Editorial

The New Year has brought with it special meaning for the Galway Hooker Association as we celebrate the 40th anniversary since our establishment in 1978. Such an important milestone is usually a good time assess what the Association has achieved thus far, and also to lay the foundations for significant plans for the future.
We must heartily thank all the owners and the shipwrights of Galway Hookers for the love they put in taking care of historical crafts, passionately preserving and fixing them, and building new ones, according to the aims our Association was established for. They of course are the primary investors in the boats and the GHA.
We are obliged to all the people that helped us to grow, those who inspired, those who laboured, those who invested, and to those who educated. Johnny Healion, Dick Scott, and Tom Darba are only but a few names of a long list of people who actively promoted a revival of Galway Hookers and thanks to their efforts the image of the most traditional of Irish boats has spread far beyond the boundaries of Connemara, thus becoming an iconic symbol all over the world of what is truly indigenous Ireland.
Now it’s up to us, the new generations, to follow their example, taking their legacy and developing new projects, using the power of Media and Web to enhance the prestigious image of Galway Hooker. With this in mind, we want to involve the young people, organizing navigation courses and stages. We’re also working to boost events and festivals linked to these boats, looking for prominent races sponsorships which can help us in growing bigger and bigger. We’ve also many other ideas in store to build up a significant presence of the Galway hooker in tourism market, so keep on following our website and Facebook pages, where you will be able to find more detailed news about our projects.

All in all, the wind has blown the sails of the little Hooker in our logo for these past 40 years, join us in wishing a constant and gentle breeze at her back for many successful future days!

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Celebrating the past

This year marks an important milestone for our Association, which was established 40 years ago. We have chosen to celebrate this birthday with a special gift to our followers: a photo gallery collecting images of the glorious past days of Galway hooker. We do hope that young generations will be...
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Rásaí na Húicéirí, the book

Galway Hookers Association and Seanchaí Editions are happy to invite you to the launch of the new book “ Rásaí na Húicéirí - Galway Hokers Regattas ”. The venue: Tigh Khitt , the date: Saturday 2nd December at 8 p.m. Click HERE for more info or to buy it.
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Boatmen Dinner 2017

The Boatmen Dinner 2017 turned out to be a pleasant event. The dining room was crowded with the boatmen and their families, each one enjoying the meal and sharing in company and laughter. At the end of the dinner, Donncha said a few words, reporting the activities of GHA, what was achieved till...
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RIB

The Galway Hooker Association has a RIB type boat for attending the regattas during the sailing season. Aboard with the RIB skipper, the race referee is there to assure that the races are run fairly and also to assist in any accident or emergency that might occur during the regatta. Like all...
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Navigation Course

The Galway Hooker Association is providing a shore-based course in navigation for its members with the support of the BIM FLAG scheme. Galway Hooker sailors are naturally gifted mariners and this course in Coastal Navigation will enhance their expertise at sea. It is also a great opportunity for...
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Féile an tSrutháin - Carraroe

Join us for the Féile an tSrutháin in Carraroe,1-3 September - Here the scheduled Events: Friday 5.30 pm - Gleoiteoga Beaga L 1 Race Peigín Staff Memorial Cup sponsored by Jo & Stiofán de Bhailis - Gleoiteoga Beaga L 2 Race Sponsored by Máirtín Mac Donnacha - Gleoiteoga Móra Race Stiofán Staff...
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Cruinniú na mBád - Kinvara

On the third weekend of August many hookers take part in a three-day revival of the old working days: after loading the boats with turf in Connemara, the hookers sail to Kinvara for Cruinniú na mBád - The Gathering of the Boats - which represents a celebration of the commerce traditions once...
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Rossaveel Regatta

Rossaveel race will take place on Saturday 5th August 2017. The starting ( Báid Mhóra and Leath Bháid only) is at 3 pm . Thee meeting for the crews is at Rossaveel pier at 2 pm .
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"Johnny Bailey" Race

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Féile Chuigéal

Our next meeting is Féile Chuigéil : see you in Lettermullan during the last weekend of July (29th - 30th). Saturday at 1p.m. Gleoiteoga Móra and Gleoiteoga Beaga Sunday at 1 p.m. Báid Mhóra and Leathbháid
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Roundstone Regatta

Join us for the Roundstone Regatta on 22 - 23 July! Races start at 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
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Mc Dara Festival

Update : no races on Saturday, due to adverse weather conditions. This Festival was the starting point for the hooker’s revival in 1976, when the carefully restored “Morning Star” took part in the race. The Holy Mass in honour of the Saint is held in the morning and it is followed by the Galway...
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Féile na mBád Kilkieran

Féile na mBád will take place In Kilkieran on 2nd July 2017. All the classes of boats are competing on Sunday, scheduled as follow: 1.30 pm Race of Gleoiteoga Móra and Beaga (L 1 and L 2) 4 pm Race of Leathbháid and Báid Mhóra 6 pm Prize-giving at Tigh Chadhain (Coyne's Bar and Bistrò) in Kilkieran
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Féile an Dóilín

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Wiora Race

The Galway Hookers are taking part in the WIORA - West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association: we do hope this will be a good promotion of our traditional boats amongst the yachting community. WIORA 2017 Race will take place at the Aran Islands and will be hosted by Club Seoltóireacht...
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Húicéirí, Galway Hookers, the Book

Hot out of Press! Húicéirí - Galway Hookers , has been recently published by Seanchaí Editions. After an overview of the hookers, their History and an outlook on their future, the book presents also a detailed boat's profile for every craft sailing during the Summer season 2016. Click here if you...
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Calendar of Races

Please note: dates may vary due to weather conditions.