A weekend of festivities is taking place on May 19th and 20th in Querrin and Carrigaholt, West Clare to launch the newly buillt traditional wooden sailing hooker the Sally O’Keeffe. 

She is a 25 foot gaff-rigged wooden sailing vessel inspired by the traditional sailing turf boats which plied the Shannon in centuries gone by.

This Leader funded training project began life as just a drawing on paper eighteen months ago and will now take to the waters of the Shannon at Querrin and sail to Carrigaholt as part of a parade of boats. 

Saturday’s festivities will start in Querrin on Saturday as 2.30pm with a currach regatta, followed by Sean Sceál Sionna, a pageant telling the story of the River Shannon, presented by children from local schools. At 5.00pm Sally O’Keeffe will be launched and she will sail to Carrigaholt for arrival there at 7.00pm with lots of music and craic.

Sunday’s festivities will commence at 1.00pm with yacht racing at Carrigaholt followed by storytelling at 3.00pm. pageant at 4:00pm and a 5.00pm sail in Carrigaholt Bay. Music and entertainment for all age groups.

The Sally O’Keeffe will enable Seol Sionna club members and friends to learn seafaring skills out on the Estuary in the coming years. It is intended to help reconnect people and communities along the Shannon Estuary in Clare, Limerick and Kerry, by visiting and supporting each others’ festivals and regattas. 

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