Surfin’ on home from California

Surfin’ on home from California
Dave Gallagher is coming to Gortahork for the Gallagher Clan Gathering next month and he’s bringing a little prezzie for the clan with him.

Dave Gallagher is coming to Gortahork for the Gallagher Clan Gathering next month and he’s bringing a little prezzie for the clan with him.

A native of Southern California, Dave caught the surfing bug at the age of 12. He particularly relates to the surfers of the 1950’s when wooden surfboards were king and he started building wooden surfboards himself.

Surfboard design and construction soon became one of Dave’s favourite pastimes and a therapeutic respite from his full time job as a firefighter/paramedic. Although Gallagher boards are built for surfing, they unique design and craftsmanship means they look just as at home adorning a wall as they do on the crest of a wave.

While he’s here, Dave hopes to catch some waves himself but he wants to leave the board behind as a souvenir of the Gathering. “After I surf it in Ireland, I’d like to leave it there. California it is very common to have surfboards displayed on walls,” he says.

Ideally, Dave would love to see the board on display in a pub or other business owned by, you guessed it, a Gallagher.

The Gallagher Global Gathering takes place September 6-15 in Gortahork, It’s a celebration that boasts something for everyone, as clan chief Adrian Gallagher explains. “The programme is varied to enable those attending to get a flavour for all aspects of our heritage, from the language and music to local history and genealogy.

“Visitors can tour rugged west Donegal or simply relax with fellow Gallaghers and friends in one of the many venues. We have unique events like the Benny Gallagher concert under the shadow of majestic Mount Errigal and the Gallagher Global Award Presentation Gala Dinner.”

Gallagher Clan Committee Chairman, Bearnaí Ó Gallchóir, added: “We had a great gathering in 2007,

Guinness World Record and all, and we look forward to welcoming back those Gallaghers and their friends

from all corners of the world to join in our celebration in the Gallagher homelands.

“Put the dates in your diary

now, book your Gala Dinner tickets immediately and log on to the Gallagher Clan website or follow us on

Facebook. Bí anseo do cheiliúrú, beidh fáilte romhat – Be here for the celebrations. You will be very, very

welcome.”

Find out more about

Dave’s surfboards at http://www.gallagherwoodsurfboards.com.