A replica of Bád Eddie is an option being considered

Councillor considers future of iconic Donegal boat

By Michelle NicPhaidin

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By Michelle NicPhaidin

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Councillor considers future of one of iconic Donegal boat

A local councillor is hopeful that a fitting tribute will be put in place to commemorate one of the most iconic boats in the North West. 

Bád Eddie has been lying on the beach at Bunbeg since it was placed there following a storm in the early 70's. The boat has fallen into a state of disrepair over the years.  Photographs of the boat can be found across the globe.  

Many proposals in relation to the boat were made at a public meeting which was held by Sinn Féin Councillor John Shéamuis Ó'Fearraigh in the summer.

Cllr. Ó'Fearraigh said that should efforts have been made to fix the boat six or seven years ago that there could have been a chance of saving it. However, the local councillor has been informed that the boat cannot be fixed in its present state. 

He said: "We will not do anything without the permission of the owners. However, I did raise the issue of the boat at a Donegal County Council meeting and we were told we would receive monies. I am hopeful that something can be done to commemorate this iconic boat."

The councillor added that one of the ideas that is being considered is creating a replica of the boat similar to what was done with the Asgard.