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Stunning Galway Hooker Racing series to return to TG4 – Beidh Bádóirí ar ais go luath

[Bilingual Article – Gaeilge thíos] Bádóirí, TG4’s series on the famous Galway Hooker boats is set to return in an exhilarating series focusing on eight families sailing Ireland’s oldest and most native boats. Following the Galway Hooker Association racing league, the series will begin on March 5th.

This time around a new boat will be joining the fleet and the rivalry between them all will be intense and the competition fierce as the sails are hoisting on these gorgeous boats. The Galway Hooker is a traditional fishing boat that’s used in Galway Bay and was developed to deal with the strong Atlantic winds.

The Hooker is identified by its gorgeous rust-red calico sails and these days people race for glory in the sturdy boats during the summer months. The rocky inlets west of Galway Bay host the Hooker boat racing event each year.

Series one of Bádóirí saw family-owned boats battle it out in these summer races to become All-Ireland champions and the new season will see a new family joining the race. Eager to impress, this new crew from ‘The Trulight’ boat will become a force to be reckoned with as all the crews push themselves and their boats to the limit.

In this beautifully filmed second series, the creators will also be looking to delve deeper into the lives of these sailing families and their histories. It’s to be a personal and hopeful journey.

There are few societies in the world where a 200-year-old boat is the epicentre of the same family for two centuries’ producer and director of Bádóirí, Donncha Mac Con Iomaire said.

‘The maritime community of Connemara never underestimates the Atlantic, and the unity of their families cannot afford to succumb to failure at sea. This ancient world that works hard and plays hard is what is still most genuine culture of Ireland.’

Bádóirí begins on Thursday March 5th 2020 at 8pm on TG4

A preview of the previous series on the Galway Hooker

Leagan Gaeilge

Sa dara sraith do Bádóirí, seolann muid arís le criúanna báid seoil ársa na hÉireann le linn séasúr 2019. Roineann ocht gclann na Húicéirí a gcuid sean-traidisiúin, agus a ngrá don choimhlint ins an gcultúr is dúchasaí agus is ionraice d’Éirinn.

Ar imeall thiar na hEorapa, tá cultúr mara eisceachtúil a bhraith agus a throid le Aigéan na hAtlantaigh. Is í an bád dúchasach, an Húicéara, a chothaigh an pobal ba bhoichte seo, agus leanann an ghlúin nua de na clainne céanna bádóirí fós inniú ag seoladh cois cósta Chonamara, iad anois in iomaíocht chun a bheith ina seaimpíní ar Shraith Rásaí Chumann Húicéirí na Gaillimhe.

Tá aithne níos fearr á chuir ar na Bádóirí againn sa dara sraith seo, scéal shéasúr 2019. Roineann na Bádóirí a gcuid saoil pearsanta, a gcuid mianta do thraidisíun na mbád seol, agus a ndeá agus droch scéalta, le ionraiceas agus stuaim.

Deir Léiritheoir agus Stiúrthóir na sraithe Donncha Mac Con Iomaire, ‘Is beag cultúr ar domhan ar í an bád, atá 200 bliain d’aois, an gné is tábhachtaí i gclann, agus cé go bhféadfadh sé gurbh iad an treabh is boichte iad, is minic le clann na Húicéirí a bheith orthu siúd is saibhre i stádas agus meas.’

‘Tá meas síoraí ag pobal Bádóirí Chonamara ar an Atlantach fhíáin, agus tuigeann na clainne mara seo gurbh ise an máistir agus go bhfuil siadsan faoi gheasa ag a draíocht. Tá muintir an chultúr ársa seo crua agus géimiúil, ach thar aon ní eile, tádar ionraic agus dilis.’

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