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A translation can be found at: Habebant etiam Hibernico more comas perlongas britiah flavas, trans humeros deorsum, corpus ex magna parte tegentes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Columba, describes the voyages of St. Adding a pair of wings to such a superstructure essentially makes a glider. On the southern shore of Lough Neagh, the largest inland water area of ieish British Isles, a twenty strong community project is building a fleet of four Donegal currachs.

Tar was used to seal the places where the skins joined. Most of the projects of reconstitution of a local boat type will be, we hope, at the origin of a different way of development for the small communities of the shore, as they arouse a qualitative tourism based on their maritime heritage amd on their own identity, and also on the respect of their environment, while giving an image cooracles dynamism and creativity which gathers the whole community.

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 maritime museums and their French counterparts. A short history of currachs.

The prow and stern are not nearly as steep as the Aran currach. The Aran islanders, like the Blasket islanders further south, were assiduous users of the currach. Fisheries and fishing topic areas. Hornell provides historic information and good descriptions and drawings of the various types.

Currachs – Aran Isles

They are used still round the coasts, but tarred canvas is employed instead of skins. Woven hurdle making was quite common in currrachs early Bronze Age and so were metal fastenings. They were designed thus because znd was scarce along the coastal region. 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: Further north in Mayo, their oars were pivoted between two thole pins.


It uses a gently curving bow and stern which makes it abd to use. Today attention is drawn to their value as leisure craft as they are refreshingly different from the slick and expensive cruisers that dominate – and often pollute – our coastline.

In ancient Ireland, boats gave rise to a whole category of literature: Thereafter they disappeared except at the seaward end of the Shannon Estuary.

Light, seaworthy and extremely manoeuverable they also had an astonishing load capacity. These may have survived into twentieth century; there is a reference to a “currick” in the Banffshire Journal From that time on the number of restorations of traditional boats grew rapidly on our coasts. My information will not be shared with any third party see our Privacy Statement – opens in a new window.

So, one of the reasons for my coming to Glandore, beyond the great pleasure of attending the summer university and the regattas, is to make an appeal: A 17th-century account in Latin by Philip O’Sullivan Beare of the Elizabethan wars in Ireland includes a description of two currachs built in haste to cross the River Shannon.

Light, seaworthy and extremely manoeuvrable they also have an astonishing load capacity. I enjoyed the passage.

Currach Races

Its early humble origins in the hide-covered basket are still evident in the Boyne River hazel currach in the east of Ireland. In the modern period it did not reach Kerry in the southwest of Ireland until the late 19th century c.

The curagh reared up, swaying and trembling for a moment, and then fell safely into the furrow. The festival of Douarnenez 88 was in a certain way the pinnacle of this still scattered and marginal, although promising, movement. Early, large sea-going currachs may have been fitted with keels, however, as both Caesar’s Bello Civili and Adomnan’s seventh century Vita St Columba attest, and the very detailed drawing of a currach under construction by Thomas Phillips in supports this suggestion.


Views Read Edit View history. Currachs are made of wooden slats which are then covered in several layers of tar. In medieval annals, skin boats had a reputation for a less spiritual purpose. 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.

Another one in French.

Originally they would have been covered in hide. Besidesthe reconstitutions of new boats, often leaning on local associations organising festivals and encouraged by the magazine Le Chasse-Mareespread along the coast.

The Aran islanders, like the Blasket islanders further south, were assiduous users of the curach. It should be noted that the author, when presenting his thesis to a jury whose members included some of the greatest names in French ethnology, paid homage to the approach which Francois Beaudouin had initiated, and referred explicitly to the ideas and methods developed by Ar Vag.

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.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Currachs. A sail is often used on the currachs of the Dingle peninsula.