Galway Bay

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This article is about the bay. For the song, see Galway Bay (song).
Map showing Galway Bay's location.

Galway Bay (Irish: Loch Lurgan or Cuan na Gaillimhe) is a large bay (or sea lough) 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 is located on the northeast side of the bay. It is about 50 kilometres (31 mi) long and from 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) to 30 kilometres (19 mi) in breadth. The Aran Islands (Oileáin Árann) are to the west across the entrance and there are numerous small islands within the bay. The approaches to the bay between the Aran Islands and the mainland are as follows; the North Sound (An Súnda ó Thuaidh) lies between Inishmore and Leitir Mealláin in Connemara; it was formerly known as Bealach Locha Lurgan in Irish. Gregory's Sound (Súnda Ghríoghóra) lies between Inishmore and Inishmaan; it was formerly known as Bealach na h-Áite. Foul Sound (An Súnda Salach) lies between Inishmaan and Inisheer; it was formerly known as Bealach na Fearbhaighe. South Sound (An Súnda ó Theas), formerly known as Bealach na Finnise, lies between Inisheer and County Clare.

Galway Bay is famous for its unique traditional sailing craft, the Galway Hooker.

Galway Bay in popular culture[edit]


Let grasses grow and waters flow
In a free and easy way
But give me enough of the rare old stuff
That's made near Galway Bay
If we could make chains with the morning dew
The world would be like Galway Bay
  • From Arthur Colahan's song Galway Bay:
If you ever go across the sea to Ireland
Then maybe at the closing of your day
You will go and see the moon rise over Claddagh
Or see the sun go down at Galway Bay.
Have you ever seen the seagulls
a-flying o'er the Heather
or the crimson sails on Galway Bay
the fishermen unfurl?
There's a full moon over Galway Bay tonight
Silver light over green and blue
And every place I travel through, I find
Some kinda sign that you've been through
Earle also mentions Galway and The Long Walk in his song "Galway Girl".
The boys in the NYPD choir
are still singing "Galway Bay"
And the bells are ringing out
For Christmas day."

From Toasted Heretic's Galway Bay

The sun goes down on Galway Bay
The daughter goes down on me
Her dad's not due until one or maybe two
And I'm happy as I'll ever be

From The Mahones A Drunken Night in Dublin

A drunk night in Dublin
Ended up in Galway Bay


See also[edit]

Coordinates: 53°12′N 9°14′W / 53.200°N 9.233°W / 53.200; -9.233

Other references[edit]

O'Carra, B., Williams, D.M., Mercer, B. and Wood. B. 2014. Evidence of environmental change since the earliest medieval period from the inter-tidal zone of Galway Bay. Ir. Nat. J. 33: 83 - 88.

Other projects[edit]

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