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Proposed flood defence work in Galway will be extended to protect some 940 properties – three times the number in an original scheme.

However, planning permission for the scheme may not be applied for until 2027, Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) Kieran O’Donnell has said.

He confirmed the revised scheme is currently provisionally quoted at 50 million euro - not 9.5 million euro as in the original smaller plan.

The scheme will extend from Galway harbour to Spanish Arch, properites in the Claddagh area, along with Grattan road and Fr Griffin road, will be protected by quay wall along the Claddagh Basin and Nimmo’s Pier.

The delay in seeking permission for the scheme, named Coirib go Cósta, has been criticised by Galway West Independent TD Catherine Connolly, who says she is “gravely concerned”.

“The lack of information or updates provided by Coirib go Cósta makes it impossible to adequately monitor the situation,”she has said.

The OPW says that the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) programme was the largest study of flood risk in the country, studying the flood risk for some two thirds of the population.

“Following this CFRAM assessment and study, Galway City Council appointed consultant engineers in November 2020 to design a detailed option to protect the city from a significant flood event in the future,”it says.

“During this time, it became apparent that the scale of flood risk in Galway City is greater than identified in the strategic CFRAM study. This resulted in redefining the scope for the Coirib go Cósta - Galway City Flood Relief Scheme, which is at Stage 1, scheme development and preliminary design,”the OPW says.

“Stage 1 has taken longer than first envisaged resulting from the need to complete coastal assessments that did not form a part of the original CFRAM programme; and also the complexity and increase in scale of the scheme, identified by the assessment of hydrology and hydraulic modelling for the city,”it says.

“A draft revised scope reflecting additional works for the scheme has been presented by the scheme’s consultants to Galway City Council, the lead authority for the scheme,”it says.

“ The scheme was originally intended to protect 312 properties, whereas the current scheme will be designed to protect some 940 properties, three times more. This increase in scale will result in a commensurate increase in the scheme’s budget,”it explains.

“ This revised scope has been reviewed by the Coirib go Cósta Steering Group members, and agreement has been reached on the revised scope, which includes an updated fee proposal from the scheme consultants,”it says.

“Galway City Council have recently submitted a request for additional funding to the OPW for the increase in consultancy fees. The OPW are currently reviewing this submission and will be responding to Galway City Council directly,”it says.

“Once a fee proposal is approved, the project programme can be finalised and it is the intention of the project steering group to publish the updated project programme to the project website shortly thereafter,”the OPW says.

“The Government is committed to the design and completion of a flood relief scheme for Galway city through the €1.3bn allocated in the National Development Plan,”it says.

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Galway RNLI’s volunteer crew were requested to launch by the Irish Coast Guard on Saturday afternoon following a report of two people stranded by the tide on Hare Island, which is located on inner Galway Bay.

The crew’s pagers were activated at 4:05 p.m., and the boat was launched just ten minutes later. Brian Niland helmed the lifeboat, which had Olivia Byrne, Dave McGrath, and Sean McLoughlin on board.

Paul Carey was the Launch Authority and coordinated the rescue from the lifeboat station. He said: ‘Conditions were favourable this afternoon with the tide having turned and starting to flood. The lifeboat was on the scene at 4.20 pm and the two people were located and brought on board. The casualties were safe and well and were brought back to the lifeboat station at Galway Docks.

‘Heading to the coast or out on the water is a great way to have fun and stay active. But it is a lot easier to get into trouble than you might think. Conditions can change quickly and you can easily get caught out. If you are walking along the coast, our advice is to always check the tides, and if you get cut off by an incoming tide, stay above the high water line and call 112 or 999 and ask for the Coast Guard. It is better to call for help and not try to swim or walk back to shore.’

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The Port of Galway is transferring a three-acre waterfront site with the potential for over 250 homes to the Land Development Agency (LDA).

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien TD visited Galway harbour on Monday to formally announce the transfer.

A computer-generated image of the three-acre Galway Harbour site, with potential for more than 250 homes, to the LDAA computer-generated image of the three-acre Galway Harbour site, with potential for more than 250 homes, to the LDA

A feasibility study for the site has been drawn up by the LDA, and the agency will now proceed to a public consultation process with a planning application for a residential development expected to be made in 2025, his department said.

