Cill Rónáin Harbour Development, Galway

  • Client: Galway County Council
  • Value(€ million): 40
  • Value($ million): 55
  • Completion date: 2009
  • PUNCH services: Project Management, Contract Administration, Marine, Civil, Structural, Quantity Surveying, Environmental Impact Assessment

PUNCH started work on this project in 2000 when commissioned by to carry out a feasibility study of the proposed developed.  The scope of this project included the construction of a 550m long breakwater to provide shelter to the harbour from the significant swell waves from Galway harbour.  The extension and upgrading of the existing pier to facilitate larger and faster vessels was also undertaken, improving the connection to the mainland at Galway and provides a better all year/all weather service.  A new berth for lifeboats was constructed in addition to the creation of a deepwater berth for fishing boats.  Provision of a cargo quay and slipway to service roll-on roll-off (RO-RO) cargo services was constructed to further enhance the facilities to the island.  The island is also a popular tourist attraction and a pedestrian-only zone for ferry passengers was provided to enhance the tourist trade.

Among other roles on this project, PUNCH Consulting Engineers are the Project Managers for the integrated engineering and project management team for the development of the Cill Rónáin Harbour on Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands off the coast of Galway.  Cill Rónáin is the main town on the island and incorporates the principal harbour of the three Aran Islands, which is by far the most important entry point for islanders, tourists and goods.

PUNCH Consulting Engineers have worked closely with Galway County Council for over a decade on the works to the Cill Rónáin harbour development and were pleased to be part of the team to improve this landmark Irish heritage site.

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