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Currachs were used in the modern period for fishing, for ferrying and for the transport of goods and livestock, including sheep and cattle.

The first settlers, after coming across Europe, settled in the northern part of Ireland possibly arriving in boats much like the currach, about 30ft in length. Such constructions are not therefore primitive, transitional concepts, but can be the basis of sophisticated and well-adapted design solutions. The stern is surmounted by double half-hoops which could support a covering. The forestay is shown as passing over a small fork above the yardarmwhich supports a square sail: Synge’s “The Aran Island’s” pp.

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

These may have survived into twentieth century; there is a reference to a “currick” in the Banffshire Journal In construction, a series of britlsh markers were sunk into the ground at definite distances apart.

Why should we celebrate the Irish? Light, seaworthy and extremely manoeuvrable they also have an astonishing load capacity.

That was the time for the Chasse-Maree to propose a great challenge, up to the new ambitions of this movement; in other words, to rebuild, in every harbour in the country, a sailing boat or ship representative of the local tradition, whether new building cpracles restoration. And that is how a huge movement of research was put into place all along the French shore: Currently there are few full-time currach builders.

For its partin anr, the association Treizour from Douarnenez – which since had collected, at its own expense, nearly traditional boats which were about to disappear all along the French coast- opened the Musee du Bateau boat museum which some years later was to become the Museum Harbour of Douarnenez, well known today. During this period the Nautical Research Society of London, well aware of the urgent need to actsent a naval architect named P.


The western carvel tradition: Kerry currachs had a reputation for elegance and speed. Well different currachs are used for different purposes. Powered by Movable Type Pro.

Currach Races

The currach has traditionally been both a sea boat and a vessel for inland waters. Cattle raids by the early Irish against Britain were successful thanks to the extraordinary qualities of skin boats. My information will not be shared with any third party see our Privacy Statement – opens in a new window. The shower had passed over and the wind had fallen, but large, magnificently brilliant waves were rolling down on us at right angles to our course. Winning in a racing currachs is all about skill, stamina, strength and a measure of good luck In it built 6 local fishing currachs of the West Clare design over a two year period involving up to 35 men and women on the Loophead peninsula.

Albany,NY bringing 8 rowers to Barcelona to race in their St. British Coracles and Corqcles Currachs Hornell, gives us an overall view of the currach situation prior to World War ll. The Cyrrachs currach closely resembled that of the Aran Islands.

This was constructed first, followed by the upper frame, and the thwarts were then nailed into place. The Nordic clinker tradition: He had almost succeeded, when there was a crash and rush of water round us. The prow and stern are not nearly as steep as the Aran currach.

Less preoccupied with the rigour of historical analyses and descriptions than driven by an ambitious will for overall understanding of the main themesof technical evolution, this disciple of Leroi- Gourhan outlined a true general theory of rig evolution, whose novelty and relevance have not always curracs sufficiently noticed on an international scale. Materials from local, regenerative resources add cudrachs a low embodied energy value and environmental footprint of the boats.

How can this absolute lack of interest by French researchers on such a vast and fascinating subject be explained? These boats are constantly mentioned in literature. Indeed, unlike their Welsh equivalent, the corwgl or coracle, Irish currachs with the exception of the Tory Island type, a recent development are irisb built upside down, starting with the gunwale.


Since some years we have been travelling around Ireland, visiting coves and creeks, meeting people, admiring boats and craft, buying and reading many old and recent books.

Lightweight frame and cloth structures are often used for objects for transit, from tents and yurts to early aircraft. This vessel is described as being able to carry 30 armed men at a time. As it did so, the stern in its turn was thrown up, and both the steersman, who let go his oar and clung with both hands to the gunnel, and myelf, were lifted high up above the sea. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

In a fine gentleman, named James Hornell, wandered around the coast of ireland documenting the various types of canvas covered boats being used at that time. Something new; this work was collective. While this may present an over-simplified picture, a common underlying design principle is certainly evident. The curagh reared up, swaying and trembling for a moment, and then fell safely into the furrow.

Currachs – Aran Isles

Douarnenez sardine lugger – to a pattern britihvery interesting because of her original rig and her nautical qualities, and whose last examples had disappeared for over half a century. The Voyage of Bran ends “from that hour his wanderings are not known”. It is fair to assume that the skeleton-built skin boat tradition, one of the four principal roots of boat building, originates in the Upper Palaeolithic period. How many French ethnologists, at loss for a thesis subject, have turned their attention to the cultural treasure represented by Boshiman pottery or traditional basket-weaving from the Sao Paoulo suburbs, while a few steps away from their holiday beaches rot the corzcles of a civilisation scorned, ignored, ephemeral, already forgotten.