Galway Bay fm newsroom – A traditional heritage boat has taken to the water in the city in memory of Swiss student Manuela Reido, eight years on from her murder.
The Galway Hooker ‘Manuela’ set sail from Galway Docks shortly after four and made its way to the Claddagh beneath a cloudless sky.
There the sleek black vessel was meet with applause as it joined several other traditional boats for the occassion.
The commemorative boat was unveiled at a special Gala Ball event held in the city last night by the Manuela Riedo Foundation.
Previously known as ‘Fiona’, the traditional boat underwent extensive restoration works and has been renamed to commemorate the 17 year old who lost her life eight years ago.
The Swiss teen was murdered just three days after arriving in Galway in October 2007.
The restoration works were undertaken at Rosmuc by Bádorí an Cladaig Community Boat Club, which is currently restoring a number of the traditional Galway sailing boats.
Members of the boat club were onboard this afternoon with City Mayor Frank Fahey as the black sailed boat took to the water for the first time.