A new naval vessel has been formally commissioned at a ceremony in Galway. 

After an address by the Taoiseach at Galway Harbour this afternoon, the LÉ William Butler Yeats was officially named by a granddaughter of the poet, Caitriona Yeats. 

The formal commissioning followed, before Lieutenant Commander Eric Timon led the crew aboard.

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The LÉ William Butler Yeats replaces the LÉ Aisling in the naval fleet, after the latter was decommissioned last May.