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Curragh Rowing Championship + Cultural Parade + Air/Sea Rescue Demo ... Kilbaha, Co Clare, July 2008.
Curragh Race from Bunratty, Co. Clare to Steamboat Quay, Limerick ... held on 30-Aug-2008.
A Currach or Curach is a type of Irish boat with a wooden frame, over which animal skins or hides were once stretched - nowadays canvas is more usual. 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.
Historically, the currach was used both as a sea-fishing vessel and also as transport along rivers and coastal waterways. The currach was first mentioned in writing at around the time of Julius Caesar, who reported seeing sailed ocean-going currachs roving the North Atlantic. Later, in the sixth century, it is possible that Saint Brendan made the first transatlantic voyage to The Americas in a currach (a recreation of this alleged voyage was successfully completed by Tim Severin, in 1978 to show that it would have been possible, by sailing a leather currach from Ireland to Newfoundland). Reference:
Kilbaha Welcome Kilbaha Pier Master of Ceremonies
Kilbaha Point Warming Up Getting Ready
Before the Race They're Off The Race is On
Under Pressure Close Scrutiny Outward Bound
Racing Action Neck & Neck Homeward Leg
After the Race Getting Ready Before the Race
Ladies Race - Start Ladies Racing Ladies Race
The Finish Change of Crew Currach Spectator
Kilbaha Harbour RNLI RNLI at the Pier
Kilkee Marine Rescue Coastguard Fly-by Coastguard Helicopter
Rescue Demo Air-Sea Rescue RMS TItanic
RMS Titanic - 1st Class RMS Titanic - Steerage 1st Class Passenger
HMS Cuans - Cultural Parade Ships Ahoy Vintage Tractor
Captain Silver - ESB Float Bunratty Start Curragh #5 Interior
Curragh #2 Bunratty Search & Rescue Mike
Getting Ready At the start Warming Up
Under the Bridge Heading down river Finish Line Spectators
'New Bridge' Limerick 30-Aug .. At the Finish 1st Place - #2
2nd Place - #4 Last 4 passing St Micks 3rd Place - #1
4th Place - #7 5th Place - #5 6th Place
Coonagh 1 Coonagh 2 Coonagh 3
Coonagh Crew Coonagh 5 Steamboak Quay
Where's Mike? Search & Rescue