By VIEW editor Brian Pelan
I spent a heavenly day last Saturday, April 29, rowing on the River Lagan with the fantastic volunteers from community group Lagan Currachs.
We set off from a marina near the Big Fish sculpture in Belfast and headed down the river past Stranmillis.
The sun was shining and harpist Ursula Burns provided the music. What more could an editor want?
The organisation, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, has built a 33ft currach to row with groups and the public on the River Lagan in Belfast.
Group member Niamh Scullion explained how the group came together, many with no previous boat-building experience, to build the currach.
They have also recently been awarded £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund Awards for All Northern Ireland grants scheme. The money will go towards a trailer, training, and safety equipment.
The River Lagan has so much potential but sadly is under-used.
Lagan Currachs have hit the water with a splash and have shown that it’s possible to enjoy the river and its scenic beauty.
A couple of hours on the currach left me throughly relaxed. And yes, I did row for a short while.
For those who want to experience a trip on the currach, go to http://getwetni.com/events/95-lagan-currachs-rowing-taster-sessions to book a session.
The group can also be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/search/str/lagan+currachs/keywords_top