OLD BEACHED BOATS AT NIMMO’S PIER – ORIGINALLY PHOTOGRAPHED IN AUGUST 2016
If you are interested in bird watching Nimmo’s Pier is the place to go if and when you visit Galway.
Designed by Alexander Nimmo, this impressive pier has well executed coursed battered limestone walls and is an engineering structure of outstanding quality. The retention of original features, including a wide range of mooring bollards and the interesting concave face to the south, add further interest.
Nimmo, who spent most of his working life in Galway was responsible for the building of government funded roads and piers throughout Galway and many other parts of the west of Ireland, with complete power and autonomy to decide where roads went and where piers were built. Alexander Nimmo was self-taught in engineering. He was proficient in Greek and Latin, as well as Dutch, French, German and Italian. He was also greatly interested in astronomy, chemistry and geography.His friends included William Wordsworth. Nimmo died at his town house Marlborough Street in Dublin, in 1832, aged just 49. It is most likely that he was buried in what was then the Presbyterian graveyard in Roundstone.