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The Irish Youth Sailing Club is one of the recipients of grant funding awarded by Ireland’s seven Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) to 274 coastal based projects at the weekend.

Another FLAG grant awardee from the world of Irish Sailing and boating is the national governing body who were awarded €50,143 for a 'Team Racing Development Programme'. 

The Irish Coastal Rowing Federation was awarded €9,600 towards the staging of the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships 2019.

Scroll down for full grant list below.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D., announced details of EMFF grants of €4 million supporting total investment of €6.4 million. The grants are co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union under Ireland’s European Maritime & Fisheries Fund Operational Programme for the seafood sector.

Announcing the grant awards, Minister Creed said: “Ireland’s 7 FLAGs are providing a wonderful source of investment for local seafood and marine projects in our coastal communities. Over 800 projects in seven coastal regions have benefitted from EMFF funding since the present FLAG scheme was launched in 2017. The Scheme continues to positively impact on coastal communities in Ireland. The high number of successful projects funded this year reflects both the quality of the projects and the hard work of the local communities through the seven FLAG Boards.”

Almost 400 applications were made to the 7 FLAGs this year. All applications were reviewed by individual FLAG Boards in each of the seven FLAG regions throughout Ireland. The FLAG Boards are comprised of volunteers from the local communities. Projects must be able to demonstrate a clear link to coastal community rejuvenation, enterprise, innovation, job creation and skills enhancement across the fishing, aquaculture and maritime industries.

FLAG

 

Project Ref No.

 

Applicant

 

Project Title

 

Support Rate

 

Grant Aid

 

Total Investment

 

North East

 

191NE.8

 

PSI Trading as Carlingford Oysters Company

 

Purchase of equipment

 

50

 

12,728

 

25,456

 

North East

 

191NE.7

 

8ú Calafort Gasóga Mara

 

Replacement of Support Craft and National Powerboat Certificate training for 15 adult scooters

 

80

 

15,536

 

19,420

 

North East

 

191NE.6

 

Skerries Rowing Club

 

Skerries Rowing Regatta 2019

 

80

 

2,240

 

2,800

 

North East

 

191NE.4

 

Irish Youth Sailing Club

 

Sailing Fleet Replacement Project

 

50

 

9,287

 

18,573

 

North East

 

191NE.3

 

Cooley Oysters Limited

 

Finalising the Asian Market Development Project (Equipment)

 

50

 

45,705

 

91,411

 

North East

 

191NE.1

 

Donabate Portrane Summer Festival

 

Festival

 

80

 

25,871

 

32,339

 

North East

 

191NE.11

 

Irish Sailing

 

Team Racing Development Program

 

50

 

50,143

 

100,285

 

North East

 

191NE.12

 

Fingal County Libraries

 

STEAM through Fingal - Targeted lifelong learning and career path workshops

 

100

 

19,692

 

19,692

 

North East

 

191NE.14

 

Malahide Sea Scouts (9th Port of Dublin)

 

Training

 

80

 

3,080

 

3,850

 

North East

 

191NE.13

 

Rush Tourism

 

Rush Air display 2019

 

80

 

40,359

 

50,448

 

North East

 

191NE.10

 

Fingal County Council

 

Refurbishment of Howth Court House as publicly accessible tourist office and Community Space

 

80

 

21,883

 

27,353

 

North East

 

191NE.24

 

Humble Pilgrim Ltd

 

Shanes Howth Bikes

 

40

 

9,546

 

23,866

 

North East

 

191NE.22

 

Irish Coast Guard Clogherhead

 

Clogherhead Coast Guard Heritage & Memorial Park

 

80

 

35,807

 

44,759

 

North East

 

191NE.19

 

Louth County Council

 

Louth Seafood Trail (working title)

 

100

 

61,228

 

61,228

 

North East

 

191NE.18

 

Cooley Community Alert

 

Cooley Peninsula Marine Litter Project

 

80

 

7,040

 

8,800

 

North East

 

191NE.17

 

Fingal County Council

 

Feasibility Study - Red Island Martello Tower, Skerries

 

80

 

19,200

 

24,000

 

North East

 

191NE.30

 

Fingal Tourism Festival

 

The Dublin Bay Prawn Festival rebranding

 

40

 

14,853

 

37,132

 

North East

 

191NE.28

 

Irish Seal Sanctuary

 

Biodiversity Schools Educational Walks

 

80

 

4,000

 

5,000

 

North East

 

191NE.26

 

Discover Dalkey Promotion Lobster

 

Dalkey Lobster Festival

 

80

 

55,000

 

68,750

 

North East

 

191NE.27

 

Discover Dalkey Promotion Vinyl

 

The Dun Laoghaire Vinyl Festival

 

50

 

21,265

 

42,529

 

North East

 

191NE.25

 

Discover Dalkey Promotions

 

Dalkey Village Festival

 

80

 

11,000

 

13,750

 

North East

 

191NE.23

 

Pure Magic

 

Battle for the Lake Watersports and Music Festival

 

50

 

15,999

 

31,997

 

North East

 

191NE.15

 

Oriel Sea Salt Co Ltd

 

Project B: Upgrade and increased output of plant equipment

 

50

 

63,500

 

127,000

 

North East

 

191NE.16

 

Skerries Tourism Limited

 

Skerries Mid Summer Festival

 

80

 

34,254

 

42,818

 

North East

 

191NE.31

 

Dalkey Irish Heritage Town Co T/A Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

 

ECHOES Maeve Binchy and Irish Writers

 

40

 

21,586

 

54,631

 

North East

 

191NE.21

 

Oriel Sea Salt Co Ltd A

 

Project A: Upgrade and increased output of plant equipment

 

50

 

98,750

 

197,500

 

North East

 

191NE.20

 

Rush Tourism

 

Rush in Bloom

 

80

 

10,364

 

12,955

 

North East

 

191NE.35

 

Volleyball Ireland

 

Beach Volleyball Festival Inspiring the future

 

80

 

24,712

 

30,891

 

North East

 

191NE.33

 

Meath East Sandcastles

 

National Sandcastle, Sand sculpture and Beach Cricket Competition

 

80

 

3,632

 

4,540

 

North East

 

191NE.34

 

Carlingford Oysters Company

 

Building Works provision of a cold store

 

50

 

100,000

 

200,000

 

North East

 

191NE.36

 

Dalkey Book Festival

 

Dalkey Book Festival

 

40

 

23,400

 

58,500

 

North East

 

191NE.37

 

Dalkey Book Festival

 

Filming of Dalkey Book Festival

 

40

 

12,000

 

30,000

 

North East

 

191NE.38

 

The Sandycove & Glasthule Traders Association

 

Bloomsday Street Festival - A Celebration of Ulysses and our Coastal Waters

 

80

 

24,937

 

31,171

 

North East

 

191NE.39

 

Sutton Dinghy Club

 

Sutton Dinghy Club Engine Replacement

 

50

 

3,750

 

7,500

 

North East

 

191NE.40

 

Fisherman's Catch

 

Expansion of Capacity at Fisherman's Catch

 

50

 

3,400

 

6,800

 

North East

 

191NE.41

 

Cooley Oysters Limited

 

Asian Market Development Programme

 

50

 

47,475

 

94,950

 
                           
                           
           

Total

 

36

 

973,221

 

1,652,695

 
                           

FLAG

 

Project Ref No.

