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 concerned.

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

Photo credit: Curtis Garrity and Fiachre Avery.