Works begins on redevelopment of Connaught Harbour at Portumna

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Galway Daily news redevelopment of Connaught Harbour underway

Work has begun on the redevelopment of the Connaught Harbour at Portumna, along with a new walking and cycling trail for the area.

The development consists of a new eight-berth marina at Connaught Harbour, with a boat pump-out, a new car parking area and ancillary services.

It will also include quay wall berthing for 22 boats along with car parking and a civic area at the bridge end of the harbour.

This will be facilitated by the removal of three buildings on the site.

Footpaths will be repaired, where required, and a new road crossing will be developed connecting to the new Blueway.

The project is expected to be open to the public in mid-2023.

The turning of the sod on the project also marked the beginning of construction of a Blueway cycle and pedestrian trail linking Castle and Connaught Harbour.

Jim Cullen, Chief Executive of Galway County Council said that the project will revitalise the area, and, “add another attractive amenity to the county”.

These Portumna projects are funded by Waterways Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, and the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Minister of State and Galway TD Anne Rabbitte said, “This investment will transform the area as both a domestic and an international tourist attraction, and for the local people who live in the vicinity.”