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A currach is a type of Irish boat with a wooden frame, over which animal skins or hides were once stretched, though now canvas is more usual. It is sometimes anglicised as "Curragh". The construction and design of the currach is unique to the west coasts of Ireland, with variations in size and shape by region. It is referred to as a naomhóg in counties Cork .

Cork is heavily involved in both rowing the curraghs and also building them and one club which is of high interest in this city is the Naomhoga Chorcaí.


The club ethos involves encouraging the sport of rowing, good craic and beagáinín Gaeilge (a little of the Irish language). There are over 200 members that make use of the 16 currachs that the club uses. We have an almost complete collection of the various types of currachs that were in use around the west coast of Ireland.

The club boasts of 5 working Naomhógs (considered the pinnacle of currach evolution), 2 low profile racing currachs, a 3 hand aran island currach, a 2 hand naomhóg and 6 dunfanaghys advances the interest shown to these unique boats.