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Royal Irish Yacht Club

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Royal Irish Yacht Club
LocationDún Laoghaire Harbour, County Dublin

The Royal Irish Yacht Club is a yacht club located in Dún Laoghaire Harbour, County Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Republic of Ireland. The club was founded in 1831, with the Marquess of Anglesey, who commanded the cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo being its first Commodore. John Skipton Mulvany designed the clubhouse, which still retains a number of original architectural features since being opened in 1851.[1]


The Royal Irish Yacht Club was founded in 1831 in Kingstown (later renamed Dún Laoghaire), Ireland. In that same year, the club was granted an ensign by the Admiralty of a white ensign with the Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Ireland beneath the Union Jack in canton.[2] In the club's constitution, it was unique amongst yacht clubs in that it required yacht owners to provide the club's commodore with information about the coast and any deep sea fisheries they encountered on all of their voyages.[3] In 1846, the club was granted permission to use the Royal prefix by Queen Victoria.[4] The club built a new clubhouse in 1851.[1] Despite the Republic of Ireland breaking away from the United Kingdom, the Royal Irish Yacht Club elected to retain its Royal title.[5][6][7]

In 1848, a yachting trophy called "Her Majesty's Plate" was established by Queen Victoria to be contested at Kingstown where the Royal Irish Yacht Club is based. The Lord Lieutenant of Ireland at the time, George Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon suggested it should be contested by the Royal Irish Yacht Club and the Royal St. George Yacht Club in an annual regatta,[4] a suggestion that was approved by both clubs with the Royal St. George hosting the first competitive regatta.[4]


Original ensign of the RIYC

The club's original British white ensign was granted by royal warrant in 1831. Though the Royal Irish Yacht Club later changed the ensign to remove the St George's Cross and replace the Union Jack with the flag of the Republic of Ireland in canton, the original ensign may still be used by British members of the Royal Irish Yacht Club.[8]

Notable former members[edit]

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  1. ^ a b "Derek Martin 1928-2017". Afloat. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  2. ^ Perrin, William (2013). British Flags; Their Early History and their Development at Sea, with an Account of the Origin of the Flag as a National Device. CUP archive. p. 138. ISBN 978-1313168175.
  3. ^ Douglas, James (1884). American Yachts: Their Clubs and Races. C. Scriber's & Sons. p. 6. ISBN 0342328549.
  4. ^ a b c "Royal Irish Yacht Club". Maritime Views. 28 July 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  5. ^ "British honours for Irish citizens". Irish News. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  6. ^ Kenny, Mary (2009). "60 Years on: the "Southern Unionists", the Crown and the Irish Republic". Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review. 98 (390). Jstor: 197–206. JSTOR 25660660.
  7. ^ "Police (Northern Ireland) Bill". Hansard. p. 237. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Royal Irish Yacht Club, Ireland". Flags of the World. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  9. ^ a b Frank McNally (7 April 2001). "Yacht club's moorings scuttled in Dun Laoghaire marina battle". Irish Times. Retrieved 5 March 2020.(subscription required)
  10. ^ "Royal Irish Y.C. Not Challenging.; Play on the Riverside Courts. Interesting Matches at Nyack". New York Times. 5 September 1907. Retrieved 5 March 2020.

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