In 2000, Rory Golden became the first Irish diver to visit the site of RMS Titanic. He was a member of an expedition that recovered 800 artefacts from depths approaching 4,000 meters. His dive was in a Russian submersible, and he left a memorial plaque on the wreck on behalf of the people of Ireland. He also spotted the main ship’s wheel which was then recovered. He returned in 2005; the expedition was broadcast as a BBC documentary.
After being MD of Virgin Records Ireland for 15 years, Golden founded his own company, Flagship Scubadiving Ltd. It supplies and services diving and specialized marine equipment to state agencies, coastguards, armed forces divers, and search & recovery teams.
Golden is a member of the Explorers Club, Vice Chair of its Great Britain and Ireland Chapter, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. He has spoken at a variety of venues and events, including a 15 date UK tour, Irish and UK dive shows, maritime museums, schools and colleges, and after-dinner functions.
As a break from diving, Golden climbed Mont Blanc and Kilimanjaro, made a tandem freefall parachute jump from 13,500 feet for charity, and set up Ireland’s first inland dive center in a flooded slate quarry.
Listen to Golden at and&, and hear how the spirit of exploration drives forward science and technology.