L.É. Niamh P 52
L.É. NIAMH (the second of the Róisín class) was built in Appledore Shipyard in the UK for the Naval Service. She is an improved version of her sister ship, L.É.ROISIN and Naval Service engineers stood by her construction at all stages. She is built to the successful RóisÁn design that optimises her patrol performance in Irish waters (which are among the roughest in the world), year round. For that reason a greater length overall (78.8m) was chosen, giving her a long sleek appearance.
One of Niamh’s most notable episodes was her deployment to Asia in 2002, which was the first ever visit of an Irish warship to that part of the world and included official visits to China, Japan, Korea and Malaysia, together with a refuelling stop in India and a UN resupply visit to Irish Troops based in Eritrea.
There are many references to Niamh in Irish mythology however the best known is Niamh Chinn Oir, the daughter of Ri na nOg. She was in love with Oisin, the son of Fionn Mac Cumhaill. One morning Niamh rode on a white horse to Loch Lein near Kerry where she persuaded Oisin to return to Tir na nOg.
On arriving in Tir na nOg Oisin was greeted by Ri na nOg and was told that he would enjoy everlasting life and perpetual youth. Niamh and Oisin married and had three children, Fionn, Oisin and Plur na mBan.
St. Munchin's neo-natal Hospital Limerick.
This ship is classed as a Large Patrol Vessel.
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