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Last boat of its kind on display for Heritage Week

September 9th, 2015 7:25 AM

By Southern Star Team

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BY JACKIE KEOGH

THE last West Cork boat of its kind – a boat that has not seen the light of day for 50 years – was put on display during the recent National Heritage Week.

The community-owned boat – the famous Ardralla 6-Oar Rowing Gig – was on display on the pier in Baltimore during the seven-day event. And on Monday the West Cork Maritime Heritage Company (Cuas) sent the boat to be rebuilt over the winter months.

‘This is the last complete boat of its kind in this area,’ Mary Jordan told The Southern Star, ‘and we are determined to rebuild it for the purpose of racing it once again.

‘We are also planning to rebuild the Ringaroga 6-Oar gig with money that will be raised by the communities of Ardralla and Ringaroga.’

The work will be carried out under the expert guidance of Liam Hegarty of Hegarty’s Boatyard in Oldcourt. During National Heritage Week, the maritime heritage company also organised a talk on Sand Boats by Cormac Levis.

And it arranged an exhibition of maritime photographs in a marquee on the pier, which attracted a considerable amount of interest.

Mary Jordan said: ‘It was very encouraging to see former members of the 6-Oar rowing teams from Ardralla, Ringaroga and Myross met and reminisce.’

BY JACKIE KEOGH

THE last West Cork boat of its kind – a boat that has not seen the light of day for 50 years – was put on display during the recent National Heritage Week.

The community-owned boat – the famous Ardralla 6-Oar Rowing Gig – was on display on the pier in Baltimore during the seven-day event. And on Monday the West Cork Maritime Heritage Company (Cuas) sent the boat to be rebuilt over the winter months.

‘This is the last complete boat of its kind in this area,’ Mary Jordan told The Southern Star, ‘and we are determined to rebuild it for the purpose of racing it once again.

‘We are also planning to rebuild the Ringaroga 6-Oar gig with money that will be raised by the communities of Ardralla and Ringaroga.’

The work will be carried out under the expert guidance of Liam Hegarty of Hegarty’s Boatyard in Oldcourt. During National Heritage Week, the maritime heritage company also organised a talk on Sand Boats by Cormac Levis.

And it arranged an exhibition of maritime photographs in a marquee on the pier, which attracted a considerable amount of interest.

Mary Jordan said: ‘It was very encouraging to see former members of the 6-Oar rowing teams from Ardralla, Ringaroga and Myross met and reminisce.’

BY JACKIE KEOGH

THE last West Cork boat of its kind – a boat that has not seen the light of day for 50 years – was put on display during the recent National Heritage Week.

The community-owned boat – the famous Ardralla 6-Oar Rowing Gig – was on display on the pier in Baltimore during the seven-day event. And on Monday the West Cork Maritime Heritage Company (Cuas) sent the boat to be rebuilt over the winter months.

‘This is the last complete boat of its kind in this area,’ Mary Jordan told The Southern Star, ‘and we are determined to rebuild it for the purpose of racing it once again.

‘We are also planning to rebuild the Ringaroga 6-Oar gig with money that will be raised by the communities of Ardralla and Ringaroga.’

The work will be carried out under the expert guidance of Liam Hegarty of Hegarty’s Boatyard in Oldcourt. During National Heritage Week, the maritime heritage company also organised a talk on Sand Boats by Cormac Levis.

And it arranged an exhibition of maritime photographs in a marquee on the pier, which attracted a considerable amount of interest.

Mary Jordan said: ‘It was very encouraging to see former members of the 6-Oar rowing teams from Ardralla, Ringaroga and Myross met and reminisce.’

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