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Currachs, the traditional canoes of the Loop Head peninsula, were used in times past for both fishing and transport. These sturdy and versatile vessels were constructed from a frame of wooden ribs, or hoops, traditionally with animal hides stretched over it, and more recently canvas.

The skills required to build and pilot these boats had been all but lost until the West Clare Currach Club was established some years ago. The club has now built almost 20 currachs of the West Clare design from scratch. It also runs building workshops and training programmes throughout the county, so that a new generation of young people can learn the traditional skills of crafting and handling these unique boats. Thanks to the revival, currach racing is becoming increasingly popular in Clare, especially in Loop Head. There are local regatta groups in Carrigaholt, Kilbaha and Kilkee, and currach regattas are held every year (See What’s On).

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2 comments on West Clare Currachs

  1. Harriette Majoros

    When are the currach races being held this year? If they are being done in May (I hope so) then where is a good place to park our car and see them. This is one of those events that most visitors to Ireland never get a chance to see.
    Harriette Majoros
    Marietta, GA USA

    • Trea

      There are races on in different villages over the summer. Querrin, Kilkee, Kilbaha and Doonbeg. We try to have the dates up on our What’s on, but the dates change depending on the weather. There is always plenty of places to park and you just follow the crowd to the seafront Enjoy 🙂

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