Water sports

Cruinniu na mBad Kinvara

Date
Aug 08 2014 - Aug 10 2014
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Address

Kinvara, Galway, Republic of Ireland
E: macduach@gmail.com

A traditional weekend festival, taking place since 1979, with Hooker races in Kinvara Bay, concerts, Sean-nos singing and dancing, and entertainment for all the family.

Cruinniu na mBad Kinvara is the Galway Hooker and Wooden Boat Festival, which has been taking place since 1979. Enjoy Hooker races in Kinvara Bay, concerts, Sean-nos singing and dancing, and entertainment for all the family. On Friday, the Gleoteiig (small hooker) race will take place from The Cladagh in Galway to Kinvara. On Saturday, four Hookers, each over 150 years old will bring turf from Conamara to Kinvara under old Calico sail. Two of these boats were built in Kinvara 150 years ago and have transported turf across Galway Bay until the 60s when bottled gas and road transport made them redundant. In the 70s, a group of enthusiasts revived some of these beautiful vessels , and in 1979 the first Cruinniu na mBad saw turf transported by sea for the first time since the early 60s. This tradition has been continued through Cruinniu na mBad since then and is essential for the preservation of boat building, sail making and traditional sailing.