Students and staff from across various curriculum
areas from South West College, Erne Campus, recently enjoyed two incredible
"Row the Erne" experiences on a Currach, giving participants an
opportunity to experience the lake, many for the first time, learn new
skills, and discover the rich heritage and wildlife that exists on our
picturesque Upper and Lower Lough Erne.
Across two different trips, the students and
staff rowed from Waterways Ireland to Devenish Island, and from Knockninny and
around the upper lake. This wonderful experience allowed learners and
staff to combine their physical fitness and sense of adventure, with developing
invaluable communication and teamworking skills as well as a sense of
togetherness. The experience was expertly captured by two media students,
Fiachre and Curtis who demonstrated their photography and filming expertise on one
of these trips. It is hoped that the photographs and media footage will
form part of a social media exhibition for the public to enjoy, as well as
contributing to the student's end of year portfolio of work.
Clare Donohoe, Lecturer said
"Experiencing the sense of stillness, calm and tranquillity out
on the water is second to none. The effect on peoples' mental health,
is immeasurable." She continued, "The feedback from the students has
been wonderful! It was a great success. Learners met and rowed with
new people, learned new skills, and most of all, had great craic!"
The College Lecturing Staff and Students would
like to express their thanks and gratitude to The
Lough Erne Landscape Partnership and The National Heritage
Lottery Fund for funding this event, and 'Row the Erne', especially Barbara and
the Committee who were instrumental in bringing this event to fruition, and the
wonderful Skipper, Deridre, who made each experience so enjoyable for all
Row the Erne is a community group, and registered
Charity - NIC 102251, promoting the Erne as a place to enjoy. To find out
more about 'Row the Erne' and how you can get involved, go to www.rowtheerne.com.