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Traditional craft from Galway Hooker Sailing Club participated in the Darkness into Light national fundraiser on  Saturday
Slipping out into Galway Bay before sunrise, several traditional craft from Galway Hooker Sailing Club participated in the Darkness into Light national fundraiser on  Saturday. “When a community comes together, it’s amazing what can be done,” the club said after…
A French yawl built from a late 18th-century replica will be on display in Galway from this weekend
A French yawl built from a late 18th-century replica will be on display in Galway as part of a “Mini Brittany Fest” which runs from May 7th to 14th. Mayor of Lorient Fabrice Loher will lead a delegation to Galway…
Natural oyster reef - Artificial oyster reefs along the US Gulf Coast are designed to protect and restore shoreline habitat and create living oyster reefs as a sustainable option for reducing erosion of coastal marshes and protecting communities from storm surge. A new study shows restoration of marshes and oyster reefs are among the most cost-effective solutions for reducing coastal flood risks
There are many reasons to love oysters, and now an NUI Galway scientist has suggested another one. Apart from its nutritional benefits, the shellfish also provides a cost-effective solution to the impacts of climate change. Natural reefs built from oysters…
Minister for Housing and Local Government Darragh O’Brien, Paul Fallon, Irish Water and Jim Cullen, Galway County Council pictured during the minister’s visit to the  wastewater project under construction at An Spidéal, Co Galway.
Water quality in Galway Bay may be improved when a new wastewater treatment plant is completed in An Spidéal next year, Minister for Housing and Local Government Darragh O’Brien has predicted. The project will eliminate the discharge of more than…
Tourism Ireland promotes Galway region to the Nordic market and among travel operators attending an event in Denmark was Aran Island Ferries whose newbuild fastcraft Saoire Na Farraige AFLOAT adds, is seen on its maiden crossing last year from the Port of Galway to Inishmore in addition to cruises off the Cliffs of Moher. The 400 passenger vessel, is Ireland's largest domestic ferry on a route that is also the longest distance taking 90 minutes.
Companies throughout Galway have been promoted to more than 50 top tour operators and travel agents from Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland at a trade workshop held recently in Scandinavia. Moycullen-based North & West Coast Links Golf Ireland and Aran…
Celebrating the milestone ‘sod turning’ of the Salmon Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge were (L to R) Colm Ó Ríordáin, Senior Executive Engineer, Galway City Council, Patrick Greene, Director of Services, Galway City Council, Uinsinn Finn, Senior Engineer, Galway City Council; Brendan McGrath, Chief Executive of Galway City Council; John Pentony, Jons Civil Engineering Company; Minister of State, Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton, TD; Kealan Bolton, Jons Civil Engineering Company; Mayor of Galway City, Councillor Colette Connolly; John Rooney, National Transport Authority; Martin Jennings, Atkins Ireland; and David Minton, Director, NWRA
The first sod has been turned on constructing a new pedestrian and cycleway across the river Corrib – the first new bridge over the Atlantic coast river in over 30 years. The new Salmon Weir crossing will “draw pedestrians and…
The SOS Bearna delegation handing in a petition to Galway County Hall
Community group SOS Bearna has welcomed a decision by Galway county councillors to overturn a decision to permit the building to within just 15 metres of the shoreline. A setback of 30 metres from the shore has been reaffirmed for…
Taoiseach Micheal Martin speaking at “The Renewable Energy Opportunity for the West of Ireland” conference 
hosted today by Galway Harbour Company, in the G Hotel, Galway.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has endorsed plans for Galway to become the State's first "hydrogen hub". The plan was outlined when Mr Martin gave the keynote speech at a conference hosted by the Port of Galway. A "hydrogen hub" is a…
Taoiseach Micheál Martin is to address a renewable energy conference hosted by the Port of Galway next week. Mr Martin will give the keynote speech at the event, entitled “The renewable energy opportunity for the west of Ireland”. The event…
The late Tim Collins - contributed so much to maritime history and science
Tributes have been paid to maritime author, historian, librarian, sailor and musician Tim Collins who passed away unexpectedly in Galway. “A polymath,” was how Galway hooker sailor and adventurer Dr Michael Brogan described him, while colleagues at NUI Galway (NUIG)…
New project under way at GBSC – Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton TD signals work under way for Galway Bay SC’s latest development with Commodore Johnny Shorten (left), Vice Commodore Pat Irwin (right), and members of the GBSC Committee
The Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton TD, recently visited Galway Bay Sailing Club headquarters for the official sod-turning ceremony to inaugurate the club’s latest development. The Minister, who is a native of Oranmore, has a…
The SOS Bearna delegation handing in a petition to Galway County Hall
When former president Mary Robinson was speaking about the horrific invasion of Ukraine on RTE’s Late Late Show last week, she reminded us that climate change hasn’t gone away. SOS Bearna is the name of a community group in Galway…
The Naomh Cronán Galway hooker in Ukrainian colours on Galway's Claddagh basin
One of Galway’s fleet of traditional craft has been lit in Ukrainian national colours in support of the people of Ukraine The Naomh Cronán is decked out in yellow and blue on Galway’s Claddagh basin each evening after sunset. The…
Martin Heydon T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Research and Development, Farm Safety, and New Market Development with Annaclare McCarthy, Marine Institute scientist
Martin Heydon T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Research and Development, Farm Safety, and New Market Development at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), visited the Marine Institute’s headquarters in Oranmore, Co Galway today. The innovative…
The dock at the Port of Galway
An increase in EU funding for Galway Port has been pushed for following a series of meetings in Brussels this week. The meetings, facilitated by MEP for this region Colm Markey, took place between port representatives, officials from the European…
About 30 close friends and family flew to Barbados to greet Karen Weekes (left) on her arrival in Barbados
“So your boat goes up the size of the wave, and then it goes down a bit and sometimes you might surf it or whatever but yeah, they were very very big..”. I’m useless at measuring things, I don’t know…

