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Terminal for deep sea internet cables at Galway Harbour approved
In Galway Harbour planning approval has been given for a new depot at the mid-west port to connect underwater internet infrastructure to the mainland. Deepsea Fibre Networks intends to build a terminal with two telecommunications cabins and one support cabin…
Some 50 per cent of wipes labelled as “flushable” are not biodegradable and contain microplastics
Increased use of wet wipes during the Covid-19 pandemic is already exacerbating the “plastic crisis” in oceans, an NUI Galway (NUIG) team says. Some 50 per cent of wipes labelled as “flushable” are not biodegradable and contain microplastics which are…
Popular Transatlantic port-of-call. Horta with its friendly harbour on Faial in the Azores makes for a handy destination for cruisers crossing the Atlantic. Beyond that sheltering neck of land, it’s clear water all the way to the Caribbean
The autonomous Azores islands, administratively linked to Portugal and 800 miles westward of Lisbon in the midst of the Atlantic, have become European pace-setters in controlling and eradicating COVID-19. And in doing so, they have been able to provide a…
The Nissan Almera reversed over the pavement at Salthill promenade and fell about six metres (20 ft) down towards the beach.
An elderly couple had a narrow escape when their car left the road and tumbled over rocks towards the sea at Galway’s popular Blackrock diving tower on Wednesday evening. Emergency services including the Galway Fire and Ambulance Service, Gardai, Irish…
Friendly port and ocean crossroads – Horta in the Azores, with the commercial, ferry and cruise-liner berths in foreground, while the anchorage, old harbour, and yacht harbour are beyond
Today (Monday), the Quinlan-Owens family from Kinvara on Galway Bay with the Atlantic-circuiting 39ft steel ketch Danu have been finally free to roam ashore as they please in Horta on Faial in the Azores, as the next phase in the…
The monument marking explorer Christopher Columbus’s links to Galway has been vandalised
A former Italian honorary consul has expressed disappointment at damage to a monument marking explorer Christopher Columbus’s links to Galway. A Labour city councillor, Niall MacNelis, has also condemned the spraying of black paint on the monument, and says he…
The 39ft ketch Danu of Galway is on the Atlantic for World Oceans Day today, but should be in Horta in the Azores by Wednesday, and possibly earlier
Today is World Oceans Day Monday, June 8th, and the 39ft ketch Danu of Galway Bay has an Azores landfall in prospect for celebration as she approaches the ocean-crossroads port of Horta in the island of Faial. Although still 150…
Galway Docks and Marina
Marinas and public slipways around the coast are due to open next week as part of a phased lifting of Covid-19 restrictions. Port of Galway harbourmaster Capt Brian Sheridan has said the port’s public slipway and its marina will be…
The dream in fulfillment – the ketch Danu in the Caribbean
The family crew of the 13 metre Bruce Roberts steel ketch Danu from Galway Bay hope to start their long Transatlantic voyage home from Antigua this weekend. The oceanic circuit cruise started nearly eleven months ago when Marine Institute scientist…
Galway city and its marine industry is likely to be the most severely affected, according to the report
Dublin may have the highest number of cases of Covid-19 infection, but it is least exposed of all Irish counties to the economic impacts, a new report says. The Atlantic seaboard reliance on tourism and recreation, including the marine sector,…
A tented field hospital beside the Naval patrol ship, LE William Butler Yeats in Galway Docks
The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ James Joyce prepared to depart Galway port at the weekend, as COVID-19 virus test centres in the west were scaled down. The LE James Joyce berthed in Galway on April 8th, replacing the LÉ…
European Flags Fly on Galway's Salthill Promenade
A former Galway mayor has welcomed a move to fly flags of over 20 European countries along Salthill’s promenade. Labour councillor Niall MacNelis welcomed the initiative as “a gesture of solidarity to European neighbours who are badly affected by the…
An aerial view of the beam, and of the illuminated port and city, was filmed by Electric Skyline (see vid below)
The unsung role of port pilots has been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Galway harbourmaster Capt Brian Sheridan. “Without the pilots, everything would stop - they really are a national asset,” Capt Sheridan has said. Capt Sheridan was…
Galway’s port company could be dissolved and operations taken over by the local authority
Galway City Council has deferred its decision on whether it will take a shareholding in the Port of Galway company — or dissolve it and take over operations — until its members receive further information. As Galway Bay FM reports,…
Back where it all began. Galway Bay SC may have their modern headquarters and anchorage at Renville near Oranmore, but their early days fifty years ago saw the Salthill Hotel to the west of the city’s waterfront become the welcoming home-from-home for all gatherings as the club built up its membership base.
When Pierce Purcell and others such as the late Dave Fitzgerald and David Whitehead were trying to get Galway Bay Sailing Club into being fifty years ago, they had to deal with the reality that Galway city’s long and varied…
St Nicholas’s medieval church - the illuminated clock tower was an aid to navigators, and the alignment of Nimmo’s pier and the St Nicholas church spire indicated the entrance point to the shipping channel over centuries
Galway’s harbourmaster Capt Brian Sheridan has paid tribute to the “safe haven” offered by the city’s St Nicholas’s medieval church as it marks its 700th anniversary writes Lorna Siggins The illuminated clock tower was an aid to navigators, and the alignment…

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