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Save Rusheen Bay Watersports

Galway's most unique Watersports amenity is up for sale and risks being lost forever unless we act fast. Help secure Rusheen Bay for generations to come as a not-for-profit sustainable community club*. Please Donate today. 

How can you help?
€50 - Calm Supporter
€100 - Light Air Supporter
€250 - Light Breeze Supporter
€500 - Gentle Breeze Supporter
€750 - Moderate Breeze Supporter
€1,000 - Fresh Breeze Supporter
€2,000 - Strong Breeze Supporter
€5,000 - Near Gale Supporter
€10,000 - Fresh Gale Supporter
€12,500 - Severe Gale Supporter
€15,000 - Storm Force Supporter
€20,000 - Violent Storm Supporter
€25,000 - Hurricane Supporter

History of watersports activities at Rusheen Bay, Galway
  • Windsurfing School run by Martin Rowe and Aoife Cooke in the Summer of 1991.

  • Windsurfing School run by Cathal Kavanagh in 1995 - 2011.

  • Creation of an internationally acclaimed Windsurfing Academy by Cathal Kavanagh that became the springboard for many Irish National and European champions.

  • Annual host to Irish Windsurfing Association (IWA) events such as the Irish Windsurfing Championships, National Freestyle Championships, Intervarsities, and the IWA Youth Championships.

  • Sold by Cathal Kavanagh to Danny Mulryan (Galway Bay Watersports Ltd) in 2011.

  • Winner of the Irish Sailing Association ‘Training Centre of the Year’ in 2011.

  • Rusheen continues to grow with a strong focus on the Windsurfing Academy and hosting national watersports events.

  • Galway Bay Watersports Ltd’s brand of Rusheen Bay Windsurfing, website,  accompanying land (1.54 acres), storage containers and stock on the market for an asking price of €200,000.

  • A committee comprising of former owner/managers and instructors* is forming a club (Company Limited by Guarantee/CLG entity) and is seeking to purchase these assets in order to run a not-for-profit club to teach watersports and land-based activities to its members all year-round, and finance itself through sustainable, commercially-run watersports activities during the summer months.

    * Committee:
    Dan King
    Ursula Concannon
    Liam Wade
    Dan Gardner
    Mark Campbell
    Fiona Concannon
    Martin Roe
    Nathan Connolly
    Karen Concannon
    Gareth Roe
    Gavin Bluett




Tim and Karoline


Fiona Hynes


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Triona MacGiollaRí

Well done on making this effort! It’s a fantastic amenity for the Galway community and cannot be allowed to slip into private ownership.




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Fears Rusheen Bay will be lost as iconic watersports amenity #saverusheen

Fri Jul 13 10:10:19 - 2 Favorite

Save Rusheen Bay water sports school from developers, local group urges #saverusheen

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@TaraBreathnach míle buíochas as uacht an tacaíocht, Tara!

Wed Jul 11 22:43:23 - 1 Favorite

“Rusheen Bay has been used as a watersports amenity in Galway city for twenty seven years. It is here where over 25…

Mon Jul 09 19:01:38 - 7 Favorite

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Mon Jul 09 14:14:29 - 2 Favorite

@ciarantierney thanks for the RT! Galway’s better by bike and by water... #gaillimhabú

Sat Jul 07 23:23:19 - 1 Favorite

@johnbreslin cheers for the support, John.

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Contact Us

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Rusheen Bay Club, Rusheen Bay, Knocknacarra, Galway, IRELAND