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I felt as if I had been struck upon the back with knotted ropes. Today attention is drawn to their value as leisure craft as they are refreshingly different from the slick and expensive cruisers that dominate — and often pollute — our coastline. Navigatio sancti Brendani abbatis.

Currach Races

Ipsi vero cuncta quae ibi videbant tanquam nova admirari coeperunt. In the annual London Great River Race, [27] Currachs have regularly performed outstandingly in the Overall rankings fastest boat on handicapnotably in[28][29] and Legendary protagonists like Bran, St.

A translation can be found at: Detailed plans are available for Donegal currachs. It now remains to set up teaching and research structures in universities near the coasts which may extend and deepen the enormous volunteer work already achieved. And yet, this fragile vessel has been chosen not only by irieh mariners, but also countless generations of fishermen on the most treacherous seas of Europe.

Our country has known the same disdain from official circles for things maritime as the one evoked by John de Courcy in Ireland. Filled with consternation by the state of abandon of maritime heritage he observed along our coastlines – the Mimosa, the last French sailing tunnyman, though still in excellent condition, had just been destroyed – he could not hide his dismay at the indifference of official circles, dismay shared by many young people on the coasts at the time.


In Achill Island the currach is built with double gunwales. More than that of any other social group it is based on a set of rare knowledge, complex know-how and absolutely specific vocabulary.

Until then the only vessel used was the heavy wooden seine boatwhich required eight men to row it. How can we understand the eclipsing of of an entire segment of national heritage in a country with three thousand kilometers of coastline, whose maritime history is so prestigious, as we are told? The curagh reared up, swaying and trembling for a moment, and then fell safely into the furrow. But twenty years earlier, we read of bigger ones, in Shaw’s History of the Province of Moray Their stories, and those of their pre-Christian predecessors, fuelled the spirit of the imrama.

A short history of currachs. Currently there are few full-time currach builders. Future Community groups are forming throughout Ireland to re-kindle local maritime heritage and re-gain community access to the sea. To share their enthousiasm, these fanatics were then going to make every effort to organise traditional and classic boat gatherings. A large collection of photographs from the turn of the century was fully used as a documentary source for the first time.

A publishing policy was finally defined; in Jean le Bot was thus able to publish an initial synthesis on Bateaux des Cotes de la Bretagne Nord Boats of the North Brittany Coastbacked up by a series of plans taken from the particularly wellfurnished archives of a ship-builder in the River Rance region; but he gave his full measure in Bisquines de Cancale et Granville in providing a complete and rigorous study of of a truly spectacular sail fishing boat with which he was perfectly familiar.

Currach races are also performed at the Milwaukee Irish Fest. It seems to me that this example could be of interest for Ireland. Sustainability Currachs still have plenty to offer in our time and have great potential to contribute to a sustainable way of life. The Donegal Sea Currach is very similar to the Boyne Currach in construction and style although the two are produced on opposite coasts from each other.


From the seventeenth century Kinsale and Cork yachts to the last gaff-rigged Irish boats but this could be another book or a second volume.

I would have kneeled on my coast while steering the boat with irjsh oars, some men used a pad of heather to kneel on. The enjoyment of its making and use is beginning to be recognised, while its full potential for a sustainable future is yet to be discovered.

History of The Irish Currach | St. Joseph’s Secondary School | Our Irish Heritage

These boats are constantly mentioned in literature. Thwarts are fitted, with knees supplied as required. Early, large sea-going currachs may have been fitted with keels, however, as both Caesar’s Bello Civili and Adomnan’s seventh century Vita St Columba attest, and the very detailed drawing of a currach under construction by Thomas Phillips in supports this suggestion.

From that time on the number of restorations of traditional boats grew rapidly on our coasts. britosh

Currachs are flexible — moving with and giving way to these forces, reacting with rather than in opposition to them. My information will not be shared with any third party see our Privacy Statement – opens in a new window. The development of basic joining techniques in the Neolithic period would have allowed the construction of simple timber frames at that time.

From this growing passion emerged a strong conviction: