Friday, 6 August 2010

Currach making and racing

Time Lapse of Kilkee Boat Club Building a Currach

"The construction and design of the currach is unique to the west coasts of Ireland and Scotland, with variations in size and shape by region. It is referred to as a naomhóg in counties Cork and Kerry and as a 'canoe' in West Clare. It is related to the Welsh coracle, but can in fact cover far larger craft than the Welsh version. The traditional all wooden rowing boat found on the west coast of Connacht is also called a Currach or Currach Adhmaid 'wooden Currach' Its style of construction is very similar to the canvas covered Currach. A larger version of this is known as a Bád Iomartha." Posted on Youtube on the 14th of May 2010 by munsterimages .

Racing currachs off Inis Meain, off the coast of County Clare.

"Men and women of Aran brave the Atlantic ocean for the annual inter-island currach races which took place in tricky conditions with a stiff breeze blowing in the first weekend of August, 2008. These are specially made racing boats, unlike the heavier currachs used by fishermen around the islands. They ride high in the water and as they have no rudder must be steered by the oars. This presents a tremendous challenge to those on the oars as the breeze can push the high-prowed boats quickly off course. Winning in a racing currachs is all about skill, stamina, strength and a measure of good luck..." Posted on Youtube on the 15th of June 2009 by AranIslesMedia.

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