Rosbeg and Portnoo new boats blessed

Rosbeg and Portnoo Community Boat-building Workshop recently celebrated the completion of a number hand-built 17ft wooden boats with a blessing of the boats.

Rosbeg and Portnoo Community Boat-building Workshop recently celebrated the completion of a number hand-built 17ft wooden boats with a blessing of the boats.

Rev John Deane and Fr Daley blessed the boats and there were readings from Owen Harkin and Robbie Adair.

The community of Rosbeg and Portnoo turned out in great numbers to see the finished boats and to congratulate the boat-builders.

Over twenty men took part in the project which is part of the Irish Men’s Sheds Association. They started work last October, meeting twice a week in the old AOH Hall in Kilclooney.

It has been 30 years since wooden boats have been constructed in Portnoo. The last boat building programme also took place in the AOH hall from 1979–1981.

The leaders of the current workshop - Patsy Harkin, Michael John Nicholson and Pat McLoone - remember that project. Michael John Nicholson built a boat and Pat McLoone’s father was the carpentry instructor.

The boats blessed on Saturday were built by George Adair, Patrick Harkin, Danny and Patrick Johnston, Paul Brennan, John Carr, Pat McLoone, Willie Gallagher.

The project was an initiative of Downstrands Family Resource Centre and supported by Donegal VEC.