Friday February 28, 2020

By currach through Cork city

A currach cruise down the river Lee is tougher than it sounds, but it's a trip worth taking, writes Jasper Winn.

28th July, 2012
A currach crew on the river Lee. Photo: Jasper Winn

I think of uilleann pipes and currachs in similar ways. Both are icons of traditional Irish culture. Both depend on quirky, counter-intuitive technologies. And both require two hands to operate a fragile craft made of skin and bones.

And one more thing in common? The chance of me having a go on either seemed unlikely. But it seems I was wrong. Not about playing the pipes - that would be madness - but about taking...

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