Good Friday, 19th April: 5pm
Location: Claddagh Quay / Community Hall, Galway
Tickets not needed. Free event. Just pop along!

Speeches
Cutting the Ribbon & Blessing of the Boat
Refreshments & Entertainment
Bring Pot Luck Picnic (bring something to share)

A group of dedicated boat-builders and volunteers have lovingly spent the last five months restoring a beautiful Galway Hooker: The ‘Lovely Anne’. As part of a series of celebratory events, they are delighted to officially launch her into the water at Claddagh Quay, on Good Friday. 
Organised by Galway Hooker 2020, Bádóirí an Cladaig and the wider Claddagh community, this group of sailors, fishers & boat-builders are delighted to invite all of Galway’s diverse communities to come together to support and share this historical occasion.
During this family event you will experience a traditional blessing of the boat, a cutting the ribbon ceremony, as well as have a chance to be photographed with the Lovely Anne and talk to the team of boat-builders.

The Lovely Anne: This 137 year-old workboat was built in 1882 by Galway boat-wright, Patrick Brannelly (famous for building An Tónaí & the Morning Star). She has a fascinating story.After being part of Galway’s hooker fleet in the early 1900s she was sold over 46 years ago in Spiddal to Jim Parkinson, who fished her for many years. Later he relocated to Killybegs, Co. Donegal and the boat has been in his possession ever since.Last year (2018) Ross Forde (Brannelly's Great-Great Grandson) brought the boat back to Galway, and on Friday she will officially join the rest of Galway’s famous hooker fleet.

Meet the Galway Hookers and the families that own them!  Bádóirí  video series, starting from Thursday 10th January at 8.00 pm on TG4 Irish TV Channel-

 The winners and the Ranking for 2018 Championship are now available here



In association with Bádóirí an Cladaig, Port of Galway Sea Scouts, various Sailing Clubs in Galway City & County, and the wider Claddagh Community, Galway Bay Boat Tours is embarking on a new community based project to restore the “Lovely Anne” Gleoiteog and roll out a series of Traditional Sail Training Programmes for 2019.

The Lovely Anne:
This 140 year-old workboat was built in 1882 by Galway boat-wright, Patrick Brannelly (famous for building An Tónaí & the Morning Star).
The Lovely Anne has a fascinating story. After being part of Galway’s hooker fleet in the early 1900s she was sold over 45 years ago in Spiddal to Jim Parkinson, who fished her for many years. Later he relocated to Killybegs, Co. Donegal and the boat has been in his possession ever since.
This boat has recently been brought back to Galway by Ross Forde (Brannelly's Great-Great Grandson), where she will join the rest of the hooker fleet based in the City.