 

Applicant

 

Project Title

 

Support Rate

 

Grant Aid

 

Total Investment

 

North West

 

191NW.3

 

Sligo Bay Sub

 

New Enclosed Trailer

 

50

 

2,750

 

5,500

 

North West

 

191NW.5

 

Wild Atlantic Shanty Festival

 

Festival

 

60

 

2,570

 

4,283

 

North West

 

191NW.4

 

Belmullet Sea Angling Club

 

CCTV for Clubhouse

 

80

 

1,089

 

1,362

 

North West

 

191NW.1

 

Kilmeena Foróige Club

 

Primary Coastal Training

 

80

 

3,360

 

4,200

 

North West

 

191NW.13

 

Wavesweeper Sea Adventures Limited

 

Purchase of a Trailer

 

50

 

3,445

 

6,890

 

North West

 

191NW.7

 

Clare Island Regatta

 

Clare Island Regatta 2019

 

60

 

1,902

 

3,170

 

North West

 

191NW.6

 

Muintir a'Chorráin Teo

 

Erection of information boards, purchase of life jackets

 

80

 

3,608

 

4,510

 

North West

 

191NW.12

 

Mayo Sailing Club

 

Safety Boat Improvements

 

50

 

9,000

 

18,000

 

North West

 

191NW.26

 

Galway Outdoor Education Centre Limited

 

Achill Surf & Adventure Centre renewal of equipment capital investment

 

50

 

10,000

 

20,000

 

North West

 

191NW.14

 

Mayo North Destination Steering Group

 

Mayo North Tourist Information Map

 

80

 

4,994

 

6,242

 

North West

 

191NW.16

 

Purteen Harbour Fishermen's Group

 

Purteen Harbour Maritime Festival

 

60

 

4,267

 

7,111

 

North West

 

191NW.15

 

Atlantic Maritime Ltd T/A Croagh Patrick Seafoods

 

Equipment to expand distribution to food service outlets

 

50

 

17,763

 

35,525

 

North West

 

191NW.9

 

Pure Magic Achill

 

Battle for the Lake Watersports and Music Festival

 

60

 

3,882

 

6,470

 

North West

 

191NW.19

 

Comharchumann Forbartha Ionad Deirbhile Teo

 

Developing Blacksod Lighthouse & Heritage Centre, Eachléim

 

80

 

18,320

 

22,900

 

North West

 

191NW.18

 

Harper Manufacturing Limited

 

Coastal Marine Board Manufacture

 

50

 

17,500

 

35,000

 

North West

 

191NW.21

 

Tullaghan Development Festival

 

Leitrim's coastal festival

 

50

 

1,000

 

2,000

 

North West

 

191NW.23

 

Sligo Yacht Club Limited

 

Restoring and upgrading Water Safety Equipment

 

50

 

12,399

 

24,798

 

North west

 

191NW.8

 

Eachtrai UISCE Teoranta T/A UISCE

 

Training

 

50

 

12,925

 

25,850

 

North West

 

191NW.27

 

Blue Flag Media

 

Creating High Quality Video Content

 

50

 

2,479

 

4,957

 

North West

 

191NW.25

 

Tullaghan Development Association

 

Marine History Group Project

 

80

 

1,955

 

2,444

 

North West

 

191NW.24

 

Tullaghan Development Association

 

Outdoor Gym Equipment

 

80

 

11,445

 

14,306

 

North West

 

191NW.29

 

Achill Tourism GLG

 

Achill Féile na Mara

 

60

 

1,482

 

2,470

 

North West

 

191NW.28

 

Achill Tourism CLG

 

Maritime History Trail Phase 3

 

80

 

3,401

 

4,252

 

North West

 

191NW.30

 

Mammy Red Head - Publications

 

Little Red Head, Books

 

50

 

689

 

1,378

 

North West

 

191NW.32

 

Roscahill Seafood Limited

 

Extending Shellfish Grading Operations

 

50

 

12,100

 

24,200

 

North West

 

191NW.33

 

Peadar Cawley

 

PC Marine Welding & Fabrication Services

 

50

 

1,707

 

3,414

 

North West

 

191NW.37

 

EC AUTO Diagnostics

 

Remote Assisted Diagnostic Experts

 

40

 

21,905

 

54,762

 

North West

 

191NW.38

 

Discover Enniscrone

 

Tourist Information Point

 

80

 

1,600

 

2,000

 

North West

 

191NW.39

 

Enniscrone Events Committee & Black Pig Festival

 

Black Pig Festival 2019

 

80

 

1,000

 

1,250

 

North West

 

191NW.43

 

Picality Limited

 

Social SKU

 

40

 

12,992

 

32,480

 

North West

 

191NW.40

 

West Coast Crab Sales Ltd

 

Forklift

 

50

 

14,450

 

28,900

 

North West

 

191NW.44

 

Comharchumann Forbartha Cill tSéadhna Teo

 

Equipment Upgrade

 

80

 

17,531

 

21,914

 

North West

 

191NW.48

 

Achill Tourism CLG

 

Achill Tourism Information Map

 

80

 

3,200

 

4,000

 

North West

 

191NW.49

 

Pullathomas Graveyard Committee

 

Pullathomas Graveyard Shelter

 

80

 

4,208

 

5,260

 

North West

 

191NW.50

 

Go Explore Hostel/Sailor's Bar Restaurant

 

Festival Canopy

 

80

 

1,000

 

1,250

 

North West

 

191NW.51

 

Mayo County Council

 

Tullaghan Ferry Slipway Feasibility Study

 

100

 

6,280

 

6,280

 

North West

 

191NW.34

 

Club Ramhaiocht Tullachain

 

Cruinniú na mBád Regatta &Feile na Mara festival

 

60

 

2,802

 

4,670

 

North West

 

191NW.35

 

West Sligo Family Resource Centre CLG

 

Relocation/New Premises for West Sligo Family Resource Centre

 

80

 

23,792

 

29,740

 

North West

 

191NW.41

 

Gesala Community Council & Development Ltd

 

Gesala Community Gym

 

80

 

15,160

 

18,950

 

North West

 

191NW.42

 

Gesala Community Council & Development Ltd

 

Gesala Community Gym - Swim & Rehabilitation Pool

 

50

 

26,958

 

53,915

 

North West

 

191NW.46

 

River Moy Search & Rescue Ballina CLG

 

Removal of litter from the River Moy catchment area

 

80

 

1,818

 

2,273

 

North West

 

191NW.47

 

EcoPowa Limited

 

Ecomova Training

 

50

 

15,298

 

30,595

 
                           
               

42

 

336,024

 

589,471

 
                           

FLAG

 

Project Ref No.

 

Applicant

 

Project Title

 

Support Rate

 

Grant Aid

 

Total Investment

 

South

 

191S.4

 

Shearwater Wildlife Tours

 

Promotion of Development of Business

 

50

 

4,139

 

8,278

 

South

 

191S.5

 

Duncan Harper

 

Training Application

 

50

 

7,303

 

14,605

 

South

 

191S.10

 

Port Authority Cork County Council

 

Provision of insulated Fish Boxes fior Local Fishermen (Kinsale Harbour)

 

100

 

4,950

 

4,950

 

South

 

191S.3

 

Port Authority Cork County Council

 

Union Hall Net Project (preparation of retired nets for recycling)

 

100

 

3,400

 

3,400

 

South

 

191S.14

 

Schull Regatta Committee Limited

 

Schull Regatta

 

80

 

2,000

 

2,500

 

South

 

191S.11

 

Glounthaune Tidy Towns

 

Harpers Island Wetland Centre Promotional Video

 

80

 

3,280

 

4,100

 

South

 

191S.8

 

Allihies Men's Shed

 

Restoration of a traditional fishing boat

 

80

 

4,034

 

5,043

 

South

 

191S.16

 

Lawrence Cover Marina Limited

 

Marina Expansion and Wheelchair Access

 

50

 

40,750

 

81,500

 

South

 

191S.15

 

Ellen Hutchins Festival

 

Ellen Hutchins Festival

 

80

 

2,000

 

2,500

 

South

 

191S.19

 

Ring Rowing Club

 

Rowing machine monitor replacement and bikes

 

80

 

3,221

 

4,026

 

South

 

191S.18

 

Ellen Hutchins Festival

 

Ellen Hutchins Heritage Trail Enhancements Project

 

80

 

7,276

 

9,095

 

South

 

191S.32

 

Sheepshead Sea Scouts

 

Kayak Training -Proficiency Level 1,2 & 3, Instructor Training 1, 2 & 3

 

80

 

6,864

 

8,580

 

South

 

191S.24

 

Courtmacsherry Sea Feast Festival

 

