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Traditional Boats Come Centre Stage as Galway 2020 Draws to a Close

2nd December 2020
Traditional boats at this time of the year when tradition takes centre stage. Galway hookers moored in the Claddagh Basin across the River Corrib from the famous Spanish Arch are (left to right) the Naomh Cronan, the Manuela, and the Croi an Cladaigh Traditional boats at this time of the year when tradition takes centre stage. Galway hookers moored in the Claddagh Basin across the River Corrib from the famous Spanish Arch are (left to right) the Naomh Cronan, the Manuela, and the Croi an Cladaigh Photo: Deanna Dooley

Although the much-anticipated Galway 2020 Festival was one of the many aspects of 2020 which has been severely curtailed by the pandemic, the spirit of the great western city and its maritime traditions lives vibrantly on.

A recent ceremony in the Claddagh Basin enabled Peter Connolly of Badoiri na Gallimh to formally thank Galway 2020 and Galway Crystal for their support in a continuing restoration programme which included - in early July - the formal taking-over of the Clondalkin-built bad mor Naomh Cronan, transferred to Galway in excellent order for the princely sum of €1 after 15 years of serving the sailors of the “Clondalkin Gaeltacht” in Dublin.

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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland for many years in print and online, and his work has appeared internationally in magazines and books. His own experience ranges from club sailing to international offshore events, and he has cruised extensively under sail, often in his own boats which have ranged in size from an 11ft dinghy to a 35ft cruiser-racer. He has also been involved in the administration of several sailing organisations.

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