Limerick councillor calls for boating exhibtion in new city museum

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

FULL size examples of Limerick’s two traditional boats, the gandelow and the angling cot should be a prominent feature of the new city museum, Cllr Tom Shortt has said.

FULL size examples of Limerick’s two traditional boats, the gandelow and the angling cot should be a prominent feature of the new city museum, Cllr Tom Shortt has said.

After city councillors gave the go-ahead to move the Jim Kemmy Municipal Museum into the Opera Centre, Cllr Shortt wants to see the crafts form the centrepiece of a new display telling the story of life on the Shannon.

“The City Museum should commission an example of both designs from traditional boat builders in the city for the new museum where there will be more space to exhibit large items,” the Labour leader explained.

He said there is great interest in both the gandelow and the angling cot following races held at the recent St Mary’s Community Festival.

He hopes the traditional craft of boat building should feature in the programme for the City of Culture in 2014.

The gandelow is a wide rowing boat historically used for salmon fishing on the estuary while the angling cot is a slender flat bottomed boat and is paddled while sitting, or poled from a standing position to negotiate the Corbally rapids.