Tiernan Roe's creation is setting the season three trailer alight

An Irish boatbuilder is celebrating a few seconds of fame

for one of his creations in the new trailer for a hugely popular TV series.

One of the two wooden boats Tiernan Roe built for HBO’s

Game of Thrones can be seen on fire half way through the season three trailer.

Tiernan, of Roe Boats, was commissioned to build two

identical boats, based on Norwegian Faerings, in just three weeks.

The 39-year-old, from Ballydehob, County Cork, cut short a

sailing trip in Spain to fly home early and work solidly to get

the job done.

He 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.’

Tiernan’s past experience of making special effects for TV in Germany made him the man for the job.

He adds: ‘It was interesting because there was the deadline

and it was quite creative. I had to tweak the concept to make it function


‘It was three sold weeks of work for two guys. It went

quite well. I realised with the old fashioned planking you’ve got the big sweep

at the bow and stern, which made it a lot easier to fit.’

Tiernan, who has been busy recently working

on an interior refit of a Squib keel boat,

developing plans for the Belfast Lough One

Design ‘Jewel‘ class designed by Linton Hope and

building a 16ft micro cruiser for a repeat client, hopes the one-off

TV job will lead to more, similar work.

Filming for the latest Game of Thrones series took place

over the summer in the Lough Neagh area of Northern Ireland.

Despite seeing his creation set alight in the footage,

Tiernan is happy.

He said: ‘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.’

He adds: ‘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 Games 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.’

Follow this link to watch the season three trailer.

Tiernan can be contacted via http://roeboats.com/