About this Piece
The Men of Aran - “Pulling together”
The men of the Aran Islands used to carry their traditional fishing boats, known as a currach or naomhóg ('little saint') to the sea everyday, to bring home the catch of the day in order to sustain their community. They also wore the traditional Aran sweater woven with celtic knotwork, which represented prayers to keep them safe at sea. Lore has it that the seas around the islands were so dangerous that fishermen of times past wouldn't bother learning to swim, since they knew they'd have no chance against the wild currents.