L.É. Roisín P 51

L.É. ROISÍN (the first of the Roisín class of vessel) was built in Appledore Shipyards in the UK for the Naval Service. Naval Service engineers stood by her construction at all stages. She was built to a design that optimises her patrol performance in Irish waters (which are the roughest in the world), all year round. For that reason a greater length overall (78.8m) was chosen, giving her a long sleek appearance and allowing the opportunity to improve the conditions onboard for her crew. Onboard facilities include more private accommodation, a gymnasium and changing /storage areas for boarding teams 

Officer Commanding LÉ Róisín

Lieutenant Commander Claire Murphy joined the Naval Service in 2004 as a direct entry officer having previously worked in the Merchant Navy. She assumed command of L.É. RÓISÍN in October 2017. During her career to date Lt Cdr Murphy has served at sea as Navigation Officer L.É. RÓISÍN & Executive Officer L.É. AISLING & L.É. AOIFE.

Ashore she has served as a recruit training officer in the Naval College, Contracts Officer within Main Technical Stores and most recently, in Seamanship & Comms Training within the Naval College.

Lieutenant Commander Murphy is a graduate of the Cork Institute of Technology where she studied Nautical Science. She also completed a Batchelor of Business & Supply Chain Management,  Senior Command Studies within the National Maritime College and a Post Grad Diploma in Guidance and Counselling in Dublin City University.

Lieutenant Commander Murphy is a sports fan with a keen interest in Rugby, she currently plays for Youghal Ladies Team. She is also interested in surfing and reading.

Lieutenant Commander Murphy is originally from Douglas in Cork.

Ships Name

Róisín or Róisín Dúbh, though now usually portrayed as an allegory for Ireland, was probably one of the daughters of Red Hugh O’Neill, Earl of Tyrone in the late 16th Century. Like many young noble women of the time, she was married several times while quite young. One marriage was probably to Hugh O’Donnel, Earl of Tyconnell and another to O’Cahain of Innishowen. Such Dynastic marriages were not unusual and under Irish law, marriage was a purely secular matter and the church had no real involvement in it.
The poem Róisín Dúbh is one of those poems of which almost everyone has heard but very often few actually read. It is almost certainly a love poem to a real woman, not to an abstraction of idealised womanhood or an allegory of the country. Such poems were not unusual particularly in the 18th and 19th centuries, but the language of ‘Róisín Dúbh’ is quite different. The other poems tend to express admiration for the beauty and courage of the lady being eulogised but they never express the sense of lust that comes across in the poem.

Significant History 

Ships Charity

Children's Ward Cork University Hospital


Adopted Port


Ships Information

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