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Members of the National Learning Network Group from Clonakilty with their canoe they made in conjunction with Meitheal Mara. Picture: Denis Minihane
Members of the National Learning Network Group from Clonakilty with their canoe they made in conjunction with Meitheal Mara. Picture: Denis Minihane
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Video: Clonakilty students take to the water

A group of Clonakilty-based students were asked “canoe do it?” and they responded in the affirmative as they launched their Celtic Wave boat built in association with Meitheal Mara this week at Lapp's Quay.

Students were tasked with a six-week project to build their own canoe and they sailed through it.

National Learning Network instructor Lee Cole said: “I brought my group along and the guys have absolutely loved it. It's been fantastic."

Eileen O'Regan, one of the students, in the canoe which was launched at Lapp's Quay.
Eileen O'Regan, one of the students, in the canoe which was launched at Lapp's Quay.
Student Breda Russell said she thoroughly enjoyed the project.

“Our first project was to build this canoe. When we arrived in Meitheal Mara, none of us had a clue what shape we were going to make it. With help from [the team at Meitheal Mara] we did it. It was hard but we came a long way.

“There were lots of discussions about what colours we were going to put on it within the group.

“Meitheal Mara is a fantastic place, the National Learning Network is fantastic and we are so proud of our canoe,” she added.

Members of the National Learning Network from the Clonakilty area in conjunction with the Meitheal Mara training programme.
Members of the National Learning Network from the Clonakilty area in conjunction with the Meitheal Mara training programme.
The National Learning Network provides a range of flexible training courses and support services for people who need specialist support such as job seekers, unemployed and people with an illness or disability in 50 centres around the country. Their SOLAS courses and HSE programmes, all of which include work experience, offer nationally recognised qualifications including QQI, ECDL, and City and Guilds.

Meitheal Mara is widely recognised for their success in the use of currach building to develop teamwork and personal effectiveness skills.