“The site enjoys a unique setting in the city centre overlooking Lough Atalia and Galway Bay. The planned development of mainly affordable apartments is adjacent to Eyre Square, Spanish Arch and Ceannt Station, the city’s main transport hub,” it said.

O’Brien was joined on site by Phelim O’Neill, LDA head of property, Galway Harbour Company chair Maurice O’Gorman and its chief executive Conor O’Dowd, along with Patricia Philbin, interim chief executive of Galway City Council.

O’Neill said the land at Galway Harbour “represents a fantastic opportunity for the development of affordable housing and the creation of a new community in a wonderful location”.

“We were delighted to welcome Minister O’Brien to the site and to have the opportunity to outline our plans for the development of high quality, A-rated homes,” he said.

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Tributes have been paid to Galway teacher, photographer and open water swimmer Jane Hogan who died recently at the age of 77.

As The Sunday Independent reports, Hogan, who was one of the Kenny Bookshop family, was a competitive swimmer from an early age.

Her late father Des was first chairman of what was then the Irish Water Safety, after it was set up by the late minister and Galway West TD Bobby Molloy.

As her brother Tom Kenny said at her funeral, “Jane was an avid sea swimmer her whole life, always encouraging others to spend time in the sea which she considered the best medicine for all ills”.

“She was one of the regulars down in Blackrock where she swam daily most of the year round. She referred to her friends there as “The Blackrock Clinic”.

She was a keen photographer and an inspiring teacher at Salerno Secondary School.

Paddy McNamara, a fellow swimmer at Blackrock, Salthill, remembered how she would pull out the camera, and it was ‘stand there, pull in together’ as she got her snap, he said.

He said Hogan was very accomplished, competing in many open water events in Galway and beyond.

Her daily swims took a realistic tack as she would take a break once sea temperatures dropped below 10C, he said.

“Jane would say to me that she would return when we had ‘a week of tens’, as in 10C,” McNamara said.

In a tribute, Galway Swimming Club said that her “dedication to swimming was not merely a personal pursuit but a tradition passed down through the generations”.

“Jane’s influence extended beyond her own accomplishments, as her children and grandchildren continued the family’s tradition, carrying forward the torch of her passion for swimming,”it said.

Read The Sunday Independent here

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What to expect when “the unexpected” happens and other issues facing marine pilots will be discussed at the Association of Marine Pilots in Ireland (AMPI) conference in Galway today.

“The Importance of Regulation and Best Practice” is the theme, and speakers include maritime lawyer Donal Keaney and Aileen Van Raemdonck, secretary general of the European Maritime Pilots’ Association (EMPA).

Aileen Van Raemdonck, secretary general of the European Maritime Pilots’ Association (EMPA)Aileen Van Raemdonck, secretary general of the European Maritime Pilots’ Association (EMPA)

Port of Galway harbourmaster Capt Brian Sheridan, Independent Senator Gerard Craughwell, and AMPI chairman Padraig Condon will open the conference at the Maldron Hotel, Sandy Road, Galway.

John Conlon, a master mariner and marine superintendent and security officer for Arklow ShippingJohn Conlon, a master mariner and marine superintendent and security officer for Arklow Shipping

Also speaking will be John Conlon, a master mariner and marine superintendent and security officer for Arklow Shipping; maritime pilot Arie Palmers from the Netherlands; and Andy Nattrass, navigation and piloting sales manager for Swedish company Trelleborg.

AMPI Secretary Patrick Galvin will give the closing address.

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The heart of Galway's maritime heritage comes to life with the much-anticipated Galway Docklands Festival, taking place from September 29th to October 1st, 2023.

As Afloat reported earlier, the three-day festival promises an unforgettable experience celebrating Galway's rich marine industry, all while supporting charitable causes.

Boat Restoration

Kickstarting the festival, Friday's activities will take place around Galway Bay Seafoods. Dive into the world of seafood with mouthwatering tastings while engaging in enlightening short talks about Ireland's fishing industry. Visit the Galway Lifeboat and meet boat builders working on restoring Galway’s maritime heritage.

Claddagh Hall Adventures

Saturday's action-packed schedule is centred around Claddagh Hall. The morning begins with a burst of activity within the hall, followed by an enjoyable afternoon of sailing and boat tours. The evening will be topped off with a public quiz, promising fun and friendly competition for all.

