Saturday 20 September 2014

Boat building ahoy!

Published 17/06/2014 | 05:40

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Brian McGowan, John Bourke, Donal Gilroy, Auriel Robinson, Geraldine Kilcoyne, Seamus Connolly, Mary Leonard, Mary Harrison, Eddie O'Gorman and Ita MacGowan with one of the boats on Streedagh beach.

LOCAL children from various schools in north Sligo participated in a boat building festival on Streedagh beach on Thursday.

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Seamus Connolly of the Grange and Armada group is behind the initiative. He said: "There are two aims - to raise awareness among the pupils about the Armada story.

"In particular, the significance of Streedagh beach and the de Cuellar voyage.

"The other reason is to promote the Grange Armada interpretive centre being planned for later this year in the old courthouse in Grange."

He said that there is expected to be 300 students involved on Thursday.

"Schools taking part include Cliffoney and Grange.

"Both myself and Eddie O'Gorman, chairman of the group will lead the project.

"The groups will be divided up to make models of the Armada.

"They can use sand, shells, stones, driftwood and seaweed.

"They are able to use maritime models too.

"We will have to be careful about not causing pollution too," he added. He added: "The students will get the chance to replicate the Armada, learn about what it looked like, while drawing attention to our project in the courthouse.

"The project started at 10am, with a collage of all the boats being made later."

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