Summer 2019 saw an epic ocean voyage from Limerick city to the city of Nuuk, the capital of Greenland with woodcraft created by a group of Learners at Nenagh Community Training Centre (CTC) crossing the Arctic Circle. Salmon’s Wake is the title of the ILEN Boat Project’s 2019 Community and Schools Educational Programme. Under the supervision of the expert boat builders of the ILEN Project, and their woodwork (John McKeogh) and Art (Annie Holland) instructors at our John’s Lane facility, the Learners of Nenagh CTC were assigned the task of making the oars, poles and paddles, as well as restoring the ‘cot’, a smaller boat that sits on the main vessel.
Nenagh CTC Manager, Rose Shanahan described the centre’s involvement with the ILEN Boat Project as an ‘extraordinary opportunity’ on many levels. Not only have the Learners been exposed to the unique craft of boatbuilding, oar-making and voyage preparation, but the international element has brought an added cultural dimension. The involvement in this project has been a source of ‘considerable pride’ for our Nenagh CTC Family.