Galway Bay (Irish: Loch Lurgan or Cuan na Gaillimhe ) is a large bay (or sea lough) on the west coast of Ireland, from Galway in the province of Connacht to the north and the Burren in County Clare in the province of Munster in the south. Galway city is located on the northeastern side of the bay. It is about 50 kilometers (31 mi) long and 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) and 30 kilometers (19 mi) in width. DeAranöarna ( Oileain Arann ) is in the west of the entrance and there are many small islands in the bay.

Access to the bay between the Aran Islands and the mainland are as follows:

  • North Sound ( A Healthy ó Thuaidh ) is between Inishmore and Leitir Mealláin Connemara; known as Bealach Locha Lurgan in Irish.
  • Gregory Sound ( Healthy Ghríoghóra ) is between Inishmore and Inishmaan; known as Bealach na h-Aite in Irish.
  • Foul Sound ( than healthy Salach ) is between Inishmaan and Inisheer;known as Bealach na Fearbhaighe in Irish.
  • South Sound ( A Healthy ó Theas ), known as Bealach na Finnise in Irish, lies between Inisheer and County Clare.

Galway Bay is famous for its unique traditional sailing craft, the Galway Hooker. [ Citation needed ]

Drowning tragedy of 1902

On May 4, 1902 eight fishermen from a nearby village were killed while sailing on Galway Bay, close to Kilcolgan. [1] [2] Seven (Patrick Folan, Patrick Burns, Patrick McDonagh, John Barrett, Michael Burke, Michael Dwyer and Stephen Hynes ) were immersed; Patrick Walsh swam to shore on nearby Kilcolgan, but died of exhaustion on the beach. [2] a fundraiser was held for the families drowned fishermen. [3]

Galway Bay in popular culture


  • From traditional Irish song Rare Old Mountain Dew :

Let the grass grow and the water flow

In a free and easy way

But give me enough of the rare old things

It has made near Galway Bay

  • From John Lennon song Luck of the Irish :

If we could make chains with the morning dew

The world would be Galway Bay

  • From Arthur Colahan 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 watch the sun go down on Galway Bay.

  • From a song performed by Sean Connery in Disney’s Darby O’Gill and the Little People :

Have you ever seen the gulls

a flying o’er Heather

eller crimson segel på Galway Bay

fish unfurl?

  • From Steve Earle’s musical tribute to Townes Van Zandt, Ft. Worth Blues :

There is a full moon over Galway Bay in the evening

Silver light on green and blue

And every place I travel through I find

Some kinda sign that you have gone through

Earle also mentions Galway and The Long Walk in his song “Galway Girl”.

  • From the Pogues’ s tale of New York :

Boys in NYPD chorus

still singing “Galway Bay”

And the bells ring out

For Christmas day. “

From roasted Heretic’s Galway Bay :

The sun goes down on Galway Bay

The daughter goes down on me

Her father is not until one or maybe two

And I am glad that I will ever be

Från den Mahones A Drunken Night i Dublin :

One drunken night in Dublin

Ended up in Galway Bay

From The Waterboys ” Spring comes to Spiddal : [4]

On a soft and fresh Atlantic air a mist of pollen floats

In Galway Bay, I spy a cheerfully painted fishing boat

  • Galway Bay is also mentioned in Ireland’s Call , Ireland official rugby anthem, written by Phil Coulter.


  • Map of Galway Bay and surroundings.
  • Galway Bay from Salthill.
  • Galway Bay near County Clare.
  • Galway Bay i december.

See also

  • List of Loughs in Ireland
  • ö Eddy
  • Galway Bay Boat Company


  1. Jump up ^ The Irish Times , Dublin, Saturday, May 10, 1902.
  2. ^ Jump up to: ab Madden, Marie (16 May 2012). “Talking History”.Galway Independent. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  3. Jump up ^ The Irish Times , Dublin, Saturday, May 27, 1902.
  4. Jump up ^ “Spring comes to Spiddal.” Retrieved February 7, 2016.