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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…
Galway Hookers racing off Connemara
Galway 2020 has said it is keeping the weather situation “under review” for its opening ceremony this evening writes Lorna Siggins Met Éireann has upgraded its weather warning status from yellow to orange for Galway on Saturday, with heavy rainfall and…
The mural was unveiled in Galway city centre by TG weather presenter Caitlín Nic Aoidh
Bad Irish weather and why we should all embrace it is the theme of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture’s first street mural. The mural was unveiled in Galway city centre by TG weather presenter Caitlín Nic Aoidh for the…
Irish Sailing President Jack Roy (left) with Cormac Mac Donncha at Kilronan in the Aran Islands in 2017 at the first staging there of the WIORA Championship, another Mac Donncha innovation.
At year’s end, the Sailors of the Month adjudicators survey the overall scene in search of an outstanding and innovative event which has added to the variety of the Irish sailing programme. In 2019 this role was well filled by…
Winter Solstice 2019 with Christmas decorations in Galway Port Marina. Despite Storm Elsa less than three days earlier, the completely calm Halcyon day of midwinter arrived on cue
In ancient Greece, the Halcyon days of calm in time-honoured mythology occurred at the mid-winter solstice. Yet after Galway Port received such a battering from Storm Elsa as recently as last Wednesday night, most folk would have been more than…
Like special effects in a science fiction movie, the waters of Galway Bay go airborne above Galway Docks on Wednesday night as a storm surge tops 70 knots at high water
There were severe gales around much of Ireland on Wednesday night, but at Galway Docks, in particular, the localised effects of a storm surge on extreme high water – with southwest winds of more than 70 knots - caused the…
Galway's Crisis Management Team at Salthill during last night's storms
Galway’s harbourmaster has hit out at the lack of warning for a severe storm which caused flooding in parts of the city and Salthill last night writes Lorna Siggins. The city’s emergency plan was invoked after southerly winds forecast at…
Derryinver in Connemara – the Land of the Sea. Connemara is planned as the 2020 setting for a Galway Bay SC Cruise-in-Company, following their successful visit to South Brittany in July 2019
One of the great successes of the 2019 season was the Galway-Lorient Cruise-in-Company in July to celebrate the ancient seaborn links between the City of the Tribes and the historic port and Celtic centre of South Brittany on France's Biscay…
Cumar – a Galway Rhapsody explores the influences of Connemara’s Atlantic landscape and Galway on seven artists, including novelist Mike McCormack (left) and comedian Tommy Tiernan
Galway’s “edge of the world” situation between river, lake and sea has inspired a documentary which secured a top award earlier this week at the Irish Film Festival London writes Lorna Siggins The documentary entitled Cumar – a Galway Rhapsody…
Rescue 115 helicopter was tasked to Kinvara
Combined marine, fire and ambulance services worked with local residents and the Garda to recover a man from the sea in south Galway last night after the car he was driving left the pier in Kinvara writes Lorna Siggins. The…
 A four horned crab in red seaweed dress discovered at Geeha on Galway bay
Coastwatch is appealing for volunteers over the Spring tide period to participate in its annual coastal survey which has been extended to October 21st writes Lorna Siggins Recent stormy weather and heavy rain have curtailed this year’s effort, and Coastwatch coordinator…
The 30m cargo ship Evora which has been detained by the Marine Survey Office after it was holed near Kinvara, Co Galway. Residents feared that the fuel on board could cause a pollution risk in an area rich in shellfish
Irish authorities have detained a cargo ship close to Kinvara in south Galway bay after its hull sprang a leak while loading cargo for the Bahamas writes Lorna Siggins The 30m ship Evora has been detained by the Marine Survey…
Michael Walsh of Dubarry presented Belgian solo sailor Caroline Adriens with a very practical gift of the latest Dubarry Shamrock Boots in Galway before she departed south on her dream voyage
Belgian solo sailor Caroline Adriens has departed southwards from Galway after spending nearly a year in the popular west coast port with her 30ft Albin Ballad. She had arrived in Galway in September 2018 from Tromsø in Norway via Shetland,…
Following this week's detention of a Portuguese fishing vessel, LE Samuel Beckett will be in the Port of Galway for guided tours tomorrow, Sunday 25 August
Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Samuel Beckett (which this week detained a Portuguese fishing vessel) will be open for public tours when it is docked in the Port of Galway tomorrow, Sunday 25 August.  According to GalwayDaily, Naval Service crew…
Pianist, songwriter and sailor Marieke Husymans of the Pianocean project will perform at Kinvara quay this weekend. Scroll down for video
Samba rhythm music declared a “single-use-plastic-free” zone in the south Galway harbour of Kinvara yesterday as it prepared for the annual Cruinniú na mBád writes Lorna Siggins. The fragility of the marine environment is a theme of this weekend’s festival,…
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…

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