Family Fun Day

Sunday is a family-oriented day. Bring the kids along for entertainment, face painting, and delightful treats from the ice cream van. Explore the magic of family boat tours and step onboard an authentic Galway Hooker to experience a piece of maritime history up close.

Throughout the entire festival, visitors will have the opportunity to visit the Galway Hooker Sailing Club's restoration project, experience local history with guided walking tours, learn knots, visit stands from Galway Aquarium, Corrib Beo, Water Safety Ireland and much more. It's a chance to connect with the maritime heritage of Galway like never before.

Worthy Causes

Organisers say all funds raised during the festival will be dedicated to two noble causes – the Galway branch of Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Ability West. 

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Galway Harbour RNLI's volunteer crew responded to three separate calls for assistance in a single evening on Wednesday (09 August), demonstrating their readiness to deal with any situation that arises.

The first callout came at around 5.30 pm when the crew was requested by the Irish Coast Guard to launch following reports of a swimmer in difficulty off Salthill. The lifeboat, manned by crew members Dave Badger, Shane Austin, Gregg Cullen, and Brian Niland, was quickly launched and made its way to the area where the swimmer was last seen. The crew joined the search alongside the Irish Coast Guard Rescue 115 helicopter and a local cargo boat, which had been en route to Galway Docks. Fortunately, the swimmer was located and had made it safely to shore, and the search was stood down.

Shortly before 9 pm, the lifeboat was called out again, this time to assist a 30-foot fishing boat which had run aground near Cockle Rock, Renville. The lifeboat, manned by crew members Dave Badger, James Rattigan, David McGrath, and Ian Claxton, established a tow line and managed to get the fishing boat off the rocks before releasing it to return to harbour under its own steam.

While still in the vicinity of Renville, the lifeboat crew came to the assistance of a 21-foot half-decker fishing boat with one person on board which had lost steering and was unable to manoeuvre. The lifeboat towed the boat to its mooring buoy at Renville and brought the person safely ashore.

Dave Badger, who was Helm on board the lifeboat for all three rescues, praised the work of the shore crew who provided support back at the station, including Brian Niland, Mike Cummins, Seán McLoughlin, Aaron O’Reilly, and Seán Óg Leydon. He stressed the importance of having a means of calling for help and urged anyone who gets into difficulty or sees someone in difficulty in the water to dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.

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Galway’s Claddagh Basin may be a venue for next year’s Irish kayak polo intervarsities contest.

The event may take place in the city canal basin in February 2024, Galway City Council says.

It is one of several water polo activities which will take place in the basin, following efforts by the Lough Corrib Navigation Trustees to generate interest among watersports bodies in using the location free of charge.

The Claddagh Basin has been used in the past for kayaking and water polo and, latterly, has been a location for illuminated gleoiteogs and other traditional craft, restored by Badóirí an Cladaigh.The Claddagh Basin has been used in the past for kayaking and water polo and, latterly, has been a location for illuminated gleoiteogs and other traditional craft, restored by Badóirí an Cladaigh Photo:  Joe O'Shaughnessy

The Claddagh Basin has been used in the past for kayaking and water polo and, latterly, has been a location for illuminated gleoiteogs and other traditional craft, restored by Badóirí an Cladaigh.

Along with the Claddagh quays, it was constructed in the mid-19th century as part of the Eglinton Canal project and provided moorings for some 300 fishing craft working from the Claddagh village

When Galway City Council advertised earlier this year for expressions of interest in water-related activities, there were no replies by the closing date of May 12th.

The city council says that the late application for water polo activities ensures that it will be used this summer by Corrib Water Polo Club and Tribes Water Polo Club for training and matches.

The 143m by 52m canal basin close to the river Corrib estuary is maintained by the Lough Corrib Navigation Trustees for Galway City Council under the 1859 Navigation Act.The 143m by 52m canal basin close to the river Corrib estuary is maintained by the Lough Corrib Navigation Trustees for Galway City Council under the 1859 Navigation Act Photo:  Joe O'Shaughnessy

“In addition, there will potentially be a kayak polo event in February 2024, which forms part of next year's Irish Kayaking Intervarsities Competition,” the city council said.

