BOATS AT CLADDAGH [HISTORIC FISHING VILLAGE]

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BOATS AT CLADDAGH [HISTORIC FISHING VILLAGE]

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Claddagh was once a fishing village on the western edge of Galway City.

Nothing survives today of the thatched cottages where the fishermen and their families lived but Claddagh is still a clearly defined area around the Dominican Church of St Mary on the Hill [no sign of a hill these days].

Claddagh is still a distinct community with a king, who leads the fishing fleet and makes the important decisions. The fishermen sailed a particular type of boat known as a Hooker and they spoke Irish.