Red Banner (Eagrán 60) 2015

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Bhí an curach ársa ag an gcine daonna ó am éicint roimh 10,000 bliain roimh Chríost, agus bhí sí in úsáid in Éirinn go dtí 1936. Is é a bhí sa gcurach ársa ná soitheach a bhí déanta as creatlach de ghéaga ceangailte le chéile, agus go raibh clúdach uiscedhíonach de sheithe uirthi. Tháinig tionchar na Réabhlóide Tionsclaíochta i bhfeidhm ar dheartha an churaigh le: hamaid sháfa do na garmain, na lataí agus na fonsaí; tairní, agus canbhás agus tarra. Sin a thug dúinn an curach traidisiúnta.

Sa gcéad chuid den leabhar insítear scéal an churaigh ó theacht an chéad fhear i gcurach suas go dtí an lá inniu. Is i gcurach chomh maith a tháinig: feilmeoireacht, na Ceiltigh, an Ghaeilge, Pádraig, an Chríostaíocht, léinn agus scríobh, agus is i gcurach a rinne na manaigh a dturais mhara éachtúla san Atlantach Thuaidh.

Sa dara chuid tá caibidil ar leith ag gach saghas curach a bhí ann: ceithre shaghas i nDún na nGall; ceithre shaghas i Muigh Eo; dhá shaghas i nGaillimh  agus bhí dhá shaghas naomhóg acu, ceann sa gClár agus ceann i gCiarraí.  Tá cur síos ar crot an churaigh, tréithre ar leith a bhí aici, teacht an churaigh traidisiúnta go dtí an cheantair agus a úsáid san iascaireacht, agus tá plean, tomhais agus toisí do gach saghas.

People have been using the ancient currach since some time around 10,000 B.C. and it was used in Ireland until 1936. The ancient currach was a vessel which was made from a frame of branches tied together with a waterproof covering made of animal pelts. The industrial revolution changed currach design and saw the introduction of sawn wood for the beams, the laths and the hoops, nails, canvas and tar. This is how what is known as the traditional currach developed.

In the first part of the book the story of the currach is told from the arrival in a currach of the first person to Ireland up to the present day. Mac Conamhna details how farming came to Ireland in a currach. It was also how the Celts, the Irish-language, St. Patrick, Christianity, education and writing came to Ireland. It was also in currachs that the Irish monks made their adventurous journeys in the North Atlantic ocean.

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Weight 672 g
Dimensions 217 × 140 × 19 mm

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