at the Claddagh Quays we look out to Nimmo's Pier. This area is
very scenic and popular with both young and old. A magnificent sight
are the famous Claddagh swans.
Claddagh rings became famous when Claddagh folk adopted their use
as wedding bands and heirlooms, to be passed on from grandmother
to granddaughter. The ring itself and its symbolism was designed
in the late 16th century by Richard Joyce of Galway, after having
been released prisoner from Algerian pirates in Tunis.
Mellows Traditional Pipe Band
opened the festivities for the Blessing of the Galway Bay. View
more pictures of Liam Mellows Pipe Band and listen to the bagpipes
here to read up on Liam Mellows and the Irish Civil
Claddagh with its long and rich history dating back to the 4th or
5th century BC has retained its own King. The King of the Claddagh
today is Michael Linsky. He is seen here with the Lord Mayor of
Galway and the Minister for the Marine at the 'Blessing of Galway
Bay' festival. The 'Blessing' dates back to 1488, when at the beginning
of the herring season the fishing boats would be blessed by a Dominican
King of the Claddagh said that he was delighted to see so many boats
at the event. Himself he had attended the Blessing of the Bay now
for the last forty years on his own boat.
The Blessing of the Bay was the oldest tradition in Ireland and
it should be kept alive and that all the young people who came after
him ought to continue it. The number of boats going every year was
increasing and interest in the Blessing of the Bay was growing.
more photos and speeches from the opening ceremony please click
the Claddagh we continue up to Dominic Street and take a look inside
Galway's famous music venue, the Roisin Dubh pub...