The Boyne Currach Heritage Group is based in the world heritage site of Brú na Boinne. Its aim is to rediscover ancient skills and crafts used by our Neolithic passage tomb ancestors who brought their civilisation and culture from Europe to our Irish shores, and left behind them threads of evidence that we now work from to try to explore who these people were and how they lived along the banks of the River Boyne.
The Boyne Currach- from beneath the shadows of Newgrange........ (Claidhbh Ó Gibne 2012)
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This book tells the fascinating story of a remarkable vessel with prehistoric origins: the Boyne currach. Well-informed and imbued with stories from around the globe, it is written in an energetic and accessible style, reflecting the author’s love for these boats. It is a pioneering piece of work that throws new light on an ancient Irish craft. An overview of the history of the Boyne currach and related skin boats is followed by a how-to guide with instructions on how to build your own currach, including the materials needed, where to source them and how to master the age-old techniques of weaving and binding. With so few currach-makers left, the author hopes to preserve this craft for generations to come. The final section of the book details the Newgrange Currach Project, at 34ft in length, this wicker currach represents an incredible feat of boat engineering and a piece of living history. On completion, it will embark on a journey mirroring that believed to have been taken by the Neolithic tomb-builders, travelling as far south as Spain. Proceeds from this book go directly towards the various projects that the Boyne Currach Heritage Group are involved in.