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Galway Bay and Harbour News
Phelim O’Neill, Head of Property, Land Development Agency, and Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD (centre)  at Galway Harbour alongside local politicians and representatives from the Galway Harbour Company and Galway City Council to announce the transfer of a 3-acre Galway Harbour site, with potential for more than 250 homes, to the LDA
The Port of Galway is transferring a three-acre waterfront site with the potential for over 250 homes to the Land Development Agency (LDA). Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien TD visited Galway harbour on Monday to formally announce the transfer. A…
The Aran Island Ferry Naomh Éanna has been broken up for scrap but its bow is en route to Galway
The bow of the former Aran island ferry Naomh Éanna, which has been broken up for scrap, is en route to Galway. As The Irish Independent reports, Port of Galway harbourmaster Capt Brian Sheridan hopes to take delivery of the…
Seagrass which moves hypnotically with the waves and grows in meadows in certain coastal areas is an
Open water swimmers at Galway's Blackrock tower tend to swim east, but scientists would love it if they sometimes swam west – weather permitting. That’s an area rich in seagrass in Galway Bay, and one of a number of habitats…
The J/122 Noisy Oyster is campaign boat for the Galway Bay Sailing Club Middle Sea Race Challenge in October
A crew from Galway Bay Sailing Club (GBSC) is gearing up to compete in the challenging Rolex Middle Sea Race from Malta, the renowned 600-mile annual sailing event set against the backdrop of some of the most spectacular coastlines and…
Aran Islands and Galway RNLI crew, from left: Daniel O'Connell, Brian Niland, Billy Gillan, Declan Killilea, James Corballis, coxswain Aonghus Ó hIarnáin, Frankie Leonard, Paraic Gill, Caelan Cullen Quinn and mechanic Mairtín Eoin Coyne
Crews from the Aran Islands and Galway RNLI stations took part in a joint training exercise on inner Galway Bay this past Saturday (27 January). The training was an opportunity for the crews from the two flanking stations to work…
Cumann Seoltóireachta an Spidéil award (from left to right( - Dave Cahill, CSS commodore Eoin Ó Conghaíle and Tom McHale with the Hannan trophy presented to Cahill and McHale in An Spidéal, Co Galway
Two long-standing members of Cumann Seoltóireachta an Spidéil (CSS) have been presented with the annual Hannan trophy for their outstanding services to the Co Galway club. Dave Cahill and Tom McHale were presented with the trophy by current commodore Eoin…
Yannick Lemonnier's cruising catamaran KL28
Galway Bay Sailing Club says it is developing a plan to prepare its dinghy boat park for the start of the season after Storm Debi caused enormous damage to up to 20 boats last November. However, the club says it…
Storm Jocelyn follows quickly on Storm Isha at the weekend
As Storm Jocelyn sweeps in over the Atlantic seaboard with very strong south-west to west winds, Galway City Council has closed roads and car parks and warned of dangerous travelling conditions. Met Éireann is predicting large coastal waves with wave…
Storm Isha is forecast to bring very strong southwest winds with severe and damaging gusts
Storm Isha’s arrival has prompted road and carpark closures along the seafront in Galway’s Salthill, while sandbags have also been made available for vulnerable city areas. Storm Isha is forecast to bring very strong southwest winds with severe and damaging…
Ian Ó Dálaigh, chair of the Julia Morrissey Bridge Campaign Committee
As the deadline for public submissions on naming Galway’s new river Corrib bridge approaches, calls have been made for it to be named after late local historian Peadar O’Dowd. O’Dowd, author of more than 22 publications on Galway, died early…
The new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Corrib is adjacent to the existing Regency-era Salmon Weir Bridge
Members of the public are being invited to suggest names for the new Salmon Weir Bridge in Galway city, as the Connacht Tribune reports. Built over the course of a year, the cycling and pedestrian bridge across the River Corrib…
The Port of Galway is on its 18th onshore wind project, with 700 megawatts or 0.7 gigawatts of onshore wind turbines and blades having come through the west of Ireland port
The Port of Galway says that “Christmas has come early” for it, with confirmation that it has been recognised for European TEN-T status. The development has been welcomed by the harbourmaster, Capt Brian Sheridan, and Galway West junior minister and…
Galway Hookers illuminated for Christmas at the Claddagh Basin, Galway
Tributes have been paid to Badóirí an Cladaigh for illuminating their fleet of Galway Hookers this Christmas time in Galway. The traditional boat fleet takes pride in lighting their rigs in the city's basin for special occasions.   As regular Afloat readers know,…
Jane Hogan, respected teacher and prolific photographer who cherished swimming in the sea
Tributes have been paid to Galway teacher, photographer and open water swimmer Jane Hogan who died recently at the age of 77. As The Sunday Independent reports, Hogan, who was one of the Kenny Bookshop family, was a competitive swimmer…
Detail of Cuan na Gaillimhe, the Aran Islands as Gaeilge which concludes the Bluescale Map Series
Ireland’s national seabed mapping programme, INFOMAR completes its Bluescale Map Series with the release of its stunning map of the Aran Islands. Now all 18 maps in the series are available for free to the public, in English and now…
Bill King suited on deck of his yacht
A new exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of the global circumnavigation by yacht by the late Commander Bill King opens in Galway City Museum this week. A display of objects and memorabilia relating to his voyage, loaned by his family…

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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