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Submssions received from the public on proposals to redevelop Galway Harbour
Submissions numbering 200 in total, have been received from the public on plans for a major redevelopment of Galway Harbour. The vision for the harbour would involve the transformation of 17 acres of land surrounding the inner port's dock area.…
Sara Feeney (left) Ellen Glynn on the shores of Galway Bay
The rescue of cousins Sara Feeney (23) and Ellen Glynn (17) after being swept out to sea on paddleboards captured the attention of the country last August. How a balmy summer's evening quickly turned into a nightmare for the cousins'…
The Mirror dinghy fleet prepare to go afloat at Galway Bay Sailing Club
Ireland's Mirror dinghy fleet had their Western Championships this weekend at Galway Bay Sailing Club last weekend. A fleet of 24 took to Galway Bay for 6 races over the two days under Race Officer Dave Vinnell in challenging light…
The RNLI Lifeboat Station at Galway was established in 1995 because of the increasing number of search and rescue incidents in the area. Today the station operates an inshore B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat
Galway RNLI towed a 20-foot half-decker that got into difficulty off Barna to safety last evening. The pleasure/fishing vessel experienced mechanical issues after it left Galway docks and started drifting. The crew contacted the Irish Coastguard which then tasked the…
The Galway Bay swim is much more than a fundraiser; it's the swimming highlight for so many across Ireland
One of Ireland’s longest one-day sea swimming events will extend over a month this year, as the annual Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim goes “virtual” again. The event in aid of Cancer Care West, which is now in its…
Galway City Sailing Club celebrates its tenth birthday on the water
Galway City Sailing Club started in 2011 with two boats writes Sharon De Bhaldraithe. Now in 2021, as they celebrate its tenth year of sailing in the city, its fleet of modern boats include Argos & Picos, Optibats, and a…
Lambs Week features sailing around the Aran Islands with stopovers in Rossaveal, Kilronan and Roundstone.
Galway Bay Sailing Club is expecting 50 boats or more to participate in the club's August's Lambs Week event that features sailing around the Aran Islands with stopovers in Rossaveal, Kilronan and Roundstone. The event runs from August 19th to…
Restored Galway hooker Réalt na Gaillimhe or Star of Galway has joined the local fleet
A Galway hooker restored with the support of a city publican has joined the local traditional fleet on Galway bay. Réalt na Gaillimhe or Star of Galway was built in Indreabhán, south Connemara, by the Cloherty boat builders in 1910.…
Master of the new Aran island ferry Shane McCole
Porpoises, dolphins, fin whales, puffins and guillemots near the Cliffs of Moher...master of the new Aran island ferry Shane McCole promises much marine life on the new direct run between Galway city and Inis Mór. The 40-metre vessel Saoirse na…
The King of the Bay trophy includes an opportunity to explore the stunning south end of Galway Bay on July 10th
Galway Bay Sailing Club says its new King of the Bay Series represents the 'pinnacle' of sailing on Galway Bay for cruiser racers. The summer series consists of seven competitive events for the 'King of the Bay' trophy as well as support…
Tributes have been paid to the quick thinking of a Galway Bay Sailing Club instruction team for their rescue of a man from a car in the water at the weekend. As Afloat reported previously, a senior instructor at GBSC…
Roundstone Harbour in County Galway
Irish Water has been asked to explain why the Connemara harbour of Roundstone may end up with two wastewater treatment plants in a bid to meet EU water quality standards. As The Times Ireland edition reports, Bord Pleanála has queried…
Yannick Lemonnier's go funds me page has already raised over €1,000 of the €10,000 required after his dismasting
Irish offshore solo sailor Yannick Lemonnier has pledged to continue his Mini Transatlantic Race campaign after his recent yacht dismasting in the English Channel. Speaking to Afloat, Lemonnier said he had received such a warm and supportive response from sailors…
Gleoiteogs which have been restored by the Galway Hooker Sailing Club will participate in the historic Cong Galway race
Several Galway hookers will join a fleet of finely tuned sailing dinghies on Lough Corrib for Europe’s longest and oldest inland yacht race this weekend. The Anam Cara and Lon Dubh gleoiteogs which have been restored by the Galway Hooker…
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…

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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