Courtmacsherry Seafood Feast

 

80

 

1,600

 

2,000

 

South

 

191S.29

 

Courtmacsherry Rowing Club

 

Maximising the participation of the community and tourists

 

50

 

4,155

 

8,310

 

South

 

191S.30

 

Wild Atlantic Luxury Tours

 

Wild Atlantic Luxury Tours

 

40

 

1,322

 

3,306

 

South

 

191S.26

 

Bere Island Projects Group

 

Lonehort Battery Festival

 

50

 

1,000

 

2,000

 

South

 

191S.27

 

John Knowles

 

Training Application

 

50

 

2,175

 

4,350

 

South

 

191S.25

 

Union Hall Smoked Fish

 

Upgrade of premises to facilitate growing demand for Union Hall Products

 

50

 

53,000

 

106,000

 

South

 

191S.31

 

Colaiste Pobail Chleire

 

Turais Báid Faire Mara Chléire

 

80

 

2,080

 

2,600

 

South

 

191S.22

 

East Cork Biodiversity Networking Programme

 

Coastal Habitats and walkways

 

80

 

27,966

 

34,946

 

South

 

191S.23

 

Comharchumann Chléire Teo

 

Tiling of Mariners facility

 

80

 

5,236

 

6,545

 

South

 

191S.28

 

Eyeries Community Development Assoc Ltd

 

Eyeries Meeting Rooms

 

80

 

65,142

 

81,428

 

South

 

191S.34

 

Comharchumann Chléire Teo

 

Finneoga nua don Lathair Oidhreachta

 

80

 

1,440

 

1,800

 

South

 

191S.35

 

Catch of the Day

 

Catch of the Day (Equipment)

 

50

 

35,058

 

70,115

 

South

 

191S.37

 

Funkytown Adventure Centre

 

Expansion of Funkytown Equipment

 

50

 

5,313

 

10,626

 

South

 

191S.43

 

Comhar na nOileán CTR

 

Oileánaigh faoi sheol

 

80

 

6,000

 

7,500

 

South

 

191S.44

 

Michael Barrett

 

Mobile Food Trailer

 

80

 

16,000

 

20,000

 

South

 

191S.45

 

Goleen Harbour Limited

 

Mizen Adventures Kayaking

 

50

 

5,542

 

11,083

 

South

 

191S.49

 

Paulona Limited

 

Added Value seafood processing and sales

 

50

 

15,025

 

30,050

 
                           
                           
               

29

 

337,270

 

551,236

 
                           
                           

FLAG

 

Project Ref No.

 

Applicant

 

Project Title

 

Support Rate

 

Grant Aid

 

Total Investment

 

South East

 

191SE.1

 

Ballyhack Smokehouse Ltd

 

Expansion/Upgrade of fish smoking premises

 

50

 

99,800

 

199,600

 

South East

 

191SE.4

 

Taste Wexford

 

Taste Wexford & Rocking Food Festival

 

80

 

1,500

 

1,875

 

South East

 

191SE.8

 

Southend Family Resource Centre/Southend Community Development Group

 

The Rocks Maritime Park

 

80

 

47,412

 

59,265

 

South East

 

191SE.6

 

Hook Rural Tourism CLG

 

Hike to the Hook

 

80

 

2,000

 

2,500

 

South East

 

191SE.40

 

Hook Rural Tourism CLG

 

Rebrand of Hook Tourism

 

80

 

10,869

 

13,586

 

South East

 

191SE.9

 

Arklow Sea Scouts

 

Safeguarding Equipment

 

80

 

17,462

 

21,827

 

South East

 

191SE.5

 

Waterford Marine Search and Rescue

 

New Boats, Engines and trailers for Body Recovery and Flood rescue

 

80

 

26,724

 

33,405

 

South East

 

191SE.2

 

Ramsgrange Men's Shed

 

Ramsgrange Men's Shed Woodwork project  enhancement

 

80

 

3,884

 

4,855

 

South East

 

191SE.10

 

Tintern Trails Committee

 

To Develop Tintern's identity

 

80

 

6,270

 

7,838

 

South East

 

191SE.12

 

Wexford County Council (acting on behalf of the Bridgetown Community)

 

Bridgetown Recreation Park

 

50

 

50,000

 

100,000

 

South East

 

191SE.11

 

Robert Doyle

 

Waterford Estuary Heritage Boat Tours Study

 

50

 

3,389

 

6,778

 

South East

 

191SE.19

 

Duncannon Village Renewal

 

An Oral History of the Commercial Fishing Industry in the South East

 

80

 

6,922

 

8,653

 

South East

 

191SE.20

 

Jack Nolan

 

Feasibility Study on providing farm accommodations

 

40

 

1,800

 

4,500

 

South East

 

191SE.15

 

Duncannon Village Renewal

 

Recycled plastic planters for Duncannon

 

80

 

2,501

 

3,127

 

South East

 

191SE.13

 

Kilrane Rosslare Harbour Men's Shed

 

Provision of seating for picnic area

 

80

 

2,280

 

2,850

 

South East

 

191SE.23

 

Fethard Community Development Association

 

Develop Fethard Castle Grounds for the Community

 

80

 

22,809

 

28,511

 

South East

 

191SE.24

 

Hook Heritage CLG

 

Hook Lighthouse Eco Awareness learning and Discovery Education Station

 

80

 

48,800

 

61,000

 

South East

 

191SE.22

 

BG Café

 

Bunmahon Coastal Tourism Development

 

40

 

5,373

 

13,432

 

South East

 

191SE.21

 

New Ross Sea Scouts

 

Accessing the River Barrow

 

80

 

8,442

 

10,553

 

South East

 

191SE.14

 

Kilmore Quay Craft Group

 

Kilmore Quay Public Art Project

 

80

 

31,754

 

39,692

 

South East

 

191SE.18

 

West Waterford Festival of Food

 

Festival

 

80

 

1,500

 

1,875

 

South East

 

191SE.16

 

Barntown Heritage Group

 

Three Rocks Trail

 

80

 

18,554

 

23,192

 

South East

 

191SE.30

 

Waterford City & County Council

 

Tramore Nature Corridor Ecological Impact Assessment & Landscape Management Plan

 

70

 

3,121

 

4,459

 

South East

 

191SE.29

 

Waterford City & County Council

 

Creaden Head Archaeological Forward Strategy

 

70

 

3,500

 

5,000

 

South East

 

191SE.28

 

Waterford City & County Council

 

Recreation Heritage and Tourism Product Identification Study for Waterford Copper Coast

 

70

 

6,888

 

9,840

 

South East

 

191SE.27

 

Greystones Sailing Club

 

Wayfarer World International Championships 2019

 

50

 

12,000

 

24,000

 

South East

 

191SE.3

 

Waterford Estuary Men's Shed

 

to provide much need space for materials storage and improve kitchen facilities for a growing membership

 

80

 

0

 

0

 

South East

 

191SE.26

 

Wicklow County Council

 

The Great Banks Oyster Reef Restoration

 

70

 

20,000

 

28,571

 

South East

 

191SE.34

 

Vartry Rowing Club Wicklow

 

New set of Robust and Sturdy Carbon Fibre Oars

 

80

 

3,008

 

3,760

 

South East

 

191SE.31

 

Greystones Harbour Sea Scouts

 

Capacity Building 2018

 

80

 

13,714

 

17,143

 

South East

 

191SE.32

 

Our Lady's Island

 

Phase 1: Developing the community centre and grounds so that it can install an Environment and Heritage marine exhibition

 

80

 

27,971

 

34,964

 

South East

 

191SE.33

 

James Chapman

 

Tidal current mapping study

 

50

 

4,061

 

8,122

 

South East

 

191SE.36

 

Kilmore Quay Community Development Association Ltd

 

Tourism Promotion

 

80

 

59,838

 

74,797

 

South East

 

191SE.37

 

Declan Bates

 

Marine tourism vessel engine upgrade

 

50

 

12,200

 

24,400

 

South East

 

191SE.38

 

