Renowned diver Rory Golden to deliver ‘TITANIC’ talk for Balbriggan History Society

Weds next at 8pm, April 26 at the Bracken Court

by Rose Barrett
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Balbriggan History Society will host an engaging talk on the Titanic on Wednesday next, April 26 at the Bracken Court Hotel.

“Commencing at 8pm, we are delighted to have a very special visiting speaker of note, Rory Golden, diver, speaker, explorer who will deliver ‘TITANIC – Search, Discovery and Diving to the world’s most famous shipwreck’,” said Bernie Kelly, Society PRO.

Rory (above) states “I have memories to last a lifetime that I can share with many.” Photo afloat.ie

“More people have been to outer space than to the depths of the ocean that Rory has explored, and he will share these memories with us in what promises be an unmissable talk. Be sure to spread the word to anyone who might be interested,” said Bernie. Entrance fee is €5, members go free and all are welcome, ” noted Bernie

A member of the International Explorers Club of New York, Vice Chair of the Great Britain and Ireland Chapter of the Explorers Club, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society Rory Golden became the first Irish diver ever to visit the site of RMS TITANIC in August 2000.

This expedition recovered 800 artifacts from nearly 4,000 metres deep. Rory’s dive was in a Russian submersible, and he left a memorial plaque on the wreck on behalf of the people from Cobh. He also spotted the main ship’s wheel which was recovered on the dive.

Rory returned in August 2005, leaving two more memorial plaques from Belfast on the ship. This expedition was broadcast as a documentary, “A Journey to Remember”, on BBC with Mike McKimm, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGoJMc7hXDA 

In July 2021, he was contracted by OceanGate Expeditions to be on the 2021 Titanic Survey Expedition as the on-board content expert. Other duties included assisting in the surface support dive ops and preparation of the revolutionary five-person carbon fibre TITAN submersible. In 2022, Rory returned for a second OceanGate expedition to the wreck site as a content expert and surface dive support coordinator (see https://youtu.be/UCwg2h7i4Ac) . He made his third dive to the ship during this trip.

Photos above and below show members of Balbriggan History Society with March guest speaker, Jim Bennett on the Story of Cricket In Fingal

“In our May talk, we return to a local topic as we welcome Jim Walsh who will host “Balscaddan Past and Present” said Bernie. This talk will take place on Wednesday, May 31at 8pm, also at the Bracken Court Hotel.

See www.balbrigganhistory.com or follow on social media https://www.facebook.com/BalbrigganHistoricalSociety/, twitter @Balbrigganhistsoc, Instagram @balbrigganhistoricalsociety

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