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  • n. Alternative spelling of currach.


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  • Even though the vessel Brendan would have sailed, a craft called a curragh and used by Irish fisher folk for centuries, was much smaller, the beautiful brig, with its billowing sails and creaking masts, was a symbol of St. Brendan's unlikely crossing.


  • Welsh and Irish rivers, and known as a curragh or coracle; made of an osier frame covered with tanned and oiled skins.

    Tales of the Enchanted Islands of the Atlantic

  • Reconstructing a sixth-century ocean-going curragh required designing the boat itself, based on expertise in naval architecture and a single illustration in a medieval manuscript, then identifying and then sourcing the right kind of leather, the right kind of grease for preserving and waterproofing it, the right kind of flax thread for ropes and stitching, and the right kind of wood for the strong but flexible frame.

    The Brendan Voyage, by Tim Severin. Book review

  • The medieval text Navigatio Sancti Brendani Abbatis The Voyage of St Brendan the Abbot tells how St Brendan and a crew of 17 Irish monks built themselves a leather curragh and set sail west over the ocean in search of the Promised Land.

    The Brendan Voyage, by Tim Severin. Book review

  • (In the late 70s, the sailor/historian Tim Severin recreated the journey in a curragh he built with tools and materials that would have been available to Brendan.)


  • In her curragh of shells of daughter of pearl and her silverymonnblue mantle round her.

    Finnegans Wake

  • Britain; Scotland rang with thy exploits, and England, too, north of the Humber; strange deeds also didst thou achieve when, fleeing from justice, thou didst find thyself in the Sister Isle; busy wast thou there in town and on curragh, at fair and race-course, and also in the solitary place.


  • The curragh which was promised might be a man, a horse, a cart, or chaise; and no more could be got from the man with the battle-axe but a repetition of ‘Aich ay! ta curragh.’


  • ‘Ta cove was tree, four mile; but as duinhe-wassel was a wee taiglit, Donald could, tat is, might — would — should send ta curragh.’


  • He rowed on until he came to the hut, and having moored the boat to the door, he put on the water-dress and the crystal helmet, and taking the spear in his hand, he leaped over the side of the curragh, and sank down and down until he touched the bottom.

    The Golden Spears And Other Fairy Tales


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