What does currach mean in Irish?

A currach (Irish: curach [ˈkʊɾˠəx]) is a type of Irish boat with a wooden frame, over which animal skins or hides were once stretched, though now canvas is more usual. It is sometimes anglicised as “curragh”.

What does Curragh mean in Gaelic?

Origin. Late18th century from Irish currach ‘marsh’, Manx curragh ‘bog, fen’.

What is currach made?

The currach was the best-known of all the Irish boats. It was made of a wicker-work frame, covered with hides (animal skins) which were stitched together with thongs. Some currachs had a double hide-covering, some a triple. They are still used round the coasts, but tarred canvas is used instead of skins.

What is a small round boat called?

A coracle is a small, rounded, lightweight boat of the sort traditionally used in Wales, and also in parts of the West Country and in Ireland, particularly the River Boyne, and in Scotland, particularly the River Spey. The word is also used of similar boats found in India, Vietnam, Iraq and Tibet.

What is Curagh?

or curagh or curragh Gaelic (ˈkʌrəx , ˈkʌrə) noun. a Scot or Irish name for coracle. Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers.

Can I ride my horse on the Curragh?

A person shall not (unless authorised by the Minister to do so) exercise a horse or any other animal on the Curragh. 12. A person shall not (unless authorised by the Minister to do so) cut down, lop, top, trim, dig up, set fire to, remove or otherwise interfere with any tree, shrub or furze on the Curragh.

Where in Ireland is the Curragh?

County Kildare
The Curragh, Irish An Currach, plain, or down, County Kildare, Ireland, noted for its excellent soils. Some 8 square miles (22 square km) in area, the down of Kildare apparently was an ancient meeting place, and The Curragh has been just such a common since at least the 12th century.

When was the currach community founded?

Lagan Currachs was founded by Niamh Scullion in March 2014, after she accepted an invitation the previous year to fill a spare seat on an expedition from Iona in the Western Isles to Rathlin Island.

What is this bowl shaped boat called?

Coracle. Coracles are light in weight, bowl shaped boats with a frame of woven grass, reeds, or saplings covered with hides. Over the years, these circular crafts were constructed by interwoven strips of bamboo and covered with water proof materials such as plastic bags coated with a layer of coal tar.

How many oars do you need for a coracle?

one oar
As fish are caught, the net is drawn up to a boat and the fish extracted. The coracle is propelled by one oar, used with a sculling stroke.

Is the Curragh public land?

While the land is owned by the Department of Defence, the Department receives no income from the holding. About 150 people hold rights to graze the commonage under the Curragh of Kildare Act, 1870. “Before this crisis struck there were about 5,000 sheep on the Curragh.