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Línte na Farraige aims to provoke a dialogue around rising sea levels - the installations comprise illuminated horizontal lines, based on predictions of future sea level rise from international benchmarks that represent future sea level and storm surges
Lines of light showing projected sea level rise in Galway city is part of a collaborative project involving scientists and artists which will extend across a number of Irish coastal areas this year. Línte na Farraige aims to provoke a…
Spiorad na Gaillimhe (Spirit of Galway) was built and decorated by students from Scoil Bhríde, Lackagh, in Co Galway
A mini-boat named Spiorad na Gaillimhe has been deployed from the icebreaker R/V Polarstern on passage between Germany and South Africa this week. Spiorad na Gaillimhe (Spirit of Galway) was built and decorated by students from Scoil Bhríde, Lackagh, in…
Music and marine life in Galway Atlantaquaria and jazz hosted by Claddagh hooker sailors are among events with maritime themes at this year’s Culture Night in the west on Friday, September 23rd. After a summer of sailing, Bádóirí an Chladaigh…
Hanneke Frenkel finds washed ashore rope on Turbot Island
Turbot “new” islander Hanneke Frenkel is hosting an exhibition of her “sea carpets” made from ocean flotsam and jetsam as part of this year’s Clifden Arts Festival in north Connemara. Frenkel, who bought a cottage with her Dutch husband Stefan…
About 257 residents are affected on Inis Oírr, while about 5,676 customers are affected in An Spidéal, Irish Water says
The Aran island of Inis Oírr has been issued with a “do not consume” notice for its public water supply, which also applies to An Spidéal in Co Galway. The notices were issued by Irish Water after detection of elevated…
On the Waterford estuary, Dollar Bay surveyors used kayaks to get to inaccessible shores and could track how far the honeycomb reef extended along the shore
Coastwatch has appealed for volunteers to join its annual autumn shore survey, which runs from mid-September to mid-October. “This is now one of the longest standing citizen science projects in Ireland,” Coastwatch founder Karin Dubsky says. ” It’s a basic…
The Dun Aengus dock at the Port of Galway
As the Connacht Tribune reports, the Galway Harbour Company is still waiting for a decision on its planning application to extend the port – almost nine years after it was lodged. The delay is holding back the economic potential of…
Galway Atlantaquaria's Garry Kendellen with BIAZA award winners Ultan McManus, Esmé McManus and Amelia Walker
Galway Atlantaquaria Ocean ambassadors and Clean Coasts volunteers have been recognised by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) for their “outstanding” work. The association’s new “Zoo and Aquarium Hero” award is conferred on a “select few…
The yacht is due into Parkmore pier outside Kinvara at about 7 pm this evening, where it will be given a warm welcome by family and friends.
Irish yacht Danú of Galway is due home this evening, September 1st, after a highly successful trip to the world’s largest and deepest fjord system, Scoresby Sound in east Greenland. The group of independent adventurers on board the 13m (43ft)…
Galway Sea Scouts at Nawaka, Zeewolde, Netherlands
The Galway Sea Scouts took a trip to Nawaka, the National Sea Scouts Festival in Netherlands as Damien McCoy reports Like Disneyland for Sea Scouts is how one of our Sea Scouts described Nawaka, the National Water Camp they attended in Zeewolde, Netherlands. Held…
Galway hooker An Mhaighdean Mhara won the turf race in Kinvara in August 2022
A fleet of up to 25 Galway hookers will leave Galway docks on a rising tide today (Sunday, Aug 21) to compete in the Bádóirí an Chladaigh regatta. Light westerly winds are forecast for Galway Bay, with racing among the…
Ger O’Neill won first prize for his boat Proud Mary after it was chosen as the “Best Dressed Boat” at the Blessing of Galway Bay. Ger (left), his sister Josephine O’Neill and Cllr Niall McNelis are pictured on board the boat after the blessing.
Ger O’Neill’s Proud Mary was named “best-dressed boat” at the annual blessing of vessels in Galway Bay last weekend. Kevin O’Brien’s Blue Shark took second place in the same event, which was marked by showers of rain. Gleoitegs, púcáns and…
Fishing Galway Bay during Wartime and the Independence Struggle is the theme of Galway Hooker Sailing Club talk on 21 August at Claddagh Hall
on Nimmo's Pier, Claddagh, in Co. Galway
The risks to fishermen in Galway Bay during the first world war is theme of a Heritage Week talk by Donncha Ó hÉallaithe this Sunday evening. Ó hÉallaithe will be followed by Dr Micheál Ó Fathartaigh of the Dublin Business…
Serious competition at the sharp end of the traditional fleet at Kinvara during Cruinniu na mBad at Kinvara
When the highly-respected Organising Chairman Dr Mick Brogan declared - in May 2020 - that the annual Cruinniu na mBad - the Gathering of the Boats - could not be held in August at Kinvara in face of the spread…
An upgrading to the Port of Galway could potentially be used as a navy base, has  suggested a West of Ireland MEP
An upgraded Port of Galway could potentially be used as a navy base, says a West of Ireland MEP. Midlands-North-West MEP Colm Markey, who sits on the European Parliament's Transport Committee, spoke in light of last month's report from the…
Galway City Council has imposed a ban on swimming at two beaches due to E.coli contamination. The bacterial contamination was detected during tests at Grattan beach in Lower Salthill and Ballyloughane beach on the city's east side near Renmore. The…

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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