Rory Golden

Rory Golden

Diver, Presenter, Explorer

Rory Golden became the first Irish diver to visit the site of RMS TITANIC, in August 2000. He was a member of an expedition that recovered 800 artefacts from nearly 4,000 metres. His dive took place in a MIR submersible, of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He brought a memorial plaque presented by Michael Martin, creator of the Titanic Trail, Cobh, to place on the wreck on behalf of the people of Ireland. He also spotted the main ship’s wheel which was recovered in the last fifteen minutes of his dive.

He returned in August 2005, leaving two more memorial plaques from Belfast alongside this one. This expedition to the deep was broadcast as a documentary, “A Journey to Remember”, on BBC, Northern Ireland. The trip to the seabed takes two and a half hours, with a total journey time of 12 hours.

MD of Virgin Records Ireland for 15 years, he founded his own business, Flagship Scubadiving Ltd, when he left the music industry after 25 years. This company supplies specialised equipment to Police, Navy, Army, Coast Guard, Civil Defence, Fisheries and Search + Recovery units.

He has been involved in diving since 1976, as instructor, commercial diver, as well as P.R.O. for the Irish Underwater Council, and a founder of the Irish Underwater Heritage Committee. He has climbed Mont Blanc and Kilimanjaro, did a tandem freefall parachute jump from 13,500 feet for the ISPCC children’s charity (never again!) and set up Ireland’s first inland dive centre in a flooded slate quarry in Portroe, Tipperary. He is a regular hiker in Wicklow and Connemara.

In March 2013 he was a member of the Bezos Expeditions F-1 Engine Recovery Project which recovered five Apollo Saturn F-1 rocket engines from 4200 metres in the North Atlantic, including the centre engine from Apollo 11. The team was awarded a Citation of Merit by the Explorers Club of New York, of which he is a member.

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