The Galway Hooker

12 December 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Galway Hooker in Belfast © Ardfern/cc-by-sa-3.0

Galway Hooker in Belfast © Ardfern/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Galway hooker (Irish: húicéir) is a traditional fishing boat used in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland. The hooker was developed for the strong seas there. It is identified by its sharp, clean entry, bluff bow, marked tumble-home and raked transom. Its sail plan consists of a single mast with a main sail and two foresails. Traditionally, the boat is black (being coated in pitch) and the sails are a dark red-brown.   read more…

Galway has everything for a relaxing city break

17 November 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, European Union, European Capital of Culture Reading Time:  11 minutes

The Tribes of Galway on Eyre Square © - Eoin Gardiner

The Tribes of Galway on Eyre Square © – Eoin Gardiner

Galway (Cathair na Gaillimhe) is a city in County Galway, Republic of Ireland. It is the fifth largest and the fastest-growing city in Ireland. It is also the third largest city within the Republic and the only city in the Province of Connacht. Located on the west coast of Ireland, it sits on the River Corrib between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay. The population of Galway’s Borough area is 75,414 according to the 2011 census.   read more…

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