Galway Port & Harbour

Galway Bay is a large bay on the west coast of Ireland, between County Galway in the province of Connacht to the north and the Burren in County Clare in the province of Munster to the south. Galway city and port is located on the northeast side of the bay. The bay is about 50 kilometres (31 miles) long and from 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) to 30 kilometres (19 miles) in breadth.

The Aran Islands are to the west across the entrance and there are numerous small islands within the bay.

Galway Port FAQs

Galway was founded in the 13th century by the de Burgo family, and became an important seaport with sailing ships bearing wine imports and exports of fish, hides and wool.

Not as old as previously thought. Galway bay was once a series of lagoons, known as Loch Lurgan, plied by people in log canoes. Ancient tree stumps exposed by storms in 2010 have been dated back about 7,500 years.

It is about 660,000 tonnes as it is a tidal port.

Capt Brian Sheridan, who succeeded his late father, Capt Frank Sheridan

The dock gates open approximately two hours before high water and close at high water subject to ship movements on each tide.

The typical ship sizes are in the region of 4,000 to 6,000 tonnes

Turbines for about 14 wind projects have been imported in recent years, but the tonnage of these cargoes is light. A European industry report calculates that each turbine generates €10 million in locally generated revenue during construction and logistics/transport.

Yes, Iceland has selected Galway as European landing location for international telecommunications cables. Farice, a company wholly owned by the Icelandic Government, currently owns and operates two submarine cables linking Iceland to Northern Europe.

It is "very much a live project", Harbourmaster Capt Sheridan says, and the Port of Galway board is "awaiting the outcome of a Bord Pleanála determination", he says.

90% of the scrap steel is exported to Spain with the balance being shipped to Portugal. Since the pandemic, scrap steel is shipped to the Liverpool where it is either transhipped to larger ships bound for China.

It might look like silage, but in fact, its bales domestic and municipal waste, exported to Denmark where the waste is incinerated, and the heat is used in district heating of homes and schools. It is called RDF or Refuse Derived Fuel and has been exported out of Galway since 2013.

The new ferry is arriving at Galway Bay onboard the cargo ship SVENJA. The vessel is currently on passage to Belem, Brazil before making her way across the Atlantic to Galway.

Two Volvo round world races have selected Galway for the prestigious yacht race route. Some 10,000 people welcomed the boats in during its first stopover in 2009, when a festival was marked by stunning weather. It was also selected for the race finish in 2012. The Volvo has changed its name and is now known as the "Ocean Race". Capt Sheridan says that once port expansion and the re-urbanisation of the docklands is complete, the port will welcome the "ocean race, Clipper race, Tall Ships race, Small Ships Regatta and maybe the America's Cup right into the city centre...".

The pandemic was the reason why Seafest did not go ahead in Cork in 2020. Galway will welcome Seafest back after it calls to Waterford and Limerick, thus having been to all the Port cities.

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