Ma­rine con­nec­tions cel­e­brated at ball

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

OVER 160 peo­ple from around the coun­try were treated to some top class Wicklow hos­pi­tal­ity as the Irish In­sti­tute of Mas­ter Mariners and the Irish Cham­ber of Ship­ping held the Ma­rine Ball in the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel.

It’s four years since the ball was last held in Ark­low and Mary O’Neill, vice pres­i­dent of the Irish Cham­ber of Ship­ping, said it is one of the big­gest events of the year.

‘Ark­low has al­ways had a strong con­nec­tion with the mariners, so it was great to hon­our the town,’ said Mary.

There was sev­eral guest of honours at the event, in­clud­ing Com­modore Hugh Tully from the Irish Navy; Conor Mowlds, di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Mar­itime Col­lege of Ire­land; Liam Lacey, di­rec­tor of the Irish Mar­itime Devel­op­ment Of­fice; and Michael Kingston, Global Mar­itime Lawyer of the Year 2016.

Speak­ing at the event, Cllr Tommy An­nes­ley, cathaoir­leach of the Ark­low Mu­nic­i­pal District, con­grat­u­lated ev­ery­one for their hard work and said that it was ‘great to see the lo­cal Mar­itime of Ire­land branch to get to­gether with the na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion.’

ABOVE: Michelle Roche; Paul Roche, Pres­i­dent of the Irish In­sti­tute of Mas­ter Mariners; An­drew Sheen, Pres­i­dent of the Irish Cham­ber of Ship­ping; and Ayshea Sheen.

Liam Mc­Don­ald, Theresa Byrne and Gerry Ka­vanagh.

Maeve and Jim Ka­vanagh.

Fabrizio and Orla Poli­meni.

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