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Model, of curragh
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Curraghs have been used as boats in Ireland from as early as 200 BC. This model represents a type of curragh used by fishermen on the west coast of Ireland around 1920. It is built to a scale of 1:8.

The curragh was originally constructed by stretching ox-hide over a wood or wicker frame. In more recent times tarred canvas was used.

Curraghs were noted for their seaworthiness, particularly in the heavy Atlantic waves. Early curraghs often reached 12 metres in length, later models ranged from 3 to 5 metres.

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