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Baltimore Woodenboat Festival – don’t you just wish you could go?

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Boatbuilder Tiernan Roe writes to remind me that the Baltimore Woodenboat Festival takes place in a few days, and kindly sent me some shots of local boats to grab readers’ interest.

His photographs are beautiful so I hope we do manage to persuade at least a few readers to make the journey to the far south-western tip of Ireland. They show currachs on land and in action, and the Heir Island lobsterboat Hanora taken at a charity row around Sherkin Island at the beginning of May.

Tiernan’s own boatbuilding outfit Roeboats will be debuting the Ninigret he built last year, and there should be lots to do and see, and hopefully a few good music sessions as well. It’s been too many years since I last visited the area, but I remember it as a charming, romantic and very musical place. Naturally there will be the usual races, dinners and parties one would expect at such an event.

A particularly significant shindig will be the framing out party for AK Ilen at Hegarty’s Boatyard – which will be followed by a talk on the traditional boats of Ireland.

Ireland’s national maritime radio programme interviewed Tiernan recently (look for the May 7th programme) and he also has a new brochure.

Thanks Tiernan!

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