West Clare Currach Club
Dunlickey Road, Kilkee, Co Clare
The West Clare Currach Club is an umbrella group for 9 local clubs and regatta committees on the Clare Coast.
With the help of Clare Local Development Comany Leader RRD funded training programme in 2004 we built 6 local fishing currachs of the West Clare design over a two year period involving upto 35 men and women on the Loophead peninsula. We help share the boats, cover insurance costs and get more people rowing wherever we can.
In 2009 under the guidance of James Madigan we ran 8 training programmes around Clare and built 8 West Clare Canoes. These have now been given out to clubs where skils in handling these unique west of Ireland boats are being passed on to younger generations.
Local regatta groups are in Carrigaholt, Kilkee, Kilrush, Kilbaha,Kilmihil, Doonbeg Quilty Clarecastle and Coonagh. We work cooperatively to promote our own local fishing canoes in the area and we also travel to other regattas and races such as the Great River Race in London,Events in Brittany and the Ocean to City Race in Cork.
We are interested in linking with other boat building projects where people are keeping their local boats on the water and all that that involves.