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Dawn Hynes and Charles Stewart

Dawn Hynes and Charles Stewart

Stephen Hamilton

Iain Masson (Credit: Tony Shanahan)

Iain Masson (Credit: Tony Shanahan)

Dawn Hynes

Dawn Hynes

Stephen Hamilton

Stuart Masson

Stuart Masson

Dawn Hynes

Dawn Hynes

Stephen Hamilton

Dawn Hynes from Kintra boat tours pictured with Charles Stewart at Ballycastle Harbour (Credit: Stephen Hamilton)

Dawn Hynes from Kintra boat tours pictured with Charles Stewart at Ballycastle Harbour (Credit: Stephen Hamilton)

Stephen Hamilton

Fisherman Stuart Mason with his boat at Kilkeel Harbour were it is getting repairs done to it (Credit: Peter Morrison)

Fisherman Stuart Mason with his boat at Kilkeel Harbour were it is getting repairs done to it (Credit: Peter Morrison)

Stuart Masson on board his boat Sapphire (Credit: Christopher Feenan)

Stuart Masson on board his boat Sapphire (Credit: Christopher Feenan)

Stuart Masson on board Sapphire (Credit: Christopher Feenan)

Stuart Masson on board Sapphire (Credit: Christopher Feenan)

Kenny McGowan in his role as USV Pilot for XOCEAN

Kenny McGowan in his role as USV Pilot for XOCEAN

Dawn Hynes

Dawn Hynes

Stephen Hamilton

Fisherman Stuart Mason with his boat at Kilkeel Harbour were it is getting repairs done to it (Credit: Peter Morrison)

Fisherman Stuart Mason with his boat at Kilkeel Harbour were it is getting repairs done to it (Credit: Peter Morrison)

Fisherman Stuart Masson with his boat at Kilkeel Harbour were it is getting repairs done to it (Credit: Peter Morrison)

Fisherman Stuart Masson with his boat at Kilkeel Harbour were it is getting repairs done to it (Credit: Peter Morrison)

Kenny McGowan completing a safety drill while working for Windcat Workboats

Kenny McGowan completing a safety drill while working for Windcat Workboats

Iain Masson (Credit: Tony Shanahan)

Iain Masson (Credit: Tony Shanahan)

Fisherman Stuart Mason with his boat at Kilkeel Harbour were it is getting repairs done to it. Picture by Peter Morrison

Fisherman Stuart Mason with his boat at Kilkeel Harbour were it is getting repairs done to it. Picture by Peter Morrison

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Dawn Hynes and Charles Stewart

The lady behind Northern Ireland’s largest sightseeing passenger ship, Kintra II, followed in her grandfather’s footsteps to work on boats.

Dawn Hynes (35) is an environmental scientist, the only female MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) boat master and RYA (Royal Yachting Association) advanced powerboat instructor working in Northern Ireland. Dawn, along with her partner, Charles Stewart, launched Kintra II in May, offering trips to discover the North Coast by water, departing from Ballycastle Harbour daily during the summer months.


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