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The Claddagh Basin Session


The Claddagh Basin Session.  An evening of music and song, hosted by Bádóirí an Chladaigh, featuring Róisín Seoighe and Ignite Gospel Choir.

Bádóirí an Chladaigh return to the Claddagh Basin for Culture Night after a summer of sailing. The beloved hookers and gleóiteogs that grace our coast are a combination of design, craft, art, and seamanship.

These boats and those who sail them are an integral part of Galway life, culture and heritage. Their story is Galway’s story. Many Galwegians will have had their lives lightened up a little this last year with the sight of these boats moored at the Claddagh Basin and illuminated over the Christmas and St. Patrick’s Festival.

Since 2008, Bádóirí an Chladaigh have been given trusteeship of several traditional Galway sailing boats. Over six have been built or restored or are in the process of being brought to full sea-worthiness.

Bádóirí an Chladaigh are proud, yet again, to be part of Culture Night. This year, as your hosts, they are delighted to be the back drop and staging to some wonderful local musical and singing talent.

Join the The Naomh Crónan, The Manuela and The Croí an Chladaigh at quay side from 20.30 to 22.00

Róisín Seoighe hails from Connemara and started her musical journey as a sean nós singer. For many years she has been composing and performing her own songs ás Gaeilge. In 2015, as a 16-year-old student, Róisín won PREDA Ireland’s National Song Contest with “Freedom Song”. She was nominated for Nós’ 2017 Irish language “Up and Coming Artist Award” in the same year she won Gael Linn’s Song of the year with “Sín do lámh”.

 It is fitting that Róisín shall sing on board and among the boats she has grown up with and loved all her young life. Her father Pádraig Seoighe from Ros A Mhíl, who sadly passed away this June, was a man steeped in the craft and skills of the building and sailing of these beautiful boats.

The 28 voices of IGNITE under the musical direction of Keara Shearan, one Galway’s longest established gospel choirs, is celebrating 13 years of joyous song and community spirit. The passion of the choir is to cultivate an authentic gospel sound and to bring peace and positivity where ever they go. In August they recorded a few songs for the new program called “Voices by the Sea”.

The evening will commence with a number of pieces from young Galway musicians, Niamh Murphy on cello and Eimhear Feely on violin.


Time: 7pm - 10pm

Genres: Heritage / History / Language / Music / Other / Performance

Features: Family friendly

Address: The Claddagh Basin

No Booking Required