On successfully weaving a Bunbeg sculling Currach clad with leather, the next natural step was to weave a rowing currachs. Earlier that summer we had woven a 9-man paddling currach with a local youth organisation which was very successful, but the canvas didn’t last very long.
Boann was influenced by many factors, no less the reference to the construction methods used by O’Sullivan Beare: The tale from Imram Bran. In this recorded that nine men left in search of a distant island, know as the ‘Island of Woman’ and so, eight rowers and another on the rudder helped dictate the overall size of the craft. The boat was used in numerous documentaries along with plenty of excursions, including the annual Ocean to City in Cork.