Bad Eddie's Boat, Donegal

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Bad Eddie's Boat as seen here in 2014, County Donegal, Ireland Bad Eddie's Boat as seen here in 2014, County Donegal, Ireland

Now little more than half an outline of a shipwrecked boat, the rotting planks that make up Bad Eddie's Boat, marooned on a Donegal beach since 1977, may soon become a more lasting figure if locals can raise enough funds to recreate the tourist attraction as a stainless steel work of art.

Overlooked by the long abandoned Óstán Gweedore, the monolithic hotel perched above the beach in Bunbeg, Bad Eddie's Boat is to be surveyed by a team from Queen's University in Belfast with the intention of recreating the structure as Ireland's first piece of submersed beach sculpture.

Seen here in 2014, the sea has not been kind to Bad Eddie's Boat. Eddie brought the French-built ship ashore here for repairs in 1977 and it has remained here ever since, providing interest to locals, visitors and artists alike.

Bono and Clannad recorded a video here for their famous track In a Lifetime back in 1986.

And yes, I'm fully aware that it is Bád Eddie or Eddie's Boat but Bad Eddie's Boat sounds much more interesting don't you think? He certainly was bad to have left it there for so long.

Join me to photograph Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way in 2020 and 2021 including locations in Donegal.

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Wooden shipwreck in Donegal's coast, Ireland
Bad Eddie's Boat, shipwreck in Bunbeg on Donegal's Wild Atlantic Way
Last modified on Monday, 31 August 2020 22:55
Darren McLoughlin

Irishman and International travel photographer in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times / Echtra Echtra and Eonmusic

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