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Radio producer Sarah Blake received the award in Quimper, Brittany
The RTÉ Documentary on One production Miracle in Galway Bay, which told the story of stranded paddleboarders Sara Feeney and Ellen Glynn, has won Best Radio Documentary at the Celtic Media Festival in Brittany. In the documentary, Sara Feeney and…
The River Corrib Longest Day Swim route. The swim returns to Co Galway on July 2, 2022
The “Longest Day Swim” on Galway’s river Corrib takes place this Saturday after a two–year break due to Covid-19. North American Olympic gold medallist Joseph “Gunnar” Bentz has been invited to lead the event on July 2nd. Bentz won two…
The Irish Optimist fleet is heading to Galway Bay for its Connacht Championships on July 9 and 10
9th and 10th of July will see one of the largest competitive fleets seen in Galway Bay for many years take to the water for the Connacht Optimist Championships which is being hosted by Galway Bay Sailing Club. Up to…
 The Tribal crew (from left) Liam Burke, Orla Conneely, Niall Thornton, Ally O'Sullivan, Ryan Mill and Yannick Lemonnier, missing from photo are crew Tom Murphy and Seàn Lemonnier
Galway Bay Sailing Club is celebrating an overall win for its Tribal crew at the WIORA championships hosted by the Royal Western Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary last weekend.  The well campaigned Farr 31 took home first place in Class One…
Volvo 70 Green Dragon's entry in the Round Ireland Race marked the ten year anniversary of the Volvo Ocean Race in Ireland
Ten young sailors from Galway Bay who were part of the crew that sailed the Green Dragon in last week's Round Ireland Race from Wicklow finished as Line Honours runners-up and second in Class Zero in the biennial 700-mile race. …
Galway Hydrogen Hub- where Ireland’s first Hydrogen Valley was announced by An Taoiseach, Micheal Martin who was speaking (as above in April) at a conference hosted by the Port of Galway.
At an event taking place today is to announce details of Ireland’s first “Hydrogen Valley” earmarked for development in Galway Harbour located near to the city centre.  As Connacht Tribune reports the major zero-emissions fuel facility will be located at the…
A file photo of the Clondalkin community-built 43ft Galway Hooker Naomh Cronan on Dublin Bay in 2003
Weather has once again forced the postponement of Féile an Spidéil, the regatta for traditional craft in Co Galway. The regatta, which was originally set for June 12th off An Spidéil on the northern shores of Galway Bay, had been…
A model of the 1858 Indian Empire which was the largest ship up to that time to enter the port of Galway and her arrival was widely anticipated.
In Ulysses Mr Deasy, headmaster of a private school, writes to the newspapers complaining that he knows of a cure for foot and mouth disease but nobody in authority will listen to him. Mr Deasy grandly compares his nebulous proposal…
The River Corrib in Galway
NUI Galway has applied for planning permission for a new watersports facility on the city campus. As Galway Bay FM reports, the development at the college’s upper Newcastle campus would involve the construction of a rowing storage shed, along with…
Coastal Enterprise
Further to Marine Notice No 30 of 2022, SubCom will be carrying out the installation of the IRIS Subsea Fibre Optic Cable System pre-lay at the shore end, located in Galway Bay. Operations are expected to be carried out from…
World Oceans Day - The June 8th date was designated by the United Nations
The "underwater treasure" around over 3,000 km of Irish coastline is the theme of three talks hosted by Galway Atlantaquaria to mark World Oceans Day. As Dr Noirín Burke of Galway Atlantaquaria says, Ireland can “boast an incredible range of…
Féile an Spidéil - The regatta programme will include races for báid mhóra and leath bháid in the Galway hooker class
A large fleet of traditional craft is anticipated for Féile an Spidéil which takes to the water off An Spidéil, Co Galway, on June 12th. The regatta programme will include races for báid mhóra and leath bháid in the Galway…
The Swimming A Long Way Together project planned by Daws involves events across the island, with “live, immersive, multi-disciplinary events” and exhibitions in Dublin, Cork, Donaghadee and Galway
Pioneering sea swimmer Mercedes Gleitze was the first British woman to cross the English Channel and first to navigate the Straits of Gibraltar. On August 3rd, 1931, Gleitze swam from the Aran island of Inis Meáin to Awleen bay in…
The group boarded the vessel Saoirse na Farraige in Galway docks, where they were welcomed by skipper Aodhán MacDonnacha and crew
A group of 40 Ukrainians who have fled conflict visited the Aran island of Inis Mór on Wednesday as guests of Aran Island Ferries. The group boarded the vessel Saoirse na Farraige in Galway docks, where they were welcomed by…
Ready for the off – Kuba Szymanski’s First 40.7 Polished Manx from the Isle of Man in pre-start manoeuvres at Plymouth before the start of the Round Britain & Ireland 2022’s first leg to the Genesys-sponsored stopover in Galway
Although the fleet starting yesterday (Sunday) in the first stage from Plymouth of the Royal Western Round Britain & Ireland Race 2022 to the initial Genesys-sponsored 48-hour stopover in Galway found the early morning rain giving way to sunshine, by the…
Speed and comfort. The remarkable Dazcat 46 Hissy Fit, raced by Plymouth’s own Simon Baker and Dan Fellows, is a top contender in the Round Britain & Ireland 2022
After what has seemed like weeks of harsh southwest to northwest winds in Atlantic waters along Ireland’s West Coast, the fleet starting Stage 1 of the 2000-mile Royal Western Round Britain & Ireland Race 2022 to the Genesys-sponsored Galway stopover from…

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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