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Breandán Mc Conamhna and Skerries resident Mary Bunnion at the Béal Deirg currach in Ballycastle, Co Mayo
An historic race involving the rare Belderrig currach resulted in a victory for Mayo emigrants over the August bank holiday weekend. Oarsmen with Mayo links from Currachaí na Sceirí, a club based in Skerries north Dublin, secured first place in…
Belderrig currach oarsmen launch their boat at Skerries
For those missing the annual Dublin-Mayo clash on the GAA pitch, there is a substitute of sorts on water this weekend. A friendly clash between the Dublin-based Mayomen of Skerries and the Mayomen of Belderrig in the north of the…
The ‘Galway Hooker Sailing Club’s Loveen Tour’ will take the 97-year-old vessel to represent Ireland’s traditional nautical heritage at NaWaKa, the Scout International National Water Kamp
The first appearance of a Galway Hooker on the Dutch canals is likely to create a lot of attention and there may even be links found between the traditional West of Ireland boat and historic vessels in Holland  The ‘Galway…
The timber ketch, Ilen, was built in Baltimore, West Cork to a design by Conor O’Brien, the Irishman who sailed around the world from 1923-25 is used in Sailing into Wellness courses
Sailing into Wellness, which offers educational and therapeutic programmes for “at-risk” young people and adults, has been recognised for its expansion as a result of a Rethink Ireland Sports to Impact Fund award. It is one of three national sports…
Eric Cathcart cuts the ribbon as the Lough Erne Cots are launched at Enniskillen Castle
The Lough Erne Landscape Partnership focuses on the conservation and promotion of Lough Erne’s landscape character and unique heritage, and it recently celebrated, along with the Belleek Men’s Shed and West Island Cot Heritage Group, the launch of community-built traditional…
The Cork Harbour One Design, Jap helmed by Harold Cudmore is from the drawing board of William Fife, and the design dates back to 1895
Let’s face it, most classics need a bit of a breeze to give of their best, and there’s nothing more disagreeable than rolling about in windless frustration under a rig that rattles. Thus for exactly half of the Classics Division,…
Simon O'Keeffe's 1902 restored Gaff Cutter Lady Min is racing in Cork Week's Classic division
If you wondered how Harold Cudmore went to Saint-Tropez with the Royal Cork YC’s in-house Cork Harbour OD Jap last Autumn and duly came home with the glitziest classics prize, then the first two days of Volvo Cork Week 2022…
The 42ft world-girdling Saoirse is re-born at Oldcourt near
Baltimore a Century after the original little ship first took to
the seas in West Cork
Down in West Cork, they have a way of quietly getting on with things until a major waypoint is inevitably passed in the project, and then we’re into new territory. For two or three years now, Liam Hegarty and his…
Normally when you see a Swiss ensign, you expect to see a new and very shiny boat under it. But when the Ringsend-built 110-year-old John B Kearney yawl Ainmara came into Howth YC Marina with her new Swiss owners on Friday, she was the oldest boat on the pontoons
The 36ft yawl Ainmara, designed and built in 1912 by the talented self-taught naval architect John B Kearney in Murphy’s Boatyard beside his family’s home in Ringsend, played a key role in Irish sailing north and south until 2018. She…
The restored Cork Harbour One Design Jap will compete at Royal Cork's first Classic Boat Regatta being staged as part of Volvo Cork Week
Royal Cork Yacht Club will host a Classic Yacht Regatta for the first time this year as part of Volvo Cork Week Regatta starting next Monday. The 37-foot classic yacht Persephone, the 1919 classic Erin, the famous Opposition (Ex Morning…
Multi-purpose gaff cutter. The design of the 25ft Shannon Hooker Sally
O'Keeffe was developed from the Estuary's traditional cargo-carrying
craft, and now she carries a human cargo of enthusiasts keen to learn
more of the sea and sailing
Sally O'Keeffe, the 25ft re-interpretation of the Shannon Estuary's traditional sail-driven cargo-carrying cutters which could usefully find their way into the smallest ports along both sides of the majestic waterway, is this year celebrating ten years of quietly useful service…
Currach rowers - Rachel Feeney, Kate Finegan, Kate Nic Chonaonaigh, and Kelly Gough. The intimate character drama set in the Kerry gaeltacht 'Tarrac', screens at the Galway Film Fleadh 2022
Rowing a currach across Kerry waters features in one of five TG4 projects to be screened at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh which opens this week. Four of the actors in the film, entitled Tarrac, take to their oars on…
The Skye Ferry: MV Glenachulish at more than half a century, is among the National Historic Ships UK four appointed 'Flagships' for 2022. The west Scottish coast passenger and car ferry MV Glenachulish AFLOAT adds is the last manually operated turntable ferry in the world. The 12 passenger ferry was built in 1969 by Ferguson Ailsa Ltd, Ayrshire on the Forth of Clyde.
National Historic Ships UK, a government-funded independent organisation that advises the British government and others on matters relating to historic ships, has appointed four vessels, among them a ferry to act as its Flagships for 2022. The annual Flagship of…
A file photo of the Clondalkin community-built 43ft Galway Hooker Naomh Cronan on Dublin Bay in 2003
Weather has once again forced the postponement of Féile an Spidéil, the regatta for traditional craft in Co Galway. The regatta, which was originally set for June 12th off An Spidéil on the northern shores of Galway Bay, had been…
A model of the 1858 Indian Empire which was the largest ship up to that time to enter the port of Galway and her arrival was widely anticipated.
In Ulysses Mr Deasy, headmaster of a private school, writes to the newspapers complaining that he knows of a cure for foot and mouth disease but nobody in authority will listen to him. Mr Deasy grandly compares his nebulous proposal…
A large fleet of traditional craft, including Galway Hookers, is anticipated for the 2022 event, which has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 19th.
Féile an Spidéil, the regatta for traditional craft in Co Galway, has been postponed by a week due to weather. A large fleet of traditional craft is anticipated for the 2022 event, which has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 19th.…

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