The rope has been used in a variety of ways in Ireland since the earliest times. During the Iron Age and especially during the Viking Age (800-1050 AD), the rope was used mainly for nautical purposes, such as in fishing and constructing boats.
The first rope in Ireland was believed to have been made from plants and trees. Later, animal sinews, such as those from deer, were cooked and beaten until they became strong enough to be used as rope. But it wasn’t until the Vikings arrived in Ireland in the 800s AD that rope be an important part of the country’s seafaring.
The Vikings were the first to bring the skills of making rope to Ireland. They made rope by taking a bundle of fibers and twisting them together in continuous circles. It was wrapped in wax and tar to protect it from the salt.
This made the rope more durable and stronger. In the middle of the 16th century, the use of rope in Ireland began to expand as it became increasingly crucial for sailing ships and their larger fleets. Irish ships such as the Sea Cow, the Cork, the Dublin, and the Ulster began to incorporate rope in their operations, due to its strength and practicality. The rope was necessary for the transportation of goods and even the creation of structures in Ireland. For example, the rope was used for the building of bridges in some Irish counties such as Laois and Cork. The ropes used for this were most made from hemp and flax.
The rope also propped shaped the Irish culture. It was used in farming, such as in making potato sacks, as well as for horse riding and transportation in rural areas. Rope continues to be important in Ireland’s maritime industry. The rope that is produced in the country is among the best in the world and is highly sought after. Without a rope, many aspects of everyday life in Ireland, both on and off the water, would be much different.