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The Oliver family, David, Daria, Ciaran, Sean and Martin who are instrumental in Galway's maritime environment and founding members of Galway Hooker Sailing Club, at the Loveen
Galway's 96-year old gleoiteog Loveen has marked a key stage in its restoration with the nailing of its "whiskey plank". At a "low key" ceremony, the final plank was secured and the occasion was marked with a "modest" round of…
Admiral of all he surveys - the Mayor of Limerick, Councilor Michael Collins, re-asserts his ancient role and privileges of the Admiral of the Shannon Estuary with a silver dart into the sea while still in the Estuary, on passage aboard Ilen from Limerick to Galway last Friday evening
It has emerged there was much more to the diplomatic voyage of Limerick’s 56ft trading ketch Ilen to Galway at the weekend with the Mayor of Limerick. Councillor Michael Collins, on board. Officially, it was to launch the Ilen Marine…
Contrasting styles - a Galway Bay gleiteog welcome the Limerick Trading ketch Ilen to Galway, the first port in her Walled Towns 2021 Project
The Limerick Trading ketch Ilen has reached Galway in the first stage of a programme which will eventually see her call at all the Irish ports which, in Mediaeval times, were a remarkable mixture of defensive walled towns and actively-functioning…
Yannick Lemonnier (left) with GBSC Commodore Johnny Shorten. The Galway sailmaker is embarking on the first part of his Mini campaign that features a 600-mile race from Douarnenez in Western France
Galway Bay Sailing Club's Yannick Lemonnier has launched his Mini Transat yacht 'Marcel forever' at Galway Docks. The Galway sailmaker is embarking on the first part of his Mini campaign that features a 600-mile race from Douarnenez in Western France. It's a campaign…
Named Saoirse na Farraige (freedom of the sea), the 400-seat passenger ferry was built in Hong Kong for Aran Island Ferries, the company run by the O’Brien family of An Cheathrú Rua, Co Galway.
Weather permitting, a flotilla of wooden-built Galway hookers will escort an aluminium-built passenger ferry out on the first leg of its maiden voyage between Galway city and the Aran islands this morning. Several gleoiteogs with Galway Hooker Sailing Club aim…
Peter Kane, teacher with Padraic Creedon of the Explorers Education Programme, Christine Loughlin, Marine Institute and Kieran Reilly, Marine Institute with 6th class students (from the same pod) Rosie Dolan, Olivia Cotton, Ruby Glynn, Naomi Faulkner, Sophie Kelly from Kilglass National School in Co Galway delivered their 1.5 metre unmanned mini sailboat called ‘Seoltóir Na Gaillimhe – the Galway Sailor’ to the Marine Institute’s research vessel, RV Celtic Explorer, in Galway Harbour. Marine Institute scientists will deploy the mini-boat from the RV Celtic Explorer into the Atlantic Ocean, near the M6 Weather Buoy, during the Atlantic In-situ Marine Scientific Infrastructure Replacement survey
Yesterday, a group of students from 5th and 6th class from Kilglass National School in Co Galway delivered their 1.5 metre unmanned mini sailboat called ‘Seoltóir Na Gaillimhe – the Galway Sailor’ to the Marine Institute’s research vessel, RV Celtic…
(L-R) Conor O'Dowd, CEO, Galway Harbour Company & Maurice O'Gorman, Chairperson, Galway Harbour Company
Port of Galway harbourmaster Capt Brian Sheridan has said Galway could become a stage for the America's Cup yacht race in the future. The harbourmaster was commenting as the port outlined its vision for a new “urban quarter” with a…
Galway-based scientist Dr Noirín Burke
Is Ireland “ocean literate”? Tireless campaigners for better awareness of our impact on our marine environment may not be so sure, but Galway-based scientist Dr Noirín Burke is ever optimistic. Dr Burke is director of education at Galway Atlantaquaria in…
Stefan Griesbach of Gannet Fishmongers in Galway holds up the rare Golden Redfish landed in County Donegal
A Donegal Port has recorded landings of unusually large golden redfish which have been rarely seen in these waters. Up to ten of the species were landed into Greencastle, Co Donegal and acquired for sale by Stefan Griesbach of Gannet…
Galway Port, which is restricted by tide, applied in 2014 for a €126m expansion
The Port of Galway has secured consent to provide compensatory habitat in return for its proposed harbour extension. An Bord Pleanala has confirmed that the development qualifies to be considered under a derogation of the EU Habitats Directive, which allows…
The inshore Atlantic 85 class lifeboat with the two walkers at Omey Island
Clifden RNLI came to the aid of two walkers who got cut off by the tide yesterday evening (Sunday 11 April). The volunteer crew were requested to launch the lifeboat by the Irish Coast Guard at 5.50 pm following a…
File image of Mutton Island and its lighthouse in Galway Bay
RTÉ News reports that gardaí in Galway are examining a list of missing persons in the city after the discovery of a body in the waters of Galway Bay yesterday (Saturday 10 April). The grim discovery was made by a walker…
Tomas Flanagan, CEO at ÉireComposites
A Connemara company has secured €3 million from the European Commission to research and design a marine turbine that uses recycled materials for the first time. As The Times Ireland edition reports, designers at ÉireComposites in Indreabhán, Co Galway, believe…
The RWYC was the first club to introduce shorthanded offshore racing in the world
With its new format and course recently announced, RWYC Round Britain & Ireland Race that calls to Galway Bay next summer entry opens this Friday. Commodore of the Royal Western Yacht Club, Chris Arscott, said, “The new format now allows for…
Wakame or Japanese kelp in Greystones Harbour in County Wicklow
Scientists from NUI Galway and Seasearch Ireland are asking divers and marina users to keep an eye out for Undaria pinnatifida, commonly known as Wakame or Japanese kelp. This species was first recorded in Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland in 2012,…
Roundstone Harbour in County Galway
Irish Water has defended its location of a new wastewater treatment for the Connemara village of Roundstone amid local fears it will perpetuate pollution of the inner bay. As The Times Ireland edition reports, Irish Water is seeking to purchase…

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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