LÉ Samuel Beckett open to the Galway public this weekend

LÉ Samuel Beckett open to the Galway public this weekend

The Irish Navy’s patrol vessel, the LÉ Samuel Beckett, will be offering guided tours to the public in Galway this weekend.

The Samuel Beckett is currently in Galway after it detained a fishing boat for breach of regulations off the west coast yesterday.

The first fishing vessel detained by the naval service this year, it was handed over to Galway gardaí this morning.

While it’s around, the LÉ Samuel Beckett will be open to tours by the public alongside Galway on Saturday from 10:00-12:00 in the morning and again from 14:00-16:00 that afternoon.

The LÉ Samuel Beckett is one of four new patrol vessels build for the naval service since 2014.

They are often called the four “playwright” sisters because of their names.

The Samuel Beckett the first to roll off the line in 2014, followed by the LÉ James Joyce in 2015, and the LÉ William Butler Yeats in 2016 and LÉ George Bernard Shaw last year.

The Irish navy is undertaking a recruitment drive to bolster its numbers, which stand at just under 1,100.

Duties of the Irish Naval Service include patrolling Irish waters for illegal fishing ships and narcotics smuggling, marine rescue missions, and deployments to the Mediterranean to combat human trafficking.

Full details of the careers available the requirements can be found at military.ie/careers/naval-service.

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