When & Where The Cruinniu na mBad usually occurs the second weekend in August. Kinvara, South Co. Galway, Ireland.
Other attractions There is lots of traditional Irish music during the festival and pubs will stay open as long as you're still standing. There are almost too many things to do in this part of Ireland : The Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, The Aillwee Caves. Breathtaking scenery and natural wonders everywhere.
Getting There Kinvara is signposted from Galway City, The Burren & Gort. Book a flight to Galway airport here or book a train to Galwayhere.
Where to stay There are great Bed and Breakfasts / B&B's and quality hotels available here.
Galway Hooker Festival
Why The title of this Irish Festivals is Gaelic, they translate as "Gathering of the boats". This festival is dedicated to the beautiful Galway Hooker boats which were used to transport turf across Galway bay. This is another great Irish excuse for enjoying life and appreciating music and tradition.
Life after Festivals in Galway : There is also Caherconnell Stone Fort and Dungaire Castle if that's what floats your boat ! If you're looking to get a little more active try Dun Loghan beach outside of BallyConnelly in Connermara.
Also there are beautiful beaches South of Kinvara in Co. Clare namely Spanish Point (where the Spanish landed in Ireland), Doonbeg & Lahinch. If you have time try to get out to the Aran Islands. Basic but breathtaking - they are one of a kind.
FYI The boats with a sail are the Hooker boats and the ones without are called a Currach.
Did you like this article ? then check out the Feile an Doilin which is another Hooker boat festival in August.