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This historic heritage ship, Naom Éanna, was the former Aran Islands ferry. For three decades operated CIÉ's passenger and livestock three-hour ferry service between Galway City and the Aran Islands. The 438 grt vessel is the oldest surviving example of an Irish ship completed using riveted-hull construction techniques, having been launched in 1958 as yard No. 176. It is also said to be 'one of the last riveted ships built in the world'. She appeared in many TV documentaries which depicted the unique way of life of the islanders and the only main form of a lifeline with the mainland. In 1988 she was withdrawn from Galway Bay service, having failed new safety conditions introduced. The ferry is now been moved to grand canal dock and is waiting for its future and hopefully being saved.
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