Des Branigan was an extraordinary individual who achieved great things as a seaman, trade unionist, archaeological diver and maritime historian. This exhibition conveys a man who was deeply interested in helping people and lobbying for important causes such as working conditions, anti-apartheid and maritime law. His role in bringing one of the RMS Leinster anchors to Dún Laoghaire forms part of his fascinating story. Also included is the Des Branigan maritime book collection (over 1,000 items) donated to dlr LexIcon in 2016 and catalogued in time for the launch of this exhibition. This exhibition is supported by Creative Ireland.
‘I have spent over 60 years in, on or under the sea!’ Des Branigan