The 143m by 52m canal basin close to the river Corrib estuary is maintained by the Lough Corrib Navigation Trustees for Galway City Council under the 1859 Navigation Act.

The trustees, including city councillors, are responsible for the maintenance of navigation aids, a limited number of piers on the Corrib system, maintenance of the Eglinton Canal system, associated walkways, towpaths, lock gates and boundary walls.

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Galway RNLI's volunteer crew were requested by the Irish Coast Guard to assist a 30-foot motorboat, with five people on board, in difficulty off Blackhead in County Clare late on Friday evening.

The lifeboat launched at around 8.30 pm with crew members David Oliver, Dave Badger, James Rattigan and Ian Claxton on board and headed towards the location of the motorboat, which was northeast of Finvarra Point, off Ballyvaughan.

Conditions at sea were challenging, with squally wind, rain and poor visibility. The crew on board the Galway lifeboat reached the motorboat at around 9 pm and escorted the boat - which was under her own power - and the five people on board back to Galway Harbour.

David Oliver, who was helm on board the lifeboat, said: ‘Our volunteer shore crew were waiting at the harbour and helped to secure the motorboat when she arrived back. We were very pleased to be able to assist the five people on board the motorboat and make sure they got safely back to dry land.

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Galway RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch by the Irish Coast Guard shortly after 4 am this morning (Saturday, 10 June) to rescue a casualty who had fallen from Nimmo’s Pier in Galway City.

The inshore lifeboat was helmed by Brian Niland, with crew members Dave Badger, Lisa McDonagh and James Rattigan onboard. They were supported by shore crew Mike Cummins, Shane Austin, Aaron O’Reilly, Frank Leonard and Ian Claxton.

The lifeboat and crew reached the casualty, who landed on a sand bank and had suspected upper limb injuries, within minutes. Two of the crew, who are trained in first aid, got out of the lifeboat onto the sand bank and, using a stretcher, were able to safely bring the casualty onboard the lifeboat. The lifeboat and crew arrived back to the lifeboat station just before 5 am where an ambulance was waiting to bring the casualty to hospital.

Speaking after returning to the station, Galway RNLI Helm Brian Niland said: 'Weather conditions were good this morning, and even though it was dark, there was good visibility, and the sea was calm. With the help of our shore crew, we were able to launch the lifeboat and get to the scene within minutes. Low tide was at 4.30 am and this worked in our favour as it meant that the casualty was not in any imminent danger of being swept out to sea. However, time is of the essence in situations like this. If you see someone in difficulty, please dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.'


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RORC's Caribbean 600 Race

The 14th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 will start from Antigua on Tuesday, 14th February 2023.

The 600nm course circumnavigates 11 Caribbean Islands starting from Fort Charlotte, English Harbour, Antigua and heads north as far as St Martin and south to Guadeloupe taking in Barbuda, Nevis, St Kitts, Saba and St Barth's


2020 - Tilmar Hansen, Outsider, TP52 (GER)
2019 - David and Peter Askew, Wizard, Volvo 70 (USA)
2018 - George David, Rambler 88, Maxi (USA)
2017 - Hap Fauth, Bella Mente, JV72 (USA)
2016 - George Sakellaris, Maxi 72, Proteus (USA)
2015 - Hap Fauth, JV72, Bella Mente (USA)
2014 - George Sakellaris, RP72, Shockwave (USA)
2013 - Ron O'Hanley, Privateer, Cookson 50 (USA)
2012 - Niklas Zennström's JV72, Rán (GBR)
2011 - George David, Rambler 100, JK 100 (USA)
2010 - Karl C L Kwok, Beau Geste, Farr 80 (HKG)
2009 - Adrian Lee, Lee Overlay Partners, Cookson 50 (IRL)


Multihull record (2019): Giovanni Soldini, Maserati, Multi 70 (ITA) - 30 hours, 49 minutes, 00 seconds
(I day 6 hrs 49 mins 0 secs)

Monohull record (2018): George David, Rambler 88, Maxi (USA) - 37 hours, 41 minutes, 45 seconds
(1 day 13 hrs 41 mins 45 secs)

At a Glance - RORC Caribbean 600 2024

The 15th anniversary edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 starts in Antigua on 19th February 2024.

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