Figures released today show that the Galway stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race last summer had a major economic impact on the city to the tune of just under €56m.

Galway hosted the race competitors for two weeks in late May to early June.

Over that period some 650,000 visits were made to the Race Village and Salthill.

The stopover was watched by a global TV audience of 1.3bn and had a radio listenership of 234m.