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Club History Book

A comprehensive history of the club entitled, “A History of the Royal Cork Yacht Club” was recently published. This work was awarded the Book of the Year award by the Irish Printing Industry at their annual awards ceremony.

The book contains 480 pages, is generously sized at 320 x 235mm (13”x 9.5”) and weighs approximately 3kg (or 6 pounds). It is printed on high quality Munkin Pure 150gsm paper. Over 770 full colour images are included, all of them interesting, some of them stunning, most unique to the Royal Cork Yacht Club and have never been published before. Tony O’Hanlon, possibly Ireland’s leading graphic artist, created the layout and design.

This work is the culmination of some 14 years research by the club archivist Dermot Burns and the author Dr. Alicia St. Leger. Dr. St. Leger has B.A. and M.A. degrees in history from University College Cork and a Ph.D in modern history from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. She works as a historical researcher based in Cork.

“A History of the Royal Cork Yacht Club” by Dr. Alicia St. Leger.

A History of the Royal Cork Yacht Club was launched at a special ceremony on Saturday 28th May 2005 in the Boardroom of the Port of Cork Authority. This monumental undertaking was conceived, undertaken & driven by the Club Archivist, Dermot Burns over a period of 14 years.

It was researched and written by the eminent historian Dr Alicia St Leger whose publications include:

  • Silver Sails & Silk – Huguenots in Cork,
  • Gateway to the New World – the Story of Cobh
  • Youghal – Historic Walled Port.
  • The Joy of Achievement: History of Soroptimist International Club Cork
  • Melodies and memories: 150 years at Cork Opera House

Designer Tony O’Hanlon along with printers Nicholson & Bass ensured that this limited edition publication is a book that we can be proud of. Available only through the Royal Cork Yacht Club at a cost of €50.00, postage not included. You may order by contacting the Club Office at 00 353 21 4831023 or email