Michael Martin was born in Dublin in 1958 and although late to academic third level education, had another professional career spanning 23 years service in the Irish Navy and self employment since retirement in 1997. He is a graduate of University College Cork and undertook part of his doctorate studies as a visiting scholar at University California at Berkeley. He is the author of 3 books and two DvDs on different historical topics and penned the very popular souvenir booklet “Titanic Trail (Cobh Queenstown)

Having joined the Naval Service in 1975 he rose through the ranks to become the youngest ever person in Ireland’s Navy to be promoted into the rank of Warrant Officer at the age of 29 in 1987. During his Naval career a large number of courses were undertaken in a variety of areas including an apprenticeship, instructors courses, military and sea training, and a short advanced course on Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence with the Royal Navy in Portsmouth.

His service included deployment ashore and afloat and also a voluntary peacekeeping tour of duty as a member of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon. In 1989 Michael Martin played a leading role in the efforts to attain the right of association for serving members of Ireland’s Army, Navy and Air Corps. During the lengthy negotiations that eventually followed with representatives of the government, he was the lead negotiator and strategist.

When legislation and regulations were finally enacted he was the first in the history of the Irish State to be elected to the position of General Secretary of the newly formed statutory representative body for members of the Irish armed forces. In the course of this career meetings would have taken place at the highest level of Government. His book, published in October 2016 entitled ‘Breaking Ranks, the shaping of civil-military relations in Ireland’ details the emergence of these representative bodies.

Articles and Publications

  • (Dublin, 1988)
  • (Dublin, 1989)
  • (Dublin, 1991)
  • (Dublin, 1991).
  • (Dublin, 1991)
  • (Dublin, 1992)
  • (Dublin, 1992)
  • (Dublin, 1992)
  • (Dublin, 1993)
  • (South Lebanon, 1995)
  • (Cobh, 2001)
  • (Dublin, 2007)
  • (Dublin, 2014)
  • (Dublin, 2016)

Awards

2014

Finalist in Cork Business person of the Year

2012

Made ‘Titanic 100 Ambassador’ for the town of Cobh and the centennial commerorative events

2007

Joint recipient of the John A Murphy Memorial Prize for best dissertation on an Irish history topic.

2007

Awarded College of Arts, Celtic studies and Social Sciences Designated PhD Scholarship 2007/2008

2005

Received Cobh Mayor’s Award (overall winner) in recognition of promotional work for the town.

2003

Conferred with certificate of honorary citizenship of Baltimore USA by Mayor O’Malley.

Involvement by invitation on radio and television documentaries

  • (Dublin, 1988)
  • (Dublin, 1989)
  • (Dublin, 1991)
  • (Dublin, 1991).
  • (Dublin, 1991)
  • (Dublin, 1992)
  • (Dublin, 1992)
  • (Dublin, 1992)
  • (Dublin, 1993)
  • (South Lebanon, 1995)
  • (Cobh, 2001)
  • (Dublin, 2007)
  • (Dublin, 2014)
  • (Dublin, 2016)

Choose From Eight Different Tours

Image is not available
The Titanic Trail
The original daily operated Titanic Trail guided walking tour has been steadfastly enthralling thousands of visitors since 1998. Highly recommended by critics and filmed by multiple travel and documentary tv programmes. Unmissable if you are in Cobh. Duration 1 hour
Image is not available
Cobh Ghost Tour
Learn the fascinating dark stories of Cobh and its twilight folklore. Haunted buildings, ghostly apparitions and timeless stories related on this 1 hour walk through the darkened streets of the town.
Image is not available
Titanic Train Day Excursion
The Titanic Train Day Excursion takes the visitors on a journey from Cork to Cobh along the same rail line used by original Titanic passengers in 1912. On arrival guests take the Titanic Trail Guided Walking tour, receive a copy of the Titanic Trail booklet and return to Cork by train with their own rail ticket. Plenty of time for leisure and exploring the town after tours.
Image is not available
Cobh Cultural Tour
Combination of the Titanic Trail guided walking tour and visit to the renowned Queenstown Story Heritage Centre
Image is not available
Titanic Insights Tour
A combination the Titanic Trail Guided Walking tour followed by admission to the Titanic Experience museum, housed in the original White Star Line Building from where passengers departed on April 11th 1912
Image is not available
Titanic Centenary Tour
Titanic Centenary Tour. In addition to the amazing Titanic Trail, this tour includes a package of one of Fr Browne's Titanic Album prints and a copy of the Titanic Trail souvenir booklet.
 previous arrow
next arrow
Slider