Traditional Galway Hookers of all sizes, from pucáin to báid mhóra, will take part part in this year’s Féile na mBád in Cill Chiaráin, Connemara on the 29th & 30th June 2013. From humble beginnings in 1961 Kilkierrin Boat Festival is now the longest established festival in Connemara. It was Father Goaley, who was a Curate in Kilkerrin at the time, who started this festival with only one class of boat known as a “Púcán” and the wooden currach.
In the seventies, a Limerick man by the name of Dick Scott took over the reins and introduced the “Báid Mhóra” which are large sailing boats.
A priest by the name of Father Prionsias read mass for the Boatsmen in Kilkerrin Church before the race in about two thousand and three. Now, weather permitting, the mass is read on Kilkerrin Pier, where the local priest blesses the boatmen and the boats before the races begin.
There are a variety of sailing boats racing now and there is a multitude of people gathered to watch the magnificent backdrop of the sea and the islands as the boats sail in Kilkerrin Bay. As well as the boat races, there is plenty to keep both young and old amused for the weekend, including the selection of Festival Queen, games for the young, and the newly introduced “Jackass Jackpot”, all under the watchful eye of the Committee.
Satharn/Saturday 29ú Meitheamh 2013
9.00in/pm Banríon na Féile/Festival Queen, Tigh Chadháin, Cill Chiaráin
10.00in/pm Ceol “The Entertainer” , Tigh Chadháin, Cill Chiaráin
Domhnach/Sunday 30ú Meitheamh 2013
12.30in/pm Aifreann na mBadóirí agus Beannú na mBáid ar an gCéibh, Cill Chiaráin
Mass and Blessing the Boats on the Pier, Kilkerrin
1.30in/pm Club Spáisteoireachta Iorras Aithnigh/Iorras Aithneach Walking Club
Siúlóid i gCill Chiaráin: Teacht le Chéile ag an Ionad Sláinte, Cill Chiaráin
Kilkerrin Walk: Meeting Place at the Health Centre, Cill Chiaráin
Rásaí Báid/Baot Races
2.00in/pm Gleoiteoga Móra, Gleoiteoga Beaga & Púcáin, Céibh Cill Chiaráin
4.00in/pm Báid Mhóra & Leath Báid, Céibh Cill Chiaráin
2-6.00in/pm Garraí trasna ó Tigh Chadháin, Cill Chiaráin
Sceilp na n-Óg / Children’s Events
2-6.00in/pm Garraí Jimmy Ó Ceannabháin/ Jimmy Canavan’s Field, Cill Chiaráin
6.30in/pm Bronnadh Duaiseanna /Prize Giving & 50/50 Féile Cill Chiaráin Draw
Tigh Chadháin, Cill Chiaráin
7.00in/pm Ceol / Music le Bearthla Ó Domhnaill & Caladh Gholaim
Tigh Chadháin, Cill Chiaráin
Further Information from:
Dónal McDonncha, Cathaoirleach
Coiste Féilte na mBáid
Teach an Údaráis, Carna, Conamara, Co. na Gaillimhe
Glynsk School Past Pupil Reunion
6th & 7th July 2013
Saturday 6th July 2013
11.00 am Getting together in Glynsk House:
Meeting, sharing & renewing old memories.
Tea / Coffee.
1.00 pm Visiting the old school:
Viewing old photographs.
Browsing through the old school roll books, maps showing location of past pupil family homesteads
3.00 pm Short sea trip on Bertraghboy bay in the company of friends and neighbours
- Life Jacket Essential.
Departing Caladh Mór Pier: 3 pm
8.00 pm Music, Song and Dance with local musicians in Glynsk House.
Sunday 7th July 2013
1:30 pm Celebrating Mass & Thanksgiving together in Glynsk School.
A cup of tea will be served.
3.00 pm A walk down memory lane – the school & surrounding area or perhaps to take that walk once more to and from the old school. A group photograph will be taken.
8.00 pm The Grand Finale of the Glynsk School Past Pupils Reunion for 2013
The best of local talent in music, song and dance etc. in Glynsk House
Féile Mhic Dara/ Saint Mac Dara's Day
On the Saints Day which falls on July 16th there is an annual pilgrimage to the Island for Mass. This hearlds the middle of summer for us and people travel from afar every year to attend the pilgrimage.
The local boat men bring hundreds of people from Mace Pier to the Island and back again after Mass.
A local festival has been built around this date which includes sailing, boat races, currach races and plenty song and dance too!
St Mac Dara protects boat men and all seafarmers and the old tradition of dipping your sails in the Saints honour when passing the Island is still adhered to this day.
Oileain Mhic Dara is a very special and spiritual place in a very special beautiful and wild corner of the earth.