“Great numbers” attend curach launch on Locha Lua. Press release 27/8/2019

On Sunday the 18th of August a large gathering took place on the shores of Locha Lua in the Muskerry Gaeltacht for the launch of a new community curach. The three-hand curach named “Lugh na Laoi” was built during the eight day “Curach as Gaeilge” course held in Ballingeary community hall.

Coiste Forbartha Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh chairman Tadhg Dineen attended the launch and said: “The local development committee were very impressed with the recent curach building course. It brought the community together in a very special way under the umbrella of the Irish language. The participants hugely enjoyed producing the hand built curach while interacting in Irish. The committee believes the best way of promoting the use of the language is by a group working or achieving a goal together while using Irish.”

He continued: “There was great interest in the wider public in the construction of the boat, this resulted in great numbers viewing the construction process and also attending the curach launch. The committee wish to thank Paul Lynch and the other excellent tutors for their professional guidance and interaction with the community. The curach will be used by the people of Ballingeary on the river Lee and Locha Lua for many years to come.”

Seán O’Súilleabháin who attended the course said: “I enjoyed and benefited from spending the week with the group. I had no previous experience with woodworking tools but the course gave me that opportunity. As Irish was the normal daily language of the course my fluency improved too. We were expecting a “simple lunch” but in fact dinner was served each day. It greatly added to the value of the course to work shoulder to shoulder with an expert such as Padraig Ó Duinnín. Overall, Paul and the team were very organised.”(1)

Carolyn Tunney who traveled from the midlands to attend the course said: “I enjoyed the week – thank you Padraig and Eoin for making it happen. It was lovely to be part of such an original community project.”

Speaking at the launch Paul Lynch from Curach as Gaeilge said: “We had a special week in Ballingeary. There was music and singing, lots of satisfying work, discussion on local history and legends, lovely locally grown food and at the end of it all we had a beautiful curach and had made many new friends. We’d like to thank everyone who got involved with the course and launch and are thankful for the warm welcome and support given to us by the Ballingeary and wider Muskerry Gaeltacht community.”

Paul continued: “We also thank Comharchumann Forbartha Mhuscraí, Creative Ireland, Cork County Council and Údaras na Gaeltachta for their financial support in making the course possible.”

For more information and to check for new courses see: www.curach.ie


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(1) Quote translated from Irish.