#DalkeyCurrach – Along with all the Tall Ships and Old Gaffers heading for Dublin Port, there's another treat in store this June Bank Holiday weekend, when a brand new currach is to be launched from Dalkey, writes Jehan Ashmore.
As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Coliemore Harbour is where the locally built currach is to be launched this Saturday 1 June, (late afternoon).
The month-long construction period is the culmination of the Begnet's Boat Project which involved trainees building Naomh Beagnait, (see photos) and with the support of the community.
Measuring 7m (22ft) long, the craft is based on a Connemara racing currach and its construction was under the supervision of boat-builder Mark Redden.
The project is the vision of Liz Murray who undertook the task with fundraising efforts that continue tomorrow evening (Friday 31 May) when the currach is to be put on public display for the first time at the Dalkey Tramyard.
Naomh Beagnait is named after the local Saint Begnet, where there are two churches in her name, one is located on Dalkey's main street (Castle Street) and the other on Dalkey Island.
The new currach is to highlight the inherent value and craftsmanship of the ancient Irish techniques of boat-building. Equally important the project is to foster and strengthen the creative, spiritual and maritime links between Dalkey (the former principle medieval port for Dublin) and the island.
The currach will be carried aloft as in the traditional manner with a procession starting from the ruins of Saint Begnet's church on Castle Street to Coliemore Harbour.
A flotilla involving Dalkey Sea Scout boats from neighbouring Bulloch Harbour and currachs from Ringsend will be 'dressed overall' when they accompany Naomh Beagnait on her maiden voyage across Dalkey Sound.