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It is 50 years ago since a “Men Only” sign was removed from the entrance to Galway’s Blackrock swimming area. Before this, bathing was officially segregated in Salthill on Galway Bay, at the request of Catholic bishops who believed mixed…
Dinghies prepare to launch at An Spidéail with Cumann Seoltóireachta an Spidéil which holds its annual regatta this Saturday (Sept 18)
When Irish Olympic sailor Sean Waddilove was asked to name his “coolest” location to sail from, he chose An Spidéal in Co Galway. Waddilove, who represented Ireland with Robert Dickson in their 49er dinghy in Japan, is from Skerries, Co…
“Sailing School With a Difference” - the WIORA-winning Tribal Youth Initiative at Fenit on Tralee Bay with (left to right) David Carberry, Cormac Donnelly, Justin Mitchel Ward, Jack Nolan, Liam Burke (Skipper), Ronan Shepard and Olivia Cure.
When Liam Burke’s interesting Farr 31 Tribal from Galway Bay SC became the new West of Ireland champion in racing the WIORA series with Tralee Bay SC at Fenit recently, it marked the latest successful stage in the Tribal Youth…
The mini yacht ended up on Bunes Beach that is quite isolated on the western side of Reinefjorden on the Moskenesøya island, Norway
The 1.5 metre unmanned mini sailboat called 'Seoltóir Na Gaillimhe – the Galway Sailor', that was deployed in June, was recently found stranded on the Bunes Beach above the Arctic Circle in the Lofoten Islands, in Norway. After travelling over…
Pierce Purcell Jnr of Galway Maritime (left) presents owner/skipper Mark Wllson from the successful Sigma 33 Scorpio with the King of Lambs Trophy in Galway Maritime’s premises in Galway City
So much happened so quickly in Galway Bay SC’s 46-boat Lambs Week cruise to the Aran islands and Connemara (as reported in Afloat.ie) that it took a day or two for a more formal presentation to take place with the…
The Farr 31 Tribal from GBSC with Liam Burke at the helm
The Bon Secours WIORA West Coast Championship was held in Tralee Bay Sailing Club from Aug 25-28 with light breezes and glorious sunshine on three days out of four.  PRO John Leech did an amazing job to get nine races…
God's Own Country, as seen from a satellite above Connemara and Galway Bay. While the three Aran Islands provide some shelter from the Atlantic, this is still a challenging area in which to organise a cruise-in-company and a couple of offshore races for a fleet of 46 boats
With an impressive and eclectic fleet of 46 boats from West Coast ports which ranged from Clew Bay to the north to Kilrush in the Shannon Estuary to the south - in addition to the many harbours and anchorages within…
Restoring the gleoiteog Loveen, the second last Claddagh hooker still in existence
Ciarán Oliver's family history goes back over a hundred years to what was then known as the fishing village of the Claddagh in Galway. His great-great-uncle, Máirtín, was the last 'King of the Claddagh'. The 'Loveen' doesn't go back quite…
A Young Hearts session on Grattan Beach, Galway Bay
Sea and sky, as in the marine and astronomy, were twin themes of this year’s “Young Hearts”, a field programme involving transition year students working with senior citizens in Galway. Tutors Dr Noirin Burke of Galway Atlantaquaria, artist Vicky Smith…
The late Bill Scanlan at Mutton Island lighthouse in May 2004
Tributes have been paid to former lightkeeper and maritime historian Bill Scanlan, who died this summer after a long illness. “A treasure to Galway, the city he loved and was so proud to promote to everyone he met,” is how…
The new moorings blocks being shipped to the Aran Islands for GBSC's Lambs Week Regatta
Preparations continue apace for Galway Bay's Lamb's Week Sailing Regatta that starts on Thursday.  As Afloat previously reported, Galway Bay Sailing Club hosts Lambs Week from August 19th to 25th, when some 50 boats will take part in the five-day…
John Shorten, GBSC club commodore with (left) Jason Croke and Pierce Purcell of GBSC
A Naval Service officer has paid tribute to the efforts of instructors at Galway Bay Sailing Club (GBSC) who rescued a man off Rinville pier last month. Lieut Jason Croke from Clarenbridge, Co Galway also spoke to young sailors about…
Working on the Beckett mound at Inis Oírr.  The exhibition celebrates the making and sculpting of the set, the translation process and the engagement with the community
Islanders with expertise in stone have completed a “jigsaw puzzle” of rock upon timber for an Irish language production of Beckett’s Happy Days on the Aran island of Inis Oírr. As The Times Ireland reports, director Sarah Jane Scaife worked…
Lambs Week 2021 - 45 boats entered, 3 Destinations to be visited, a 'King of the Bay Pursuit Challenge' around the islands for both competitive and non-competitive boats
I just love the approach of Galway sailors in mixing serious racing and enjoyment. If British sailors can have Cowes Week and West Cork has Calves Week, in Galway, they have Lamb's Week which has "gentlemanly racing," plenty of "craic,"…
Viking Lass is a competitor in GBSC's McSwiggan's Series on Galway Bay
14 boats will compete tonight in the final race of Galway Bay Sailing Club (GBSC) cruiser-racer McSwiggans Series. After five races sailed and going into the final race, Ibaraki is the overall leader on IRC and ECHO but points are…
Sara Feeney (left) Ellen Glynn on the shores of Galway Bay
Grammy award-winning singer Taylor Swift has made contact with one of the two Galway cousins who survived a 15-hour ordeal in Galway Bay after they were swept out to the Atlantic on paddleboards last August. As The Sunday Times reported,…

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.

© Afloat 2020

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