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Traditional Boats of Ireland – The Dónal Mac Polin Collection

September 27, 2019 @ 10:00 am - October 6, 2019 @ 4:30 pm


Donegal County Museum, Letterkenny

On display in Donegal County Museum, in association with the County Archives, is a collection of watercolours and illustrations by Dónal Mac Polin.  The collection documents and highlights the splendour of the disappearing boat-building tradition around the Irish coast.  Based on extensive maritime history research this exhibition celebrates a variety of boats. These include currachs, drontheims, yawls, cots, hookers, punts, flats and skiffs.

The collection captures the craftsmanship, skills and intricacies of Ireland’s traditional boats and boat-building traditions.  Dónal Mac Polin is author of ‘The Donegal Currachs’ book (2007).He also contributed to, and was assistant editor of, the ‘Traditional Boats of Ireland: History, Folklore & Construction’ book (2008).

Exhibition opening hours:

Monday-Friday                 1000 – 1630

Saturday                           1300 – 1630

Closed for lunch               1230 – 1300

Please note this is an open event and is free of charge.



September 27, 2019 @ 10:00 am
October 6, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
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County Museum
Letterkenny, High Rd, Ballyboe Glencar, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal Ireland