The Féile Mhic Dara Committee have decided to postpone this years festival due to the health & safety of the community. This decision was not easy and we regret that we will not be celebrating the tradition as it used to be. With God's help we will meet on Mc Dara Island next year.


We are happy to publish this interesting research by Pádraig Ó Sabhain, focused on the central role of the Galway Hooker in the life of the isolated communities of South West Connemara. The links in the right column give you the possibility to read this research online or to download the pdf file and read it at your leisure. Well done Pádraig! And thank you to enhance once again the importance of a boat which represents our cultural heritage and the very essence of people of South West Connemara.


In the interest of public health and safety, the Committee of Cruinniú na mBád have decided that sadly this years Regatta/ Festival will not go ahead as planned.

In light of the present circumstance regarding Covid-19, due to the uncertainty regarding where we might be at in mid-August, the Committee have determined it would be irresponsible to bring large crowds to the village risking resurgence or spread of the virus, despite sailing being considered low risk.

2020 was to be our 41st Cruinniú na mBád and we want to thank all those who have supported us since our first Cruinniú in 1979, especially the Boat owners, crews and sponsors for their loyalty to the Festival.

We look forward to Cruinniú 2021

Michael Brogan - Chairman


The loss of Peadar Bailey is huge to his family, friends and his community, and he will be sincerely missed by the world around him that he respected and loved so much. He shall missed on the Capall, on the piers of Connemara, at Galway Hooker Association meetings, and at home, of course. His storm has passed, and it's now calm and quiet on these shores.