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A computer rendering of the proposed Páirc na Mara in Connemara
The rejection is a major setback for Údaras na Gaeltachta, the Gaeltacht development authority, which based its jobs growth strategy on employment the new marine park would create. Páirc na Mara, which was to be located in Carna in the…
The tank or armoured vehicle was imported from Kosovo to convert into an
Sam Field Corbett, director of a number of marine-based companies in Dublin and Galway, found himself at the centre of criticism last week when a military tank which he had imported to incorporate into an “escape room” was reported to…
Galway City Council says the areas around Galway Docks (above) and Spanish Arch in Galway city may experience localised flooding during high tide periods
High astronomical spring tides this week have prompted Galway City Council to issue a warning about localised flooding. The city council says it is likely that some wave overtopping may occur at Salthill on Wednesday and Thursday (March 22nd and…
Inis Mór resident Micheál Ó Goill believes there is still a future for the Naomh Éanna
Aran island resident Micheál Ó Goill was all of six years of age when he saw the Naomh Éanna making its first sailing in from Galway to Inis Mór. That was April 1958, and in August of that year, it…
An illustration of the proposed Water Sports Centre at the University of Galway
University of Galway has outlined plans for its new water sports centre, following planning approval by Galway City Council. The proposed centre will” primarily aim to offer first-class facilities for rowing, kayak and sub aqua clubs at the university and…
Pictured at the mural launch are (L-R): Maria Marra, Chris Kelly, Mark Langtry, Gabriel Farragher, Michael Gallagher, Mikie Rowe, Conor O’Keefe, Abbie Callanan, Anna Fahey, Birgit Lochmann, Peter Lochmann, Lisa Stewart, Abhay Pandit, Louise Sheilds, Sarah Gundy
Galway’s marine culture and MedTech industry are represented in a mural created by artists with students from Claddagh National School. Researchers from CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centre for Medical Devices based at University of Galway, commissioned local…
Ireland’s first “hydrogen valley” will be established in Galway port
The EU is giving 8 million euros to set up Ireland’s first “hydrogen valley” in Galway port as one of nine such projects across Europe. The EU funding is a significant boost for the multi-million euro green energy scheme, which…
Pictured at the Civic Reception in his honour, are Mayor of Galway City,
Councillor Clodagh Higgins, and solo transatlantic rower Damian Browne, former professional rugby player and adventurer
Atlantic oarsman Damian Browne’s achievements in crossing the ocean each way and becoming the first man to row from New York to Galway were lauded at a civic reception hosted by Mayor of Galway Clodagh Higgins this week. Mayor Higgins…
The restored Dublin Bay 21 Naneen sailing again on Dublin Bay in 2021 after forty years ashore
Dublin Bay's Hal Sisk and Fionan De Barra talked at Galway Bay Sailing Club on the Dublin Bay 21 Class restoration project and the history of the World's oldest cruiser racing class (1903 - 2023). As regular Afloat readers know, thanks to Sisk…
The former waterworks plant, now lying idle, was developed in 1867 near the river Corrib, and is owned by the local authority
A new watersports adventure centre for Galway city has reached tender stage for design of the facility. An architect-led design team for the project, which will be located in the old Terryland waterworks building on the Dyke road in Galway,…
The former Aran Islands ferry Naomh Eanna listing heavily on Saturday inher berth off Dublin's Grand Canal Basin
The long saga of the future of the former Galway to Aran Islands ferry ship Naomh Eanna entered a new chapter during the recent cold snap, when she began to take on a list through the ingress of water into…
The late Mark Morley pictured in happier times with wife Kate Strochnetter and their daughters Roisin and Allison
An online fundraiser for the family of a man who died while kayaking in Galway Bay last month has surpassed its €20,000 goal. As previously reported on, Mark Morley got into difficulty off Spiddal in Co Galway shortly before…
A rocky shoreline interspersed with sandy patches, with a stone pier visible in the distance
A man who died while kayaking off the coast of Spiddal in Co Galway on Thursday (29 December) has been named. Mark Morley, in his 30s, got into difficulty shortly before 1.30pm on Thursday, prompting a multi-agency search and rescue…
Claddagh Watch Patrol’s Paul Gibney, Cllr. Niall McNelis and  Arthur Carr on the banks of the River Corrib, Galway, the fastest-flowing city river in Europe
A Galway riverbank patrol group has appealed to those socialising during the festive season to keep an eye and ear out for friends in the city. The Claddagh Watch group of volunteers will walk the Corrib riverbanks up to and…
Windsurfing at a Galway beach. Under draft legislation by Galway County Council, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, stand-up paddling and horse-riding would be banned at 24 beaches
Galway County Council has agreed to consult with watersport bodies on proposed beach bye-laws which would have banned all activities apart from swimming on 24 beaches. Officials and councillors agreed that watersport representative bodies would meet the county council’s Strategic…
A computer-generated image of the proposed aqua centre at Cappagh Park in Galway
Escalating costs look set to sink plans for a regional aquatic centre in Galway. As The Connacht Tribune reports, there is a large question mark over the plan for a “Galway regional sports centre” with a swimming pool earmarked for…

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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