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The Aran Islands
Vincent McCarron,
Master Basket Weaver and Fisherman
 

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.


 

 

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