol Task Force have benefitted from The Rinn Voyager Sailing Project since their partnership began in 2006.

Drug addicts in recovery can experience working and living on board the vessel for short periods of time.This sail training offers participants a challenge and another means with which to engage with drugs treatment and therapy.

Michael McKenna, Dublin Port Company Harbour Master said: “The Rinn Voyager Sailing Project has been a vital initiative for thousands of people in our neighbouring communities over the last 25 years.

“Dublin Port is very proud to have played its part in the programme and it is wonderful to see so many people benefiting from it.

“The opportunity to learn new skills and grow through personal development is one which can only enhance our city and let’s hope it continues for a further 25 years.”

Denis Murphy, Manager of Poolbeg Training CLG, which runs the project added: "The Drugs and Alcohol Task Force has utilised the service of the Rinn Voyager since 2006.

“It is acknowledged how important this unique facility is in helping those recovering from addiction to sail to full clean health and we look forward to continuing this partnership for many more years to come.

“We also want to acknowledge the invaluable support from the Dublin Port Company and  we also look forward to their continued contribution."

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