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Galway Bay County Galway Ireland
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Galway Bay   
Galway Bay is a large bay on the west coast of Ireland, between County Galway and the Burren in County Clare.

Galway Bay is about 50 kilometres long and from 10 to 30 kilometres in breadth.

The Aran Islands are to the west across the entrance and there are numerous small islands within the bay.

The sun setting over Galway Bay Ireland
The Galway Hooker
Galway Bay is famous for its unique traditional sailing craft, the Galway Hooker. The Hookers were probably at their greatest presence in the Bay in the years preceding the Great Famine, when the Claddagh was at its height.
Racing the Galway Hookers on Galway Bay Indeed, several reports from the period verify that the Claddagh fleet itself numbered at least 100 vessels; a number which clearly distinguishes Galway as the West's centre for boat building. Sadly, famine, depleted fishing stocks, and the advent of modern technology would eventually seal the Hooker's fate as a working vessel.
Popular Activities on Galway Bay

Sailing ; Galway Bay sailing club is located at Renville Oranmore.

Visit the Islands ; the Aran Islands can be visited from Rossaveal, while Inisbofin can be visited from Cleggan.

Cruising the Bay ; cruises are avialable during the summer holiday period.

Deep Sea Fishing available from Cleggan.

Swimming in one of the many beaches that dot the Connemara coast.

Coast Tours (Connemara or Burren)
Drive along the coast road from Galway to Spiddal and view the splendour of Galway Bay. Later in the day one can experience the famed in song 'Sun go down on Galway Bay' Continuing West takes one into the Twelve Bens of  Connemara.
Driving south from Galway City takes one through Kinvara to the Burren area of County Clare. The Aillwee cave is one of the many attractions on this route.

Galway Bay in popular culture

Galway Bay song by Arthur Colahan :
If you ever go across the sea to Ireland,
Then maybe at the closing of your day,
You will sit and watch the moon rise over Claddagh
And see the sun go down on Galway Bay.

Galway Bay is mentioned in the lyrics of "Fairytale of New York" in the line
The boys of the NYPD choir were singing "Galway Bay". This is most probably a reference to the song 'Galway Bay'.



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