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But upon examination of the specialized bibliography, no genuine, highly scientific work on maritime ethnology, like those of which so many existed in Northwest Europe, comes to the fore.

The Connemara currach is also distinguished by a double gunwale and by a particular form of pivoting block or “bull” attached to one side of the squared region of the loom of the oar. It seems to me that this example could be of interest for Ireland. These boats are constantly mentioned in literature. It brjtish in this racing with the waves that our chief danger lay.

Erant autem in ea homines duo, nudis omnino corporibus, praeter zonas latas de crudis animalium coriis quibus stringebantur. Yet it is historical britisn which has brought the most interesting contribution to ethnological knowledge of French maritime societies. West Clare Currachs in Kilkee, Co. My information will not be shared with any third party see our Privacy Statement – opens in a new window.

Without a doubt French maritime ethnology owes, and will always owe, a particular debt to him. For its partinthe association Treizour from Douarnenez – which since had collected, at its own expense, nearly traditional boats which were about to disappear all along the Cofacles coast- opened the Musee du Bateau boat museum which some years later was to become the Museum Harbour of Curracys, well known today.

Kerry currachs had a reputation for elegance and speed.

The traditional Scottish currach is nearly extinct, but there are occasional recreations. The festival of Douarnenez 88 was in a certain way the pinnacle of this still scattered and marginal, although promising, movement.

Currach Races – Aran Isles

Cutter Gondola Sandolo Thames racing skiff Wherry. Netting salmon in currrachs water became illegal in Ireland around ; this definitely started a huge decline in river currachs. The mast is supported by stays and by double shrouds on each side, the latter descending to an external shelf functioning as a chainwale.


Cattle raids by the early Irish against Britain were successful thanks to the extraordinary qualities of skin boats.

Bernard Cadoret Article

The currach represents one of two traditions of boat and shipbuilding in Ireland: Traditional basketmakers in Ireland continue to employ the unconventional technique of constructing large baskets such as creels upside down, sticking the uprights in the ground in the desired shape. The Nordic clinker tradition: Kerry currachs had a reputation for elegance and speed. 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 us on the broadside, our destruction was certain.

The Spey currach would thus seem to be similar to the Welsh coracle in design, being used on a river rather than in the open sea. All were fitted for sailing, with a short mast without shrouds stepped in a socket in a short mast shoe.

Besidesthe reconstitutions of new boats, often leaning on local associations organising festivals and encouraged by the magazine Le Chasse-Mareespread along the coast. Further north in Mayo, their oars were pivoted between two thole pins.

Though the voyage itself is essentially a wonder-tale, it is implied that the vessel as described was built in accordance with ordinary practice brktish the time.

For a translation of the work, see http: Retrieved 30 April Origins, design principles and material culture of the currach. Ancient skinboats of Ireland; the Boyne coracle; the various currach types of North-West Ireland from Sheephaven to Dingle ; curragh inspired wooden craft.

A short history of currachs. But historical insight can be gained from the technical development of the boats as well as from literary and pictorial sources. A photographic mission for contemporary subjects should also be set up.

Currach Races

This technical adventurefrom the drawing of the plan to furrachs real sailing, has been a superb lesson of experimental archaeology, which allowed even more ambitious coraacles to be launched later.

Currently there are few full-time currach builders. Concerning the researches it wold be useful to constitute a multi-regional team for the oral enquiry and archives work, all along the Irish shore. The Latin passage, of great ethnological interest, is as follows: It’s history is fascinating and it has played a significant role in the development of human civilization, from the spread of farming to carrying early christian saints all over Europe.


Part Five eventually The coasters ; smacks, Schooners, brigantines, brigs. From that time on the number of restorations of traditional boats grew rapidly on our coasts. These currach were common on the rivers of South Wales, and were often referred to as Boyne currach. The Currach Channel The skin boat is one of the oldest, types of boat in the world, possibly going back into Neolithic times.

In construction, a series of wooden markers were sunk into the ground at definite distances apart. Albany Irish Rowing Club President. Filled with consternation by the state of abandon of maritime heritage he observed along our coastlines – the Mimosa, britsih last French sailing tunnyman, though still in excellent condition, had just been destroyed – he could not hide his dismay at the indifference of official circles, dismay shared by many young people on the coasts at the time.

Development in joining methods of wood during the Neolithic period made it possible to eventually create what the currach is today.

I can’t think about travelling or a new place without a map, not always… By ld Comments 0 Cottage … By ld Comments 0 “The time had come for him to set out on his journey westward. Our country has known the same disdain from official circles for things maritime as the one evoked by John de Courcy in Ireland.

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.