The Boating Culture of Ireland

Many thousands of years ago, Egyptian Pharaohs would take their families on boating trips down the river Nile to showcase the many achievements and cities spread throughout the Egyptian kingdom. At this point in history, perhaps, boating became a hobby for the entire Egyptian royal family. To the date, boating is commonly enjoyed by families around the world, perhaps drawing from that Egyptian tradition. Some people feel like sailing makes a vacation far more enjoyable and brings families together.

Galway_Hooker_-_geograph.org.uk_-_13538Recent research conducted by experts at Oxford University has found that the Celts, indigenous people that lived in Ireland during the Iron and Medieval Ages, actually descended from certain tribes originated in the Iberian Peninsula. According to the finds, these fishermen navigated through the Bay of Biscay and relocated to Ireland about 6,000 years ago or so. These Iberian tribes crafted vessels that they would embark on to cross the tumultuous currents of the Bay of Biscay, in order to make to their way up the English Channel. Before their arrival, only a small number of tribes inhabited Ireland and British territories; roughly, only a couple of thousands. Later on, everyone merged into a bigger, new tribe or community and that is when the Celts came into existence. So, one could argue that navigating and fishing practically runs in the blood of the Irish people.

Ireland has a long and proud tradition in boating and, if you actually take the time to learn about it, you will see that there is far more to boating than meets the eye. This is probably the reason why the Irish people are so proud when it comes to their boats.

There is a sort of novelty to boating when you start out. Everything about it excites you and you might end up telling others about your new boat every time you get a chance. However, for some people, this excitement wears off after a while, and this is when you get to distinguish the true boating enthusiasts from the occasional aficionado.