Graignamanagh is home to fine examples of fishing and racing cots. The origin of the Barrow cot is snap net fishing, a unique fishing technique for catching salmon, indigenous to the South East. During the 19th century, there were 1000 men engaged in snap-net fishing on the Barrow. Cots worked in pairs, carrying the 9-yard net between them with two nets men and two paddlers. Barrow Fishing Cots were double-ended; usually 21’ long with a 36” beam at the top and 24” width at the bottom. Red Deal was a favourite but Oak, Larch, White Elm, Douglas Fir and Norwegian Spruce were also used. The keel stems and ribs / brongs were carved out and copper nails used to attach the planks, which were steamed into place.
Over the years, cot designs were adapted for racing. In 2010, Kilkenny Leader Partnership developed community cot building projects on the Barrow, Nore and Suir. The Graignamanagh group on the River Barrow decided to build a replica of one of the more popular racing cots, the Forristal Cot. Jimmy Forristal of Ferry Mountgarrett Bridge, New Ross made 21’ fishing cots for fishermen and for regattas on the Barrow. The last of these cots was made for Colm O’Leary of Graignamanagh. This cot is now back with the Forristal family, who allowed the group’s shipwright Michael Kennedy to take the lines off the cot to create a replica.