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WHO WE ARE

Row the Erne is a community group promoting the Erne as a place to enjoy. All are welcome on the currach.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

Row the Erne connects people on the water, promoting wellness and fun.

BUILDING THE MENAPIAN CURRACH

A group of volunteers built the Menapian in 2014. It took three months / 2,500 volunteer hours to build the currach. Over 70 people of all ages and abilities contributed. We were led by Olivia Cosgrove, and were guided by boat builder Pat Hughes and local carpenter Kieran Swift.

OUR HISTORY

Our currach gets its name from the Menaii Tribe

Menapii Tribe

Fir Manach or Fear Manach means ‘Men of Manach’. The only known Celtic tribe named specifically on Ptolemy’s map of Ireland from 150 A.D was the Menapii. They located their first colony on the Leinster coast around 216 B.C. Later they settled around Lough Erne, becoming known as the Fir Manach, and so giving their name both to Fermanagh and Monaghan.

OUR DIRECTORS

 

barbara

Barbara

Chairperson

I joined Row the Erne five years ago. It has been a great way to socialise & unwind. Being out on water is good craic and is very special.

cathy

Kathy

Treasurer

A taster session in 2021 introduced me to Row the Erne. I became a member in 2022. I love being part of this friendly club which has helped me explore our beautiful waters and heritage.

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Emma

Secretary

Although I've lived in Fermanagh most of my life, I had no experience out on the water. Then, in July 2023, I booked a short row on the Menapian. Once I was out on the water, I immediately thought, 'Why haven't I done this before!' I was hooked. The feeling from being out on the water after a busy day with a lovely group of people is fantastic.

Tom Corr

Tom

Committee Member

I joined Row the Erne for my first row in 2023. Seeing Fermanagh from the water has been refreshing and immensely enjoyable. Developing connections and new friendships within our rowing community is so rewarding. Being out doors in our natural environment, doing physical activity is great for the mind body and soul.

Martin Kelly

Martin

Committee Member

I had no experience of rowing when I came to Row the Erne but I wanted to give it a try. I’ve continued to row weekly and the friendships and health benefits are great. I’m also learning new skills & the scenery on the rows is very therapeutic.

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Sheila

Committee Member

I look forward to my trips on Lough Erne with Row the Erne. Its a great way to enjoy the water safely, get some exercise and have some banter and good fun with others.

Olivia

Olivia

Founder

I enjoy rowing and skippering with Row the Erne. There have been many highlights so far. A favourite for me is landing the Menapian currach on Skellig Michael off the south west coast of Kerry in 2019.

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Menapian

The Boss!

The Menapian currach