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A computer rendering of the proposed Páirc na Mara in Connemara
Galway Harbour
#PáircNaMara - Galway County Council is seeking further details on the Páirc na Mara development for Connemara, following an objection from a local group opposed to salmon farming. New plans for the ‘marine innovation park’ were submitted late last year by…
An artist’s impression of the student blocks earmarked for Queen Street, plans for which have been appealed by four local parties
Galway Harbour
#Property - Four different parties have lodged an appeal against plans for student housing on the former Topaz oil site in Galway Docks, according to Galway Bay FM. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Galway County Council granted planning permission for…
Galway Bay SC sailor Aaron O’Reilly sent us this brief video of the clinker-built fishing boat which ended up perilously balanced – but miraculously secured – right on top of the pier across the Corrib from the Claddagh
Galway Harbour
It will take some time to fully assess the many damaging effects of Storm Eleanor, which this week barrelled into Galway Bay in a very focused tunnel of extreme winds just as an exceptionally high Spring Tide was hitting the…
Foreshore Lease Approved For Galway Bay Marine Energy Test Site
Galway Harbour
#GalwayBay - In a major boost for the marine energy sector, the Government has approved a 35-year foreshore lease for an upgraded test site in Galway Bay off Spiddal. Galway Bay FM reports on yesterday’s (Tuesday 19 December) announcement that…
Don’t they know it’s Christmas? The west coast may have had some serious storm batterings recently, but Christmas calms - the Halcyon days – have descended on Galway Harbour this week. Yet some reports suggest that not everyone is delighted with the brightly festive boats in the city-centre marina
Galway Harbour
There’s a modern tradition in Ireland’s only truly city centre marina – right in the heart of Galway – that restraint is abandoned when it comes to hanging out the Christmas lights in the rigging of boats berthed there writes…
Returning to Galway will be all the fun and action of SeaFest from 29th June to 1st July 2018
Galway Harbour
#Seafest2018 - Returning to Galway in 2018 will be Seafest, Ireland's biggest and most spectacular maritime festival. For three days SeaFest 2018 take place from from 29th June to 1st July – a weekend of fun, family friendly events not…
An artist’s impression of the new student blocks earmarked for Queen Street in Galway Docks
Galway Harbour
#Property - Galway City Council has granted permission for the construction of new student accommodation on the former Topaz oil site in Galway Docks, as Galway Bay FM reports. Two blocks of seven and eight storeys each would provide 345…
Man of the West. Dave Whitehead on the shores of his adopted and beloved home of Galway Bay. Photo: Pierce Purcell
Cruising

David Whitehead 1942-2017

3rd December 2017
Irish sailing is mourning the loss of someone very special with the death of Dave Whitehead of Kinvara. In his close and strong family circle, throughout an international circle of friends, and among many more in the Galway Bay area,…
‘Humble Works for Humble People’ Charts History of Galway Bay’s Fishery Piers
Book Review
#Books - Humble Works for Humble People is the title of a new history of the fishery piers of Galway Bay around coastal Galway and North Clare by Dr Noel Wilkins, a retired professor at NUI Galway. The book charts…
Tragedy has truck Oranmore Bay in Galway with the discovery of a body on its shores
News Update
#Missing - Emergency responders recovered a body a last night (Thursday 23 November) in the search for a missing fisherman off Galway. The body was found on the shore in Oranmore Bay, some five nautical miles east of where a…
Galway Bay launch - Simon Mc Gibney ICRA Commodore / WIORA Commodore, Captain Brian Sheridan Harbour Master Galway Port, Gary Allen Commodore Galway Bay Sailing Club, Rory Carberry Irish Sailing Board Member, Martin Breen Event Chairperson and Denis Kiely ICRA Honorary Secretary
ICRA
The 2018 ICRA Cruiser National and WIORA West Coast Championships have been launched at the Port of Galway offices. The national cruiser championships will be organised by Galway Bay Sailing Club and will combine both the Irish Cruiser Racing top event…
Ophelia: Crunching The Numbers On Galway’s ‘Unusual’ Storm Surge
Marine Science
#Ophelia - With most of Ireland battening down the hatches for the second time in a week in preparation for Storm Brian’s arrival, the Marine Institute in Galway says it continues to gather and analyse data from Storm Ophelia. Despite…
Galway Bay Confirmed As Hosts Of 2018 ICRA Nationals
ICRA
#ICRA - The Irish Cruiser Racing Association has reaffirmed its decision to allocate the 2018 ICRA National Championships to the West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association (WIORA) and Galway Bay Sailing Club. The event from 16-18 August 2018 will be…
Bibby Stockholm is one of two large-scale apartment barges proposed as a solution for students struggling to find accommodation in Galway
Galway Harbour
#Galway - Galway Harbour Company has ruled out any notion of floating student accommodation in the city’s docks. According to Galway Bay FM, harbour CEO Eamon Bradshaw said lack of space in the inner docks was the reason for rejecting…
Galway RNLI's inshore lifeboat on exercise
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Two people are recovering after being rescued by Galway RNLI when the tide trapped them on Hare Island, as the Connacht Tribune reports. The lifeboat launched at 6.41pm yesterday evening (Wednesday 13 September) to reports from passers-by on Renmore beach…
Bibby Stockholm is one of two large-scale apartment barges that could house students struggling to find accommodation in Galway
Galway Harbour
#Galway - A property management firm in Galway believes a solution to the city’s rental crisis for students could be found in the form of large-scale floating accommodation, according to The Irish Times. Winters Property says it could have two…

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