Colmcille Curragh - Causeway Coast Heritage Group
Established in 1994, the Portrush based CCMHG are working towards conserving some of the rich maritime culture of the North Irish Coast. The group have forged links with other like minded communities from the shores of Ireland to Scotland and beyond.
The Group have been involved in recreating Historic Celtic Voyages of the Saints and in particular Colmcille/Columba. The 40 foot canvas covered Colmcille Currach travelled to the Scottish Island of Iona in 1997 and later to Northern France and Northern Spain in 2000 and 2001 respectively. In 2003, the Colmcille returned to Iona with a mixed American and Northern Irish crew, and in the same year, the vessel circumnavigated the island of Ireland, crewed by CCMHG members from various parts of Ireland and Europe, and accompanied by the traditional Basque fishing vessel Amerikataktik. An illustrated diary of this voyage can be viewed at www.colmcille.homestead.com
CCMHG's Sister Group the Causeway Coast Kayak Association commissioned a Traditional Drontheim (the James Kelly). The Kelly frequently races against other similar drontheims from Donegal and Scotland.
Mill Strand Integrated School & Nursery have shared these links and images from the Causeway Coast Heritage Group to reinforce the outstanding work undertaken in the community to explore, celebrate and recognise the rich maritime heritage of this beautiful part of Ireland and our strong links with Argyll and the Western Isles of Scotland.
Click on the link above to enter the Causeway Coast Heritage Groups Colmcille Curragh Web Site.