Cruinniú na mBád

Featuring up to 100 unique Irish boats, the Galway Hookers, once the workhorses of the coast of Connemara and North Clare, will gather for a weekend of racing and celebration at Cruinniú na mBád (Gathering of the Boats) festival in the beautiful village of Kinvara, Co. Galway.

Cruinniú na mBád, Kinvara was founded by Tony Moylan in 1979 as a celebration of the traditional commerce that existed between the coasts. In August at Kinvara you can see the mighty Hookers in action once again. Some of the vessels are over 150 years old, others newly built. Many of the families who sail the hookers have been doing so for generations – the O’Brien’s, Bailey’s and McDonaghs and the Jennings and Joyces are old hands at sailing these traditional craft. The Caseys, Clohertys and Mulkerrins built hookers at Mweenish, and the Brannellys and Keanes constructed the vessels in Kinvara.