MONTREAL, June 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Irish Naval Vessel L.E. EITHNE,
Flagship of the Irish Navy, will be visiting Montreal from Monday the 25th of
June to Thursday the 28th of June 2007. Under the command of its Captain,
Commander Tom Tuohy, the L.E. EITHNE is conducting a goodwill visit to Canada.
The ship will be berthed at section 12, Alexandria pier at the Old Port of
Montreal and will be open to the public on the 25th and 26th of June between
2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Origin of her name:
Eithne was the tragic heroine of an early Irish romantic tale. She was
the daughter of the one-eyed Fomorian King, Balor. Unlike some others, Balor
was a man who paid attention to prophesies and as he had but one child,
Eithne, he had her walled up in a castle on Tory Island. There she grew up,
guarded by women, for no male was permitted on the island. Many warriors tried
to capture her but none survived the sea and the guards. One, disguised as a
serving woman, eventually did get in, and some time later Balor found out that
Eithne had given birth to a boy. The Furious king had Eithne and her lover
killed and the child flung into the sea.
Mannin, the sea god took pity on the child and had a wave throw the
infant up on a beach where a local farmer found him and brought him up. He
grew up to be strong and high minded and when as a young man, he heard of the
injustices perpetrated by Balor, he set out to rid the land of the tyrant.
Needless to say he succeeded and slew Balor, duly fulfilling the prophesy. It
has been suggested that the tale of Eithne may have been a forerunner of the
Sleeping Beauty story.
Capitain : Commander Tom Tuohy
Type of vessel: Helicopter patrol vessel
Commissioned: December 7, 1984
Complement: 86 members ( 9 Officers and 77 ratings)
Weapons: 1 Bofors 57mm and 2 Rheinmetall 20mm Cannons, 7.62mm GPMG
Displacement: 1910 tonnes full load
Dimensions: 80.8 metres x 12 metres
Main Machinery: 2 Ruston 12RKC diesels, 6800hp, 2 Shafts
Speed: 20 knots
Range: 7000miles at 15knots
Helicopter: 1 SA365f Dauphin
The Montreal's Naval Reserve Division, HMCS Donnacona, will be providing
support for the visit of the vessel.
For further information:
For further information: please do not hesitate to contact:
Lieutenant-Commander Mike McEntee, executive officer of HMCS Donnacona, (514)
283-6517, ext. 206; Staff Officer Lieutenant Navy Neil Martindale, (514)
283-6517, ext. 203