Caitlin Ni hAodha

 

Fish retail premises

 

50

 

100,000

 

200,000

 

South East

 

191SE.39

 

Hooks and Crookes

 

Festival

 

80

 

2,000

 

2,500

 

South East

 

191SE.41

 

Barony of Gaultier Historical Society

 

A book on the history of the Maritime Barony of Gaultier

 

80

 

8,453

 

10,566

 

South East

 

191SE.42

 

Barony of Gaultier Historical Society

 

Restoration of LOP 17

 

80

 

5,058

 

6,323

 

South East

 

191SE.44

 

Dunmore East Fisherman's Hall

 

Refurbishment

 

80

 

24,990

 

31,238

 

South East

 

191SE.43

 

Aurora Seafoods Ltd

 

Lifting Crane solution to enhance quality and working conditions

 

50

 

6,975

 

13,950

 

South East

 

191SE.47

 

New Ross Boat Club

 

New Training Room/event base/first aid station

 

80

 

19,908

 

24,885

 

South East

 

191SE.48

 

L.A.S.T

 

L.A.S.T Support

 

80

 

4,087

 

5,109

 
                           
               

41

 

757,817

 

1,178,540

 
                           
                           

FLAG

 

Project Ref No.

 

Applicant

 

Project Title

 

Support Rate

 

Grant Aid

 

Total Investment

 

North 

 

191N.3

 

Arranmore Festival Committee

 

Arranmore Challenge

 

80

 

1,000

 

1,250

 

North

 

191N.4

 

Burtonport Festival

 

Festival

 

80

 

1,000

 

1,250

 

North

 

191N.1

 

Tír Boghaine Teo

 

Tír  Boghaine Community Garden

 

80

 

4,922

 

6,152

 

North

 

191N.5

 

South of the Boarder Festival

 

South of the Boarder Festival

 

80

 

1,000

 

1,250

 

North

 

1891N.9

 

Muintearas Teo

 

Writing a module 'special needs in Irish'

 

80

 

4,560

 

5,700

 

North

 

191N.8

 

Summer Lights Festival

 

Summer Lights Festival

 

80

 

1,000

 

1,250

 

North

 

191N.10

 

A Taste of Donegal Festival

 

A Taste of Donegal Food Festival CLG

 

80

 

1,000

 

1,250

 

North

 

191N.6

 

Johnny Doherty Irish Traditional Music and Dance Festival

 

Johnny Doherty Irish Traditional Music and Dance Festival

 

80

 

1,000

 

1,250

 

North

 

191N.7

 

Wild Atlantic Festival

 

Wild Atlantic Festival

 

80

 

1,000

 

1,250

 

North

 

191N.11

 

Loughros Point Rowing Club

 

Development of a Pontoon at St John's Pier Ardara

 

80

 

32,800

 

41,000

 

North

 

191N.12

 

Coiste Forbartha Ghabhla

 

Feile Ghabhla 2019

 

80

 

1,000

 

1,250

 

North

 

191N.13

 

Seabound Engineering Limited

 

Upgrade of Engineering equipment

 

50

 

21,576

 

43,152

 

North

 

191N.14

 

Inishowen Maritime Heritage Co

 

Fishing Boat restoration project

 

80

 

12,380

 

15,475

 

North

 

191N.17

 

Scoil Mhuire Buncrana

 

Scoil Mhuire Sailing Club

 

50

 

9,075

 

18,150

 

North

 

191N.18

 

Inish Adventures

 

Lough Foyle Marine Tourism Development Plan

 

50

 

27,827

 

55,654

 

North

 

191N.19

 

Fort Dunree Military Museum Ltd

 

Continuation of Fort Dunree Water Sports Project

 

80

 

19,892

 

24,865

 

North

 

191N.21

 

Greencastle EMS

 

Marine Electrical System Load Testing Facility

 

50

 

58,080

 

116,160

 

North

 

191N.23

 

Malin Head Fishermen's Co-op

 

Resin Floor

 

60

 

20,076

 

33,460

 

North

 

191N.38

 

Django Sur Lennon Festival Committee

 

Django Sur Lennon Festival

 

40

 

1,000

 

2,500

 

North

 

191N.39

 

Comharchumann Thorai Teo

 

Féile Soilse Thorai 2019

 

80

 

1,000

 

1,250

 

North

 

191N.40

 

Comharchumann Thorai Teo

 

New Library & Training Facility

 

80

 

3,718

 

4,647

 

North

 

191N.43

 

Donegal County Council

 

Greencastle Harbour Footbridge and Pathway

 

100

 

100,000

 

100,000

 

North

 

191N.45

 

Feile Roise Rua

 

Feile Roise Rua

 

80

 

1,000

 

1,250

 

North

 

191N.46

 

Dunfanaghy Food Festival

 

Festival

 

50

 

1,000

 

2,000

 

North

 

191N.47

 

Damien Coleman

 

Tory Island Celtic Festival

 

80

 

1,000

 

1,250

 

North

 

191N.32

 

Narin, Portnoon, Rosbeg Community Cooperative Society Ltd (to incorporate the 'Dolmen Community Fishery'

 

Feasibiity Study

 

80

 

8,000

 

10,000

 

North

 

191N.26

 

Nially Sweeney

 

Mobile Welding

 

50

 

9,200

 

18,400

 

North

 

191N.55

 

Keith Corcoran

 

Discovering Donegal's mysteries and legends

 

40

 

2,928

 

7,321

 

North

 

191N.37

 

Malin Head Community Association

 

Comfort upgrade to Main Hall of Malin Head Community Centre

 

80

 

3,763

 

4,704

 

North

 

191N.58

 

Michael Cavanagh Fishing Limited

 

Fishing Gear Storage Area

 

50

 

17,250

 

34,500

 

North

 

191N.59

 

Greencastle Gold Club

 

All Ireland Fisherman's Gold Championship

 

60

 

1,000

 

1,667

 

North

 

191N.33

 

Comharchumann Thorai Teo

 

Oiche Fhéile Eoin - Tory Island Seafood Festival 2019

 

80

 

1,000

 

1,250

 

North

 

191N.34

 

Comharchumann Thorai Teo

 

Benches and Bin

 

80

 

4,893

 

6,116

 

North

 

191N.35

 

Forbairt Dhúm Lúiche

 

Feile an Eragail

 

80

 

1,000

 

1,250

 

North

 

191N.49

 

Northwest Seaweed Bathhouse & Wellness Retreat

     

40

 

5,027

 

12,567

 

North

 

191N.15

 

Oranmore Country Fest

 

Festival

 

80

 

1,000

 

1,250

 

North

 

191N.16

 

Greencastle Regatta & Festival

 

Greencastle Regatta & Festival

 

80

 

1,000

 

1,250

 

North

 

191N.25

 

Údarás na Gaeltachta

 

Wheelchair Swing with Enclosure

 

100

 

20,898

 

20,898

 

North

 

191N.27

 

Údarás na Gaeltachta

 

Siteworks at Meevagh Boatyard

 

100

 

80,000

 

80,000

 

North

 

191N.31

 

Donegal County Council

 

Arranmore Accessible Public Conveniences

 

100

 

20,112

 

20,112

 

North

 

191N.50

 

Donegal Seaweed Limited

 

Production Business Development 

 

50

 

52,250

 

104,500

 

North

 

191N.51

 

18th Donegal Moville Port Sea Scouts

 

Equipment

 

80

 

3,908

 

4,885

 

North

 

191N.53

 

Seo Taímhaiochta Ghleann Cholm Cille

 

Seó Taimhaíochta Ghleanncholmcille Mir 2

 

40

 

1,000

 

2,500

 

North

 

191N.56

 

Lennon Festival

 

Lennon Festival

 

80

 

1,000

 

1,250

 

North

 

191N.61

 

Bia Mara an Atlantaigh Fhiáin Teo

 

Purchase of an automatic price labeller machine

 

50

 

17,278

 

34,556

 

North

 

191N.62

 

Cumann Staire & Seanchais na nOIleán

 

Blás Ghabhla (Taste of Gola Island)

 

80

 

1,000

 

1,250

 
                           
               

47

 

581,412

 

852,891

 
                           
                           
                           

FLAG

 

Project Ref No.

