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WHO WE ARE

Row the Erne is a community group promoting the Erne as a place to savour. All are welcome on our ancient skin boat called a currach.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

Row the Erne connects people on the water with its 33ft currach, promoting wellness and fun.

BUILDING THE MENAPIAN CURRACH

A group of us, led by Olivia Cosgrove, built the Menapian curach in 2014. It took 3 months / 2,500 volunteer hours. We worked with a boat builder, Pat Hughes and local carpenter, Kieran Swift. Over 70 people participated in the build of all ages and abilities.

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

 

heather

Heather

Chairperson

I’ve been involved with the club since 2016 and just love been out on the water. It’s my time to unwind and enjoy the tranquillity of the water.

helen

Helen

Secretary

I am originally from the North Coast of Ireland now living in Fermanagh enjoying life on Lough Erne with her fellow rowers.

claire

Clare

Treasurer

I was first introduced to Row The Erne through Positive Futures in 2014 and became a member in 2016. I love being a part of this floating family and to have the opportunity to Row in a curragh on our beautiful waters.

miread

Mairead

Training

I joined Row the Erne in 2018, it was one of the best things I have ever done. Experiencing Lough Erne this way is amazing. Exercise, beautiful scenery, friendship, lots of fun, and a cuppa. Love it.

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.