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Boat Building Workshops

Boat Building Workshops

An Creagán and Lough Neagh Boating Heritage have provided a rare opportunity to learn the skills required to build a traditional Irish currach. The group project involved building a typical Bunbeg Paddling Curach using traditional skills, tools and materials. An Creagán School of Rural skills aims to breathe life back into useful country crafts and provide a hub for like-minded people to gather.

The trustworthy wooden currach (pronounced cur-ruck) is a traditional fishing boat that can still be seen in use all along the west coast of Ireland. Currach builders are appreciated as supremely skilled craftsmen: a good wooden currach is stable on the water and handles very well in rough conditions, while the lighter traditional canvas currach is ideal for rowing, and can carry a single occupant along at a fairly rapid pace.

Historically the currach served as both fishing vessel and general transportation along the many rivers of Ireland and in the coastal waters. Currach racing today gets it start from the fishermen who used these boats. They would collect their catch, and at the end of the day race back to the harbour. The first boats in received the best price for their catch and a sport was born.


The workshop was funded by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland. For more information contact Martin at An Creagán on 028 807 61112 or email