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The Brian Boru


The Brian Ború is a 65 foot (20 Meter), wooden hulled and traditionally rigged Gaff Ketch. There is no other similar vessel in Ireland that is available to book and sail.

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The boat

Tradition & sustainability

The beautiful Sailing Ship is the culmination of a 3 year renovation and conversion project under the management of her previous owner Tony Mcloughlin, a professional Master Shipwright.

The classic lines of her sailing hull echo the historic sailing drifters of the early twentieth century, as she carries her raked wooden mainmast, mizenmast, bowsprit, topmasts and lower aspect deckhouse. She carries a full complement of gaff ketch rigged sails, and also boasts a powerful marine diesel engine.  The vessel is now a perfect example of upcycling, recycling, re-use and sustainability.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Mark Twain


Two-masted traditionally rigged gaff ketch sails: mizen, main, jib, flying jib

320 horsepower diesel engine

Helm: internal wheel in the wheelhouse, fully removed from the elements

All neccesary communication and navigation equipment

Full set of Irish east coast charts

Anchor with 60 meters chain on hydrolic winch and emergency anchor

Access to bowsprit and rig climbing under supervision with safety equipment

Access to engine room and all vessel systems under supervision

Vessel licensing


Brian Ború is licensed to carry 12 passengers through the Irish Marine Survey Office (MSO). She carries a P3 and P6 (Com-sail) License.
She is an extremely well built vessel out of Oak and Larch, very well built and very well maintained. All required safety features are kept up to date and assessed regularly.
Her 6 Cylinder Penta Diesel Engine provides more than enough alternative
power to ensure safe passage.


What We Offer

A true sailing experience

Every day we learn from the sea and from each other. We want you to leave the ship feeling that you have been part of the crew and have had a unique and memorable experience with friendly and helpful people, passionate about their work.

Common spaces

Sailing is all about sharing.  Whether you prefer to be out on the deck enjoying the scenery and setting the sails or inside the spacious wheelhouse drinking a coffee with the crew you’ll have plenty of space to mingle.


12 Comfortable Berths

12 berths are available to be filled by our passengers with a simple and functional communal toilet and shower. They are cosy but comfy, just like “in the rare old times”. 

Creating memories

Whether dolphins will accompany us on our journey across the Biosphere, or majestic sunrises and rainbows will point our way rest assure your memories on the Brian Boru will stay with you for life.

No Single Use Plastics

We believe in sustainable consumption, that’s why we prohibit single use plastics on board. Passengers are encouraged to follow our lead, and pack accordingly

Deck event space

Want to impress your guests? How about a party on the deck of a traditional sailing boat? We can host up to 40 people as we’re moored by the quayside. Team activities can be organised, live entertainment can be arranged, and food and refreshments catered for.

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