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GALWAY HOOKERS

Hand Crafted Model Hookers

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The Iconic Galway Hooker

The origins of the craft have a number of tales but what we know for sure is that they have been in use for at least two hundred years, although it has been suggested that the design of the boat may date back further, owing to the Eastern, Arabic appearance of the sails and the craft itself. Many have suggested this as another example of Coptic influence on the west coast of Ireland. The Connamara area had many boatbuilders and it is thought that they formed these boats especially to suit the area. The boats were able to sail in shallow waters and thus were ideal for the areas around South Conamara.

Now something of an icon with a mere 30 still in active use today. An astonishing accomplishment, considering nearly all of the original Hookers had left the water by 1975.

Made To Order

We are often commissioned to produce one-off model Hookers to a specific size and detail which we welcome. Our typical and most popular model is the 0.80m long and 0.60m tall hooker. All models come with a hand made wooden mounting show stand and plaque.

The Model Wreck

The model Hooker Wreck was added to our armour recently and is already becoming a favoured item. This is due to its originality and eye for detail. The Wreck tells a story of how the iconic working boat lost its place in the ever developing modern world. See gallery......

Our Replicas

We produce rare handcrafted models of various sizes. Built by craftsmen who share a passion for this historical signature of Galway and indeed Ireland.
Our replicas have been purchased from far a field as Boston to Hong Kong by a range of clients such as Irish Themed Bars, Museums, Embassies, Art Galleries and Personal Pleasure.

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