Ready to 'dance' its way through the water

BOAT BUILT BY VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE

MARIA PEPPER

IT WAS a case of four men in a boat when 'Captain Dancer', a traditional Slaney cot made by visually impaired participants at a workshop held by NCBI Working for People with Sight Loss, had its maiden voyage on the river in Killurin.

The boat was named after two deceased NCBI members who attended Lochrann House and whose families donated funds to the project in their memory.

'Captain Dancer' took to the water following an official blessing ceremony amid whoops of excitement and sailed in sunny conditions to Wexford Harbour Boat Club where it is being moored.

It was the culmination of over five months of skilled craftsmanship by Denis Murphy, Ian Corrigan, John Henderson and Vincent Mulligan who all come from construction backgrounds but had never tried their hands at boat building before.

In addition to the money provided by the two generous families, Killinick Pony Club donated the proceeds of a fundraising event to help buy an outboard engine.

The name 'Captain Dancer' was inspired by one of the deceased members being a former ship's captain while the other was an Irish dancing teacher.

The Men's Group meets at Lochrann House once a week and has been running for the past year. Following the launch of the boat, a new activity has been added to the schedule - sailing.

'It's there for the use of the group. We might do a bit of fishing in the harbour,' said community resource worker Michael Benson. He thanked all those who contributed to the project.

Anyone who has queries or questions about visual impairment is welcome to contact Lochrann House in Cinema Lane at any time.

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