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Participants in the Frances Thornton Memorial swim in 2016
Close to 130 hardy souls will take to the waters of Galway Bay tomorrow (Saturday 20 July) for the 14th annual Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the early sell-out event is one of Ireland’s…
A Galway yacht participating in the cruise to Lorient that will carry turf to the French Port
Three French lifeboat crew who died in a recent sea rescue will be remembered by a fleet of west of Ireland sailing craft setting sail from Galway for the Breton port of Lorient later this week writes Lorna Siggins. Bearing…
Pre-start manoeuvres before the second stage. The historic Cong-Galway Race attracts a mixed fleet, with catamarans setting the pace. Photo: Pierce Purcell
A group of onlookers gathered at the Quincentennial Bridge across the River Corrib immediately north of Galway city last Saturday evening were bemused by the sight of a series of sailing dinghies toppling themselves over to float underneath reports John…
In this scene taken of newbuild Arklow Valley before launch in 2016 is the Dutch flagged Bodewes built Eco-Trader which is currently docked in the Port of Galway while engaged in scrap metal cargoes.  Alongside at the Dutch yard in Hoogezand is a sister Arklow Valour.
The Port of Galway is where Afloat.ie takes an impromtu look in at the city's dock where the focus on shipping movements concentrates on cargoships involved up to the end of this month, writes Jehan Ashmore. In port this afternoon…
Attractive start port – Lisloughry Harbour at Cong will see the start of Saturday’s Cong-Galway race on Lough Corrib
Life was simpler back in 1882 when the sailing folk of Galway Bay and the stunningly beautiful Lough Corrib inaugurated the Galway to Cong race the length of the great lake writes W M Nixon. People didn’t have cars, and…
Galway Bay swimmers in the water at Blackrock in Salthill
The Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim in aid of Cancer Care West returns to the waters of Galway Bay this July. Now in its 14th year, the now sold-out event on Saturday 20 July will see close to 130…
Blackrock diving board in Galway where a swim ban has been lifted
A swim ban has been lifted at Galway city’s beaches, following the latest results of bathing water quality tests writes Lorna Siggins Galway City Council has removed “do not swim” notices at Silver Strand and Salthill beaches on the advice of the…
A screenshot from Beaches.ie showing the restriction in place at Galway's Grattan Beach
Galway City Council is investigating whether a testing fault has resulted in high levels of bacteria being reported at several of its beaches. As Afloat reported earlier today, a swimming ban has been imposed at Silver Strand, Salthill and Blackrock,…
The popular beaches at Silver Strand and Salthill and Blackrock diving board are all affected by a prohibition placed by Galway City Council.
High levels of bacteria detected in inner Galway Bay have resulted in swimming restrictions being imposed on four Galway city beaches writes Lorna Siggins. The popular beaches at Silver Strand and Salthill and Blackrock diving board are all affected by…
Galway Harbour – waterfront heart of a significant Atlantic port
Lorient in Brittany was the first city to sign up as a twin to the proud citizens of Galway as far back as 1975. It was a statement of friendship and a commitment to exchange cultural experiences between the people…
The restored 137 year-old Gleoiteog, the Lovely Anne, sails to Claddagh Quay during it's re-launch in Galway city. The boat, built in 1882, was restored as part of a community training project between Bádóirí an Cladaig and Galway Hooker 2020.
King of the Claddagh Michael Lynskey (88) and his community took to the Galway waterside at the weekend to welcome home a historic workboat which plied the Atlantic during two world wars writes Lorna Siggins The 8m-long gleoiteog named Lovely Anne has…
Nimmo spotted on Monday 28 January with Mutton Island in the background
#MarineWildlife - Galway residents have a great opportunity to see a wild dolphin close to the city centre with the return of regular visitor to the Nimmo’s Pier area this week. Nicknamed Nimmo, the solitary bottlenose dolphin was first sighted…
An Aladdin’s cave of boat gear, and a treasurehouse of useful local marine information – Pierce Purcell in Purcell Marine of Clarenbridge at the head of Galway Bay
With a working life in which sailing, business and friendship are so intertwined that it is difficult if not impossible to tell where one begins and another ends, it will be a sweetly sad bit of news for many folk…
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New sail loft for Galway (from L to R) Sales Consultant Evan O'Connor, Managing Director Donal Small and Director/Loft Manager Yannick Lemonnier on their visit to the Doyle Sails HQ in Auckland, New Zealand
Doyle Sails International has announced a new loft opening in Galway.  The new loft is operated by Managing Director Donal Small and Loft Director Yannick Lemonnier and Sales Consultant Evan O'Connor. loft opened for business on 1st January 2019. The loft,…
Galway Hookers racing off Connemara as seen on TG4’s Bádóirí
#OnTV - A new four-part documentary series on the people of Ireland’s west who keep the Galway Hooker sailing tradition alive behind tomorrow night (Thursday 10 January) at 8pm on TG4. Bádóirí provides an insight into seven Connemara families, part of…
A twinning ceremony for LÉ William Butler Yeats is to take place this weekend in the City of Galway. Afloat adds the newest OPV P60 class vessel in service, is seen above underway departing Cork Harbour. A newbuild sister, LE George Bernard Shaw is scheduled for sea trials this month.
#GalwayHarbour - The mid-west city of Galway is to be twinned with the Irish Naval Service newest ship, LÉ William Butler Yeats, at a reception this weekend to mark and honour the relationship between the city and vessel. As the…

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