Indian-born British explorer Tim Severin arrived in Newfoundland, Canada in a cow hide boat Brendan having sailed from Dingle in County Kerry in May 1976 and wintered in Iceland.
Ella Shanahan reports on the arrival of the currach in Musgrave Harbour and speaks to Arthur Mangan, a photographer from Howth, the only Irish member of the crew on board. Arthur Mangan describes how they felt when the finally arrived on shore after 52 days at sea. The four man crew were given a tremendous welcome by a large crowd who helped celebrate their achievement.
Arthur Mangan describes one of the scariest times on the journey getting caught in a storm off the coast of Greenland. He says his happiest moment was seeing land.
Between 1976 and 1977, Severin and his crew sailed 4,500 miles recreating the legendary journey of Saint Brendan the Navigator in the sixth century, and to prove the theory that Saint Brendan could have discovered America 400 years before Columbus.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 27 June 1977. The reporter is Ella Shanahan.