SEA STORIES: Transition Year students from St Brigid’s were treated to a talk from Honor Murphy, Petty Officer in the Irish Naval Service.

By Michelle Crean

Transition Year students from St Brigid’s Secondary School were treated to a talk with a difference last week – about life at sea.

The girls were fortunate enough to have a very informative talk delivered by Honor Murphy, Petty Officer in the Irish Naval Service.

Honor spoke of the role of the naval service within the Irish Defence Forces such as maritime defence, fishery protection, contraband interdiction duties and search and rescue. She also spoke of the recruitment process and the qualifications and training required to apply, explained Transition Year student Saoirse Coffey.

“It was intriguing to hear of Honor’s varied life on board the ship, working in the communications branch. It is evident that determination and good team work skills are essential.” She added that Honor shared some entertaining stories from her time as Petty Officer.

“She recently returned a yacht to its owner after he had suffered from a heart attack four months prior and had to be airlifted to the hospital. The boat was discovered with a sticky note explaining how to turn on the engine!
“While I’m not sure we all found our sea legs it was certainly interesting to hear about life in the Irish Naval Service.”