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Award-winning model on display at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life

Model depicts Iron Age boat excavated in Denmark in 1800s


A detailed model of an Iron Age boat, which won a gold medal at the Model Engineer Exhibition in London in 1989, has gone on display at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar.

Jimmy Furey, of Lecarrow, Co. Roscommon, created the model boat in the 1980s and donated it to the museum in December 2018.

The model is one of three Iron Age boats excavated in south east Denmark between 1859 and 1863. The original boat was built between 310 and 320 AD and is approximately 23 metres long. It has 30 oars and probably had a crew of around 45 men.

The model is on display on Level A of the exhibition galleries.