An Tóstal ‘Currach Racing Festival’ returned to Salthill on 11th & 12th May where the competitors and spectators alike enjoyed some gorgeous weather for the activities on the Promenade.

The 2024 renewal was enhanced by the addition of Galway Hooker racing on the Saturday, with boats form the Galway Hooker Sailing Club taking part in three ‘Close to Shore’ races between Palmers Rock and Seapoint.

The Currach Racing on Sunday featured some spectacular rowing with Senior Men, Senior Ladies, Fear & Bean (Mixed) and Junior Boys and Girls.

The racers compete in the same boats, maximum four per race, for each race with a draw each time for boat numbers. There are three rowers in each boat except for the ‘Fear agus Bean’ which features just two. In all 28 crews took to the water between 11.30am and 6.30pm on Sunday last.

The big Winners on the day were

  • Senior Men; Connemara/ Doonbeg- Michael Sullivan, Máirtin Einniu, Eoin Honan
  • Senior Ladies; Carna/Rosmuc- Bernie Joyce, Maire Brid Breathnach, Roisin Einniu
  • Junior Boys; An Cheathrú Rua- Ciaran Conroy, Colin Mc Donnacha, Cathal O Flatharta
  • Junior Girls; An Cheathrú Rua- Emer Ní Chualain, Lilly Ní Fhiannachta, Chloe Ní Fhlatharta
  • Mixed; Clár/Ciarraí-  Tom Blunnie & Ailise Deane

Speaking at the Prize giving in Blackrock Cottage, Pete Kelly, Village Salthill, thanked al the participants form far and wide. “I would especially like to thank Deputy Mayor Donal Lyons for attending on the Prom and making the presentation here this evening. ‘This year we had crews from Clare, Kerry, Donegal, Mayo, Inis Oirr and of course Connemara” All were very competitive but also raced with a great sporting spirit.. “This event could not have happened without the generous support of the Galway City Council and our sponsors Blackrock Cottage, Mocha Beans and The Village Salthill – also the volunteers from the Galway Hooker Sailing Club and the Village Salthill”

“We could not finished the day without giving a big shout out to the eclectic Eoghan O’Loidean – out MC on the Prom who kept everybody enthralled with his interviews and bi-lingual race commentary” “Next year looms already and we look forward to it being even bigger and better than it was this time.

All the Crews below are photographed with Councillor Lyons, Deputy Mayor of Galway