East Wall Currach Launch: Two Currachs to launch into the Irish Sea on January 7th.

On January 7th at 11am two currachs will be launched in the Irish Sea at East Wall Sports Club following a month long currach workshop where a team have hand built the crafts lead by artist and boat builder Mark Redden.The projects aim is to highlight the inherent value and craftsmanship of the ancient Irish techniques of boat building. Redden who learnt the craft from Jackie Mons and Cork currach builder Padraig O Duinnin commented from the workshop earlier this week “As a physical thing the currach represents something more than a simple water-craft. It stands for the quality of ancient design, a legacy left to us by our forbearers and a resourcefulness applicable to today’s life. We're drawing on all of this to build two Connemara curachs by the 7th of January!” It is hoped these new additions in Dublin's currach fleet will produce crews that will compete in the regattas of the west coast. Des Moriarty one of the original team and photographer for the project continued “the launch will mark 2012 as the year of the currach and the team and club welcome everyone with an interest to come on the 7th, see them launch into the Irish sea hear more about the build and project from Mark and off course enjoy some great food and music!”

 The build site and future home of these boats is the East Wall Water Sports Centre in Dublin's historic docklands. The center is situated on the waters edge at the river Tolka where recently salmon returned to spawn after an absence of more than 100 years. The water sports center’s founded in 1979, aims is to get both children and adults using the Tolka for water activities a practice that was common as early as 1914.
 Billy King, Secretary of the club has given his full support to the project saying “Boat building continues to be one of the main activities of the club so when Mark approached us and asked us to put the facility at his disposal to build two curachs we were delighted”