The ‘Eileen Rose’ is launched at the Isle of Doagh

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A boat built by members of the Men’s Shed Carn project has been launched in the Isle of Doagh.

The ‘float your boat’ project was funded by the Community Foundation for Ireland in conjunction with Inishowen Development Partnership and has proved a huge success with the men.

Members used their time and skills to hand build a traditional Donegal Curragh boat which they named the ‘Eileen Rose’ over the last number of months.

Philip Doherty, Co-ordinator Men’s Shed Carn said it was great to see the enthusiasm of all of the men getting ‘stuck in’ to the ‘float your boat’ project.

“It is an excellent example of what can be achieved and highlights the exceptional skills these men have to turn their hand at anything. Previously, none of the men had any experience of doing anything like this and we are really delighted with how it has turned out. The men were happy to report that it did indeed float. It shows how through projects like this we can share and build on our existing skills, not to mention have great craic doing it.”

Denise Mc Cool, Inishowen Development partnership commented: “The Float Your Boat project was an excellent opportunity for the men to explore an area they had not been involved in before but had more than enough skills to do. In addition, the men went on a trip to the Titanic in Belfast which they also thoroughly enjoyed.”

“When the Men’s Shed project started there was a sense that the outlook in Inishowen was bleak in terms of employment opportunities and offered little of a positive nature for many. Over the last 18 months the Men’s Shed Carn members have got involved in lots of different projects – including computing, health and safety training, safepass training, more practical woodworking and chainsaw courses, and importantly this boatbuilding project. The men have invested a lot of time and energy and have enjoyed the social aspect as well

Gerard McCarron, Treasurer with the project, concluded: “There are a lot more interesting projects already lined up for the Autumn / Winter such . We are also interested on hearing your thoughts on what you would like to see offered through the project.