The history of this rowing boat dates back maybe thousands of years. Irish communities keep the tradition up by building these historic boats by hand.
The Currach is a type of traditional Irish boat with a wooden frame, over which animal skins, canvas or in this case, ballistic nylon can be stretched over.
This short film (2018) documents the history, planning, construction and launch of Currach Na Sceiri (Skerries Currach).
Filmed in Skerries, North County Dublin, Ireland.
Typically found on the west coast of Ireland, and sadly declining in numbers, Shane Holland decided to keep the tradition alive and designed a unique, hybrid version encompassing the best features from the traditional boats.
Another lovely film (THE CAMINO VOYAGE) about an elderly crew of Irish Currachers on an adventure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ5S-ifzAQg
Also, a great book about all aspects of this historic vessel.
The Boyne Currach: From beneath the shadows of Newgrange
by Ehood Books : https://www.amazon.com/dp/184682379X/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_9G3ZYWK569WTT39EVTSV
More on building a currach
Delightful story by a great-grandson (?), Perhaps made in the 1950-60 timespan.
The Youtube post says:
“Thanks for taking the time tolook at this video. One of the reasons I put it up here is that I thought some1 might be able to date it. I’ve been unable to date it but here is the info I do have. his name is Michael o’Shea. He was harbour master and master builder at Brandon Creek. He was born in 1878 and died in the early 1960’s aged 80+. He looks like he’s in his mid-60’s here which could put the video somewhere in the 40’s. I’m still working on dating it. Once i do I’ll edit the post.” (It was never updated)