Cruinniú na mBád

The 36th Cruinniú na mBád (Gathering of the Boats) takes place in Kinvara, Co. Galway from 8 to the 10 Galway 2014.

We take a look back 20 years at one of the country's biggest gatherings of traditional sailing boats in Kinvara, Co. Galway on 5 August 1994.

This RTÉ News report by Jim Fahy includes interviews with Toddie Byrne, Mairtin O'Briain and Jean Kennedy Smith.

The traditional Irish boats which had once carried turf from Connemara across Galway Bay retraced the journey.

The Cruinniú na mBád Festival celebrates a time in Irish history when Galway hookers could be seen all around the coast of Galway and the Aran Islands.

14 hookers took part in the display and were met upon their arrival in Kinvara by US ambassador to Ireland, Mrs. Jean Kennedy Smith.

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