Galway City Council have deployed an inflatable flood barrier to protect the area around the Spanish Arch against possible flooding. The barrier is filled with air and water and is probably most effective when high winds drive waves and high water into the city at high tide. Even though the tide was fairly high before sunrise this morning, the sea was calm and there was no wind, so the barrier wasn’t tested. It will be in place for the next few days until the tides subside. More details on the barrier from the Connacht Tribune here and from the Galway City Council website here.