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Feb 19, 2016

Unveiling Aud Anchors Tralee

Unveiling Aud Anchors Tralee

Pictured above :The German Ambassador Matthias Höfner,Minister Jimmy Deenihan ,members of Tralee Bay Heritage Association and Archaeologist Laurence Dunne.

Aud Anchors 1916-2016 Centenary Commemoration Unveiling

Attended by almost a thousand people, the unveiling of two anchors from the 1916 gun-running ship the Aud took place in the Brandon Hotel Tralee on Friday 12th February 2016. At the event, hosted by the Tralee Bay Heritage Association, the German Ambassador Matthias Höfner and Minister Jimmy Deenihan performed the unveiling. Several of the divers who were involved in the archaeological recovery of the anchors in 2012 were also in attendance. Children from schools around Kerry attended as well as local politicians, councillors and interested members of the public. A slide show and information panels compiled by Laurence Dunne Archaeology and a short film by Paul Dolan provided detailed information on the recovery and conservation of the anchors that took almost four years to conserve in Tralee.

Music for the event was performed by a wonderful Opus 96 Choir, while the ballad Banna Strand was sung by local man Willie Kelly and Spailpin.

The unveiling of the anchors is the culmination of over 5 years work by Tralee Bay Heritage Association (www.tbha.ie) and Laurence Dunne Archaeology (www.ldarch.ie) who supervised their recovery in 2012 and undertook their conservation in Tralee with York Archaeological Trust under licence from the National Museum of Ireland.