The tenth annual Cruinniú Na mBád takes place in Kinvara, County Galway.

One of the few thriving industries in South Connemara was selling turf and transporting it by sailing boat to the Aran Islands and across Galway Bay to harbours like Kinvara.

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. Cruinniú Na mBád brings the Connemara sails back to Kinvara as boat loads of turf are once again put ashore on the quay. 

The Mayor of Galway Martin Connolly from Claddagh was just one of the competitors in the Gleoiteog races as part of the festivities. 

I'm very fond of boating because it's in my blood I suppose and I'm all my life attached to boats and the sea.

There were also races for the Connemara currach and the Kerry naomhóg.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 August 1987. The reporter is Padraig Ó Catháin.