In May 1588, the Spanish Armada, the largest invasion fleet ever, set sail from Lisbon in Portugal.
Its purpose was to enforce a claim of Philip II of Spain to the English throne and to restore the Catholic faith to Protestant England.
Under the command to the Duke of Medina Sidonia, the Armada comprised 130 vessels of varying size, type, and nationality, with 29 453 men and 2 241 guns of all kinds.
It was supposed to rendezvous with land troops led by the Duke of Parma and proceed to invade England. Storms and English galleons scattered the unwieldy Armada and many of the ships were damaged or sunk in sea-battles.
The Irish coastline claimed many vessels and even crewmen that reached land were not guaranteed safety or continued life. Today, many wrecks still lie off the Irish coast and exercise a strange fascination for both locals and visitors alike.
Of the 130 Spanish ships that set out in 1588 to invade England, over 20 of them were wrecked off the North and West coasts of Ireland.
La Lavia and La Juliana Straw Boat Replicas This model in straw represents one of the three ships of the Spanish Armada that foundered on Streedagh Beach on 21st September 1588. It is the second of two, specially commissioned by the Celtic Fringe Festival to commemorate the tragic events that took place here over 400 … Continue reading Straw Boat Replicas