A derelict Currach in Co. Kerry, Ireland

KarenP

Dromtrasna, Ireland

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A derelict Currach in Co. Kerry, Ireland. A Currach or Curach is a type of boat with a wooden frame, over which animal skins or hides were once stretched – nowadays canvas is more usual. It is sometimes anglicised as “Curragh”. The construction and design of the currach is unique to the west coasts of Ireland and Scotland, with variations in size and shape by region. It is referred to as a naomhóg in counties Cork and Kerry and as a “canoe” in West Clare. It is related to the Welsh coracle, but can in fact cover far larger craft than the Welsh version. The traditional all wooden rowing boat found on the west coast of Connacht is also called a Currach or Currach Adhmaid “wooden Currach” Its style of construction is very similar to the canvas covered Currach. A larger version of this is known as a Bád Iomartha.

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