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SeamusSweeney said in March 15th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

I think the Boyne coracle/currach was being actively used for fishing in the Boyne estuary in the early decades of the 20th Century. There is an example in the museum in Drogheda. There is also an early trade union banner (they have quite a collection) which features a coracle in the background. A photo from 1935 of an active Boyne coracle can be seen here http://ivrlaprod.ucd.ie/fedora/get/ivrla10-:10315/ivrla10-:objLayoutbDef/getLayout/

As far as I know there were/are a whole host of curraghs and coracles in Ireland, each region having its own variation, as can be seen here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Currach . The Aran Islands currach is very much the “archetype” image Irish people have a currach.

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Richard Denning said in March 21st, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Yes I think there are still examples around. THanks for the links I will take a look.