Quite a long video but if you enjoy traditional boats, or simply the pleasure of craftsmen at work, well worth the time.
Hegarty’s Boatyard is on the River Ilen, just outside Skibbereen, in County Cork. The boatyard’s work and the people involved are the subject of a major photographic exhibition, at the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall.
The exhibition runs until September 5th 2021 and is understandably attracting visitors from far and wide. This is also the first notable exhibition to leave Ireland for the UK under post Brexit regulations.
A position which meant an ATA carnet was required for temporary export and re-import of all items involved. The carnet covered exhibits and the professional equipment required to make their display such a success.
Post Brexit reality brings admin and cost, although the ATA carnet has allowed a long planned show to proceed, with no further hassle from customs.
Many people have been pleased to have the opportunity to view an enthralling exhibition. The intended initial showing at West Cork Arts Centre had already been cancelled, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Visitors are coming from Ireland to see their heritage, along with other countries. They are attracted to the photographer’s dedication over two decades and to something more his work
helped to capture.
Treasured skills, the style of doing business and of living in a different way blend into the story. Helping to demonstrate that quality of life has much to do with the way people live and work together.
Hegarty’s is the last surviving traditional wooden boatyard in Ireland, with the third generation of their family now working at the yard. The boats they build with such craft have changed little over that time.
Despite a few ups and downs, the relationship between Britain and Ireland is also long standing. If ATA carnets for Ireland help to maintain cultural ties, they are serving a purpose for the people of both countries.
Artists and performers can travel with relative freedom, trade links be continued. We will be pleased to assist in any way.