19% Funded


Target: €6000


€1,180 Raised

not funded

15 Funders

Begnet's boats project 2013

By Begnet's Boats


My name is Liz Murray and I'm passionate about connecting people in creative ways. I hope to be the spark which lights this particular creative fire, along with your help. 

I have commissioned Mark Redden, artist and boatbuilder to build 2 racing currachs in Dalkey during the month of May. A currach is much more than the sum of its parts. Each slender piece of wood can easily be snapped in two. A finished currach is a work of art, a light craft which can weather stormy seas. As a metaphor for community it is a tangible reality reminding us that together we can undertake journeys not possible as an individual. We can step outside the safe harbour of our own lives and head out into the creative unknown with its horizonless possibilities. 

Launch day is June the 1st. With fair weather and a favourable tide the boats will be launched from Coliemore harbour and rowed across to Dalkey Island. The month long workshop will strenghten the spiritual and maritime link between the town and the island.

The creative space held by Mark will invite possibilities for people to connect with each other in a new and exciting way. I have invited local primary and secondary schools to use the workshop as a resource for creative work such as art, craft, poetry and music. Even if you cannot drop down to Dalkey, please follow us Facebook and the website as the boats take shape under Mark's craftsmanship.

Simon Dalton has been commissioned to create a unique montage of images to be used throughout the duration of the project. Elaine Flood is creating 12 sea faring recipies for 'St. Begnet's Cookbook'. These will help sustain the crew as they work away! As the wider community gets involved we may even have our own Dalkey wooden boat festival on the June bank holiday weekend!

The finished boats will be donated for the use of young people locally. Please contribute to the project if you can help in any way.




48hours to go, and 84% needed urgently

Thanks so much to everyone who has pledged so far! I am delighted to have raised 16% of my target but I still have a long way to go! To reach my target of €6000 by Wednesday, yes thats 48 hours away, I need to raise another €4940 This funding campaign is a great opportunity to prove the power of the crowd and a little goes along way! Get family and friends to pledge as little as €10. You can contact me at begnetsboats@yahoo.ie if you have any questions.

Select Stores, Dalkey

many thanks Oliver for putting up a poster yesterday. the falafels really cheered me up in the cold Easterly winds!

Afloat magazine today/ Reads in DunLaoghaire

really good article in Afloat.ie It captures the mood of the project perfectly. Thanks Jehan! http://afloat.ie/marine-environment/coastal-notes/item/21195-begnet’s-boat-building-currach-project-bound-for-dalkey-island Also thanks to endlessly patient staff in Reads Dunlaoghaire as I mutter and mumble about A3 or A2 or A5????

Mark Redden in Barcelona

Mark was busy in Barcelona on Saturday at the 5th Mediterranean Currach Regatta.here's a link to a previous Barcelona launch. you can see what our Dalkey currachs should look like https://vimeo.com/37038372

Meithal Mara in the people's republic!

we got an invite to the annual Ocean to City race – 8th June this year (www.oceantocity.com). And to the summer school on Monday, 10th June on the theme of community boat building.many thanks to Cathy in Crosses Green

Cafe de la Gare, Copper House Gallery,Robert's fish shop

many thanks to Evelyn van Beeck for putting up a poster in her special little cafe at Killiney Dart station. And thanks to Peter Roberts for doing the same in Dalkey. http://www.robertsofdalkey.com/ got a mail from Leszek Wolnik of Fire and The Copperhouse gallery. He loves the project, check out the amazing prints on this website. http://www.thecopperhousegallery.com/

as Gaeilge, we have an Irish adviser on board

great stuff, the crew is getting bigger by the day! thanks to Brian O Raghallaigh for giving me the correct spelling for our lovely currachs. They will be Naomh Beagnait 1 (agus) 2. Brian is ag caint as Gaeilge gach la, unlike myself these days. winds from the NorthEast tonight, gusting 25knots.Have to get into the sea lingo before June!

Cobra Electronics marine VHF radios

these sound great, even to a landlubber like me! Cobra Electronics very generously donated marine VHF radios to put in the kitty for a raffle, many thanks Jean-Louis

Cuala GAA club weekly newsletter

a big thanks to John Treacey(great singer!) for putting us in touch with Cuala. Check out the link below, something is bound to appeal to you! http://www.cualagaa.ie/2013/03/cuala-weekly-news-125/

Dalkey Community Newsletter

Gerard Coakley editor of newsletter heard about the project from Dalkey Civic Trust. He's going to publish my 'letter to the editor' in April edition.

Simon Dalton art maestro comes up trumps for project!

Simon has done an amazing job with the montage and logo. just another meet up in Dalkey to collect the CD over next few days!

article for community newsletter

Jehan Ashmore, marine correspondent for Afloat magazine loves the project and is going to do a journo piece for Dalkey Community newsletter April.

working lunch

had yummy working lunch with cookbook author today.Elaine has 5 recipies up and running. We worked on page design and layouts. get ready to cook folks, not long till May!

maritime archaelogy

met Darina Tully maritime archaelogist yesterday. She is an is an expert on Irish traditional boats and is a member of the Irish Underwater Archaeological Research Team. She is very interested in the currach build and has offered to bring her own skin boat to Dalkey in May! Thanks Darina!

artwork in progress and looking good!

Simon Dalton, artist is working away on the logo and montage for the project. The colour palette is beautiful marine blues and greys.The logo looks like it will feature the island and a currach.watch this space.

met the currach maestro himself!

great to meet Mark Redden in person for the first time this week. have been in touch by mail since last August.! a quick stop in Dublin between Tasmania and Barcelona. What counry has this guy not built a currach in? met wonderful librarian in Dalkey, really enthusiastic about project. talked of involving kids in model making and more.

funders (15)

There are 10 public funders of this project

There are 5 anonymous funders of this project