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International Boat Builders Gather in Roxboro School for Ilen City One Project

13th February 2014
Ilen City One crew
Back row l-r. volunteers John Furlong and Liam O’Donoghue, Master Shipwright Patrick Beautement graduate Boatbuilding Academy, Lyme Regis UK, Master Shipwright Stephen Morris Auckland New Zealand Front row l-r, Mike Grimes AK Ilen Instructor, James Madigan AK Ilen Instructor, Master Shipwright Matt Dirr graduate Apprentice Shop, Maine USA, Jim McInerney AK Ilen Instructor
International Boat Builders Gather in Roxboro School for Ilen City One Project

#cityone – An international and local team of boat builders and naval architects have assembled at the Ilen School, Roxboro, as part of the Limerick City of Culture 2014 celebrations. The school is well underway towards the rollout of its Limerick City of Culture Sport and Legacy Project, which involves, as Afloat reported earlier the design and build of a new innovative sailing dinghy for Limerick City and a fleet of new 23′ rowing Gandelows.

The school, which is devoted to excellence in teaching and learning through the medium of boat building and related crafts, offers to the local and wider community, direct involvement in boat building, rowing, sailing or visits to the school workshop, to see at first hand the ongoing work.

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The Ilen is the last of Ireland’s traditional wooden sailing ships.

Designed by Limerick man Conor O’Brien and built in Baltimore in 1926, she was delivered by Munster men to the Falkland Islands where she served valiantly for seventy years, enduring and enjoying the Roaring Forties, the Furious Fifties, and Screaming Sixties.

Returned now to Ireland and given a new breath of life, Ilen may be described as the last of Ireland’s timber-built ocean-going sailing ships, yet at a mere 56ft, it is capable of visiting most of the small harbours of Ireland.

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