Born in Manchester
England, the son of Irish parents, Vincent McCarron moved
to Dún Laoire, Co. Dublin when he was two. After finishing
school, he made his wages as a fisherman. It was then that
he met several of the lads from the Aran Islands.
Vincent came to Inishmore 35 years ago on
a whim from Galway for the weekend. So inspired by the stillness
and sublime beauty of the place he phoned his boss and told
him he'd not be coming back. Vincent continued to fish, in
larger trawlers and currachs fishing lobster. Along the way,
he met his wife Barbara, a native of the island, got married
and had four kids.
Vincent took up basket making twelve years
ago, through a course run by the famous basketmaker Joe Hogan.
He also studied under his father in law, a native of Aran
who made baskets throughout his life. Vincent's work is mostly
in traditional Aran Baskets, mainly those used for colleccting
sea weed and harvesting potatoes. His work has been featured
in television documentaries, as well as the world-renowned
Milwaukee Irish Fest. His work has won a major prize from
the Craft Council of Ireland. He also teaches basketmaking
through workshops and private lessons.