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In a report on the Marine Leisure Conference, which took place in New Ross in September, the event was received with a great response. The conference was part of the fifth annual Ireland Newfoundland Festival with over 60 participants and representations.

The conference included a wide selection of attendees to include tourist interests, Failte Ireland, Waterford Museum, Hook Tourism, Viking Longboat project, Hook Lighthouse,
JFK Trust; Duncannon Community Development and Duncannon Fort.

Marine representatives included the national Coastal & Marine Resource Centre, Kilmore Quay Harbour, Viking Long Boat project, Kilkenny River Cots project, the Rising Tide and Irish-Sea.Org INTERREG projects, South East Charters Sea Angling, Mermaid Angling, Irish South and East Fish Producers Organisation, Dunmore East and Kilmore Quay fishermen, Newfoundland fishermen.

In addition Wexford County Council, New Ross Town Council, Kilkenny Leader Partnership, County Wexford VEC participated.

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Keela Deegan and Jim Foley of Mermaid Angling take a excursion trip to Ballyhack

The morning commenced with introductions by Sean Reidy, JFK Trust followed by a formal welcome by the Chairman of New Ross Town Council, John Dwyer. Sean Connick, Minister of State, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry spoke of the opportunities for the region and specifically Waterford Estuary and the Barrow / Nore Rivers.

Niall Wall, Chairman of Ireland Newfoundland Connections outlined how the annual, alternating festival has developed to facilitate closer cooperation between the two countries and Dennis O'Keefe, Mayor of St. John's, Newfoundland talked of the common ancestry with almost 50% of the Newfoundland population able to trace their ancestry to South East Ireland.

Vicki O'Donnell of the Coastal & Marine Resource Centre in Cork then summarised Cork's Marine Leisure Strategy. She outlined the methods used to collect and present information. The Strategy recommended a partnership approach involving state, local authority, private and community investment.

 

 

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Walter Foley with the group on his charter boat including Stephen Kehoe (far left)

The following recommended actions are outlined and they include: clustering of development around primary, secondary and tertiary hubs; the establishment of a minimum set of standards for marine and coastal infrastructure; the use of a quality mark / brand / network to promote and draw the marine leisure sector; a coordinated programme of public and private investments; an informed review of the County Development Plan and Local Area Plans; the creation of an Information System to promote the Marine Leisure Sector; the inclusion of a category for marine infrastructure under the Development Contributions Scheme; Tax breaks; provision of managed holiday facilities; public access to the water; encouragement of activities to promote the extension of the tourism season.

A series of three workshops included presentations from Captain Phil Murphy, Kilmore Quay Harbour Office, chaired a session on Marine Leisure Infrastructure, Declan Rice, CEO, Kilkenny Leader Partnership, chaired another session on Community Heritage Interpretation and the final session on Marketing and Packaging was chaired by Tara Kerry from Fáilte Ireland. David Minogue, New Ross Town Council chaired the feedback session and closed the formal proceedings of the conference.

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Delegates: Dave Minogue, New Ross Town Council; Pat Curran, Newfoundland; Declan Rice, Kilkenny Leader Partnership; Alex Kelly, Rising Tide;

Tara Kerry, Failte Ireland; Phil Murphy, Kilmore Quay Harbour Office; John Chidley, Newfoundland and John Dimond, New Ross Three Sisters Marina.

The findings of the workshops are being compiled into a report and will be made available to all. A river trip was taken to Ballyhack in the lower reaches of Waterford Estuary, this was presented by Jim Foley of Mermaid Angling and Walter Foley of South East Charters Sea Angling, this provided an opportunity for participants to make further discussions on issues outlined earlier in the day.

The event was part of the Rising Tide project, with funding made available from the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales INTERREG 4a Programme.Keala Deegan and Jim Foley

Published in Coastal Notes
As part of a festival to develop closer cooperation between Newfoundland and Ireland, New Ross in County Wexford is hosting a conference this Friday with a focus on Marine Leisure Infrastructure as a useful focus for both countries, with contributions from home based industry and Newfoundlanders.

Almost 50% of the Newfoundland population can trace their ancestry to South East Ireland. The two islands also share economic development challenges, providing opportunities for collaboration in the areas of fisheries, coastal tourism and local development.

In 2004, an annual festival was developed to facilitate closer cooperation between the two countries. The festival alternates between South East Ireland and Newfoundland consists of a series of 60 events over ten days including three formal conferences.

Ireland Newfoundland Festival of the Sea - Marine Leisure Conference

Friday, 24th September 2010, 9am - Brandon House Hotel, New Ross, Co. Wexford

9:00 Registration

9:30 – Introductions by Sean Reidy, CEO JFK Trust

- Welcome by John Dwyer, Chairman, New Ross Town Council

- Opening by Sean Connick, Minister of State, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry

- Special Guest: Dennis O'Keefe, Mayor of St. John's, Newfoundland

10:00 – Developing a Marine Leisure Infrastructure Strategy with Vicki O'Donnell, Coastal & Marine Resource Centre, University College Cork

11:00 Tea & coffee

11:15 Workshops

1) Estuary and cruising ground, facilities at harbours

Chaired by – Captain Phil Murphy, Kilmore Quay Harbour Office & Andy Careen, Southern Shore, Newfoundland

2) Community heritage interpretation

Chaired by - Declan Rice, CEO, Kilkenny Leader Partnership & Pat Curran, CEO, Irish Loop Development Board, Newfoundland

3) Marketing & packaging

Chaired by – Ethna Murphy, Fáilte Ireland & John Chidley, Ferryland, Newfoundland

12:30 Feedback chaired by David Minogue, Town Clerk, New Ross Town Council

13:00 Lunch

14:30 Boat trip to Duncannon (bus collection in Duncannon and on to Hook Lighthouse)

14:30 Bus trip to Kennedy Homestead, Duncannon and on to Hook Lighthouse

Almost 50% of the Newfoundland population can trace their ancestry to South East Ireland. The two islands also share economic development challenges, providing opportunities for collaboration in the areas of fisheries, coastal tourism & local development.

In 2004, an annual festival was developed to facilitate closer cooperation between the two countries. The festival alternates between South East Ireland & Newfoundland & consists of a series of 60 events over 10 days including 3 formal conferences.

Each festival has featured a conference on the marine sector & this year, 2010, New Ross is hosting a conference with a focus on Marine Leisure Infrastructure as a useful focus for both countries, with contributions from each country.

Past events of the Ireland Newfoundland Festival

2004
Hook Head Visit from the Premier of Newfoundland & Labrador & the Minister for Innovation
Newfoundland Irish representatives met with the Premier of Newfoundland & Labrador, & representatives of the Federal & Provincial Government as well as many communities in the Southern Avalon
Duncannon Visit from the Minister for Tourism of Newfoundland & Labrador
2005
Dunmore East Full Festival including Maritime Heritage conference with an Irish contribution from the Coastal & Marine Resources Centre, UCC
2006
Newfoundland Full Festival including Coastal Zone & Catchment Management conference with Irish contributions from: Dept of Marine; Eastern Regional Fisheries Board; Coastal & Marine Resources Centre, UCC & National Fishermen's' Association
2007
Kilmore Quay Full Festival including Fisheries & Coastal Communities conference with Irish contributions from: DG Fisheries & Maritime Affairs, European Commission; Marine Institute & BIM
2009
Newfoundland Full Festival including Fisheries conference with Irish contributions from local charter angling boats.

Published in Maritime Festivals

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