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The film is about documenting the process of Currach boatbuilding and launching it in the Pacific ocean for the first time.

To mark the fifth year of the ever growing LA Irish Film Festival, a traditional Irish Currach will be built by an artisan /boatwright from Donegal. The theme for year five is aptly “Sea of Exchange”, representing the emigration of people as well as films. The Currach is the ideal symbolic vessel of this exchange. Comprised of essential elements and put together with diligent attention to detail, it in itself will be a key work of art in this year’s celebration. The five day process will begin in the lobby of the opening night gala venue and will continue through the next 4 days of the festival, amid the displayed works of Irish painters and artist and festival patrons. On day five of the festival, a family beach day is planned with the ceremonial launch of the currach in the Pacific Ocean. Currach builder Donal Mac Polin will make the journey from Ireland and shepherd a hand picked team of local craftsmen through the ancient steps of construction and assembly. In this way the preservation and handing down of Irish culture will be truly international. The Sea of Exchange continues.

Our goal is to raise enough money to fund the project, document it, and give longevity to this craft.


Fionnula Flanagan

Ireland's national treasure. Fionnula has been a great supporter of the Los Angeles Irish Film Festival since it's inception. She received the Steve Brennan tribute award at the 2011Los Angeles Irish film festival.  Fionnula has had a very successful acting career and is one of Ireland's leading Actors.

Fionnula Flanagan IMDB
Fionnula Flanagan IMDB

Lisa McLaughlin

Lisa McLaughlin is the Founder and Director of the L.A Irish Film Festival. She is the current 2012 Los Angeles Irish Woman of the year.Being a native of Donegal, Ireland- the county where this curragh is designed and used- she has special interest in preserving this boatbuilding tradition of her homeland.

Lisa McLaughlin
Lisa McLaughlin

Donal McPolin

Donal McPolin is a boatbuilder and designer from Ireland.He has written and published a book called the Donegal Currach. The book has step by step instructions on how to build a Currach.   

Donal McPolin
Donal McPolin

Currach Plans

Donal McPolin and local craftsman Dan Conroy will set up a workshop in L.A using local materials instead of the usual materials used to build this boat in Ireland. This means researching and finding branches similar to the Hazel Rod branches used in Ireland. After testing the wood and sourcing all the materials here they will begin to build a skeleton frame in time for the opening of the Sea of exchange exhibit at the gallery of the Printmaking society at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood on September 19th.

Currach Design by Donal
Currach Design by Donal

They will then move the boat to the opening night location of the festival at the Linwood Dunn theatre in Hollywood. On day 2 it will get moved to the 2nd venue of the festival on Montana ave, Santa Monica. Here they will build the boat over the next 5 days of the festival

Man with Oar
Man with Oar

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    PROUD SUPPORTER BACKGROUND ::: Download a proud donator desktop background. During the building process photographs will be taken and will be used as the image for the background.

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    CURRACH POSTCARD::: during the building process photographs will be taken and will be used as the image for the postcard [+] Desktop Background

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    WINDOWS AERO THEME ::: Windows theme for (windows 7 or Vista). The theme includes images that were taken through the building process of the Currach.

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    DIGITALLY SIGNED POSTER ::: (download) the poster captures one moment of the documentation of the Currach and will be digitally signed by the artist. The poster is ready to print.

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    CURRACH SCREEN SAVER ::: Windows 7 screen saver consists of images taken from the Currach process and the film festival [+] DIGITALLY SIGNED POSTER (see above) [+] WINDOWS AERO THEME [+] DIGITALLY SIGNED POSTER

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    Currach Mug ::: A mug with a printed art of the Currach boat as captured throughout the building the

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    T-SHIRT::: A white T-Shirt with the Currach image taken during the building process and a proud supporter title. The image is digitally signed by the artist Donal McPolin.

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    SIGNED CURRACH POSTCARD ::: The same postcard as described above with special thank you and ORIGINAL SIGNATURE of Donal McPolin (the Currach builder)

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    WALL CALENDAR ::: 26 pages wall calendar with each month features a different part of the boatbuilding process. The calendar is for 2013

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    GLOSS PHOTO POSTER ::: 22"x15" High quality print of the Currach on gloss photo paper. The art features one of the pictures taken while building the Currach.

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    WALL CALENDAR [38 Pages ] ::: 11" X 8.5" - 38 Page Wall Calendar On 100LB GLOSS BOOK w/ Spiral Binding w/ NO AQ

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    [12"x12"] MOUNTED CANVAS ::: High quality print of the Currach on 17mil Artist Canvas printed and mounted on light and durable stretcher bars.

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    [22"x15"] ROLLED CANVAS ::: High quality print of the Currach on 17mil Artist Canvas printed. The art features one of the pictures taken while building the Currach.

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    GET THE CURRACH ::: Own the boat! signed by the artists. The first Currach boat to be launched in the pacific ocean.

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