 

Applicant

 

Project Title

 

Support Rate

 

Grant Aid

 

Total Investment

 

West

 

191W.1

 

Loophead Tourism Ltd

 

Development of Tourism Products

 

80

 

3,920

 

4,900

 

West

 

191W.2

 

Misunderstood Heron

 

Food Truck Experience

 

50

 

14,805

 

29,610

 

West

 

191W.3

 

Connemara Mussel Festival

 

Festival

 

80

 

2,000

 

2,500

 

West

 

191W.8

 

Cuan Beo (A)

 

Implementing a holistic approach to sustainability in Galway Bay 2019

 

80

 

11,646

 

14,558

 

West

 

191W.8

 

Cuan Beo (b)

 

Community Education Programme

 

80

 

20,101

 

25,126

 

West

 

191W.7

 

Abalone Chonamara Teo

 

Abalone Farm Visitor Centre

 

50

 

12,700

 

25,400

 

West

 

191W.5

 

Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

 

Recording and Studying the population of Shannon Dolphins

 

80

 

20,800

 

26,000

 

West

 

191W.11

 

Clare County Council

 

New Quay Pier Car Park Upgrade

 

60

 

45,336

 

75,560

 

West

 

191W.6

 

Comharchumann Sliogéisc Chonamara Teo

 

Plean forbartha agus margaochta a chur chun cinn

 

60

 

6,780

 

11,300

 

West

 

191W.12

 

Killary Fjord Shellfish Limited

 

Boathouse upgrading for tourism

 

50

 

26,777

 

53,555

 

West

 

191W.10

 

Comharchumann Mhic Dara Scuba

 

Scuba Scoil tumadoireachta/Snorkaila

 

80

 

3,716

 

4,645

 

West

 

191W.13

 

Port of Galway Sea Scounts (24th Galway)

 

Marine Equipment and Boat Storage Facility

 

80

 

38,679

 

45,349

 

West

 

191W.14

 

Galway Hooker 2020

 

The restoration of the 'Loveen'

 

80

 

24,616

 

30,770

 

West

 

191W.17

 

Kylemore Abbey Music School

 

Music Project, equipment

 

80

 

12,019

 

15,025

 

West

 

191W.28

 

Údarás na Gaeltachta

 

Tourism and Heritage Amenity Signage, Local Brochure & Map and Food Trail Information Leaflet

 

80

 

18,059

 

22,573

 

West

 

191W.29

 

A K Lien Company Limited

 

Salmon Wake

 

80

 

19,642

 

24,552

 

West

 

191W.27

 

Slow Food Clare

 

Burren Slow Food Festival 2019

 

80

 

2,400

 

3,000

 

West

 

191W.26

 

Burren Smokehouse

 

Heritage Centre - The Story of Irish Salmon

 

50

 

3,075

 

6,150

 

West

 

191W.24

 

Blath na Mara Teo

 

Establishing Company Brand, retail product development and refining wholesale production

 

50

 

9,500

 

19,000

 

West

 

191W.23

 

Comhar Caomhán Teo

 

Cumann Iascairi Inis Oírr - Seomra Reoiteáin agud aonaid ghaolmhara (Freezer Room and Refrigeration Unit

 

80

 

7,800

 

9,750

 

West

 

191W.19

 

Rynvyle House Hotel

 

Wild Atlantic Way Fishing Academy

 

50

 

13,203

 

26,405

 

West

 

191W.33

 

Shellfish Breeding Technologies

 

Oyster Processing Equipment

 

50

 

10,700

 

21,400

 

West

 

191W.32

 

Iasc Inis Óirr

 

Equipment for Small Scale Fish Processing Plant

 

80

 

3,331

 

4,164

 

West

 

191W.30

 

Cumann Húicéiri na Gaillimhe

 

National Traditional Maritime Centre - research and development strategy

 

80

 

19,999

 

24,999

 

West

 

191W.21

 

Dúchas na Sionne

 

The Shannon Wetlands Restoration Project

 

80

 

22,208

 

27,760

 

West

 

191W.20

 

Cumann Forbartha Chois Fharraige

 

Lóchrann Chonamara 2019

 

80

 

2,424

 

3,030

 

West

 

191W.18

 

Galway City Sailing Club

 

10 x Topaz Dinghies for Youth Training, Adult Sailing and Schools Team Racing

 

80

 

31,160

 

38,950

 

West

 

191W.22

 

Forbairt Chonamara Láir Teo

 

Bád Sábhailte, Inneall agus leantóir comh mhaith Seáicéidí Sábhailte

 

80

 

6,015

 

7,519

 

West

 

191W.37

 

Irelands Westcoast Seaweeds Limited T/A Island Seaweed

 

Island Seaweed

 

50

 

67,413

 

134,826

 

West

 

191W.36

 

Coiste Cultúir agus Oidhreachta

 

Comhartha eolais faoi Theampall Bharr an Doire

 

80

 

1,200

 

1,500

 

West

 

191W.35

 

Bia Farraighe

 

Purchase of nacho making machine

 

60

 

29,117

 

48,529

 

West

 

191W.34

 

Comharchumann Forbartha Árann

 

Amharclann Árann / Aran Islands Theatre

 

80

 

34,640

 

43,301

 

West

 

191W.25

 

Eoghan O Giobhún

 

National Rigging Certificate

 

50

 

400

 

800

 

West

 

191W.40

 

Bia BoFinne

 

Food Festival

 

80

 

2,532

 

3,165

 

West

 

191W.38

 

Killary Adventure Co.

 

Adventure Centre - Meeting expectations

 

50

 

51,816

 

103,632

 

West

 

191W.41

 

Galvin Fishing

 

Storage Facility for Fishing Gear and Bait

 

50

 

16,713

 

33,426

 

West

 

191W.42

 

Ballyconneely Charity Swim

 

Day Event

 

50

 

1,050

 

2,100

 

West

 

191W.43

 

The InishLyon Project

 

Connemara Caledonia Connect

 

80

 

6,472

 

8,090

 

West

 

191W.46

 

Club Leabhar Chois Fharraige

 

Féile Leabhar Chóis Fharraige

 

80

 

1,000

 

1,350

 

West

 

191W.45

 

Údarás na Gaeltachta

 

Gaeltacht Chonamara Theas

 

80

 

5,690

 

7,113

 

West

 

191W.47

 

Cruinniú na mBád

 

Cruinniú na mBád (Féile)

 

80

 

3,080

 

3,851

 

West

 

191W.52

 

Clare County Council

 

Querrin Pier Car Park & Adjoining areas upgrade

 

60

 

15,000

 

25,000

 

West

 

191W.53

 

Noel Linnane

 

Engine for currach to tow seaweed

 

50

 

1,988

 

3,976

 

West

 

191W.50

 

Connemara Smokehouse

 

Resurfacing and enhancing the car park/visitor entrance area

 

50

 

15,379

 

30,759

 

West

 

191W.64

 

Loophead Tourism Ltd

 

Mid-Summer Festival Nature & Heritage on the Loop Head Peninsula

 

80

 

1,818

 

2,272

 

West

 

191W.63

 

Saunamara

 

Saunamara

 

50

 

4,481

 

8,961

 

West

 

191W.54

 

Scattery Island Tours

 

Marketing Campaign

 

50

 

4,516

 

9,032

 

West

 

191W.65

 

Connemara Oyster Festival Limited

 

Connemara  Oyster Festival

 

50

 

2,625

 

5,250

 

West

 

191W.55

 

Cleggan Tidy Towns Committee

 

Signage for Cleggan Village

 

80

 

8,147

 

10,184

 

West

 

191W.72

 

Chearta Feamainne Cladaigh Conamara

 

Tionai Feaminne Án Larthair

 

80

 

1,033

 

1,291

 

West

 

