Marathon Mara’s bright idea for Galway was a 2015 winner.

To build a traditional currach boat for the first Marathon of the Sea challenge in Conamara to enable emigrants from Connemara to return from Boston USA to participate in the first Marathon of the Sea challenge as part of the national ceremonies commemorating 1916.


We recently caught up with Marathon Mara, who received €1,750 of funding towards their project to build a currach for the first Marathon of the Sea challenge in Connemara.

“Receiving the funding was absolutely brilliant and we’re really looking forward to the excitement of the race.”

Peadar O’Maicin, Marathon Mara

The money they received from KBC Bright Ideas is supporting the first ever Marathon Mara which is planned for 24th September 2016 in Galway Bay.



This will be the first ever marathon of its kind with two teams from Ireland and one from Boston racing traditional currach boats in a relay from Spiddal to Galway Bay.


It will be an opportunity for two parts of a community to gather together in a unique sporting event.

“They will celebrate their past, their culture and their tradition.”

Peadar O’Maicin, Marathon Mara

It will be similar to the annual challenge between Oxford and Cambridge in Britain and will be a winner takes all event.

Following the race, a currach boat will be available to visiting teams to use while in the Galway area and it is hoped that the race will become an annual event.