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Welcome to Meitheal Mara - Cork's community boatyard and training centre

Meitheal Mara (ma-hal ma-ra) translates roughly as ''Workers of the Sea''. Meitheal can be translated as "community" and Mara literally means "of the sea" in Gaelic. We are a community boatyard and training centre in the heart of Cork City, a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.

Boat building and repairs as well as training in woodwork and rowing is central to what we do. We specialise in traditional Irish currachs, such as the Kerry Naomhóg, and also  produce currach replicas for preservation and display purposes.

Our agency funded training programmes utilise traditional boatbuilding, wood working and rowing to promote participant's social and personal development. We run courses to encourage young people back into education and training and also offer individual and organisation funded training.

Meitheal Mara run a wide range of maritime activities including our flagship event Ocean to City - Cork's Maritime Festival, a regular River Lee Clean Up, the Corkumnavigation city water trail as well as boat and crew charters for film and tv. An interesting fact - if you see any currachs in the international TV-hit  Game of Thrones - they are probably ours!

Most of our activities are community-based, and the organisation has initiated a number of clubs including the Meitheal Mara Men's Shed, breast cancer survival group Cork Dragons, our youth training vessel Fionnbarra and Cork's currach club Naomhóga Chorcaí.

Meitheal Mara also provides consultancy and charters as well as speakers in the areas of traditional boatbuilding and maritime culture. 

Finally, our heritage and cultural research is ongoing work and we have been involved in many projects, including the Glorious Galway publication.


Popular Links:

Boat Building & Repairs Support Meitheal Mara Visit our Online Shop
Currach & Traditional Boatbuilding and repairs Meitheal Mara Charity Macpolin traditional currach & boat prints



Lunchtime Lecture

Thur 13th November

4th Interfirm Dragon Boat Challenge

Saturday 13th September

From Gougane Barra to Meitheal Mara


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