191W.71

 

Clarinbridge Oyster Festival Limited

 

Festival

 

80

 

2,689

 

3,361

 

West

 

191W.70

 

Coiste Feile Joe Éinniú

 

Feile Joe ÉINNIÚ

 

80

 

960

 

1,200

 

West

 

191W.69

 

Coiste Feile Mhic Dara

 

Feile Mhic Dara 2019

 

80

 

2,504

 

3,130

 

West

 

191W.68

 

Kinvara Area Visual Arts

 

Refurbishment of old court house as a community space

 

80

 

8,904

 

11,130

 

West

 

191W.59

 

Galway Bay Seafoods Limited

 

Galway Bay Seafood & Fishing Maritime Hub

 

50

 

22,872

 

45,745

 

West

 

191W.60

 

Badíóiri an Cladaig Teo

 

Claddagh Traditional Boat Festival 2019

 

69

 

2,500

 

3,626

 

West

 

191W.61

 

The Big Picture

 

The Big Picture

 

50

 

1,935

 

3,870

 

West

 

191W.58

 

Nolan Family Clams

 

Construction of store room and packing shed

 

50

 

8,286

 

16,571

 

West

 

191W.57

 

Údarás na Gaeltachta

 

Comharthaíoch a chúir in airde ar 12 gcé I gConamara

 

80

 

13,234

 

16,543

 

West

 

191W.56

 

Coiste Feile Traidphicnic

 

Feile

 

58

 

2,500

 

4,500

 

West

 

191W.73

 

Sea Fever Productions

 

DEEP ATLANTIC II

 

50

 

51,450

 

102,900

 

West

 

191W.74

 

Coiste Pobail Charna /Spaisteóirí Charna

 

Guide to walks in Carna

 

80

 

1,408

 

1,760

 
                           
               

62

 

808,764

 

1,306,294

 
                           
                           

FLAG

 

Project Ref No.

 

Applicant

 

Project Title

 

Support Rate

 

Grant Aid

 

Total Investment

 

South West

 

191SW.1

 

Michael & Tracey Sheehy

 

Improving Fish Quality & Access to Market

 

50

 

2,012

 

4,024

 

South West

 

191SW.2

 

Skellig Michael Cruises

 

Eco Wild Life Boat Tours to see Puffin Island, Kerry Cliffs and Trans Atlantic Cable

 

50

 

4,505

 

9,010

 

South West

 

191SW.3

 

Alan Browne

 

Teleporter Renewal

 

50

 

35,000

     

South West

 

191SW.4

 

Irish Coastal Rowing Federation

 

All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships 2019

 

80

 

9,600

 

12,000

 

South West

 

191SW.5

 

Asdee Community Development Association

 

Development of socio econmic plan by Asdee Community Development Associatioin

 

80

 

12,360

 

15,450

 

South West

 

191SW.7

 

Atlantic Irish Seaweed

 

Seaweed Knife & Spoon Handle Project

 

50

 

340

 

680

 

South West

 

191SW.9

 

Portmagee Seafoods Limited

 

Lobster Holding Facility

 

50

 

21,889

 

43,778

 

South West

 

191SW.8

 

Thomas Griffin

 

Further investment in bait handling and storage equipment for supply of collective inshore fishing vessels

 

80

 

8,134

 

10,167

 

South West

 

191SW.10

 

Cromane Community Council

 

Cromane Socio Economic Plan Development

 

80

 

13,340

 

16,675

 

South West

 

191SW.11

 

Wild Water Adventures

 

Kayak Tours and Provision of Training Courses

 

50

 

12,927

 

25,855

 

South West

 

191SW.12

 

Liam O'Connor

 

To provide Independent Light/power to work place

 

50

 

550

 

1,100

 

South West

 

191SW.13

 

Glin Development Association

 

The Oyster Path

 

80

 

6,130

 

7,662

 

South West

 

191SW.14

 

Maharees Conservations Association GLG

 

Signage to raise the profile of the unique coastal biodiversity of the Maharees

 

80

 

3,357

 

3,357

 

South West

 

191SW.15

 

Kerry County Council

 

Kerry Environmental Expo

 

100

 

5,000

 

10,000

 

South West

 

191SW.16

 

Dingle Sea Safari Limited

 

Upgrading Equipment & Branding

 

50

 

2,500

 

5,000

 

South West

 

191SW.17

 

Tralee Oyster Fisheries Society Ltd

 

Purchase of equipment to enhance native flat oyster stocks through spat collection in Tralee Bay

 

60

 

40,500

 

67,500

 

South West

 

191SW.18

 

Fenit Development Association

 

Wild Mind

 

80

 

5,072

 

6,340

 
                           
               

17

 

183,216

 

238,597

 
                           
               

274

 

3,977,723

 

6,369,723

 
                           
                         
Published in Team Racing

Over 270 coastal projects have been awarded grants totalling four million euro in EU and State funds just five days before the European Parliament elections.

The grants to 274 projects across seven coastal regions were announced yesterday by Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Michael Creed, who said the initiative supported total investment of €6.4 million.

Almost 400 applications were made for this year’s scheme, co-financed by the EU’s Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and the Government.

The EMFF has a budget of 12 million euro over six years for projects which would encourage fishing communities hit by quota restrictions and other challenges to diversify.

Applications are assessed by seven regional fisheries local action group boards (FLAGs) and forwarded to Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM).

Many of the projects had been signed off by FLAG boards from mid-March, but a spokesman for Mr Creed denied earlier this month that the final announcement was being delayed to time in with the European election campaign.

Members of several FLAGS had said that there was considerable frustration over a “long wait”, and a belief that this was influenced by the European election date of May 24th.

A total of 3,977, 723 euro has been awarded to 47 FLAG-approved projects in the north region, 42 in the north-west, 36 in the north-east, 62 in the west region, 41 in the south-east, 29 in the south, and 17 in the south-west.

“Ireland’s seven FLAGs are providing a wonderful source of investment for local seafood and marine projects in our coastal communities,” Mr Creed said yesterday in a statement.

“Over 800 projects in seven coastal regions have benefitted from EMFF funding since the present FLAG scheme was launched in 2017,” he said, adding that the “high number of successful projects funded this year reflects both the quality ... and the hard work of the local communities through the seven FLAG Boards.”

Published in Coastal Notes

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has called on all political parties to unite behind a series of broad principles designed to protect our fishing industry, coastal communities and islands.

The Ireland South MEP, who sits on the EU Fisheries Committee, made the call at the launch of a fisheries rights charter in Castletownbere today, with local councillor Paul Hayes.

“This document, which sets out 24 key points of action, is the work of numerous consultations within the fishing industry, with NGOs and with coastal communities,” she said.

“The guiding principles it contains are driven by the people who know this industry and these areas best, those who live and work in them. Nobody has more incentive to ensure that our oceans are managed ethically and sustainably than those whose lives and livelihoods rely on them.

“Therefore I would hope that all political parties can get behind these principles and bear them in mind when it comes to dealing with our oceans, whether in negotiations in Brussels or debates in the Dáil.

“The Irish fishing industry and the coastal communities that it sustains have been badly let down by successive Irish Governments and by the European Union. What could and should have been a vibrant and sustainable driver of growth in our national economy has been held back by bad policy and political neglect.

“There is no overnight solution to the catalogue of wrongs done to fishermen and fishing communities, however I believe the first step in setting things to right is for policymakers to show respect to those involved in the industry and to our coastal and island communities, by listening to what they have to say.

“Whether they are from the islands, Castletownbere, Dingle, Kilmore Quay, Rossaveal, Killybegs, Howth, Ard Glass,Kilkeel or Portavogie, Sinn Féin wants to work with all fishers to promote our fishing sector in a fair and equitable manner.

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“I would encourage everybody, particularly those who it most effects, to read this charter and to contact your local councillors, TDs, MLAs and MEPs and urge them to adopt these guiding principles for their own.”

Councillor Paul Hayes also endorsed the charter and called on the Government to do more to protect coastal communities.

