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The Brian Ború


The Brian Ború is a 65 foot (20 Meter), wooden hulled and traditionally rigged Gaff Ketch. 

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The boat

Tradition & sustainability

The beautiful Sailing Ship is the culmination of a 3 year renovation project under Master Shipwright, Tony McLoughlin.

The classic lines of her hull echo the drifters of the early twentieth century. She carries a full complement of gaff ketch rigged sails, and boasts a powerful marine engine.  

“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

320 horsepower engine

Helm: internal wheel in the wheelhouse

All neccesary communication and navigation equipment
Full set of Irish east coast charts

Anchor with 60 meters chain on a hydrolic winch 

Access to bowsprit and rig climbing under supervision with safety equipment

Access to engine room under supervision

Vessel licensing


Brian Ború is licensed  by the Irish Marine Survey Office for 12 passengers. 
She is made out of Oak and Larch. Engine provides power to ensure safe passage.



What We Offer

A true sailing experience

We want you to leave the ship feeling that you have been part of the crew and have had a unique and memorable, one-of-a-kind experience with experience with our passionate crew.

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 safely.


12 Comfortable Berths

12 berths are available with a communal toilet and shower. 

Creating memories

Whether we see dolphins porpoises, seals or majestic sunrises and sunsets your memories on the Brian Ború will stay with you for life. 

No Single Use Plastics

We believe in sustainability and prohibit single use plastics. Passengers are encouraged to follow our lead, and pack accordingly.

Deck event space

Want to impress your guests? How about a deck party on a traditional sailing boat? We can host up to 40 people. We can offer team activities, live entertainment and refreshments.


The BRIAN BORÚ IS available for multi day, full day or half day Charter. Our Charters start at €1000 euro for four hours, €1500 for a full day and multi-day prices available on request. We operate on the East and South coasts of Ireland. She is available for charter for a variety of purposes and activities including overnight accommodation subject to Covid regulations at the time.  Professional crew provided. Your unique experience under sail awaits. 

Open to a variety of purposes Call us on 085 8667877 to discuss your requirements

Let’s set sails on a one-of-a-kind Charter

Corporate Team Building & Work Parties

Having spent their careers in the adventure industry, owners, Michael and Jonathan have a great deal of experience creating bespoke programmes of team-building  activities. Our programme can involve coastal explorations, identifying destinations, navigation, VHF, setting sails and anchoring. Under our watchful eye, your team can take on full operation of the ship.  

 Youth, Family and Friends Charters

We can teach you to sail as you take in the sea side view of our magnificent scenery. Sit back and relax, or get fully involved, it’s up to you!  A multi day tour on the Brian Ború will involve exploring different areas of Irelands’ coastline, navigating, pilotage, watch-keeping, radio, sail setting, heaving the ropes and climbing the rig as well as showcasing your culinary skills in our small but perfect galley kitchen. 


Fed up of slowly crawling out to sea on a rib under the weight of all of your gear, waiting around in the open weather with no facilities? Well, The Brian Ború offers home comforts, a fully fitted kitchen, dining table, sleeping quarters, toilets and showers giving you an entirely different diving experience. Enjoy time above the water as much as time spent below it! Stay out over night and be on location at first light.

Fishing and/or Wildlife Spotting

Brian Ború offers a comfortable fishing / wildlife spotting experience with all the trimmings of domestic comforts including galley, central heating, sleeping quarters, toilet and shower etc. The deck has plenty of space for gear and multiple lines. 


Perfect for research teams or students carrying out marine tests, sampling, wildlife surveys etc. She has the domestic comforts of a kitchen, dining area, toilets sleeping quarters, and central heating. The vessel is very spacious perfect for additional equipment. We can carry a small rib and kayaks allowing closer access and smaller excursions if required. 

Stag and Hen Parties

We love a good party and hens and stags are always welcome with us. We’ll make sure your group can try out everything from setting the sails to climbing the mast. Let us design a Charter for you to write speeches about! The quayside party on return is also a great way to warm up for a night out in Dublin. 

Passengers may, as they wish, take part in any or all of the following


  • Sail hoisting and setting
  • Helming (steering)
  • Anchoring
  • Pilotage and navigation
  • Communications – VHF radio
  • Use of all electronic instruments
  • Watch-keeping
  • Cooking
  • Engine monitoring
  • Climbing the rig
  • Climbing out on the bowsprit (the netting at the front of the vessel)
  • Kayaks, surfboard, stand up paddle boards and other activities can be provided upon request.
Charter Pricing

Up to 12 passengers

Multi day

We are open to proposals and can design bespoke programmes.

On Request


Full Day

We offer 7.5 hour round trip for up to 12 people. Day Charter includes skipper, firstmate and tea, coffee and biscuits, bring your own lunch!


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