Sunday, March 02 2014 @ 06:20 PM MST
Contributed by: MMoriarty
Currach Team Phoenix is looking for rowers! No rowing experience is necessary. We have just started offering opportunities to row the Teams’ two 18’ authentic three-seat currachs. If you are interested, contact me and I will add your email to the Currach Team Phoenix list. You will then receive an automated invitation to choose rowing slots on Saturdays and Thursdays. Members of Currach Team Phoenix will have the choice of competitive rowing, recreational rowing, planning and promoting events, learning about the history and culture of the Irish currach, constructing a currach, and helping with the administration of the group.Thank you for your interest in this new ICC program. Paul
A currach is a type of rowing boat that originates from Ireland's seafaring heritage and was traditionally made from animal skins stretched over a wooden frame. It is similar to the coracle that emerged from Wales. However, the coracle is considerably smaller than some of the larger currachs. It has traditionally been used both at sea and on inland waters.
The currach's design and construction is believed to be unique to the Irish and Scottish west coasts, allowing for variations in shape and size by region. It is sometimes referred to as a naomhóg in the counties of Kerry and Cork and in West Clare as a canoe.
The usage of the currach is thought to date back to at least around the year 500 when a Latin account of the voyage of St Brendan describes a similar vessel to the currach in it's modern form. Despite conjecture over the truth of the voyage, the implication is that the boat was based on one that was widely used at the time. Some accounts claim a much earlier presence of the currach – from 100 BC and accounts of that time speak of large ocean going sailing currachs roving the North Atlantic.
There are currently 7 Currach Racing clubs in the USA (NY, CT, WI, OH, PA, MA, MD). Phoenix will be the 8th.
The currachs will be demonstrated from time to time at the Tempe Town Lake Marina. This will give possible enthusiasts a chance to see, first hand, if they want to participate in the Irish Currach Team of Phoenix. Those who have an interest can actually row a currach with a member of the ICTP (time permitting).
We hope to make this team one of the programs within Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation offerings.
One of the 2 currachs will be launched at 4 pm on Thursday, November 7th, for our first scheduled demonstration. If you are interested in this please contact Paul Ahern at firstname.lastname@example.org so you can be added to the list.
THE IRISH CURRACH TEAM OF PHOENIX
The group is being formed now. If you are interested in being part of this project please contact:
PAUL AHERN, Vice President
Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation