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Lough Ree’s Mysterious Safe Harbour to be Setting for Heritage Week Event

19th August 2018
A Lough Ree lakeboat, restored by Ballyleague Men’s Shed, has been fitted with a traditional sprit-sail as once used by the lake’s shore and island people. A Lough Ree lakeboat, restored by Ballyleague Men’s Shed, has been fitted with a traditional sprit-sail as once used by the lake’s shore and island people.

Nollaig Molloy, a conceptual artist from County Roscommon, has been researching aspects of life in times past on the islands and shores of Lough Ree on the River Shannon in her Sounding the Shore project, which will conclude with a public Film Screening and Audio Event on Saturday August 25th in the hidden remains of an Anglo-Norman lakeside fortress/town.

Her work has included a study of the use by island and shore-dwelling lake people of small but effective sprit-sails for their working lakeboats, traditional rowing craft which in due course evolved into efficient sailing boats which ultimately inspired the creation of the Shannon One Design in 1922.

lough ree spritsail2The Lough Ree lakeboat with sprit-sail in Barley Harbour on the Longford shore 

The final night’s programme is complex, and is best explained in her own words:

“Dear friends and colleagues,

I would like to invite you to tune into the final broadcast and attend the final public event of Sounding the Shore on the 25th of August.

Tune into Athlone Community Radio 88.4FM or at from 1.30pm-3.30pm as we broadcast from the clinker built lake boat with sprit sail from Rindoon, St Johns, Lecarrow, Co. Roscommon

In this episode we will broadcast from Rindoon, in the remains of an Anglo Norman town situated on the west shoreline of Lough Ree. We will hear about the conservation efforts of the 13th century walled town, Rindoon located on a peninsula on Lough Ree, the islands close to it, island life, boatbuilding, eel fishing and much more.

Film Screening and Audio event: Open to public
Date: August 25th
Time: 9pm-11pm (with screening happening 9.20pm)
Venue: Safe Harbour, Rindoon, St John's, Lecarrow, Co. Roscommon

On the night of the 25th of August at 9pm and as part of Heritage Week 2018, we will be holding the final public event of Sounding the Shore at Safe Harbour, Rindoon, St Johns, Lecarrow, Co. Roscommon.

Films showing:

Sounding the Shore, 2018 by Nollaig Molloy featuring Ballyleague Men's Shed: a premiere screening of a documentary style film showing the process of the project Sounding the Shore.

Shannon One Design, 1988, HANDS by David and Sally Shaw Smith

Where the Shannon Flows Down to the Sea, 1939 by Richard Hayward

It is an outdoor film screening and audio event, so it is advised to wear adequate waterproof footwear and clothing, and to bring a torch. In order to experience the event in full, you must bring a device which connects to FM radio i.e. a battery powered radio or a smart phone with radio app. etc.

This is free admission. Please note the ground is uneven and it will take at least a 30 minutes walk to get to Safe Harbour from the green gate at Rindoon entrance. Stewards will usher groups from gate entrance to event site.

Please contact me for more details.

This event is made possible by supports from CREATE: Artist in the Community Scheme of the Arts Council of Ireland, Roscommon Arts Office, Roscommon Heritage Office and The Irish Walled Towns Network, Heritage Council of Ireland.

Kind Regards,

Nollaig Molloy 

lough ree spritsail3An early photo of a Lough Ree lakeboat with a primitive spritsail

lough ree spritsail4The Shannon One Designs of 1922 are said to have their origins in sailing versions of the traditional lakeboats

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