An Gleoiteog - Doire Inbhir
Traditional Irish Work Boat
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Late one Saturday evening, October 23rd 2010, in a small fishing harbour, West of Ireland, the photographer met two Conamara men loading their traditional Irish fishing vessel onto a trailer pulled by their MF 35 tractor.
The boat, called a Gleoiteog, from Irish word 'gleoite' meaning pretty, is very old, possibly 100 years or more, but kept in great condition, likewise the badgeless MF 35 is well kept and used primarily now for towing this boat the several miles from home to harbour.
The boat is made from Oak or Doire or Dair as Gaeilge, and weighs over two thousand kilos, not a bother to the sweet sounding tractor, as it effortlessly turns over and tows her up the jetty and out of the sea. However, not so effortless was the difficult positioning of the boat onto the trailer...
After a couple of attempts to line the boats keel blade with the trailers centre groove, the owner of boat and tractor, Martin, waded in without a second thought, to the icy sea, after a long time in there, up to his neck, wrangling the back of the boat into proper alignment, it sat where it should on the trailer - Conamara tough.
A maid of all work, the Gleoiteog fished and carried small cargoes, it was a general workhorse, popular with many hard working folk.
It's reported that Sean O'Donnell and his sons Paddy and Sonny, built some very sweet-lined Gleoiteogs many moons ago.