Cruinniu na mBad Festival
Up to 100 unique Irish boats, the Galway Hookers, once the workhorses of the coast of Connemara and North Clare, gather for a weekend of racing and celebration at Cruinniú na mBád (Gathering of the Boats), festival in Kinvara, Co. Galway, in August. Since its revival in 1979, the festival has become one of the most unique and successful weekend festivals in Ireland. The visual spectacle of the colourful traditional boats, under sail, at high water in Kinvara Bay, is unparalleled and thousands visit the festival each year to enjoy the races and many other attractions and events. Kinvara is located 12 kilometres from Oranhill Lodge.