The Lone Rider - Galway Hooker
The Galway hooker is a traditional fishing boat used in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland. The hooker was developed for the strong seas there. It is identified by its sharp, clean entry, bluff bow, marked tumblehome and raked transom. Its sail plan consists of a single mast with a main sail and two foresails.
The Clifden arts festival is on and my painting of the Galway Hookers proudly sits in the window of Hehirs of Clifden
Clifden Arts Trail
Galway Hookers at Roundstone – at Hehirs of Clifden for Arts Trail[/caption]
A short while ago, I had the absolute joy to catch the Regatta in the very charming village of Roundstone in the heart of Connemara. As a result, I have felt a strong urge to paint the Galway Hooker fishing boats. Would you agree that they appear to so majestic, beautiful and strong with their beautiful red sails.
Roundstone is on the west coast of Connemara an area of outstanding natural beauty and inspiration for many artists with hills, valleys and beautiful coastlines.
There are so many interesting places to visit in Connemara, for example:
- Inagh Valley and Kylemore Tour
- Connemara National Park
- Beaches – Dogs Bay, Gurteen Bay, Mannin Bay to name but a few!
- Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden
The rugged, glacially sculpted backdrop to Roundstone is the majestic mountain of Errisbeg, which rises to almost 1,000 feet. No visit to Connemara is ever complete without a visit to the harbour village of Roundstone. It is an ideal base from which to explore the wonderful ice-age scoured and lake-strewn Roundstone Bog. South of the village the crescent-shaped beaches of Gurteen and Dog’s Bay and their intervening tombolo draw thousands each summer.
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