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June 24, 2004

LÉ Niamh


The LÉ Niamh, pride of the Irish navy, has sailed into Toronto harbour and is docked south of Skydome at Maple Leaf Quay. I stopped by to pay my respects and get a close-up look at a modern offshore patrol vessel. At 78m LÉ Niamh is small in comparison to other warships. But that 76mm OTO Melara Cannon still represents the pointy end of Irish democracy. Beidh fáilte romhat ag aon tam!

The ship will be open to the public on Saturday afternoon from 2 til 5. Folks in Boston and St. John's will also have a chance to visit before she returns to Ireland.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 24, 2004 08:45 AM

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Nice find, Nick! I would have loved to go aboard and snap some photos, but I'm going to be in London on Saturday for an air show. Anyone else want to photoblog the L.E. Niamh this weekend?

Posted by: Chris Taylor at June 24, 2004 11:21 AM

I didn't know about this, Flea. Thanks!

I like your turn of phrase "the pointy end of Irish democracy". Heh. BTW, What does the Erse phrase mean?

No disrespect intended at all, but I can't help thinking that the "LÉ Shillelagh" would be an excellent name for an Irish warship:)

Posted by: Jim at June 24, 2004 12:37 PM

It's something close to "you're welcome to stop by any time"!

Posted by: Flea at June 24, 2004 04:17 PM

That is cool; I like how they chose the name (from the 'pride' hyperlink). I had thought I was rather well-read on all subjects Gaelic, but this is the first time I've seen the term 'Erse' (had to look it up to be sure, although the meaning is plain from the comment post).

Posted by: Mike Campbell at June 25, 2004 07:25 AM

I'll probably snap a few shots, but my camera's sorta crappy.

Posted by: Kelvin at June 25, 2004 11:12 PM