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Taking to the water: Currachs on Carlingford Lough

Taking to the water: Currachs on Carlingford Lough

Carlingford Lough Heritage Trust
Carlingford Lough Heritage Trust

This blog documents how one man, a member of a group of Irish-language enthusiasts, inspired by a programme he saw on TG4, sought to instill new momentum into his Ciorcal Comhrá, by involving the group in a whole new project, that of building and sailing a currach, in an area where there was no tradition of such.

Neville McCann, Omeath, Co. Louth, a skilled maker of traditional Celtic harps, however with no experience of building currachs, Googled how to do it. Working with a plan of a Dunfanaghy currach that he found online, the team carried out the project through the medium of the Irish language. The project led to a new vessel, new vocabulary, and new friends in currachs from along the East Coast including Warrenpoint in Northern Ireland.

Currachs on Carlingford Lough

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