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Limerick ship builders prepare for Venice race

Liam O'Donoghue welcomes the return to the city of the very elegant 23ft variant of the Limerick city gandelow - below -volunteers John Furlong and Liam ODonoghue, master shipwright Patrick Beautement, Lyme Regis, master shipwright Stephen Morris, from Auckland. Front row: Mike Grimes, AK Ilen instructor; James Madigan, AK Ilen instructor; master shipwright Matt Dirr, graduate apprentice shop, from Maine and Jim McInerney AK Ilen instructor. Pictures: Gary MacMahon

Liam O'Donoghue welcomes the return to the city of the very elegant 23ft variant of the Limerick city gandelow - below -volunteers John Furlong and Liam ODonoghue, master shipwright Patrick Beautement, Lyme Regis, master shipwright Stephen Morris, from Auckland. Front row: Mike Grimes, AK Ilen instructor; James Madigan, AK Ilen instructor; master shipwright Matt Dirr, graduate apprentice shop, from Maine and Jim McInerney AK Ilen instructor. Pictures: Gary MacMahon

  • by Anne Sheridan
 

AS PART of the Limerick City of Culture celebrations, the first Ilen School gandelow races will he held in Venice this April.

Four new 23ft gandelows are currently under construction at the school in Roxboro, through a Limerick City of Culture Sport and Legacy Project, for a series of races within the city this summer and autumn.

An international and local team of boat builders and naval architects have assembled at the traditional boat building school, ahead of the Venice races on Canale Della Fondament on April 30.

The school, which is devoted to excellence in teaching and learning through the medium of boat building and related crafts, offers to the local and wider community, direct involvement in boat building, rowing, sailing or visits to the school workshop, to see at first hand the ongoing work.

The ambitious school has trained hundreds of young Limerick people, as well as international students, in the craft of wooden boat-building over the past three years.

The gandelow is a wide rowing boat historically used for salmon fishing on the estuary and is a distant relative of the gondola.

 

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