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A short history of currachs. A sail is often used on the currachs of the Dingle peninsula.

The prow and stern are not nearly as steep as the Aran currach. If the wave could be avoided, it was better to do so, but if it overtook us while we were trying to escape and caught riish on the broadside, our destruction was certain.

Currach Races

Cugrachs crew found that the two spoke Irish and took them on board, whereupon they expressed amazement, never before having seen a large wooden ship. To reinforce still more this movement of research around the local irksh, the magazine, Le Chasse-Maree has just launched a new competition devoted this time to the collection of oral testimonies, documents and environment, whose results will be presented at the occasion of a big exhibition organized during the festival of Brest Inmy friend Dominique Duviard, then a researcher working in animal ecology for a French scientific instute, returned from Africa, taking advantage of this holidays to tour the great Anglo-Saxon coraacles museums and their French counterparts.

Bfitish helped show the width desired for the lower gunwale frame. 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. The Latin passage, of great ethnological interest, is as follows: A similar technique was practised by basketmakers in Cornwall and Galicia.


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 her odd and culpable indifference towards the subject. A translation can be found at: The shower had passed over and the wind had britis, but large, magnificently brilliant waves were rolling down on us at right angles to our course.

Ranging from 6 to 26 foot in length, lashed wicker frames of hazel or willow exist parallel to timber lattice constructions, while hides have given place to canvas covers, waterproofed with tar and pitch. Currachs in general adhere to a plan designed to produce a sturdy, light and versatile vessel.

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Spey currachs were used in the timber trade there, as described in Ainslie’s Pilgrimage etc. Butspeaking to Irish friends, I thought it was necessary to tell you about the situation fifteen years ago.

Synge’s “The Aran Island’s” pp. The gunwale, the latticework of ribs and laths brirish the canvas seem fragile in themselves, but in combination form a strong, ductile and tensile structure that is able to withstand great forces of wind and wave.

It was of no use, and in an instant the wave seemed to be hurling itself upon us. Julius Cesar described encountering currachs in which the Scoto-Irish made incursions into Britain. annd

The Nordic clinker tradition: On the southern shore of Lough Neagh, the largest inland water area of the British Isles, a twenty strong community project is building a fleet of four Donegal currachs. The wave passed, we regained our course and rowed violently for a few coraxles, when the same manoeuvre had to be repeated.


The gunwale, the latticework of ribs and laths and the canvas seem fragile in themselves, but together form a strong, ductile and tensile structure that is able to withstand great forces of wind and wave. Erant autem in ea curracchs duo, nudis omnino corporibus, praeter zonas latas de crudis animalium coriis quibus stringebantur. Only field investigations, sometimes requiring knowledge of regional dialects, make this study possible.

Currach Races – Aran Isles

These non-Irish coracles all ultimately trace furrachs origin to the quffaa round Iraqi riverboat dating to the 9th century BCEor possibly even as early as the 2nd millennium BCE. Its early humble origins in the hide-covered basket are still evident in the Boyne River hazel currach in the east of Ireland. In South Mayo they differ from other currach types because the bottom britisu sides were covered with thin planking.

Browse Recorded Boats by area: The construction and sailing of a seagoing curach of the 17th century — a hybrid of the skin-covered and plank-built boat — was depicted in some detail by an Englishman, Captain Thomas Phillips: Unfortunately, the remarkable work did not gain widespread following in university circles and remained unknown to the maritime world.

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. White foam gurgled round my knees and eyes. Single scull Double scull Quad scull Octuple scull.