Waterways of Galway
Galway is laced with a series of interlocking waterways which trail through the city. The waterways of the city have played a major role in its development as an industrial town.
The main river is the Corrib, which is famed for its salmon weir, and all the other waterways in the city, whether natural or man-made, are inter-connected. There are seven in all and of these the Eglinton Canal is probably the next largest. This runs all the way from the Claddagh Basin to the other side of town, reconnecting with the Corrib at Newcastle. Built between 1845 and 1850 and named after the Earl of Eglinton, it was intended as a conduit between the sea, the Claddagh basin and the Corrib river to Corrib lake and thus it was to provide a clear passageway to Connemara. But it was never a commercial success.
Other rivers include the former Gaol river, or Catherdral river, the Middle River, Fisheries River, the Western River and the Slaughter House River.
An old map of Galway showing its many waterways
Aerial photo of Galway