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Rowers keep an Irish tradition alive on waves

QUINCY — On most Tuesday and Thursday evenings, a group of men and women can be seen rowing traditional Irish boats in the waters off Houghs Neck. From afar, the vessels, called currachs, look like large black canoes, and their oars look like long, wooden sticks.

The men and women belong to the Boston Irish Currach Rowing Club, and from March through September the club’s 25 members are a familiar sight at the docks beside the Quincy Yacht Club, where they launch their boats and hold practice sessions in the bay.

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