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IRISH BOAT STARS IN GAME OF THRONES

Wednesday March 13th, 2013
IRISH BOAT STARS IN GAME OF THRONES

An Irish boat builder received somewhat less than fifteen minutes of fame when one of his creations his creations appeared in the new trailer for Game of Thrones Series Three. Tiernan Roe built two wooden boats for the hugely successful HBO show one of which can be seen on fire half way through the trailer.

The boats are based on based on Norwegian Faerings and Tiernan was given just three weeks to complete them. This meant cutting short a sailing holiday in Spain and working seven days a week to get the job done.

The 39-year-old, from Ballydehob, County Cork said, ‘The boats were based on Norwegian Faering but I made the planking look like that of a Gokstad large funeral ship... It was total fantasy. They wanted a boat that would float and fully function as a boat yet also be built as a prop... It was interesting because there was the deadline and it was quite creative. I had to tweak the concept to make it function properly.

‘It was three sold weeks of work for two guys. It went quite well. I realized with the old fashioned planking you've got the big sweep at the bow and stern, which made it a lot easier to fit than the normal straighter designs... I was surprised by how much easier it was.'

Despite seeing one of his creations set on fire Tiernan is unfazed and told the press, 'It's way cool. Watch it and you'll see the boat around the middle of the clip, don't blink or you'll miss it. It's the one on fire... I don't want to tell too many trade secrets but there's a gas fire inside the boat. Although it could get burnt it's not actually on fire... I'm looking forward to seeing the new series. It's based on the Game of Thrones books and my brother is big into it... He said in the books the boat plays quite a pivotal part in the story as part of the succession right of the king. So hopefully it will be part of a big scene.’
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