Revival of traditional sailing vessel

The Galway Hooker Sea Festival is taking place over the June bank holiday weekend. The hooker is the traditional sailing vessel of the west coast and has been revived in recent decades.

Jim Fahy visited Claddagh in 1995, where a large fleet of hookers gathered for the first time in over 50 years for the resurrected Féile an Chladaigh Traditional Boat Regatta. In this report, he meets some of the sailors, who explain how the hookers were the workhorses of the sea in a time when there were no trucks or lorries to transport things. Once in danger of disappearing, they have now become a huge attraction again, racing on the water.


This edition of 'Nationwide' was broadcast on 20 June 1995.