106% Funded


Target: €1500


€1,600 Raised


13 Funders

Official Book Launch - The Boyne Currach

By Claidhbh O Gibne


My name is Claidhbh Ó Gibne, an artist living below the tombs of Newgrange, by the river Boyne in Co. Meath. Back in 1997 myself and my wife established the Boyne Currach Centre, with an aim of reviving the tradition of Boyne Currach making, a tradition that had died away back in the 1960s.  As I learned about these crafts, I was fascinated not only by the simplicity of these woven skin covered river boats, but also about the people whose lives depended on them.  In order to preserve this important aspect of our heritage, I decided to record all my research in book form. This story of our local, traditional Boyne Currach and the history of skin-boat building has its antecedents in prehistory.  By learning about the history of the skin currach and its making, by visiting the homes of those whose lives depended on them, I have crafted this voyage into the story of a civilisation.

This is a definitive study of the traditional Boyne Currach, which is an important part of the cultural heritage of the Boyne valley. This book also throws a light on a whole range of areas associated with prehistoric boat-building, i.e. the tools used, the method of tanning, sewing techniques etc.

As mentioned above, all proceeds from this book will be invested into the Newgrange Currach Project, a project revolving around the construction of leather sails and the carving of wooden oars for our 34ft wicker-currach, here in Co. Meath, at the Boyne Currach Centre, and the re-enactment of the Neolithic journeys of 5,000 years ago in skin-wicker-currachs.

After 5 years in the making, I have secured a publisher for the book and I am now looking for €1,500 to ensure that it gets the best professional launch which it deserves. All monies raised here will go towards the costs of the book launch, to cover the venue (TBC), some refreshments for our guests as well as some quality entertainment for the evening...the more professional I can make this event, the more promotion I can give the book, and therefore more investment for the Newgrange Currach Project.  If there is any money left over after the launch of the book, it will be spent on extra promotional work for the book; newspapers, radio, internet etc. and other appropriate mediums.

Thanking you for your kind generosity,

Is mise,

Claidhbh Ó Gibne



Final Thanks!

With less than an hour to go, (just like the analog TV) we are about to be switched off!! We would like to, once again express our sincere gratitude to all of you who have helped to fund this event - and as explained previously, all proceeds form this book will be going towards the Newgrange Currach Project, as well as any monies left in the kitty after the launch. This is our final input for this project, hope to see many of you at the launch, or if you con't come yourself, feel free to nominate someone who you would like us to invite on your behalf.... Thanks again, Sinéad & Claidhbh

Still trickling in!!

I can't believe this, we still have donations coming in...this is brilliant! We are on our final count down, only hours to go and there are still donations coming in. Thanks a million to our 'late' funders! Keep reaching out to friends and family - we can keep donations rolling until our time runs out - thanks again to one and all!! And a huge thanks to Martin and all the staff in 'fundit' who have been there all the way answering questions and giving us advice - go raibh maith agaibh!!

Made It!!

Fantastic!! We have reached our target - really looking forward to the big day - thanks to all of you who have made this possible - really appreciated!! Hope to see as many of you as is possible at the launch - 16th Nov!! And as explained, all proceeds from this book will go directly to The Newgrange Currach Project, as will any monies left over from this kitty after the launch!! Go raibh míle maith agaibh, gach duine agaibh ar fad arís!! From Sinéad & Claidhbh (& and all who are involved in this worth while project!)

Last 24 hours!!

OK! We have less than 24 hours to reach our target - thanks to our most recent funders...really appreciated, and a huge thanks to our anonymous funder!!??!!

Date & Venue!!

We just received confirmation that the launch will be held on Friday the 16th of November @ 7pm - 9pm in the Barbican Theatre, William's Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth...looking forward to seeing you all there (although travel from the US and China may prove difficult!! We'll be thinking of you guys on the night, and raising a glass to you!)

9 Days to go.....

Sincere thanks again to all who have donated so far....really appreciate it!! But with only 9 days to go we need to up it a gear if we are to reach our target...so I am asking you all to reach out to friends and contacts and tell them about this project. If we can all grab just 2 more interested parties each, we will be well on our way... We need to push this or else your monies will be returned to you - unused :( !! Splash it out on face book, emails or word of mouth...we need to get it out there !! Thanks again for all your help...

22 Days to go!!

This is fantastic, over 1/3 of the way to reaching our target and still over three weeks to go.....! Thanks again to all who have helped us get this far...Now we need to concentrate on the final 2/3 of the journey....so spread the word, tell your friends and family about this project......W need to keep pushing it... Sincere thanks to all our funders to date!! Much appreciated! Details of the launch will be finalised in the next few days, so watch this space!!

Go raibh míle maith agaibh!!

What a brilliant start! Not even 24 hours up and already we have over 25% of the funds donated....huge thanks to our funders...so far!! Looking forward to many more!! Thank you all for your kind offers.......

funders (13)

There are 12 public funders of this project

There are 1 anonymous funders of this project