Friday, August 14th – (HW 18:11hrs)
09:30 –14:00 hrs The Farmers Market, Up Town’ area
Loading of Turf boats, Scruthan Pier, Carraroe
19:00 hrs Tony Moylan Memorial Cup Hurling Tournament GAA Pitch
20:00 hrs – Close Music & Craic in the pubs Kinvara, Village
Saturday, August 15th – (HW 18:50hrs)
09:00 hrs Turf boats depart Scruthan Pier, Carraroe
14:00 hrs Skippers meeting Gleoiteoga Mora agus Beaga
14:00 hrs Galway Docks – Mike Lynskey Memorial Cup. On the Water Race from the Claddagh to Parkmore
14:15 hrs Official unveiling of commemorative plaque Parkmore Pier, Kinvara
14:30 hrs Sponsors and crew BBQ Parkmore Pier, Kinvara
16:00 hrs Live Music (see for more details), Kinvara, Pier
16:00 hrs Gleoiteog Mor Race On the Water
16:15 hrs Gleoiteog beag Race On the Water
16:45 hrs Arrival of Turf boats Kinvara, Pier
17:15 hrs Offical Opening of the festival by, His Excellency, Kevin Vickers, Canadian Ambassador to Ireland Kinvara, Pier
17:45 –18:45 hrs ‘Tug of War’ -initial qualifying session On the green
19:30 – Close Music and Craic Down Town pubs
19:30 – Close Music and Craic Up Town pubs
20:00 hrs An tAmhrán Beo, Traditional Singing Concert Kinvara , Community Centre
Sunday, August 16th – (HW 19:25hrs)
12:00 hrs Mass and blessing of the boats Kinvara, Pier
14:00 hrs Skippers meeting Hookers and Leath Bhads Kinvara, Pier
14:00 – 18:00hrs Childrens Bouncy Castle Castleview Park, Kinvara
14:30 hrs Horse shoe throwing competition On the Green
15:00 hrs Childrens fancy dress – Meet at Community Center shortly before (3pm) On the Green
15:30 hrs Bad Mor Race, for the Colm Milkerrins Memorial trophy On the water
15:45 hrs Leath Bhad Race On the water
16:00 hrs Live Music (see for more details) Kinvara, Pier
16:15 hrs Climin (Seaweed Race) Race for the Murphystore Cup On the water
16:45 hrs ‘Tug of War’ Finals On the Green
18:00 hrs Live Music (see for more details) Kinvara, Pier
19:00 hrs Presentation of prizes Kinvara, Pier
20:00 – Close Music and Craic Down Town pubs


All times are approximate & subject to change


Welcome to the 36th “Cruinniú na mBád ”,
(Gathering of the Boats).
Cruinniú na mBád has been held annually since Anthony Moylan fulfilled his dream in 1979 of bringing the old turf boats back to Kinvara, after a lapse of three decades. The Galway Hooker went into decline in the 1950’s and 60’s with the arrival of bottled gas and improved road infrastruc-ture. Anthony was one of a generation of local people who had a fond memory of the Badoiri bringing turf to Kinvara under sail.
In his book “Turfboats”, author Tom Quinn wrote of the 2nd Cruinniú in 1980: “With Anthony Moylan driving ever on with ideas, Enda Brogan keeping the ideas within managea-ble perspective, and an eager supporting committee, the sky was the limit.” Anthony certainly was a man of ideas and a lateral thinker, and his legacy will remain for genera-tions to come. Cruinniú na mBád has since become the flagship event of the traditional Hooker and wooden boat revival in Ireland. To Anthony and all those Cruinniú people who have passed on, we owe a huge debt of gratitude.
“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha dílse.”
This year we welcome the Canadian Ambassador Kevin Vick-ers to Kinvara. Parkmore Pier, (Caladh na Sceiche) was built in 1880-81 with 25% funding from the people of Canada in aid of famine relief. The Ambassador will unveil a plaque on the pier in recognition of their generosity at a time of dis-tress in Ireland.
A special thanks to all the individuals, sponsors, businesses and local groups who have helped Cruinniú over the years, but in particular to the boat own-ers, crews and participants for their continued support.
“Tá súil again go mbainfear sult agus spraoí as Cruinniú 2015!
Michael Brogan