“Castletownbere is not unique in feeling abandoned by the government,” he said.

“Coastal communities right around the country are all telling us the same story; that the only time the government pays any attention to our oceans is when they are selling them off.

“Ireland needs a dedicated Minister for the Marine, someone whose sole responsibility will be to protecting, promoting and sustaining our coastal economies and communities.”

Published in Island News
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#Fishing - Marine Minister Michael Creed has announced €12 million funding under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme for seven Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) to fund local development initiatives in Ireland’s coastal communities.

The seven new groups – South West (Kerry), West (Galway, Clare), Northwest (Mayo, Sligo), North (Donegal), South (Cork), Northeast (Louth, Meath, Dublin) and Southeast (Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford) – were selected as part of a competitive process under the community led local development element of the €240 million EMFF Operational Programme.

Each FLAG received a sum between €1.5 million and €1.98 million in funding that is 50% financed by the EU.

“This funding will be allocated by and to those communities by the seven FLAGs recently established,” said the minister. “The FLAGs are made up of local actors from the fisheries and aquaculture sectors and others with a strong interest in fostering the development of our coastal communities.

“The funding will be available to the FLAGs over the period 2017 to 2021 approximately and is an eight-fold increase on the €1.5m that was available under the previous FLAG scheme.”

Bord Iascaigh Mhara chief executive Tara McCarthy added: “As the State agency responsible for providing a range of administrative and technical supports to the FLAGs, we welcome the significant increase in funding for a programme that has already contributed €1.5 million in direct and indirect investment to our coastal communities.

“Each of the FLAG groups represents 7 coastal communities where the importance of the Irish Seafood Sector from our fishermen to seafood processors and retailers is paramount. This increase in funding will enable BIM to assist the FLAG groups to develop strategic plans that will enhance and in some cases diversify their existing marine related resource and enterprise.

“On behalf of BIM, I would like to thank all of the FLAG members for their dedication to this programme.”

FLAG Name Coastal areas of County EMFF Allocation
South West FLAG Kerry €1.53 m
West FLAG Galway, Clare €1.80 m
Northwest FLAG Mayo, Sligo €1.50 m
North FLAG Donegal €1.95 m
South FLAG Cork €1.98 m
Northeast FLAG Louth, Meath, Dublin €1.56 m
Southeast FLAG Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford €1.68 m
  TOTAL €12 m
Published in Fishing

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD met representatives of the seven new Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) at the National Seafood Centre in Clonakilty today. €12m is available to the FLAGS under Ireland’s Operational Programme for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). Each FLAG will now receive technical support to prepare a Local Development Strategy, in consultation with local communities, setting out the FLAG priorities for development and support in their area.

Minister Creed said, “I am pleased to announce the commencement of this Community-Led Local Development Process. Job creation and Rural Development are key priorities for this Government. The success of the FLAGs under the previous Programme shows that Fisheries and Aquaculture communities can identify priorities to target investment best suited to their area’s needs and I am enthusiastic about the opportunities which will emerge from these 7 new
FLAGs .”

Commenting on the success of the programme to date, Tara McCarthy, CEO, Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency said, ‘Over the period 2012-2015, more than 180 projects were awarded grants of just under €1m. This initial funding has supported a wide range of initiatives targeting job creation, social inclusion, tourism, community regeneration and market development around our coastline. This first phase of the FLAGS initiative has already resulted in 14 new businesses being created, 16 jobs being safeguarded and 27 new jobs being created’.

Co- funded by the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund and the Exchequer as part of Ireland’s €241m EMFF Operational Programme, the initiative is focused on community-led development to enhance the economic opportunities and social sustainability of Fisheries and Aquaculture dependent areas. The process will see consultation take place in each of the seven FLAG areas to contribute to a Local Development Strategy to support job creation, adding value, promoting innovation as well as enhancing environmental assets and promoting each area’s maritime cultural heritage.

Under the previous Seafood Development Programme which ran until 2015, FLAGs were established for the first time in 2012. Over 180 projects were awarded grants of just under €1m and saw a wide range of initiatives targeting job creation, social inclusion, tourism, regeneration and market development supported around the coastline.

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) is the implementation partner working directly with the FLAG groups to assist them to establish and develop their own Local Development Strategies. The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine oversees the programme and EMFF/Exchequer funding aspects.

Published in Fishing

#WEATHER - Ireland has been warned to brace for further strong winds set to sweep across the country today (4 January),

The Irish Times reports. Winds reaching near hurricane speeds have affected coastal communities in the north and northwest, peaking at a remarkable 168km/h in Donegal.

Thousands of euro worth of damage was caused when the roofs of traditional thatched cottages at Cruit Island in west Donegal were blown away.

But the west and east have also been hard hit, with storm-force gales exceeding 100km/h uprooting trees and disrupting electricity supply.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, ferry services on the east coast have been severely affected. Irish Ferries cancelled two fast ferries from Dublin to Holyhead yesterday, and today's early Jonathan Swift sailings between Dublin and Holyhead were also cancelled.

Met Éireann expects wind speeds to be lower today, but could still reach 90-120km/h in some areas.

The Irish Times has much more on the story HERE.

Published in Weather
Ireland’s unexplored 220-million-acre marine environment will be revealed in a landmark new TV series which began last week.
As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Farraigí na hÉireann (Seas of Ireland) is a new six-part Irish-language series on Ireland's marine wildlife, which aired its first episode on TG4 last Tuesday 20 September.
Irish Film and Television News interviewed series co-creator Ken O'Sullivan about the unique series, which is the first of its kind in Ireland in unlocking the secrets of the abundant wildlife in the seas around our coast.
“We tried to combine coastal heritage with wildlife,” said O'Sullivan on the intentions behind the series. “We want to show how ancient coastal communities connected with wildlife.
"As filmmakers, our approach is that we try not to use science as the beginning and end of the story. We like to look at people’s connection with these natural worlds.”
As such, the series does not have a presenter, but its story is told through its contributors.
“We have passionate marine biologists and we have small fishermen, from places like the Aran Islands and Kerry, reflecting about their time at sea and how they relate to the sea, to try and convey the story.
"Hopefully, all these contributors bring a narrative to the unique underwater photography.”
And it's this underwater imagery that's surely the star of the show. As much as 70% of the series was filmed under the surface over the course of a year in locations around the country, using cameras in a special water-tight housing.
Deep water footage was also captured by high-definition cameras on an unmanned submarine, giving us the best ever view of life in the depths.
Farraigí na hÉireann can be seen Tuesdays at 8pm on TG4, with repeats on Sundays at 9pm.

Ireland’s unexplored 220-million-acre marine environment will be revealed in a landmark new TV series which began last week.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Farraigí na hÉireann (Seas of Ireland) is a new six-part Irish-language series on Ireland's marine wildlife, which aired its first episode on TG4 last Tuesday 20 September. 

Irish Film and Television News interviewed series co-creator Ken O'Sullivan about the unique series, which is the first of its kind in Ireland in unlocking the secrets of the abundant wildlife in the seas around our coast.

“We tried to combine coastal heritage with wildlife,” said O'Sullivan on the intentions behind the series. “We want to show how ancient coastal communities connected with wildlife. 

"As filmmakers, our approach is that we try not to use science as the beginning and end of the story. We like to look at people’s connection with these natural worlds.”

As such, the series does not have a presenter, but its story is told through its contributors.

“We have passionate marine biologists and we have small fishermen, from places like the Aran Islands and Kerry, reflecting about their time at sea and how they relate to the sea, to try and convey the story.

"Hopefully, all these contributors bring a narrative to the unique underwater photography.”

And it's this underwater imagery that's surely the star of the show. As much as 70% of the series was filmed under the surface over the course of a year in locations around the country, using cameras in a special water-tight housing. 

Deep water footage was also captured by high-definition cameras on an unmanned submarine, giving us the best ever view of life in the depths.

Farraigí na hÉireann can be seen Tuesdays at 8pm on TG4, with repeats on Sundays at 9pm.

