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Contact Paul Ahern, President
Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation

Currach Kick-Off

Thank you to everyone who made our Currach Team Phoenix Kickoff event a success!

Cockswain, a Phoenix based Celtic rock band, supported the event by donating their musical talents performing their unique style of Celtic rock music.  Formed in 2011, Cockswain has been “developing their own style that can only be described as high energy Celtic rock with gypsy rhythms and punk rock attitude.”  The word “Cockswain” means “one who steers the ship.” The band lead singer Neil Ward put it like this, “It is more about being in charge of ones’ own destiny. Rebels. Stay true to themselves. Probably the most punk rock name.”

In addition, two videos were shown:  St. Brendan’s Voyage, is about Tim Severin’s recreation of St. Brendan’s voyage, and An Churach Canbhais (A Canvas Currach), about currach building.

We hope to see you out on the lake and at future events!

The goal of Currach Team Phoenix is to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to join in the fun and challenge of rowing authentic Irish currachs on Tempe Town Lake. Currach Team Phoenix is a program of the Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix, AZ.

A currach is a type of rowing boat that originates from Ireland’s seafaring heritage and was traditionally made from animal skins stretched over a wooden frame. It has been used both at sea and on inland waters.

Members of Currach Team Phoenix will have the choice of competitive or recreational rowing, planning and promoting events, learning about the history and culture of the Irish currach, workshops for repair and maintenance of the boats, currach building and helping with the administration of the group.

No rowing experience is necessary. We currently row Saturday mornings and Thursday afternoons at Tempe Town Lake Marina. Annual participation fee is $50. Rowers are required to be members of the Irish Cultural Center.