Oisre & Embarr

Oisre & Embarr

The name Embarr is an old Celtic word that means Imagination. Embarr was also the name of a magical horse (story below) that could run on the waves. Our boat Embarr is an Ex Royal Navy fleet tender that we have refitted with twin cabins, three bathrooms and an indoor kitting up room. she has a nitrox compressor which can fill notrox to 30%. She is an ideal base for your dive adventure on the South Coast of Ireland.

In Irish mythology, Niamh is one of the Queens of Tir na nÓg, (“Land of the Young”). It was believed to be a country where there is no sickness, old age, or death, where happiness lasted forever, and a hundred years was as one day. Tir na nÓg was said to be located somewhere off the south western coast of Ireland. It is said that Niamh crossed the Western Sea on a magical horse, Embarr, and asked Fionn mac Cumhail if his son Oisín would come with her to Tír na nÓg. Oisín agreed and went with her, promising his father he would return to Ireland to visit soon.

Oisín was a member of the Fianna and, though he fell in love with Niamh during their time together in Tír na nÓg, he became homesick after what he thought was three years and he wanted to return to visit Ireland. Niamh let him borrow Embarr, who could run above the Sea and the Ground, but she made him promise not to get off of the horse or touch Irish soil.

The three years Oisín spent in Tír na nÓg turned out to be 300 Irish years. When Oisín returned to Ireland, he asked where he could find Fionn mac Cumhail and the Fianna, only to find that they had been dead for hundreds of years and were now only remembered as legends. Whilst traveling through Ireland, Oisín was asked by some men to help them move a standing stone. He reached down to help them, but fell off Embarr. Upon touching the ground he instantly became an old man. Embarr returned across the sea to Tír na nÓg. Meanwhile, Niamh had given birth to Oisín daughter. When Embarr returned to Tír na nÓg Niamh knew that something had happened to Oisín she went to Ireland to search for him, but he had already died.

In Tír na nÓg or on Embarr nobody grow old, while we can’t stop you from growing old we will ensure that some of the magic associated with Embarr the horse lives on board our boat Embarr. On Embarr you will experience the mythical coast of the South West of Ireland and dive into a magical underwater world that will amaze even the most experienced scuba diver.