The final outfitting and rigging of the ship was entrusted to specialists from Navcon Naval Consulting.
After years of tireless effort the Dunbrody was finally ready to launch. Early on the morning of February 11th 2001 the gates of the dry-dock gates were opened and the Dunbrody floated to her lines, ready to take her pace at the Quay of New Ross. The launch ceremony was honoured by the attendance of An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern T.D., and former US Ambassador to Ireland Jean Kennedy Smith.
The Maiden Voyages
Waterford Tall Ships Festival 2005:
In the summer of 2005 the Tall Ships Race visited Waterford for the first time. The Dunbody was proud to take a prominent part in the festivities. Leaving New Ross for the first time, she made the short trip down the Barrow to Waterford. In the weeks leading up to the festival she made numerous coastal day trips, carrying as many as fifty lucky passengers at a time.
During the festival itself she was moored beside Rice Bridge. The festival culminated in a spectacular ‘Parade of Sail’, led out by The Dunbrody along with the Jeannie Johnston and the Asgard II.
Maiden International Voyage 2006:
In June 2006, the Dunbrody made her maiden international voyage. This was a three-day journey to the port of Milford Haven in Wales. Twenty-five passengers joined fifteen-person professional crew on this once in a lifetime trip.
Since 2006 the Dunbrody has not sailed and will be moored at the Quay in New Ross for the foreseeable future.
Visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross, Co. Wexford