"An Tónaí" was built beside Blackweir pier by Patrick Brannelly. Patrick Brannelly was born around 1860. She was built for Tony Sheán Mhaolra Ó Flaithearta from Inish Oirc around the year 1892. She carried mail for a number of years until she dragged anchor one night and she was badly damaged near the beach in Inish Oírr. The Ó Briain’s took her from there and repaired her and they used her to carry turf to the Aran Islands and to Galway and Clare. She has been passed down from generation to generation ever since. 
Mike Ó Briain and his son, Máirtín (the current owner) were the last to work the boat with cargo commercially, until 1970 when Mike passed away. An engine was fitted in 1968/’69. She was registered, G-50 and renamed St. Ann, but the name never stuck. Paddy, Máirtín’s brother used her for a time bringing tourists to the Aran Islands, Paddy subsequently founded Island Ferries Teo, the largest ferry company serving the islands. The sailing revival began in Connemara around the year 1976. The engine was taken out of An Tónaí in 1980 and she was rebuilt in 1981-’82. She has participated in the annual racing festivals ever since.
She has won a number of races and championships over the years. She won the Galway Hooker race during the last Volvo Ocean Race Galway Stopover 2009 in the Bád Mór class.
Famous people that have sailed in An Tonaí include Brendan Behan, The Dubliners, Liam Cosgrave (Former Taoiseach), Brian Lenihan (Former Tanaiste) and Michael D Higgins (Current President of Ireland).