Co. Galway Wreck List "B"
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Vessel Type:

Motor Fishing Vessel

Location:Co. Galway
Date of Loss:2007Place:Rossroe Pier, Killary Bay
Cause of Loss:Broke from mooringsBoat Dive from:Killary
Charted Depth:15 - 18mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 37
Height of Wreck:6mAdmiralty Chart No:2706
Hull Material:WoodLatitude (GPS):53° 37' 16.44" North
Type of Seabed:Rocks & siltLongitude (GPS):09° 51' 27" West
Average Visibility:10 - 15mConvert Lat. & Long. to -Decimal - CLICK HERE
Image available?Yes - see below Diving Experience:Experienced Club Diver
Diving Information:
  • Hull, stern to bow, lies in an East to West direction, and she is leaning to Starboard at 45 degrees in 15 to 18m.
  • Take a bearing North-East from Beacon on corner of Rossroe pier, transecting rocky point adjacent to pier.
  • Wreck is marked by a Grey Mooring Buoy (furthest from pier of 3 identical buoys) tied to bow.
  • Can be shore dived easily.
  • No major current.
  • Alternatively boat Launch easily from Rossroe'a new slipway.
  • Divers should also note that Rossroe is a working pier and not to block access.
Historical Information:


  • The 50 foot Rath Connla was built in 1961 by the BIM Boatyard, Dingle, Co Kerry and her first homeport was Clogherhead, Co. Louth.
  • Subsequently she served in Kilronan, Aran Islands; Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry; Galway, Burtonport, Cleggan, and finally Killary where she harvested mussels in the Killary Bay area.
  • In September 2007 she slipped from her moorings and sank where she became too damaged to refloat.
  • She has become an ideal spot for local divers as an artificial reef.

M.F.V. Rath Connla

by kind permission of Pat Nolan


M.F.V. Rath Connla

by kind permission of Pat Nolan

Source Publications:
Article by Pat Nolan (July 2008)
Other Sources:
James Keating via email 2008

Co. Galway Wreck List "B"

Last update - 12-Aug-2008

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