IS&BF Proposed quay for Guinness Barges 

Irish Ship & Barge Fabrication Co Ltd specialise in the development of high quality heritage maritime holdings. We locate heritage vessels and identify unique and exciting modern uses for these valuable craft. Having located the craft and created a function for it we then approach investors to finance and in some cases operate the new floating businesses.

MV Riasc, Grand Canal
MV Riasc, Grand Canal

MV CillAirne, River Liffey
MV CillAirne, River Liffey

We are just completed a wonderful ship built in 1960 in Liffey Dockyard for her new use as a Restaurant, Cafe Bar and Maritime museum. The 3.5 Million Euro investment has seen the ship restored to her original 1960s condition. Recently we have received planning permission for a home marina for four Guinness heritage steam barges on the River Liffey.Other future projects involve a decommissioned warship as a holistic healing centre, gym, creche and market place, a lightship refitted as a performing arts theatre and a Dutch Rhine barge for tourist accommodation. We are also working on creating a comprehensive national maritime SeaPort in Cork; a seaport that will eventually house over twenty large and small working heritage vessels with specific interest to visitors of the city, a city with such a proud maritime heritage.

This marks an exciting turning point in the interaction between Irish urban dwellers and the sea. These are the first marine heritage preservation projects of their kind in this country, highlighting a fresh interest in the preservation of Irelands sadly ignored maritime heritage. The ship and barges have special significance to Dubliners as many of the Liffey Dockyard workers who built and trained on the vessels are still active in the maritime sector today!
Spike Island
Spike Island