Monday, 20th May 2019
Press statement by Hildegarde Naughton TD
Fine Gael, Galway West
Over €1,300,000 in funding for 62 coastal community projects in the West – Naughton
Coastal communities in Galway are set to benefit from investment in 62 regional projects, a Fine Gael TD Hildegarde Naughton has announced.
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 and are awarded by Ireland’s seven Fisheries Local Action Groups.
Deputy Naughton said: “This is excellent news for our coastal communities here in Galway and I am delighted so many of our wonderful local projects are set to benefit from this funding.
“Our local FLAG group is providing a wonderful source of investment for seafood and marine projects in our coastal communities.
“I am particularly pleased to see Galway City Sailing Club , receive funding of €38,000 for the purchase of dinghies for the club. Having worked with them previously to obtain Sports Capital funding, I know the value of this investment. Also receiving funding are the Port of Galway Sea Scouts who are to receive €45,000 in order to construct a boat storage facility.
Given our geography and history it is particularly appropriate that the Galway Hooker 2020 project is being granted €30,000 towards the restoration of the boat “Loveen”.
“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, including our own here in Galway.
“The high number of successful projects funded this year reflects both the quality of the projects and the hard work of our local communities through the local FLAG Boards,” the local TD indicated.
The full list of successful applications from the West is hereunder;
|Loophead Tourism Ltd||Development of Tourism Products||4,900|
|Misunderstood Heron||Food Truck Experience||29,610|
|Connemara Mussel Festival||Festival||2,500|
|Cuan Beo (A)||Implementing a holistic approach to sustainability in Galway Bay 2019||14,558|
|Cuan Beo (b)||Community Education Programme||25,126|
|Abalone Chonamara Teo||Abalone Farm Visitor Centre||25,400|
|Irish Whale and Dolphin Group||Recording and Studying the population of Shannon Dolphins||26,000|
|Clare County Council||New Quay Pier Car Park Upgrade||75,560|
|Comharchumann Sliogéisc Chonamara Teo||Plean forbartha agus margaochta a chur chun cinn||11,300|
|Killary Fjord Shellfish Limited||Boathouse upgrading for tourism||53,555|
|Comharchumann Mhic Dara Scuba||Scuba Scoil tumadoireachta/Snorkaila||4,645|
|Port of Galway Sea Scounts (24th Galway)||Marine Equipment and Boat Storage Facility||45,349|
|Galway Hooker 2020||The restoration of the ‘Loveen’||30,770|
|Kylemore Abbey Music School||Music Project, equipment||15,025|
|Údarás na Gaeltachta||Tourism and Heritage Amenity Signage, Local Brochure & Map and Food Trail Information Leaflet||22,573|
|A K Lien Company Limited||Salmon Wake||24,552|
|Slow Food Clare||Burren Slow Food Festival 2019||3,000|
|Burren Smokehouse||Heritage Centre – The Story of Irish Salmon||6,150|
|Blath na Mara Teo||Establishing Company Brand, retail product development and refining wholesale production||19,000|
|Comhar Caomhán Teo||Cumann Iascairi Inis Oírr – Seomra Reoiteáin agud aonaid ghaolmhara (Freezer Room and Refrigeration Unit||9,750|
|Rynvyle House Hotel||Wild Atlantic Way Fishing Academy||26,405|
|Shellfish Breeding Technologies||Oyster Processing Equipment||21,400|
|Iasc Inis Óirr||Equipment for Small Scale Fish Processing Plant||4,164|
|Cumann Húicéiri na Gaillimhe||National Traditional Maritime Centre – research and development strategy||24,999|
|Dúchas na Sionne||The Shannon Wetlands Restoration Project||27,760|
