The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Christopher O Sullivan last weekend welcomed the ‘Brian Boru’, ‘Pelican’ and ‘Maybe’, the three tall ships of the Sail Training Armada, into the port of Cork, having completed their voyages in the Cork Sail Training Bursary Scheme for 2019.
The County Mayor was there to award the participants of the Bursary Scheme with certificates in a presentation ceremony in the Port of Cork.
Cork County Council sponsors the bursary scheme which this year saw 50 young people get on-board as trainees. Five Cork youths crewed the Pelican from Belfast to Liverpool and onto Dublin and a further eight Cork based young people took part on the Asgard Armada voyages aboard Pelican and Maybe sailing in convoy with Brian Boru to arrive alongside in CorK.
No stranger to the sea himself, Mayor O’ Sullivan commended the scheme saying
“It’s rewarding to witness here today how the unique opportunities provided by this bursary scheme give young people from a diversity of backgrounds the chance to develop any number of new skills. Many have never sailed before. They have gained skills, knowledge, confidence and personal growth. This is an experience of a lifetime – and these young people have good reason to be very proud of their achievements.”
The Cork Sail Training Bursary Scheme was established in 2014 to provide access to Sail Training voyages on tall ships and large sailing vessels for young people from the region. Now in its sixth year the scheme is one of the largest and most active on the Island of Ireland and runs in parallel with similar schemes now in operation under Sail Training Ireland in Belfast, Drogheda, Dublin, Waterford, Derry and Arklow.
Participants are nominated through a network of youth and community groups in Cork and places are available to young people from all backgrounds and with all abilities. The scheme has supported approximately 140 trainees since 2014 and looks likely to grow from strength to strength over the coming years.
For more info see https://www.sailtrainingireland.com/