The 2019 OCC Irish Dinner in Kinsale

The 2019 OCC Irish Dinner in Kinsale

70 members and friends gathered in County Cork to attend various functions during a thoroughly enjoyable weekend of camaraderie!

By Mike Hodder - 31/10/2019

The sun shone gloriously on the OCC Irish Dinner weekend in Kinsale, Co. Cork. The town was alive for the bank holiday and 25th-28th October is Jazz Weekend in Cork so there was music, and plenty of it, wherever you went!

I picked Kinsale as the venue, rather than my own port of Crosshaven as members may well be attending the 300th anniversary of the Royal Cork YC in Crosshaven next year so a change of venue for this year seemed justified. It could not have been a better choice.

Heleen and Nigel Lindsay-Fynn very generously opened their beautiful home to all who wanted to go for coffee on Saturday morning. It was a lovely start to the day. We walked from there to the nearby Historical Monument of Charles Fort. A guided tour had been organized and we enjoyed discovering the history of this amazing place. The views down over the harbour in the sunshine just added to the experience. After a short walk to the nearest watering hole, The Bulman, we had a lovely lunch and got to know each other a bit better. I was particularly impressed with members Mona and Arne Roseth who had come from Norway, Francoise and Christopher Elliott from France, and Emily Nicklin and Jack Callahan from America. What dedication and support they showed in coming all that way!

The evening festivities started in the Kinsale YC for drinks, organized by Flor Long the local Port Officer. We then crossed the road to The Trident Hotel where 63 people sat down to a wonderful meal. I welcomed everyone to the event, particularly those who had travelled so far, and also guests and new members. I then introduced the Regional Rear Commodore for Ireland Alex Blackwell who thanked Mike Hodder for organizing the event and spoke a bit about the 300 celebrations next year in Crosshaven. He then introduced his wife and Vice Commodore Daria Blackwell. Daria was given a very warm welcome and she spoke eloquently about the organization, however, she had to battle with being heard above the sound of jazz coming from the bar below!

Sunday morning itinerary started with coffee in The Trident followed by a presentation given by Eddie Nicholson and Mike Hodder on the trip they had done on Mollihawk’s Shadow in 2014 from Newfoundland to Disko Bay, Greenland, through Prinz Christian Sund at the Southern tip of Greenland, and back to Kinsale. This was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended and the voluntary collection raised 115 euro for the local RNLI.

After lunch, there was a visit to the Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum near the Old Head Lighthouse. The manager, Finbarr, gave us a very informative guided tour. The weather was good to us again and the views from the top of the Tower were incredible. A quick stop at The Memorial Garden of Remembrance on the way back to Kinsale finished off the day nicely. This garden has a tree planted in memory of every fireman who died at the 9/11 disaster in New York and is a little-known place in Kinsale.

Those staying in Kinsale still had an evening of jazz to look forward to but it was the end of the OCC celebrations. An enjoyable weekend was had by all and an email from one of the guests asked could he please join. He said he would be honoured to be part of such an organization. I have been honoured to be involved with the organization of this event. So many members offered help and came from far and wide to attend. I hope I meet up with them all again soon.

Particularly a word of thanks to Daria and Alex Blackwell, none of this would have happened without their encouragement, help and support.


Photo: The group gathered at the Lindsay-Fynn's home overlooking Kinsale Harbour. (Credit: Alex Blackwell) More photos are posted in a gallery on this website. Follow the link below.


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