Aug 28, 2008

Currach Folk: Photographs by Bill Doyle


This is a travelling exhibition from the Australian National Maritime Museum at the Victorian Archive Centre in North Melbourne. The photographs record the daily lives of fishing and farming people living in isolated communities in the west of Ireland. The exhibition can be viewed from the 14th July to 8th November. Admission free. On Saturday 30th August, Public Records Office Victoria will be presenting an all-day program of talks and other activities in celebration of the Irish experience in Victoria. For bookings, contact PROV Public Programs (tel.: 9348 5600; email: ask.prov@prov.vic.gov.au). Currachs are still used today by fishing communities in the west of Ireland. At day's end, resembling giant carapaces, they are carried beyond the high-tide mark for storage overnight in gardens or boat yards.

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