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The name Aoife is a Gaelic name given to female children.  There have been several famous Irish woman with this name and associated with Waterford.  It was Aoife the daughter of the Rí of Leinster that married Richard de Clare, known as Arc-Fort in Cambro-Norman or Strongbow in English, and joined the two branches of Viking descended peoples to form the people of Waterford in 1170.  In fact they were regarded at one time by the remainder of the Irish population as "foreigners".  The other Aoife, from more ancient times, is the stepmother of the children of Lir whom she turned into swans (an Irish story worth reading) and it is this Aoife that LÉ Aoife P22 is named after.  LÉ means 'Long Éireannach' or 'Irish Ship' and is the designation for all Irish Naval Service vessels.  LÉ Aoife P22 has a special relationship with Waterford and regularly fund raises for the Children's Ward of the Waterford Regional Hospital.  It therefore received orders from the Irish Government as the escort vessel for the Tall Ships Gathering at the Port of Waterford between June 30, 2011 to July 03, 2011 prior to the start of the Tall Ship Race series.

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