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Saturday 21 September 2019

Wexford sailors learn a thing or two from landlocked Uzbek

Kyle May, Paddy Murphy, Colm O'Muiri, John Murphy, Dimitry Diamond, Leigh Murphy, Sean Kehoe and Martin Murphy.
Kyle May, Paddy Murphy, Colm O'Muiri, John Murphy, Dimitry Diamond, Leigh Murphy, Sean Kehoe and Martin Murphy.

By David Tucker

A man from a landlocked country found himself teaching a class of sailors when he came to the Southend Family Resource Centre in Maudlintown.

The five students who came to learn from architect Dimitry Diamond - native of Uzbekistan - were all cot sailing enthusiasts.

And four of them turned out to be members of the same family, brothers Martin, Patrick and John Murphy, along with Martin's son Leigh.

The odd man in the quintet for the Wexford Local Development-backed course was their neighbour Seán Kehoe, who is also steeped in the cot sailing tradition.

Over six weekly two hour sessions, Dimitry shared his knowledge of making models of buildings to precise small scale.

However, his pupils made it clear that they intend to transfer the skills they have picked up to the design of their old style craft.

'Our father built and sailed cots all his life,' said Martin, recalling the late John Murphy, 'and Seán Kehoe's father is a renowned sailor.'

John Murphy senior also dabbled in model making during his lifetime, producing a miniature cot about 30 years ago, which used to be on display in Brady's pub.

Now the succeeding generations are planning to spend the wet and windy winter days following his example, with the help of their new found skills learned from their tutor.

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