The Boatmen Dinner 2018 turned out to be a pleasant event. The dining room of Merriman Hotel was crowded with the boatmen and their families, each one enjoying the meal and sharing in company and laughter.
After the dinner, a video honoured the memory of one of the last great Boatmen, Matt Casey, who sadly passed away in August.
The following video was a nice interview with Baba Uí Bháille, who was later on awarded with "Mná na mBádóirí" Prize, a new trophy especially dedicated to those very special women who share in the passion of their husbands, sons and relatives for these wonderful boats and support them in everyday life, in their success and troubles too...

The prize-giving then followed, starting with some special prizes kindly offered by Dubarry to Pat Mhichael Ó Cualáin for the "Sailor of the Year" and to Mary Nic Dhonncha, the "Young Sailor of the Year".
The ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ offered by Seanchaí Editions, especially aimed at a person who has been prominent in promoting and spreading the image of Galway Hooker, was awarded this year to Máirtín Ó Briain, owner of “An Tonaí", and also winner in the Báid Mhóra class for this year.
The evening went on with the prize-giving of the artistic GHA trophies to the winners in each class of Hookers, so once again “Well done!” to the crews of An Tonaí, Croí an Chladaigh, Naomh Ciarán, Erin’s Hope and Mary Ann.
A sparkling innovation of this year was represented by the artistic crystal vases, manifactured by “Galway Irish Crystal” and engraved with the logo of the Association.
The “formal” event thus over, the evening went on among chatting, music and the “suspence” of the raffle, with numerous prizes offered by the various members of the Committee.
All in all, an enjoyable evening for all the people gathered at an Merriman Hotel in Kinvara; our special thanks to Donncha Mac Con Iomaire, Maria Uí Bhriain, Eilís and Liam from Seanchaí Editions who worked hard for this successful Dinner, and to Mike Brogan, “patron” of Kinvara Galway Hookers group and fervent organizer of the annual “Cruinniú na mBád” event.


Bádóiri 2018 Dinner

Click on the photo to start the video - Cliceáil ar an grianghraf chun an físeán a thosú
Click on a photo to enlarge it or for info - Cliceáil ar ghrianghraf chun é a mhéadú nó le haghaidh faisnéise

Matt Casey

Máirtín Ó Briain

Baba Uí Bháille

Pat Mhichael Ó Cualáin

Winner/ Buaiteoir Gleoiteoga Beaga-L1-Erin's Hope

Colm O Flatharta

Winner/ Buaiteoir Gleoiteoga Móra - Naomh Ciarán

Joe Seoighe & Peter Connolly

Winners/ Buaiteoirí Leath Bháid - Croí an Chladaigh

Rónan Ó Briain

Winner/ Buaiteoir Báid Mhóra - An Tonaí

Baba Uí Bháille

Winner/ Buaiteoir - Mná na mBádóirí

Máirtín Ó Briain

Winner/ Buaiteoir Báid Mhóra - An Tonaí

Marcas Ó Maolchiaráin

Leathbhád Sailor of the Year - Bádóir na Leathbháid

Dara Ó Flatharta

Gleoiteog Beag League 1 Sailor of the Year - Bádóir na nGleoiteoga Beaga Léig1

Norah Mac Donncha

Norah Mac Donncha: Bailiú duais a h-iníne, Mary, Bádóir Óg na Bliana 2018 - Collecting her daughters (Mary) award, Young Sailor of the Year

Pat Mhichael Ó Cualáin

Sailor of the Year / Bádóir na Bliana

Máirtín Ó Briain

Lifetime Achievement Award / Gradam Saoil

Dinnéar na mBádóirí 2018

Merriman Hotel / Ostan Merriman