This Sunday, May 5, in Salthill, with a more or less sunny weather, we will see the  third year of this festival (since its return) with the All-Ireland Currach racing as the main event. It’s a one day festival, starting at midday on the beach in Salthill, most activities taking part on Ladies beach and Galway Bay Hotel.

An Tostal is a concept to show some aspects of the irish life and started in the 1950’s. It was first an excuse to get more tourists, especially American, and every town and village was encouraged to form An Tóstal committees and devise a programme of events during the last two weeks of April using the theme “Ireland at Home”.

As a celebration of Irish tradition, this Sunday we can see Irish dancing between the races (from 1 30 pm) and the Tug O’War game (rope pulling) from 2 30 pm. Music and fun after the races in the Galway Bay Hotel.

Have a look at the program here

There’s also a sand castle competition, on Ladies Beach, for children from 4 years old accompanied by an adult and a parade of Galway Hookers at 2-3 pm.

These are the prizes for the races, not too bad, as they say in Ireland:

  • Scenic flight for 2 people of the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher
  • 3 hour charter trip of Galway Bay for 2 people with Galway Boat Charters
  • Overnight stay for 2 people in the Galway Bay Hotel

Don’t forget your sun glasses (and the umbrella) and your camera!

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