9 June 2015

Magnificent Mexican Tall Ship is Dublin Port bound

President Michael D. Higgins to visit Mexican Naval Ship Cuauhtémoc celebrating 40 years of Irish-Mexican relations

Dublin Port Company and the Mexican Embassy in Dublin have announced that one of the world’s largest Tall Ships, the 1,800 tonnes, 270 foot long and 30 foot high Cuauhtémoc will sail into Dublin Port on Wednesday 17th June for a five day visit to the capital.

In a time honoured naval tradition, the Cuauhtémoc will salute the city just before entering the port with a cannon salute in Dublin Bay. The spectacular vessel will then be met by Dublin Port’s tug boats Shackleton and Beaufort as well as a flotilla of yachts from local sailing clubs in a ceremonial escort to mark the ship’s arrival at 10am in Dublin Port.

Commanded by Captain Pedro Mata, the Cuauhtémoc is a sail training vessel of the Mexican Navy which travels around the world carrying a message of friendship and goodwill. She will arrive in Dublin with 225 men and women sailors on board – including trainees of different nationalities – who will participate in a five-day programme of engagements in the capital as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Mexico.

Highlights of the itinerary include an accompanied tour of the city for crew, a visit to the vessel by President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins on Sunday, and a special performance by ‘The Buena Vibra Latin Jazz Trio with the Royal Irish Academy of Music Percussion Ensemble’ on board, as well as the San Patricio Mariachi Band.

Dubliners and visitors to the city hoping to get a closer insight into life on board this magnificent vessel will be able to visit for free while she is berthed at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay. Opening times to the public are Wednesday 17th – Saturday 20th June between 10.00 and 19.00, and on Sunday 21st June from 10.00 to 15.00. During her last visit to Dublin as part of the Tall Ship Races 2012, the Cuauhtémoc welcomed over 23,000 visitors on board.

Built in the Celaya shipyards in Bilbao, Spain, the Cuauhtémoc was launched in July 1982. She was the last of four windjammers built by Bilbao shipyards and is named after the last Aztec emperor who was imprisoned and executed by the conquistador, Herman Cortes, in 1525.  This will be her fourth visit to Irish waters.

Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company, said: “Dublin Port Company is delighted to welcome Cuauhtémoc and her entire crew to Dublin for a very special visit in a significant year for Mexican-Irish relations. Her visit serves as an important reminder of our cultural bond and trading links that have grown from strength to strength over the past 40 years. I would encourage everyone in the city to show the Cuauhtémoc a warm Irish welcome during her stay. It’s a fantastic opportunity to explore this magnificent vessel up close and experience first-hand Mexican maritime culture on our doorstep.”

The Ambassador of Mexico to Ireland, H.E. Carlos Garcia de Alba said: “2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Mexico. This important milestone in our shared history affords both Mexico and Ireland the opportunity to showcase trade, academic and investment partnerships and to share in artistic and cultural exchanges between our countries. The arrival to Dublin of the Mexican Navy’s Tall Ship Cuauhtémoc is just one of the many events to take place that reaffirms the commitment to strengthen the excellent ties of friendship and co-operation between our nations.”

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