The Oliver family

The Oliver family have been involved in boats in Galway for generations.

The last of the working Galway Hookers was named the Truelight and owned by Máirtín Oliver, and it is from this proud heritage that we would like to continue our work in the Marine Service for the people of Galway and the West of Ireland.

Máirtín was the last man to have owned and sailed an original working Galway Hooker from the Claddagh, prior to their re-emergence in the 1980s as pleasure crafts. The new Galway Hooker commissioned for the new city museum has been named Máirtín Oliver after the legendary Claddagh King of the 1950s and 1960s.

Making the announcement, Claddagh King Michael Lynskey said that Máirtín Oliver is a perfect name for the boat. “He was a special man, one of the only survivors from the Cleggan disaster and a master fisherman that was respected all over Galway and Connemara. He literally sailed until he could sail no more, and now I think it’s fitting that his name will be kept alive through the magnificent boat in the new museum.”

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