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Ilen Documentary Boat Building Film Wins International Award

29th October 2015

The Ilen is a short film on the joy of working with wood, it documents the words and skills of Ireland’s few remaining traditional shipwrights, currently occupied in the rebuilding of Irelands sole surviving sail trading ketch. The award comes with a prize of $10,000 from World Wood Day 2015 through their ‘Wood & Humanity’ film competition. In the film, directed by Mia Mullarkey of Ishka Films, the 1926 trading ketch is featured as she draws near to completion and a new operational life upon the sea.

This poignant but hopeful short documentary was made in conjunction with Ilen School and Network for Wooden Boat Building in Hegarty’s Boatyard, West Cork, and the Ilen School in Limerick City

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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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