About Us

We are a group of people from across Belfast who formed a new community group, Lagan Currachs, in 2016 to build a 10 metre /33ft currach for use on the River Lagan by community groups, tourists and the general public.

We have regular rows on the Lagan and have brought the Mamach Mór on great expeditions to Scotland, Carrickfergus and other locations around Ireland collaborating with other traditional boat groups including Row the Erne and Causeway Coast Maritime Heritage Group.

We hope our boats will draw more attention to the River Lagan and its potential, and remind people that Belfast is a city on the water. Our club is open to anyone to join in and experience Belfast from a different perspective.

About Mamach Mór

Our beautiful wooden currach is called Mamach Mór (Big Mammal) and holds 10 rowers and a skipper. The Mamach Mór 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.

Since 2016 Mamach Mór has been joined by two smaller 3-person currachs: The Fionnuala and The Joe.



The original build of the currach was 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.

We have been inspired by 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 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 Click HERE to read Lagan Curraghs Constitution