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Published 02/09/2015 | 02:30

Petty Officer Sean Barrett with his daughter Mairead (20 months) beside the LÉ James Joyce after the Naming and Commissioning Ceremony in Dun Laoghaire
Petty Officer Sean Barrett with his daughter Mairead (20 months) beside the LÉ James Joyce after the Naming and Commissioning Ceremony in Dun Laoghaire

The captain and crew of Ireland's newest naval vessel have got a special dividend from the Government decision to name it after Ireland's most celebrated novelist, James Joyce.

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At the formal naming of the ship in Dún Laoghaire yesterday, the acclaimed writer's grand-nephew, Bob Joyce, presented them with a special limited edition copy of the first Irish edition of 'Ulysses', which was numbered 62 out of a total of just 100 copies printed.

Family and friends of the crew mingled with the great and good of the Irish armed forces and politics at the ceremony.

The vessel's commander, Lieutenant Commander Brian Dempsey, and his colleagues took formal control of the new boat, which is the second of three new vessels for the Irish Navy.

Irish Independent

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