Cill Rónáin Harbour Development, Inis Mór, Co. Galway

  • Client: Galway County Council
  • Value(€ million): €40.0M
  • Completion date: 2000 - 2012
  • PUNCH services: Project Management, C&S Engineering Services

PUNCH Consulting Engineers were the Project Managers for the integrated engineering and project management team for the development of the Cill Rónáin harbour, Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Co. Galway.  Inis Mór is the largest of the three islands with an area of approximately 40 sq km. It is the main town on the island and incorporates the principal harbour of the three islands, which is by far the most important entry point for islanders, tourists and goods. The scope of this project includes the following: Construction of a 550m breakwater and seawall to form new enclosed harbour; Dredging inner harbour area to allow access for bigger drafting vessels; Extension and upgrading of the existing pier to provide additional berthage; Creation of a deep-water berth for fishing vessels; Provision of new cargo quay and cargo handling area; construction of new slipway to facilitate roll-on roll-off (RO-RO) type cargo operations; Construction of a floating RNLI pontoon; Reclamation of approximately 13,500 m2 for parking and traffic marshalling; Upgrading of existing roads and footpaths in vicinity of existing harbour. These improvements to the pier and harbour area will allow bigger drafting vessels to access the harbour and also provide them with additional berthage. Larger ferries will also be able to access the harbour which will allow for a better all year round service. Larger and faster ferries may also travel the longer crossing from Galway harbour, giving a direct and convenient connection to Galway City.

PUNCH Consulting Engineers started work on this project in 2000 when commissioned by Galway County Council to carry out a feasibility study of the proposed developed.  We have continued to work with Galway County Council through all phases of the project, which is now nearing the end of the construction phase. The project was successfully completed in November 2011.

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