Galway Bay (Loch Lurgan or Cuan na Gaillimhe in Irish) is a large bay (or sea lough) on the west coast of Ireland, between County Galway in the province of Connaught 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 30 miles long and from six to 20 miles in breadth. The Aran Islands 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
- From traditional Irish song The Rare Old Mountain Dew:
- 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
- From John Lennon's song The Luck of the Irish:
- 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.
- From a song performed by Sean Connery in Disney's Darby O'Gill and the Little People:
- Have you ever seen the seagulls
- a-flying on to Heaven
- or the crimson sails on Galway Bay
- the fishermen unfurl?
- From Steve Earle's musical tribute to Townes Van Zandt, Ft. Worth Blues:
- 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".
- From the Pogues's Fairytale of New York:
- 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
- and the daughter goes down on me
- Her dads 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
- Galway Bay is also mentioned in Ireland's Call, Ireland's official rugby anthem, written by Phil Coulter.
Galway Bay from Salthill.