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ARK­LOW Li­brary will host a lec­ture on ‘Kate Tyrell, The Lady Mariner’ by lo­cal man John Ma­hon on Thurs­day, Au­gust 27.

John is Kate Tyrell’s grand­son and has pub­lished a book on his dar­ing grand­moth­ers’ ad­ven­tures.

This is the story of the ex­tra­or­di­nary woman who sailed the Den­bigshire Lass.

The mar­itime world of the 1880s of­fered vast wealth to some, but to oth­ers only un­speak­able hard­ship. Above all, it was a man’s world.

But Kate Tyrell re­belled against the stric­tures of her day. Raised in an Ark­low ship­ping fam­ily, she be­came the owner of the Den­bigshire Lass, the first schooner to fly the Ir­ish tri­colour in the 1920s.

Of­ten nav­i­gat­ing the ship her­self, this ex­tra­or­di­nary woman took over con­trol of male-dom­i­nated ship­ping world and scan­dalised so­ci­ety by in­sist­ing on keep­ing her own name in mar­riage.

Kate Tyrell Lady Mariner’ is the grip­ping story of a ship and the charis­matic woman who con­trolled her in de­fi­ance of the cus­toms of her time.

The lec­ture will be held in Ark­low Li­brary on Thurs­day, Au­gust 27 at 7 p.m. No book­ing nec­es­sary, and all are wel­come.

Cassie McCann (left) with Eimear Con­yard

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