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The arrival of a record number of world-class cruise liners in Galway Harbour next summer is expected to provide a multi-million euro boost to the local economy.
A high-power delegation of world tourism chiefs and cruise-line operators will visit Galway next month with a view to establishing the city as a major destination port.
A “global village” will be at heart of next year’s Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Galway with business opportunities a new priority for the organisers.
Tomorrow evening heralds the official countdown to the return of one of the greatest success stories in Galway’s history as a 365-day countdown clock is activated in the city. Next year, the Volvo Ocean Race will visit the city for the second time, with the final leg of the event scheduled to enter Galway Bay on July 3.
Middle Eastern visitors to next year’s Volvo Ocean Race Stopover in Galway will be treated to a sneak preview of what’s on offer in the city.
Seapoint Ballroom was officially opened at 10pm on July 17 1949 by Joe Costelloe, Mayor of Galway. Noel Finan bought the site from Jim and Mary Cremin, who were brother and sister. They ran a famous seawater baths there, a kind of health spa of its day. At the time Salthill was a small village with a few hotels, B&Bs, and shops. It also had the Hangar which was run by John Allen, but it closed down in Race Week when dancing moved into a marquee in Eyre Square. At the time it was 1s 6d into the Hangar for women and 1s 9d for men.
In every era in history, there is watershed in which what was acceptable before is no longer the norm, that what was expected is no longer expected, that what was tolerated was no longer allowed to be the dominant way of thinking.
THE SECRET Is In The Banana Cream Cheese Icing is the wonderfully titled new exhibition from the Galway artist with the equally wonderful name of Nina Amazing.
The Aisling was a rig kedge which was built in McDonagh’s Boatyard in 1946 by John McNally to a design by AA Pemberthy, who was a district engineer with the ESB. It was intended for Mediterranean cruises. Most of the vessel was of timber cut in County Galway and it also included part of the recently demolished stand at Ballybrit. John McNally unfortunately died before the boat was built, and a man called Tony Jacob from Rosslare bought the half finished vessel. He had gone to school with Fionn and Christopher Darby from Killiney, with Anthony Blyth from Athenry, and with David Webb from Nenagh.