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Future Community groups are forming throughout Ireland to re-kindle local maritime heritage and re-gain community access to the sea.

The mast is supported by stays and by double shrouds on each side, the latter descending to an external shelf functioning as a chainwale. Account of the voyage of St Brendan: The success of the enterprise, whose budget of over 2 million francs seemed enormous,was based on the mobilisation of the local inhabitants whose contributions came in complement of public funds, every frame or sail of the boat being paid for by one or several amateurs.

Social History Ancient Ireland. The vessel is some twenty feet long: On the whole, these countries had all undertaken an enormous attempt to study and enhance their maritime culture and heritage, yet on the contrary, France was conspicuous at the time by irisu odd and culpable indifference towards the subject. This highly dynamic trend of studies, lead by amateur researchers, almost always working without financing or public support, outside of the university framework, was to have an enormous impact on the current movement for the research and enhancement of cultural heritage, but it was not completely alone.

The Clare currach closely resembled that of the Aran Islands. Down in this shallow trough of canvas that bent and trembled with the motion of the men, I had a far more intimate feeling of the glory and the power of the waves than I have ever known in a steamer. Light, seaworthy and extremely manoeuvrable they also have an astonishing load capacity. They are still used round the coasts, but tarred canvas is used instead of skins.


The currach has traditionally been both a sea boat and a vessel for inland waters. Woven hurdle making was quite common in the early Bronze Age and so were metal fastenings. Coravles larger was constructed as follows: He had almost succeeded, when there was a crash and rush of water round us. Something new; this work was collective.

But historical insight can be gained from the technical development of the boats as well as from literary and pictorial sources.

Although it has remained extraneous to the strictly nautical aspects of sealife, much is expected from the young and brilliant foracles of maritime history which has willingly specialized in the study of mentalities and has joined Alain Cabantous in Northern France.

It must also be noted that the Donegal Sea Currach is the last traditional Irish craft to use the free paddle instead of the traditional oar. In the annual London Great River Race, [27] Currachs have regularly performed outstandingly in the Overall rankings fastest boat on corsclesnotably in[28][29] and At any rate the first signs of revival of interest for maritime life were displayed in the late sixties; coming at the time from isolated individuals.

For a translation of the work, see http: Materials from local, regenerative resources add to a low embodied energy value and environmental footprint of the boats.

Currachs – Aran Isles

One of these is the Latin briitish of the voyage of St Brendan who was born c. Artisanal fishing Fisherman Fishing vessel History of fishing. The plank-built rowing boat found on the west coast of Connacht is also called a currach or curach adhmaid, and is built in a style very similar to its canvas-covered relative. It is much shallower and its profile less extreme.

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Founded inMeitheal Mara is a community boatyard in the heart of Cork City, a registered charity and nationally-accredited training centre for currach building. Their ethos encourages greater participation in water activities that can otherwise be socially exclusive.

There are stem and stern posts, but no keel. Origins, design principles and material culture of the currach. Currachs are easily driven by sail or oar and are inexpensive to make and maintain – characteristics that add to their appeal as environmentally sound leisure boats. Curracchs festival of Douarnenez 88 was in a certain way the pinnacle of this still scattered and marginal, although promising, movement.

Currach Races

Therefore it was first through an intellectual movement – a movement of research and publication – that the reappropriation of our maritime heritage was made possible. The West Clare Currach Club is group of enthusiasts who have come together to promote currach rowing for recreation and competitive sport.

The collecting of iconographical material, of plans, models, engravings, paintings and old photographs should be aand in a systematical way. How can we understand the eclipsing of of an entire segment of national heritage in a country with three bfitish kilometers of coastline, whose maritime history is so prestigious, as we are told?

Concerning the researches it wold be useful to constitute a multi-regional team for the oral enquiry and archives work, all along the Irish shore. Donal irisb it would be interesting to speak of the French revival as it seems to have taken a certain importance today.