Video of Salthill District, Galway City , County Galway, Republic of Ireland
Salthill (Irish: Bóthar na Trá) is a seaside area of Galway city, Ireland. It lies
within the townland of Lenaboy (an Léana Buí) and attracts many tourists all year
round. There is a 2 km long promenade, locally known as the Prom, overlooking Galway
Bay with bars, restaurants and hotels.
Salthill was, until 2007, home to one of the biggest non-fee paying air shows in
Galway, the Salthill Air Show, which took place in June over Galway Bay hotel. The
show annually attracted over 100,000 people and generated over €1m in revenue.
Every Christmas Day for many years it has been a tradition to jump into the sea from
Blackrock Diving Tower. This record-breaking event is now a fundraiser for local
charity in Galway.
Salthill has been a tourist destination since the early twentieth century. During
the 1950's it was a hot spot for dance and show-bands, the most noticeable location
being the Seapoint dance hall now a leisure centre.
The 1970's saw the introduction of a number of casinos and more leisure centres.
Leisureland, having a fair ground, swimming pool and concert hall, became a huge
attraction and brought in top bands such as U2, AC/DC and ZZ Top during the 1980's,
as well as artists such as Morrissey in recent years. There was an annual airshow
(up until 2007) where up to 100,000 people viewed the air display along with a public
water safety and army demonstration.
In recent years, Salthill was a centre point for the 2009 Volvo Ocean Race, as well
as the more recent Round-Ireland Powerboat race in 2010. During these events, stands
were set up along the Prom selling a variety of goods. Throughout all the developments,
Salthill's main attraction every year has been its promenade and numerous sandy beaches.
Salthill having a clear blue sea along with a diving area located at Blackrock beach
is popular with locals and tourists alike. Blackrock, having steps down to the sea,
is used all year round regardless of the water temperature.
The Long Walk and the Salthill promenade are both referenced in the Steve Earle penned
tune Galway Girl.
Local attractions: Salthill Beach, Ladies Beach, Palmer's Rock & Beach, Blackrock:
Blackrock Diving & Viewing Tower: Leisureland - Popular local leisure center featuring
a 25m swimming pool, a new gym, a Pitch and Putt course and, in the summer months,
a fun fair park: Palmer's Rock scuba diving, boat and jet ski slip way: Salthill,
Claude's and Caesar Palace Casinos: Atlantic Aquarium (Galway Atlantaquaria) - National
Aquarium of Ireland featuring many exhibits including Valentine, the world's only
White Skate in captivity, born on February 14, 2004: Salthill Park and Bandstand:
Seapoint Leisure Center