COMMUNITY.

The work undertaken by the Ilen School is the expression in our own time of Limerick’s and Ireland’s impressive remnants of boat building and boat handling traditions. We hope to give them contemporary forms that will enable them to live on.

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Ilen documentary film wins award.

The Ilen is a short film on the joy of working with wood, and documents the words and skills of Ireland’s few remaining traditional shipwrights, currently occupied in the rebuilding this islands sole surviving sail trading ketch. The awarded comes with a prize of $10,000 from the World Wood Day 2015 through their ‘Wood & Humanity’ film competition. In the film, directed by Mia Mullarkey of Ishka Films, the 1926 trading ketch is featured as she draws near to a new operational life upon the sea.

This poignant but hopeful short documentary was made in conjunction with the Ilen School and Network for Wooden Boat Building in Hegarty’s Boat Yard, west Cork and the Ilen School, Limerick City.

From director Mia Mullarkey of Ishka Films

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LEARNING.

The work undertaken by the Ilen School is the expression in our own time of Limerick’s and Ireland’s impressive remnants of boat building and boat handling traditions. We hope to give them contemporary forms that will enable them to live on.

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Ilen documentary film wins award.

The Ilen is a short film on the joy of working with wood, and documents the words and skills of Ireland’s few remaining traditional shipwrights, currently occupied in the rebuilding this islands sole surviving sail trading ketch. The awarded comes with a prize of $10,000 from the World Wood Day 2015 through their ‘Wood & Humanity’ film competition. In the film, directed by Mia Mullarkey of Ishka Films, the 1926 trading ketch is featured as she draws near to a new operational life upon the sea.

This poignant but hopeful short documentary was made in conjunction with the Ilen School and Network for Wooden Boat Building in Hegarty’s Boat Yard, west Cork and the Ilen School, Limerick City.

From director Mia Mullarkey of Ishka Films

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ILEN RE-BORN.

The work undertaken by the Ilen School is the expression in our own time of Limerick’s and Ireland’s impressive remnants of boat building and boat handling traditions. We hope to give them contemporary forms that will enable them to live on.

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Ilen documentary film wins award.

The Ilen is a short film on the joy of working with wood, and documents the words and skills of Ireland’s few remaining traditional shipwrights, currently occupied in the rebuilding this islands sole surviving sail trading ketch. The awarded comes with a prize of $10,000 from the World Wood Day 2015 through their ‘Wood & Humanity’ film competition. In the film, directed by Mia Mullarkey of Ishka Films, the 1926 trading ketch is featured as she draws near to a new operational life upon the sea.

This poignant but hopeful short documentary was made in conjunction with the Ilen School and Network for Wooden Boat Building in Hegarty’s Boat Yard, west Cork and the Ilen School, Limerick City.

From director Mia Mullarkey of Ishka Films

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BOAT BUILDING.

The work undertaken by the Ilen School is the expression in our own time of Limerick’s and Ireland’s impressive remnants of boat building and boat handling traditions. We hope to give them contemporary forms that will enable them to live on.

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Ilen documentary film wins award.

The Ilen is a short film on the joy of working with wood, and documents the words and skills of Ireland’s few remaining traditional shipwrights, currently occupied in the rebuilding this islands sole surviving sail trading ketch. The awarded comes with a prize of $10,000 from the World Wood Day 2015 through their ‘Wood & Humanity’ film competition. In the film, directed by Mia Mullarkey of Ishka Films, the 1926 trading ketch is featured as she draws near to a new operational life upon the sea.

This poignant but hopeful short documentary was made in conjunction with the Ilen School and Network for Wooden Boat Building in Hegarty’s Boat Yard, west Cork and the Ilen School, Limerick City.

From director Mia Mullarkey of Ishka Films

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School & Network for Wooden Boat Building

The Ilen School facilitates the direct experience of hands on work. Applied to wood and traditional boatbuilding crafts in particular, this can result in beautiful community craft.

CityOne racing dinghies built at Ilen School Limerick Ireland

Ilen School Fleet

Our boats are built, worked and sailed by the Ilen School community. The fleet includes Gandelows, City One dinghies, Dorys, Currachs, Angling Cots…

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rebuilding Ilen sailing ship limerick Ireland, Conor O'Brien

Re-Building The Ilen

The eponymous sailing ketch Ilen 1926, our flagship, the last of Ireland’s traditional wooden sailing ships is being given a new breath of life…

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Ilen School Limerick working with educational and therapeutic agencies

Our agency partners

At the Ilen School we work with many educational and therapeutic agencies. They and their clients often express delight in being involved…

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Ilen. is a not for profit organisation

with charitable status. Its main purpose is education in ways of the sea. Registered Number 20042868

10th Dec 2015, 10-12-15: Two New Jaws for Ilens Main Gaff

Matt slowly releases two new jaws for Ilen’s main gaff, both from prodigious local logs. One of Oak, the other of Black Locust, a gift of Storm Darwin which ripped through Glenstal Abbey, Limerick in February 2014 and brought down the great trees that bore them.  

30th Nov 2015, 30-11-15: Rebuild and Relaunch of the Auxillary Ketch Ilen

For many years now, since her return from the Falklands, the Ilen has been nursed back to strength by the best of Ireland’s traditional shipwrights in Liam Hegarty’s yard in Oldcourt. To those who wondered whether and when, to those who asked about times and seasons, the answer was that the destination was the journey itself, and that the Ilen served as an educational … Continue reading 30-11-15: Rebuild and Relaunch of the Auxillary Ketch Ilen

16th Nov 2015, 16-11-15: Designing & making a new traditional rig for the good ship Ilen

An international gathering at the Ilen School, Roxboro, Limerick of expert marine traditional riggers, sailmakers and classic boatbuilders, might induce one to speculate that a sailing ship is somewhere in Ireland nearing completion. And yes, this gathering of last Friday, clearly marks a significant juncture in the rebuild of Ireland’s 1926 wooden sailing ship Ilen  The … Continue reading 16-11-15: Designing & making a new traditional rig for the good ship Ilen