5th Mediterranean Currach Regatta, Saturday March 16th 2013


The WINNERS of the AMATEUR category in this year’s regatta that took place on Saturday, March 16th 2013 in Barcelona were:


Alan Murphy
Dobz O’Brien
Kieran Curtin


And even though the WINNERS of the PRO race was the IOMRAMH team formed by:


Robert Kenny
Mark Redden
Audun Waage


The girls that disputed the final were SO strong and did SO well that they deserved the race prizes! Well done:


Anita Locke
Clare Hayden
Síle Ní Dheargáin


Hope you enjoyed yourselves, thanks for coming!!!!!




The Day in Words:
The 5th Edition of the Mediterranean Currach Regatta took place in the Old Port (Port Vell) of Barcelona on March 16th 2013, coinciding with Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations. This was the first year the event was made public, allowing visitors and locals to view Irish culture and sport in the historical heart of seafaring Barcelona. There was something for everyone, with food, drink, live music and Irish dance setting the scene for the excitement that took place on the water. Estrella Damm, Magners, Kerrygold and Dawn Meats kindly provided food and drink for the event, that could only become a reality thanks to the support of Fundació de Navegació Oceànica de Barcelona/Consorci El Far, the Irish Embassy, and Tourism of Ireland, and our faithful and regular sponsors: the most important Irish pubs in the city.
A new three hand Connemara-style currach was launched before the race draw. It is the fourth boat in the Barcelona fleet, hand built by Mark Redden. With 22 teams taking part, the race was divided into a professional and an amateur category. A big contingent came from Ireland, representing Naomhoga Corcai, Coonagh Currach Club, Fergus Rowing Club amongst other clubs. A team also came from Norway as well as the large group of internationals that made up crews representing Irish bars, who annually sponsor the event. The course ran 300 meters along the ancient port wall, with the city’s yacht clubs as a backdrop. It made a great spectacle of the competing crews, with the crowds cheering on the rowers all along the pier. There was fierce competition to get to the big yellow buoy and make the sharp 360 degree turn before the sprint to the finish line.
This year the pro trophy was dedicated to Seamus Farrell, proprietor of the Quiet Man Pub, who sadly passed away earlier in the year. The crew representing Dunnes Bar (Audun Waage, Robert Kenny, Mark Redden) met stiff opposition in the graceful form of a boat load of springy Kerry ladies, but prevailed to keep the trophy in Barcelona. The final of the amateur league was contested by Fergus rowing club from County Clare, Ireland and Naomhóga Chorcaí from Cork city, Ireland. Naomhóga Chorcaí (Alan Murphy, Dobz O’Brien, Kieran Curtin) mastered the gusty conditions and took the title back to the River Lee.
300 invited guests were bolstered by passers by who stopped to enjoy the craic and spectacle. Music was provided by the wonderful ensemble of Nights Around The Table, and the magnificent Irish dance troupe Aires Celtes awed the crowd with their jigs and reels. The event is organised annually by Iomramh, an association comprised of a boat builder, Mark Redden (Ireland), the event coordinator, Ari Bastart (Catalonia) and rowing instructor Audun Waage (Norway). Brian Flanagan was the voice of the regatta, announcing the races and treating the gathering to his hilarious insights. We are looking forward to next year, with more craic, art and currachs all in the pipeline!


The location of the event has moved from the grounds of Club Marítim to the public area of Moll de Bosch i Alsina (Moll de la Fusta) in the Port of Barcelona so that we can gather more people and have more fun!


Please book your flights to Barcelona this Saint Patrick’s and get training if you are already in the city!!! All crews are welcome, all levels, all genders, all nationalities and ages (+18)! The more the merrier!


We will of course also have traditional music with Nights Around The Table, dancing with Aires Celtes, and Irish products available; and we are working so that the party keeps going with more music and fun till the early morning of Paddy’s Day! Come celebrate with us another good year of Irish tradition and fun on Barcelona soil!
11.00 – Draw
12.00-15.00 – Rowing Competition
15.00-18.00 – Live Irish Music and Dancing
18.00 … – Pints!

Tenim el plaer d’anuncïar que la cinquena edició de la Regata de Currachs del Mediterrani tindrà lloc el dissabte 16 març, 2013 a Barcelona.


La ubicació de l’esdeveniment s’ha traslladat dels terrenys del Club Marítim de l’any passat a l’espaiós Moll de Bosch i Alsina (Moll de la Fusta), per poder reunir més gent i passar-ho millor!


Si us plau, reserveu els vostres vols a Barcelona aquest dia de Sant Patrici i començeu els entrenaments si ja sou a la ciutat! Tots els equips són benvinguts, tots els nivells, tots els gèneres, totes les nacionalitats i edats (+18)! Com més, millor!


Comptarem amb la ja típica música tradicional de Nights Around The Table, el ball irlandès d’Aires Celtes i productes irlandesos, i estem treballant perquè la festa segueixi endavant amb més música i diversió fins ben entrada la matinada del dia de Sant Patrici! Vine a celebrar amb nosaltres un any més de tradició irlandesa i diversió a Barcelona!
11.00 – Sorteig
12.00-15.00 – Regata
15.00-18.00 – Música i Dansa
18.00 … – Pintes!

Tenemos el placer de anunciar que la quinta edición de la Regata de Currachs del Mediterráneo tendrá lugar el Sábado, 16 de marzo 2013 en Barcelona.


La ubicación del evento se ha trasladado de los terrenos del Club Marítim al Moll de Bosch i Alsina (Moll de la Fusta) en el Puerto de Barcelona para que podamos reunir más gente y pasarlo mejor!


Por favor, reservad vuestros vuelos a Barcelona este San Patricio y empezad a entrenar si ya estáis en la ciudad! Todos los equipos son bienvenidos, todos los niveles, todos los géneros, todas las nacionalidades y edades (+18)! Cuantos más, mejor!


Además de tener música tradicional con Nights Around The Table y disfrutar del baile irlandés de Aires Celtes, habrá productos irlandeses, y estamos trabajando para que la fiesta contunúe con más música y diversión hasta la madrugada del día de San Patricio! Ven a celebrar con nosotros un año más de tradición irlandesa y diversión en suelo barcelonés!
11.00 – Sorteo
12.00-15.00 – Regata
15.00-18.00 – Música y Danza en vivo
18.00 … – Pintas!

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