PRESERVING GALWAY’S MARITIME HERITAGE
The beloved hookers, gleóiteogs and púcan that grace our coast are a combination of design, craft, art, and seamanship. These boats and those who sail them are an integral part of Galway life and culture. Their story is Galway’s story, it’s in our DNA: our bones, our hearts and in our heads.
Since we were established in 2008, Bádóirí an Chladaigh have been given trusteeship of seven traditional Galway sailing boats within the Community Boat Club. Of these, five have been built or restored or are in the process of being brought to full sea-worthiness and it is the aim of Bádóirí an Chladaigh to have all seven vessels available by 2020. These seven traditional boats will be joined by 7 private boats to create a fleet of 14 boats, each will represent one of the 'Tribe Families' and will be used to train and teach a new generation of Hooker Sailors.
We love showcasing our traditional boats and we are passionate about the historical preservation and sailing of these traditional vessels but it would not be possible without the dedication of our amazing volunteers. We love when new volunteers join our team and we especially need help around the festival period. Contact us if you would like to get involved in any aspect of our project.
Your support & contributions will enable us to meet our goals & restore the Hookers to their former glory!
There are so many ways to support our mission.
Contact us to find out more about volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, and ways to grow our community.