Restoration Projects

image of the Claddagh Lass sailing in 1985

Bádórí an Cladaig have been given trusteeship of seven traditional Galway sailing boats within the Community Boat Club overseen by Galway City Council. Of these, five have been built or restored or are in the process of being brought to full sea-worthiness and it is the aim of Bádórí an Cladaig to have all seven vessels available for Galway's bid to become Capital of Culture 2020. These seven traditional boats will be supplemented by seven privately-owned vessels and all will be made available for training and tourism purposes to help the city's bid for Capital of Culture. The "Claddgh Lass" is currently in Moycullen, awaiting restoration by Bádórí an Cladaig. She was owned by former mayor of Galway, Martin Connolly.
Below is an overview of the projects to date:

"Naomh Bairbre" 2013-present

image of the Naomh Bairbre

Named in honour of the two O'Clochartaigh brothers - Meaircín and Joe - who built her in 1987 in Mweenish. In late 2010 John Linsey and family in Dublin gave permission to the Claddagh Boatmen to bring her to Galway in order to restore her.

Click here to see photos of her restoration in progress.



"Meaircín Joe" 2013-present

image of the Meaircin Joe being lowered into the boat-building facility

Named in honour of the two O'Clochartaigh brothers - Meaircín and Joe - who built her in 1987 in Mweenish. In late 2010 John Linsey and family in Dublin gave permission to the Claddagh Boatmen to bring her to Galway in order to restore her.

Click here to see photos of her restoration in progress.



"Fiona" 2012-present

image of Galway Hooker Fiona on her removal from Galway Crystal

The heritage boat "Fiona" is owned by Galway Crystal and was displayed in their museum until it closed, whereupon she was given on permanent loan to Galway City Council. Care of her restoration has been given to Bádóirí an Cladaig and Galway City Council has made funding available to this end.

Click here to see photos of her restoration in progress.



"Croí an Cladaig" 2010-2012

image of oak trunk being delivered for current project

This 32-foot hooker is the first in its class to be built in Galway city since 1922.

Click here to see photos of her build.



Bádóirí an Cladaig 2008-2009

image of the Badoiri an Cladaig sailing past Long Walk in Galway

This was our first restoration project. It took half a year to make the "Bádóirí an Cladaig" seaworthy, but now she takes part in many festivals and events along the coast of County Galway.

Click here to see photos of her restoration.



 

COMMITTEE

President: Michael Lynskey, Vice Chairman: Martin Joyce, Secretary: Peter Connolly,

Treasurer: James Croker, Tom O'Flaherty.

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