Galway City Museum
Fáilte chuig Músaem Cathrach na Gaillimhe

Galway Hooker (The Máirtín Oliver)

The Galway Hooker in its various forms (gleoiteog, púcán, leathbhád & bád mór) is the traditional sailing workboat of Galway Bay. These distinctive short, broad boats, with their tarred black hulls and brown sails, were used for fishing and for transportation (particularly turf and seaweed).

A 28ft long example hangs spectacularly in the atrium of the Museum.

This boat was custom made for the Museum by traditional craftsmen Pat Ó Cualáin and Micheál MacDonncha from An Cheathrú Rua and was named by the public in honour of the last King of the Claddagh village, Máirtín Oliver, to fish from the village using a Galway Hooker. A video on level 2, overlooking the boat, shows the boat building process.

Location: Atrium