Recent Meetings

Hydroelectric Conference: Micro-hydroelectric generation for Galway
19 October 2018 | NUIG Campus

The Galway Waterways Foundation together with NUIG and the Ryan Institute jointly sponsored a hydro-electric conference at NUIG on 19 October. The conference’s purpose was to examine the pros and cons of harnessing the power of the River Corrib to produce electricity that would benefit the community. The conclusion from the conference was that we have a major opportunity to create clean, renewable energy for the community while also establishing NUIG as a major centre of water-powered energy research and development in the country. We are putting together a proposal for a partnership between the University and the community to explore the feasibility of an implementation project. A summary of the presentations and discussions that followed can be found by clicking here. 

Public Meeting: Building a Waterways Community 
27 September 2018 | Portershed

The Future of Galway’s Waterways public meeting was held at Portershed as part of the Loving Galway, Green and Blue Week. The purpose of the meeting was to launch the Galway Waterways website, to provide an update on progress with the Galway Waterways Initiative, to present our plans for Galway Capital of Culture 2020, and to open the Galway Waterways Foundation to new members. The Foundation’s extensive plans for Galway 2020 (click here to view plans) were reviewed and included projects such as a gift set of books highlighting the history and natural beauty of the waterways; an Annual Riverfest; a photo competition and recreational activities. Research results were presented on the current health of the canals and river systems. Click here to see the Quality of our Canals report for more information. The meeting showcased the current state of the waterways but also provided hope and a vision for the future of the canals and river systems. More members and volunteers will be needed to achieve all of our plans so please send us an email at for more information. 

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