The Curraghs of Ireland Part III

By James Hornell, published February 1938


This describes the curraghs from counties Sligo and Mayo. Regarding the later county, it is stated that this traditional boat survived in small fishing harbours, and was different from the other Irish curraghs in that the bottom and sides were completely covered with thin planking. Two different designs were also found in county Mayo, one with a single gunwale and the other with an upper and lower gunwale. The author describes both types in detail, as well as specific details of those then currently in use. In the south, in County Clare, the curraghs were very similar to those of the Aran Islands, but were “more carefully finished”. On the Shannon estuary the only curraghs were found on Scattery Island, however there were records stating that they were in used upstream, and in the upper reached of the river. In County Kerry he found these vessels at various locations. These had been fitted out for sailing, and were used mainly by fishermen. Hornell concludes his article with a discussion on keeled wicker vessels and a glossary of Gaelic terms linked to the curragh.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Irish Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Whaling & Fishing

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