Published in Maritime TV
To further assist the development of the marine sector, responsibility for maritime policy will, as far as is practicable, be concentrated in one department. That's according to the Labour Party 2011 General Election manifesto and it's the clearest indication yet from any political party that the Department of the Marine could be reinstated.

Fine Gael has told Afloat.ie details of its marine policy will be published in its manifesto tomorrow. If that's the case things are looking up for anyone interested in seeing Ireland develop the valuable waters that surround it.

After searching for references to 'sea', 'marine' or 'maritime' only the Labour party has so far made the only significant written commitment to the marine sector in its programme for government. Its manifesto acknowledges that Coastal Communities, Fisheries and the Marine face major challenges in the years ahead, but it is also an area of major economic potential.

Fianna Fail merely says on page 21 of its manifesto that it will ensure that 'an inter-departmental strategy is in place to improve the leisure potential of our harbours and increase marine tourism'.

The Green Party 'Renewing Ireland' document says it will promote the creation of marinas and youth and child friendly water sports to encourage activity and awareness of our maritime country. It also says Ireland will participates in the North Seas Offshore Grid Plan.

There is no reference to the marine in the Sinn Fein 'There is a Better Way' manifesto.

Four party manifestos are available to download below.

Labour's priority will be to develop Ireland as a European hub for seafood processing, which will create sustainable, value-added jobs in coastal communities.

Labour will also develop an Irish seafood strategy to grow the market profile and demand for Irish seafood products. We will support the development of sustainable aquaculture and fish farms by streamlining the licensing process and reducing, as much as possible, the associated bureaucracy. To further assist the development of the sector, responsibility for maritime policy will, as far as is practicable, be concentrated in one department.

Labour will establish a Sea Fisheries Sustainability Impact Assessment based on consultation with all major stakeholders. This report will be brought before the Dáil on an annual basis before EU fisheries negotiations commence, and will ensure that there is a regular evaluation of Irish fish stocks and the effectiveness of current policy and quotas.

Labour is open to the experience and expertise of those whose livelihoods depend on maritime activity. The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food will engage in an ongoing structured consultation with industry representatives, the marine scientific community and other stakeholders to enable them to contribute to national maritime policy.

Finally, safety at sea and decent working conditions must underpin the development of the fisheries sector. Labour in government will ensure that the Irish Coast Guard has access to an Emergency Towing Vessel.

Dun Laoghaire People before Profit candidate Richard Boyd Barrett who has campaigned under a 'Save our Seafront' banner in the last council elections, is holding a meeting tomorrow night in Dun Laoghaire, the country's largest boating centre to protest against the possible 'privatisation' of the town's harbour.

We're tracking the progress of maritime affairs in the general election and posting details on afloat.ie. Whether you're a candidate or a vote please get in touch with your #ge11 marine news. Contact us via facebook, twitter or our website.

Published in News Update

Mr. Sean Connick, T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food welcomed the agreement reached after two days of talks in Brussels on 2011 quotas for the Irish fishing fleet.

The final agreement will deliver whitefish quotas worth some €116 million, including the protection of Ireland's €54 million prawn fishery. There will be a 10% increase in quota for Ireland's €75 million mackerel industry and a two thirds share, worth approximately €4 million, for Irish fishermen of the new boarfish industry.

Speaking at the end of the negotiations in the early hours of Wednesday (16 December), the Minister said

"The negotiations have been particularly challenging this year with the European Commission proposing cuts across many stocks of commercial importance for Ireland. Consulting with our fishing industry and NGOs, working with other Member States and concentrating on the scientific evidence, was, I believe key to securing a balanced sustainable package."

"This package will help underpin the economic future of our costal communities."

There will be 15% increase in haddock and whiting stocks in the Celtic Sea. While for the cod stocks off the North West and the Irish Sea, the quotas will be reduced by 25% in line with the Recovery Plan for these stocks. For Celtic Sea cod, the current quota level has been maintained for 2011 on the basis of new survey results from the State's Research Vessel "Celtic Explorer".

Minister Connick commented "By introducing new information on Celtic Sea cod, I secured agreement that the current level of TAC will continue into 2011, and may be increased during the year if the new survey results are confirmed by the scientists. However, given the poor state of cod stocks off the North West and in the Irish Sea, cuts were necessary".

Commenting on the 3% reduction in the prawn quota, the Minister said "Prawns are a very important fishery all around our coast. It is the most valuable catch for the Irish whitefish fleet worth €54 million. While the Commission originally proposed a 17% cut, I secured just a 3% decrease in the quota on the basis of a strong scientific case."

The quota for mackerel will be increased by 10%, and should be worth up to €75m in 2011. This is the most important fishery for the North West fleet based in Killybegs and is also important for the South West multi purpose fleet, supporting processing jobs in the coastal communities.

There were also increases in the quota for Celtic Sea herring of 30%, although there were cuts in the North West stock reflecting concerns about the state of those stocks.

Finally, Ireland secured the largest share in an important new fishery for boarfish that will be worth just under €4 million in 2011. The Irish fishing industry has been working with the scientific community to develop a management plan for boarfish, a mid-water shoaling species, now found in large volumes off the South West coast. The agreement reached in Brussels provides for a total allowable catch of some 33,000 tonnes, with two thirds going to Ireland.

Minister Connick commented "In an example of a successful investment in scientific research by industry, we have opened up a new fishery and secured the major stake in that industry. This ensures a new revenue stream for Irish industry into the future. We believe we can now develop a significant and sustainable fishery on this stock, in which we will continue to hold the largest share".

Published in Fishing

The cost of upgrading fishing boats to comply with new regulations first mooted three years ago means some boats cannot put to sea again. It's a move that will cost hundreds of jobs to coastal communities says Tom MacSweeney

The nation may be reeling from the revelations about Anglo Irish Bank and AIB. The fishing industry is reeling from another shocker. While earlier this week it cranked up its PR machine in an attempt to convince the public it was going to create jobs, the reality is that this Friday, October 1, it wiped out at least 200 and the overall effects of what it has done may throw as many as 800 people out of work in coastal areas.

That is callous disregard for people and underlines the disinterest and disrespect which the Government has for the maritime sector.

These jobs are in the fishing industry and are being lost because of a decision by the Department of Transport that smaller fishing boats, ranging in size from 15 to 24 metres must conform to the same safety standards as bigger boats, those over 25 metres, even though they operate under different fishing methods.

There can be no argument against safety, but there should be moderate, reasonable implementation of regulations. To quote the Taoiseach in his own recent defence, "moderation in all things." There are 99 boats in the Irish fleet in the 15-24 metre category. These are, effectively, day boats which operate in inshore waters, close to land. The Department has decided to implement regulations requiring them to conform to the same standards as bigger vessels that operate farther out to sea for extended periods.

Of the 99 boats nationwide faced with the implementation of the new regulations, 39 have not applied for certification, apparently because owners could either not afford the costs of upgrading the boats to the higher standard or felt the vessels would not be able to meet those standards, irrespective of how much money was spent on them. Those 39 boats have to be tied up, unable to go fishing any longer, another blow to the Irish fishing fleet. Their owners and crews will face unemployment.

The total number of jobs lost nationally could be up to 800, according to fishing organisations, when those whose livelihoods ashore depend on the 200 direct fishing jobs are added.

The Department makes the point that it has been known for three years that these new regulations would be imposed and that there has been ample time for owners to upgrade. Fishing organisations asked the Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey, who also holds the brief of marine safety, to establish a separate category of safety requirements applying specifically to the smaller boats. Dempsey, who has not been a friend of the fishing industry, refused. So around 200 fishermen are out of work, directly due to a Government decision. It has not been explained why different regulations cannot be applied to different sizes of boats.

The sight of more Irish fishing boats tied to the quay wall, stopped by Irish Government regulations from working will not be pleasant.


• This article is reprinted by permission of the CORK EVENING ECHO in which Tom MacSweeney writes maritime columns twice weekly. Evening Echo website: www.eecho.ie

Published in Island Nation

The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.

Competitions

The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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