We are a group of people from across Belfast who formed a new community group, Lagan Currachs to build a 10 metre /33ft currach for use on the River Lagan by community groups, tourists and the general public. The project is funded by a £15,000 grant from Heritage Lottery Fund under the Our Heritage programme. We invited people to get involved and help create this beautiful traditional wood and canvas currach for cross community use on the Lagan for decades to come.
Our club is open to any individual or community group to join in and experience Belfast from a different perspective.
We are currently holding weekly rowing sessions on the Lagan during high tide times.
Please subscribe to our facebook events to keep up to date with days and times.
Later on, we plan to row in the Harbour area, on Belfast Lough and around the coastal waters, eventually joining other traditonal boat groups including Row the Erne and Causeway Coast Maritime Heritage Group on longer sea voyages.
We are also inspired by the Olivia Cosgrove and the Row the Erne organisation. Row the Erne built a similar currach in summer 2014 and hold regular rowing sessions on Lough Erne.
The funder of the build is Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to Lorraine and Angela at HLF.
Thanks to Liam and Gary at T13.
We are set up to be an open and accessible rowing club for people of all levels of ability and experience to row together on the River Lagan. We want to use our boat to bring people together and build new connections and gain new experiences. Rowing together is a great team building exercise and rowing on the Lagan gives Belfast people a meaningful and invigorating break away from everyday life, but right at their doorstep. We hope our boat will draw more attention to the River Lagan and its potential, and remind people that Belfast is a city on the water.
Our beautiful wooden currach, MamachMór, is very finely crafted and light. She is made of oak, spruce and larch, and three layers of canvas and tar. She is a joy to row and very stable and safe in the water. She is docked at the Lagan Lookout Marina by Queen Elizabeth II Bridge and we hold two-hour rowing trips up the river to Stranmillis weir and back every weekend.
Please subscribe to our facebook page for events, times and updates. We welcome newcomers as temporary members and full membership is an option at any stage. We can accommodate special outings and shorter rows for groups on request.
Lagan Currachs Constitution