Hegarty’s Boatyard
Uilleann Piper Boatbuilders
2020 MakingIn: Public
Hegarty’s Boatyard was established in the mid 1940s by Paddy Hegarty who then passed on his skills to his two son’s Liam and John who joined the yard in the 1970s. In the 1990s Liam Hegarty took charge of the rebuilding and the restoration of sailing boats from the local area such as mackerel yawls and lobster boats. These were fishing boats used in the early 1900s. John Hegarty has rebuilt and repaired Hegarty Punts, which his Father Paddy designed for fishermen on the coastline and rivers, building them in clinker or carvel.

In 1997 the 56 foot ketch Ilen [a boat built in 1926 in the fisheries school in Baltimore, for the Falkland Islands] was brought back to Hegarty’s Boatyard. Her rebuild started in 2007 and she was launched in 2018. In 2017 Liam’s son Paddy joined Hegarty’s Boatyard.