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Annual memorial lecture



THE Annual Corcoran Garry Memorial Lecture organised by the Old Drogheda Society will be held in the Governors House, Millmount on Wednesday October 7th . This years theme will be 'Traditional Boats of the Boyne'.

The cowhide-covered circular Boyne Curach (sometimes referred to as coracle), a Stone-Age boat used for drift-net fishing on the river up until 1945, is justly famous all over the world.

Another local traditional craft is the wooden Boyne Canoe, an elegant and simply-made vessel, used for hundreds of years in the area for salmon and musselfishing, and perhaps taken for granted locally since it is still in daily use on the river.

These and other local boats - including earlier vessels from the archaeological record - will be celebrated in this seminar-style event, with main speaker Criostóir MacCárthaigh, Dept. of Irish Folklore, U.C.D., editor of the monumental Traditional Boats of Ireland (2008) and with contributions from leading marine archaeologists, local boatmen and boat-makers and from mussel fishermen and their wives. Examples of the boats will be on display.

The Corcoran-Garry Lecture is an annual event sponsored by the Old Drogheda Society in memory of foundermembers and renowned historians, Moira Corcoran and Jim Garry.

Admission is free and there will be a book stall.