The Cruiskeen Project

‘South Tipperary County Museum is very proud to have embarked on the Davin Boat Project, as the ‘Crúiscín’ represents excellence through its sporting achievements and quality, through its boating craftsmanship.

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The Crúiscín

An ‘Crúiscín’

In an interview with The New York Daily News,
given in 1906, Davin said:

“I built the boat over forty years ago somehow or other she was not a was not my fault that she did not win at a Regatta in Waterford in the sixties. I held onto her, I had faith in her, for she was a sweet boat. Last year I lengthened her bow a bit, and the boys took her to this year’s Regatta in Waterford and won. Now, what do you think of that for a boat?”

Following Davin’s retirement from competitive rowing, the ‘Crúiscín’ competed under a new crew of rowers. Subsequently, the boat was stored in the rafters of the cow-shed at Deerpark.

A Man and his Boat

Maurice Davin
Muiris Dáimhín
(1842 – 1927)

In May 2006, Pat Walsh, Grand-nephew of Maurice Davin, donated the Crúiscín to South Tipperary County Museum. Grant-aid and sponsorship resulted in the boat being sent to the Conservation Centre in Letterfrack for conservation. The journey of the boat’s removal from the cow-shed back to the Museum was the subject of a Nationwide documentary shown on RTÉ in 2006. Maurice Davin would have been proud of the men and women who afforded so much of their time to the research, display and conservation of his prized rowing boat – the Crúiscín.

I mBealtaine 2006, bhronn Pat Walsh, garnia Maurice Davin, an “Crúiscín” ar Mhúsaem Thiobraid Árann Theas. Le cabhair deontais agus urraíochta cuireadh an bád chuig Ionad Caomhnaithe i Leitir Fraic lean hathchóiriú. Bhí turas an bhaíd agus í á haistriú ón mbóitheach go dtí an Músaem mar ábhar cláir ag “Nationwide” a taispeánadh ar RTÉ i 2006. Bheadh Maurice Davin an-tógtha leis na fir agus mná a chaith an oiread sin dá gcuid ama le taighde, taispeánadh agus caomhnú an bháid rámhaíochta a ba mhór leis – an “Crúiscín”.

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