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Féile an Spidéil Postponed by a Week Due to Weather Forecast

10th June 2022
A large fleet of traditional craft, including Galway Hookers, is anticipated for the 2022 event, which has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 19th.
A large fleet of traditional craft, including Galway Hookers, is anticipated for the 2022 event, which has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 19th

Féile an Spidéil, the regatta for traditional craft in Co Galway, has been postponed by a week due to weather.

A large fleet of traditional craft is anticipated for the 2022 event, which has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 19th.

It had been due to take place this weekend, but weather factors dictated a decision to put it back a week.

The regatta programme will include races for báid mhóra and leath bháid in the Galway hooker class, according to organiser Jimmy Keady.

Bádóirí an Cladaig, based in Galway city, aims to send three craft to the event, availability of crews and weather permitting.

The three city-based boats include the recently refurbished 31 ft leath bhád Mairtín Joe, the 32 ft leath bhád Croí an Cladaig, and the 40 ft Naomh Cronáin.

The Mairtín Joe was originally built by the Cloherty brothers in Mweenish, Carna in 1979 for Noel Ó Tuairisc in Indreabhán, Co Galway, and was sold on to Judge John Lindsay in Dublin. Before his death, he donated the vessel to Galway for promotion of sail training and tourism.

Peter Connolly of Badóirí an Cladaig said that the community group had the vessel since 2010, with Galway company Cold Chon sponsoring transport west.

Master builder Joe Joyce completed what is now effectively a replica of the original, he said.

Feile an Spideil is scheduled for 2 pm on June 19th.

Lorna Siggins

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Lorna Siggins is a print and radio reporter, and a former Irish Times western correspondent. She is the author of Search and Rescue: True stories of Irish Air-Sea Rescues and the Loss of R116 (2022); Everest Callling (1994) on the first Irish Everest expedition; Mayday! Mayday! (2004); and Once Upon a Time in the West: the Corrib gas controversy (2010). She is also co-producer with Sarah Blake of the Doc on One "Miracle in Galway Bay" which recently won a Celtic Media Award

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