The Inis Oírr Currach Races are held on the second weekend of August each year -subject to the weather conditions. The festivities include Tug O'War, weight throwing, kid’s races and other competitions as well as music and craic. For the latest updates check out their facebook page.
A currach is a traditional Irish boat with a design which is unique to Ireland & Scotland. It has evolved over time, and there are many regional variations. A modern currach is constructed with a timber frame, a canvas is stretched over the frame and it is then coated in tar. This makes a lightweight and versatile boat. In good hands, it is capable of handling surprisingly heavy seas.
The currach was an integral part of island life for centuries. It was a working boat, used for fishing, cargo and transportation. The tradition of currach racing has been kept up on each of the islands and most seaside towns around the west coast. For more information check out this article about its history.
Our favourite event "Féile na gCloch" is back again this year and it is getting bigger and stronger each year! This unique stone festival consists of workshops and talks around all aspects of stonework.
The main areas of focus are dry stone building, carving and letter carving. There will be world renowned masters of their art available to instruct and talk about each one.
Féile na gCloch runs from Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th September 2018. Click below for full details of the events and biographies of the instructors.
This year we have expanded our family range of bikes to include tag-alongs. These are perfect for younger family members who may not be up to cycling for long on their own. They get to cycle or coast as they wish, while feeling like they have their own bike. Tag-along bikes have been such a hit that we have already ordered more!
The recommended age group for the tag-alongs is 4 to 10 years up to a maximum weight of 75lb (34Kg)
Alexandra has created some stunning pieces of commemorative stone sculpture here on Inis Oírr.
In 2015 she created the memorial for Caomhán Seoighe. The work was commissioned by the Irish Defence Forces, in collaboration with his surviving family. Caomhán served with the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Lebanon in 1981 and never returned. The memorial is in the graveyard at Teampall Chaomháin.
In 2013 she carved 'An Chloch' about which you can read here.
Alexandra's gift is an ability to listen and observe until she gains an understanding of people and place. She infuses her art with this essence to produce beautiful works uniquely suited to their locale.
The exhibition is at the Rob Schouten Gallery, Greenbank Farm, Whidbey Island. We wish her the best of luck!