32 of the Gráine Mhaol Dragon boat club hit the Quay, Westport on June 9th where we met the fantastic Muriel with her amazing wealth of knowledge of all things Westport. Muriel gave us a brief talk on the area and we took off from there into the grounds of the magnificent Westport House. Walking through the grounds we stopped off at the statue of our idol Grace O Malley – Grainne Mhaol / Granuaile , the Pirate Queen from whom we took our name. After a brisk half an hour walk, we arrived at the Wyatt Hotel in the town of Westport, where we had a fab meal , great food, service and value.

During the meal Muriel gave us a very interesting account of the history of Westport in detail and it completely opened our eyes as to how historically important the town and it’s forefathers have been, to shape the times we now live in. Fed and watered, we took to the hoof again for another brisk walk out to the Quay to where our cruise on Clew Bay was to take off from.

Westport Cruises took us out around the bay with Tom King at the Helm, guiding us around the many points and Islands. He highlighted all the places of interest and gave the historical account of Westport from a sea faring point of view. He brought us to the seal colony and also to see John Lennons Island and told us the interesting story of that little spot. No more than Muriel,Tom is a very good story teller so he made the journey very interesting and even the ‘soft damp’ weather didn’t affect the experience, with nearly half the group out on deck for the trip! Oh what a hardy bunch, they are. Photos of the day can be viewed in Gallery.