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SeaFest supporters say no to plastics for this year’s festival in Galway from Friday 29 June
#SeaFest - Businesses across Galway are saying ‘No to Plastic’ in our oceans to support SeaFest, Ireland's national maritime festival, taking place in Galway Harbour from Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July. This year, the festival aims to highlight…
A lion’s mane jellyfish in Newfoundland, Canada
#Jellyfish - Bathers have been put on alert in Galway Bay after a number of swimmers were hospitalised for stings by lion’s mane jellyfish. According to the Connacht Tribune, one woman was stung in the face on Saturday 9 June,…
Royal Cork's Conor Phelan is an early entry into Galway's first ever staging of the ICRA Nationals in Galway.
Regatta Chairman Martin Breen reports strong interest for August's ICRA/WIORA 2018 event from all over Ireland and further afield. The ICRA Vice-Commodore (Richard Colwell) and Commodore (Simon McGibney) are confirmed entrants with Breen confirming new entrants 'on a daily basis'. See…
Mark Kerrigan prepares the SmartBay Observatory for recovery
#MarineScience - The SmartBay Observatory in Galway Bay will be brought ashore for essential maintenance in the coming days. Last week Ocean Crest Marine, with diver Mark Kerrigan, prepared for the recovery of the underwater observatory, located 1.5 km off…
Superimposed image of the proposed €100 million office development in Galway City located at Bonham Quay alongside Dun Aengus Dock. Afloat adds the basin of the Port of Galway is where the Irish Lights aids to navigation tender ILV Granuaile is docked.
#WaterfrontProperty - Mayor of Galway councillor Pearce Flannery, says the proposed €100 million development at the Docks would be a major step forward for the city. His observation writes Galway Bay FM, was made at day two of the oral…
Silver Cloud at anchor (note: chain over bulbous bow) in Galway Bay with the backdrop of Co. Clare. A zodiac is alongside to tender guests ashore to the 'City of the Tribes'.
#CruiseLiners - Ultra-luxury expedition cruiseship, Silver Cloud anchored in Galway Bay recently as part of clockwise tour of Ireland and where today the ship is docked in Killybegs, writes Jehan Ashmore. The call off the Port of Galway on Tuesday was…
Our Ocean Wealth Summit: Marine Institute CEO Peter Heffernan, Yvonne Thompson, Partner at PwC and Jim O'Toole, CEO of BIM, Ireland's Seafood Development Company at the launch of Our Ocean Wealth Summit 2018 sponsored by PwC, which takes place on 28 and 29 June in Galway.
#MarineEconomy - Ireland's marine economy worth an annual turnover in excess of €5.7m billion, has been on a steady growth trajectory over the past decade. Optimising, commercialising, managing and protecting this blue economy, worth over €2 billion directly to the…
The late Henry Lupton of Galway was enthusiastically generous in his interaction with every aspect of sailing
If you sought a multi-faceted example of contemporary Galway and the way the city and its surrounding area interact both with the sea and the most modern research industries, then the late Henry Lupton would be an eloquent example. He…
Galway City Hall heard Ireland’s largest maritime festival generated €6.9 million for the local economy in 2017
#SeaFest - The business of SeaFest was discussed at a special meeting in Galway City Hall last Thursday (3 May), which heard that Ireland’s largest maritime festival generated €6.9 million for the local economy in 2017. “The ploughing championships for…
The basin of Dun Aengus Dock, Galway Port
#GalwayHarbour - The Connacht Tribune writes that the final part of the jigsaw for the Galway Harbour Company in the protracted planning process for a €126 million port extension will be submitted this month. Consultants are to lodge details of…
Rescue 115 was involved in the SAR operation in Galway Bay since yesterday, Thursday 12 April
#Galway - A body was found this morning (Friday 13 April) in the search for a swimmer missing off Salthill in Galway since yesterday. The Irish Coast Guard’s Shannon-based helicopter Rescue 115 spotted the body on the seabed in shallow…
Kinvara Pier on Galway Bay
A series of public meetings will take place in Ballyvaughan, Maree and Kinvara over the coming week in relation to the work of CuanBeo (the Living Bay), a recently formed community-based organisation established with a mission of improving the quality…
A computer rendering of the proposed Páirc na Mara in Connemara
#PáircNaMara - Galway County Council is seeking further details on the Páirc na Mara development for Connemara, following an objection from a local group opposed to salmon farming. New plans for the ‘marine innovation park’ were submitted late last year by…
An artist’s impression of the student blocks earmarked for Queen Street, plans for which have been appealed by four local parties
#Property - Four different parties have lodged an appeal against plans for student housing on the former Topaz oil site in Galway Docks, according to Galway Bay FM. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Galway County Council granted planning permission for…
Galway Bay SC sailor Aaron O’Reilly sent us this brief video of the clinker-built fishing boat which ended up perilously balanced – but miraculously secured – right on top of the pier across the Corrib from the Claddagh
It will take some time to fully assess the many damaging effects of Storm Eleanor, which this week barrelled into Galway Bay in a very focused tunnel of extreme winds just as an exceptionally high Spring Tide was hitting the…
Foreshore Lease Approved For Galway Bay Marine Energy Test Site
#GalwayBay - In a major boost for the marine energy sector, the Government has approved a 35-year foreshore lease for an upgraded test site in Galway Bay off Spiddal. Galway Bay FM reports on yesterday’s (Tuesday 19 December) announcement that…

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