|Cumann Forbartha Chois Fharraige||Lóchrann Chonamara 2019||3,030|
|Galway City Sailing Club||10 x Topaz Dinghies for Youth Training, Adult Sailing and Schools Team Racing||38,950|
|Forbairt Chonamara Láir Teo||Bád Sábhailte, Inneall agus leantóir comh mhaith Seáicéidí Sábhailte||7,519|
|Irelands Westcoast Seaweeds Limited T/A Island Seaweed||Island Seaweed||134,826|
|Coiste Cultúir agus Oidhreachta||Comhartha eolais faoi Theampall Bharr an Doire||1,500|
|Bia Farraighe||Purchase of nacho making machine||48,529|
|Comharchumann Forbartha Árann||Amharclann Árann / Aran Islands Theatre||43,301|
|Eoghan O Giobhún||National Rigging Certificate||800|
|Bia BoFinne||Food Festival||3,165|
|Killary Adventure Co.||Adventure Centre – Meeting expectations||103,632|
|Galvin Fishing||Storage Facility for Fishing Gear and Bait||33,426|
|Ballyconneely Charity Swim||Day Event||2,100|
|The InishLyon Project||Connemara Caledonia Connect||8,090|
|Club Leabhar Chois Fharraige||Féile Leabhar Chóis Fharraige||1,350|
|Údarás na Gaeltachta||Gaeltacht Chonamara Theas||7,113|
|Cruinniú na mBád||Cruinniú na mBád (Féile)||3,851|
|Clare County Council||Querrin Pier Car Park & Adjoining areas upgrade||25,000|
|Noel Linnane||Engine for currach to tow seaweed||3,976|
|Connemara Smokehouse||Resurfacing and enhancing the car park/visitor entrance area||30,759|
|Loophead Tourism Ltd||Mid-Summer Festival Nature & Heritage on the Loop Head Peninsula||2,272|
|Scattery Island Tours||Marketing Campaign||9,032|
|Connemara Oyster Festival Limited||Connemara Oyster Festival||5,250|
|Cleggan Tidy Towns Committee||Signage for Cleggan Village||10,184|
|Chearta Feamainne Cladaigh Conamara||Tionai Feaminne Án Larthair||1,291|
|Clarinbridge Oyster Festival Limited||Festival||3,361|
|Coiste Feile Joe Éinniú||Feile Joe ÉINNIÚ||1,200|
|Coiste Feile Mhic Dara||Feile Mhic Dara 2019||3,130|
|Kinvara Area Visual Arts||Refurbishment of old court house as a community space||11,130|
|Galway Bay Seafoods Limited||Galway Bay Seafood & Fishing Maritime Hub||45,745|
|Badíóiri an Cladaig Teo||Claddagh Traditional Boat Festival 2019||3,626|
|The Big Picture||The Big Picture||3,870|
|Nolan Family Clams||Construction of store room and packing shed||16,571|
|Údarás na Gaeltachta||Comharthaíoch a chúir in airde ar 12 gcé I gConamara||16,543|
|Coiste Feile Traidphicnic||Feile||4,500|
|Sea Fever Productions||DEEP ATLANTIC II||102,900|
|Coiste Pobail Charna /Spaisteóirí Charna||Guide to walks in Carna||1,760|
Note to Editors
- 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.
- Details of the FLAG scheme and how to apply can be found at www.bim.ie/schemes/
- The EMFF Operational Programme was launched in January 2016.
- The Programme provides €240m in funding to the seafood sector (fisheries, aquaculture and seafood processing) over the period 2014 to 2020.
- The Programme is co-funded by the Exchequer and the EU.
- FLAG, Fisheries Local Area Action Group (2014 – 2020) is a coastal community development strategy with a fund of €12 million for 7 designated Irish coastal communities.
- The 7 FLAGs are South FLAG, (Cork), Southwest (Kerry, Limerick), South East,(Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow) West, ( Mayo, Clare) Northwest,(Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim) North, (Donegal) and North East, (Dublin, Louth, Meath)
- Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, assists FLAGs to deliver this scheme through administering supports via grant-aid, training and on the ground facilitation, with dedicated regional FLAG coordinators in each region.