The Ilen from Ishka Films on Vimeo.

The last wooden sailing ship in Ireland is restored by Ireland’s few remaining shipwrights. Using different timber from around the world, the beautiful old ship is rebuilt as the men ponder the future of their craft and of wood as a building material.

Award winning video created for World Wood Day 2015.

Writer & Director: Mia Mullarkey
Camera: Jasmina Jasinska
Music: Anna Mullarkey
Photographers: Kevin O’Farrell, Chuck Kruger,
Murrough O’Brien Photography Archive
Editing Assistant: Colm Farren


Planking of the good ship Ilen, Summer 2014

Hegarty’s Boatyard, Old Court, Baltimore, West Cork
Video © Irial Kennedy


Ilen’s whiskey plank ceremony, Feb 16th 2015

The whiskey plank was jointly nailed home by Minister For The Marine, Simon Coveney, Mrs Kate Jarvey, Gerry Boland of JP McManus Charitable Foundation, Rear Admiral Mark Mellett, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces and Gary MacMahon, director of Ilen School.

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Video © Irial Kennedy


Big Boat Build March 2014

Rebuilding the Auxiliary Ketch ILEN in Old Court, near Baltimore, West Cork. She is Ireland’s largest, original, wooden, sailing ship. While the shipwrights progress her main structure, our ship’s joiners work on fittings like her deckhouses, masts and spars in the AK Ilen Wooden Boat Building School in Limerick.
Video © West Cork Development


Traditional Gandelow Racing – CityOne Sail Dinghy Racing Sept 2014

Community event on River Shannon, Limerick City. Click here for photo gallery

The event, boosted by wonderful September weather, was a magnificent mix of waterborne activity and displays of Limerick sailing and rowing craft.

Sixteen teams of rowers and sailors, from Limerick City and beyond, generously put on display their passion for excellence in boat handling and competition to the joy and entertainment of a large and admiring audience. Approx 1,000 spectators watched and followed the spectacle throughout the afternoon.

The new Limerick designed and built CityOne sailing boats, with their visually striking graphic and colourful canvas sails, were a great sight in the afternoon sun as they consecutively raced with their elegant sister boats, the Limerick 23ft Gandelow.
Video © Tony Grehan