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Bóthar na Trá
|Area of Galway city|
|Elevation||5 m (16 ft)|
|Irish Grid Reference||M275248|
Salthill (Irish: Bóthar na Trá) is a seaside area in the City of Galway in the west of Ireland. Lying within the townland of Lenaboy (an Léana Buí), it attracts many tourists all year round. There is a 2 km long promenade, locally known as the Prom, overlooking Galway Bay with bars, restaurants and hotels.
Salthill was, until 2007, home to one of the biggest non-fee paying air shows in Galway, the Salthill Air Show, which took place in June over Galway Bay. The show annually attracted over 100,000 people and generated over €1m in revenue.
Every Christmas Day for many years it has been a tradition to jump into the sea from Blackrock Diving Tower. This record-breaking event is now a fundraiser for local charity in Galway.
Salthill has been a tourist destination since the early twentieth century. During the 1950s it was a hot spot for dance and show-bands, the most noticeable location being the Seapoint dance hall now a leisure centre.
The 1970s saw the introduction of a number of casinos and more leisure centres. Leisureland, having a fair ground, swimming pool and concert hall, became a huge attraction and brought in top bands such as U2, AC/DC and ZZ Top during the 1980s, as well as artists such as Morrissey in recent years. There was an annual airshow (up until 2007) where up to 100,000 people viewed the air display along with a public water safety and army demonstration.
In recent years, Salthill was a centre point for the 2009 Volvo Ocean Race, as well as the more recent Round-Ireland Powerboat race in 2010. During these events, stands were set up along the Prom selling a variety of goods. Throughout all the developments, Salthill's main attraction every year has been its promenade and numerous sandy beaches. Sathill having a clear blue sea along with a diving area located at Blackrock beach is popular with locals and tourists alike. Blackrock, having steps down to the sea, is used all year round regardless of the water temperature.
- Local attractions
- Salthill Beach, Ladies Beach, Palmer's Rock & Beach, Blackrock
- Blackrock Diving & Viewing Tower
- Leisureland – Popular local leisure center featuring a 25m swimming pool, a new gym, a Pitch and Putt course and, in the summer months, a fun fair park.
- Palmer's Rock scuba diving, boat and jet ski slip way.
- Salthill, Claude's and Caesar Palace Casinos
- Atlantic Aquarium (Galway Atlantaquaria) – National Aquarium of Ireland featuring many exhibits including Valentine, the world's only White Skate in captivity, born on 14 February 2004.
- Salthill Park and Bandstand
- The mysterious home of the infamous BASE crew. The exact location is unknown to this day.
- Salthill Hotel Galway and Ocean Fitness Leisure center www.salthillhotel.com
- Salthill-Knocknacarra GAA is the local Gaelic Athletic Association club.
- Salthill Devon F.C. have played in the League of Ireland First Division since 2010.
- Pearse Stadium GAA grounds
- Galway Lawn Tennis club
- Salthill railway station opened on 1 October 1879 and closed for passenger traffic in January 1918.
- Currently there are three bus services from Eyre Square: two operated by Bus Éireann, coded as 1 (continues to Mervue as 8) and 1D (other terminus is located on Merchants Rd) and the last one by Galway City Direct as 37.
- The Long Walk and the Salthill promenade are both referenced in the Steve Earle penned tune "Galway Girl".
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Scoil Ide is a school for girls and boys up to the age of seven. The Jesus and Mary sisters were invited to open a National school in Salthill as the population was rapidly increasing in that area. Scoil Ide was opened on 1 May 1952 with forty-three pupils and two teachers. Scoil Ide is known for its top academic standards and its encouragement towards Art, Music and Drama. Most of Scoil Ide's pupils go on to the secondary school Salerno which is based nearby. Salerno had high academic results once in 1973 and is the reason some girls attend Scoil Ide.
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- RTÉ News, 2007-07-04, Huge crowds at Galway air show.
- "Salthill station" (PDF). Railscot – Irish Railways. Retrieved 24 November 2007.