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The Jeanie Johnston Chronicle

Golden Miniature Replica
at Willy Darcy's Pub, Tralee

15th May, 2000
Jeanie Johnston

    When President McAleese received a gold replica of the Jeanie Johnston during her visit to Fenit last Sunday, little did she know that a similar replica is anchored behind the bar in Willie Darcy's Corner in The Square, Tralee.

    The replica is 12 inches long and covered in 24 carat gold leaf, on a wooden base. Peter Murphy, proprietor of Willie D'Arcy's told me that his brother-in-law, John Joe Somers is involved with the promotion of the Jeanie Johnston voyage in Boston. So last Sunday, when Eddie Barron of the Irish Cultural Exchange presented a golden replica to President McAleese, Peter also received one.

    According to Peter, the model at Willie D'Arcy's even outshines the silver replica presented to Bill Clinton. Last year during President Clinton's visit to Ireland, Dick Spring presented him with a silver replica made in Ireland. This gold version is made in America and so links up both sides of the Atlantic.

    Meanwhile down the coast at Fenit, rigging and work on fitting the cabins on the Jeanie Johnston moves swiftly. The amount of hand-made rope in the rigging is astonishing, as you can see from the picture below, taken this morning.

    I am still hoping to be granted an interview with Captain Mike Forwood. For the past 2 weeks he has been too busy with the business of readying Jeanie for her maiden voyage. If you would like to ask a question of him, please fill in your details on the short form below. I'll do my best to ask the question for you!(all fields required)

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The golden replica of the Jeanie Johnston
The 12 inch replica model of the Jeanie Johnston which is anchored at Willie D'Arcy's pub in Tralee. It is covered with 24 carat gold leaf.
Peter Murphy, proprietor of Willie D'Arcy's pub in Tralee, with the golden replica of the Jeanie Johnston. Peter Murphy and the replica outside his pub in Tralee
Jeanie at Fenit where work goes swiftly Work continues apace at Fenit on fitting Jeanie's cabins. You can see the crew member aloft checking the rigging. Morning of 15th May.
Naming Ceremony,
13th May
Famine Sculptures exhibition
10th June
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