Thursday, March 02, 2006



Hot frame

Three seat Currach

Dio Frame

Currach Frame

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Currach Building Project New London CT.

Currach Project

Geoff Kaufman, Janet Buck-Marusov, Lorcan Otway and Diarmuid Hanafin

Lorcan Otway is the currach builder, Geoff, Janet and Diarmuid are the founders of Celtic Cause. Next week we are starting to build some currachs in New London, 2 for New Orleans, one ( ? ) for New York. The New York boat is to be named the Pat Cleary, after the founder of the 1957 club. Monty O'Leary, of Maharees, Co. Kerry, Ireland, is going to be arriving this Friday to be the primary master-builder. More on all this soon... The boats will be built at Crocker House, which is at 180 State Street, New London, CT. On 2\17\2006 Monty lands in the States and the work begins...

Monday, January 16, 2006

NYC Currach Club 1957


Wednesday, December 14, 2005

When we were very young...


Genie and I at the far left...

Monday, December 12, 2005


Ad Hoc committee to meet Odessa Restaurant ( The New Odessa next to the old Odessa ) Ave. A between 7th and St. Marks Place ( 8th Street ) Manhattan, NY, Wends. Dec. 14, 7PM...

We will meet at the back tables, to RSVP to

To finish the plans for the meeting at the Irish American Historical Society

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Irish Currachs Returning to New York

South Street Seaport 3\17\82 early morning

On 1\16\2006 Monty O'Leary and I are back to building currachs together. If folks all chip in to get the funding, we will also build boats for crews in New York. Towards informing all about Currachs and Currach racing and rowing in New York, we are going to hold an event at the American Irish Hisotical Society on 12\19...



“The Currach: from Saint Brendan to Today”

To close the year’s calendar, Lorcan Otway returns to the Society, this time to discuss the history of the ancient sailing vessel, the currach, including racing aspects in Ireland and in the United States. Two currachs were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Their hand-built replacements will be undertaken by Mr. Otway and the renowned builder Monty O'Leary of Maharees, Co. Kerry. In New York, currach racing has been on hiatus. However, it is being re-invigorated through the efforts of Mr. Otway and others of NY’s Quaker community, in memory of the Quaker aid to Ireland during the Famine. The evening will involve illustrations in slides and photographs. Previously, Mr. Otway has been at AIHS, hosting musician-educator Bill Ochs and lecturing on Ireland’s Travellers.

Monday, December 19th – 6:30 p.m.

MUST call in advance to secure a spot.

991 Fifth Avenue (at 80th St.)
(212) 288-2263 x 31