Galway Faces and Hookers
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May 28th, 2005 – by: kingelvis14
Our destination today was Clifden.
We would be going right through the middle of Galway and decided that we should plan on a two-hour break for lunch and a little bit of shopping.
Galway is a city known far and wide for its youthful vigor and thriving nightlife. This is due in part to the 20,000 students that flood into the city from all corners of Ireland and the rest of the world to attend one of the seven institutions of higher learning located here. That explains all the 20-something faces. The city-center has streets that are closed off to motorized vehicles, making it a nice place to walk and shop with no worry of honking horns and traffic lights.
The Galway Hooker is a wooden sailing vessel with a strong sharp bow and sides that curve outward. These ships were used in and around this village by the sea in the 1800's before the great famine. Built largely of oak, it is sturdy, stable and quick, allowing fishermen to navigate difficult passages while hauling their cargo (fish). The name "hooker" comes from the Dutch word "hoeker" and applies to hook and line fishing. Galway City is a port town that drew it's wealth from the sea: fishing and extensive trade with France, Spain, and the West Indies. All this was made possible by a great fleet of ships. The vessel came to distinguish itself as Galway's signature upon the water and was easily recognizable with it's rust-red, free flowing sails. Today the remaining boats (believed to be less than 25) gather once a year at the "Gathering of the Boats." Their flowing red sails make a beautiful exhibition on the water. They serve as a reminder of the great heritage of this thriving, modern community known as Galway City.
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