Over €1,300,000 for 62 Coastal Community Projects in the West

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
Saunamara Saunamara 8,961
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.
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