This collection is one of the most comprehensive anywhere of Irish vernacular boats. It consists of 32 boats, all of which are rowing boats with the exception of one sailing gleoiteog. Nineteen of the boats are skin-boats – ‘currachs’, including two River Boyne coracles. The remaining boats include five flat bottomed freshwater ‘cots’ and eight other freshwater/estuarine wooden vernacular boats, as well as a rush raft from the River Suck.
The collection also includes 31 miniature model boats. They are mainly models of Irish vernacular craft but there are a number of other types such as sailing vessels.