Currach Team Phoenix rows out on the beautiful Tempe Town Lake. There are available time slots on Thursdays and Saturdays. The fee to row with the team is $50 for the season, which helps to cover the costs of the boat storage and maintenance. Email us to sign up! Your first time rowing with us is free! No experience necessary; we will teach you!

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Contact Paul Ahern, President
Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation

Currach Fun Race

Currach Team Phoenix is having another gathering at Tempe Town Lake. This is the 2nd annual Winter Currach rowing fun race. Since most currach rowing in the USA is limited by harsh cold winter weather, this is the perfect opportunity to take a Winter break and row in sunny Tempe Arizona. The CTP Winter event (2019 and beyond) will be an invitational “Fun Race” to include all 7 of the NE clubs. We are hopeful this will stimulate an increase in Arizona currach rowing so we can have a competitive SW division in the future.

This year CTP will host several rowers from Milwaukee, Annapolis, and Albany on Saturday, January 26th from 10:00 AM to 1:00PM. The gathering will consist of “Fun Race” demonstrations of currach racing. Each of our 2 currachs will be manned by 1 to 3 rowers (all men, all women, and combinations of men and women). We will have opportunities for some spectators to row with an experienced rower in the afternoon.

This year the event is free. There’s no admission fee or cost for
spectators to try rowing.

Paul Ahern, President
Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation

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.