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Jellyfish near the Illyrian, Ireland dive site

Wreckage of the Illyrian, Ireland dive site

Diver swims through the boiler on the Illyrian, Ireland dive site

Sea scoprion on the Illyrian, Ireland dive site

Scuba Diving in Baltimore, County Cork, Ireland, Europe

Dive Site: The Illyrian

Location: 5126'N; 0929'W (Eastern side of Clear Island, County Cork, Ireland, Europe)

Description: 2967 ton steamer

Length: 119 metres (390 feet)

Depth: 5 - 23 metres (16 - 75 feet)

Visibility: 4 - 6 metres (13 - 20 feet)

Rating: **

The Illyrian is a very broken up steamer that sank in May 1884 after colliding with the cliffs in fog. Head in an easterly direction down the wall through the kelp to hunt for the boiler which is the highlight of this dive. On your way down look out for a large anchor and other parts of indistinguishable wreckage. The boiler is easy to miss in low visibility and we almost swam past it and only really came upon it by chance. It lies on its side and is approximately 2.5 metres in diameter. It is deteriorated enough to swim through and inside there are lots of small wrasse and seas scorpions. The dive can be ended either by heading to the 26 metre mark where there is another smaller boiler or by heading back up into the shallows before sending up a DSMB.

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