The Big Interview

Conor O’Dowd, Port of Galway: ‘We’re in an energy revolution – it’s time to invest in ports’

The western dock has had to wait a long time to move to a new location but now finds itself on the cusp of a huge opportunity

Conor O’Dowd, chief executive, Port of Galway: ‘We’re very restricted in what we can do now in terms of the narrow gates into the port.’ Picture: Andrew Downes/Xposure

Conor O’Dowd likes to walk the grounds of the Port of Galway with visitors. He feels it demonstrates up close the potential of its lands located right in the city centre.

“This job involves many cups of coffee with stakeholders, but also a lot of walking the land,” he says.

“I'm a big believer in that, bringing people down here and letting them see the grounds, walk the site. When they come here, they see ...