Cruinniú na mBád Festival
Where: Kinvara, Co. Galway
When: 19th – 20th August
For a really great festival, get yourself to Galway this weekend for Cruinniú na mBád, the festival of the boats. It’s one of Ireland’s best maritime spectacles, drawing on the regions great boating traditions and is a fantastic way to see out the summer.
Before gas and electricity came to Kinvara turf was the main fuel used for cooking and heating. The majestic Galway Hookers sailed between Connemara and Kinvara laden with this fuel as the Kinvara area had no bogs. Kinvara in turn filled the hookers with grain and produce for their return journey. A strong trade developed between the two regions using these great old cargo boats. Cruinniú na mBád was founded by Tony Moylan in 1979 as a celebration of the traditional commerce that existed between the coasts.
At Cruinniú na mBád you can see the mighty hookers in action once again as they parade around the bay. There are lots of other types of craft sailing and competing with each other and another highlight of Cruinniú na mBád is the Climin. A Climín is a ‘raft’ made from seaweed blocked and tied for transportation to a collection point on the shore. Seaweed harvesting was once a thriving industry along the west coast of Ireland, including Kinvara
So where exactly is the Cruinniú na mBád Festival?
And the best advice we can share with you…
- Bring your camera and capture the majestic hookers in full sail
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