MEMORIAL TO THOSE LOST AT SEA
annual Mass in remembrance of all those lost at sea, and for
their families will be celebrated in Helvick Lifeboat Station
on Helvick Pier in Co.Waterford on Friday night of next week,
May 13, by RNLI Station Chaplain Fr. Conor Kelly at 7.30pm.
memorial in memory of those Lifeboat men who have lost their
lives in the service of the RNLI saving others at sea on this
coastline will be unveiled on Helvick Pier before the Mass begins.
Nicholas Hannigan of the Dungarvan and Helvick RNLI Fundraising
Branch said: In 1852 the following brave local men lost
their lives: Thomas Crawford, Capt Maurice Duggan, Laurence
Lenihan, John Maher, Thomas McNamara, Maurice Mulcahy, Michael
Raher and John Whelan. In 1895 Michael Hogan gallantly lost
his. It is fitting that heroes from all around the Dungarvan
Bay area should be remembered at home too and we hope their
descendants can join us for the unveiling! Everybody is welcome
Lifebaot RNLB Robert Armstrong
Industry Awards - Closing Date for Entries Extended
Marine Industry Awards 2016 is proving very popular, however
the awards team have got a lot of feedback asking for more time
to complete your submissions. As such they are extending the
deadline to 17:00, Friday 6th May. Don't let this opportunity
pass - to enter call Tommy on 01 524 2383 or visit: http://www.marineawards.ie/enter-online.php
the awards is free and brings with it some fantastic PR opportunities.
finalists will be featured in the Sunday Business Post, while
winners will have their photos published in a special post-awards
report. There is also coverage on social media and local press.
of entering include:
Additional coverage will include social media, local publications,
and video footage.
All finalists receive a special logo to use on promotional material.
By winning you position yourself as a leader of the industry
The Marine Industry Awards judges make up a prestigious network
of key influencers in the industry. If they say your work is
worth an award, that's a highly respected endorsement to you
and your company.
The awards night offers the opportunity with professionals from
across the industry.
Give your employees the recognition they deserve, and attract
Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) Announce Landmark National
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, have
announced an exceptional line up of speakers for the BIM
National Seafood Conference Global Insights, Irish Opportunity
event at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway on the 30th June.
This full day conference and networking event will launch the
annual Ocean Wealth and SeaFest events that take place in Galway
from the 1st 3rd July and brings together leading experts
and global representatives from the national and international
seafood and agri-business circuit, government and academia.
It offers delegates the opportunity to hear first-hand expert
analysis, on the thinking and the policies currently at the
forefront of seafood development worldwide.
Moderated by experienced broadcaster and author, Olivia OLeary;
delegates can expect to take away valuable business insights
from speakers including Mary Shelman, former Director of the
Agribusiness Programme in Harvard Business School, Malcolm Beveridge,
Head of Aquaculture, FAO Rome, Jean Jacques VandeHeede, AC Nielsen
Europe and Aidan ODriscoll, Secretary General of the Department
of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Tara McCarthy, Chief Executive of BIM said; As the global
demand for healthy protein continues to increase; seafood is
in a unique position. It delivers on every macro driver from
health, environment, and quality to convenience. This conference
is about creating the long term vision for our seafood industry.
It is an opportunity for all our stakeholders from fishermen
to processors to play an integral role in shaping the future
direction of the industry and that of their own company
The Conference programme covers presentations and discussions
on market intelligence, consumer thinking, the challenges facing
the global seafood supply and insight into potential synergies
within the Irish seafood sector, among other timely topics.
The afternoon programme offers a range of structured breakout
sessions that will facilitate dialogue on transforming knowledge
into action and finding workable solutions to todays pressing
challenges. The sessions will focus on the four key priorities
for the industry: Sustainability, Competitiveness, Innovation
and Skills. Each sector of the industry from fishermen to processors
to fish farmers will find a session that appeals and is relevant
to their business from Fishing profitably with zero discards,
Repositioning your company and products to maximise value,
Demonstrate sustainability or be locked-out and
Working in seafood - a career for life
After a busy and productive event, networking will continue
in the evening at the prestigious Maritime Industry Awards in
the hotel. The awards aim to recognise excellence across the
Maritime Industry and BIM are proud to support two new categories
this year the Seafood Sustainability Award
and Seafood Business Innovation Award. To enter
and/or attend the Maritime Industry Awards, please visit www.marineawards.ie
the deadline for entries is the 6th May.
Registration for the BIM National Seafood Conference is free
but early booking is advised as spaces are limited. To book
your place, please visit www.bim.ie or https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-bim-national-seafood-conference-2016-global-insights-irish-opportunity-registration-22454404729
OPENING OF FANAD HEAD LIGHTHOUSE
ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LIGHTHOUSES IN THE WORLD
bravely out into the Wild Atlantic Ocean, positioned at the
northern tip of spectacularly breath-taking Fanad Head Peninsula,surrounded
by dazzling beauty on each side by the picturesque Mulroy Bay
and idyllic Lough Swilly, standing twenty-two metres tall, strong
and steadfast against the sometimes relentless elements, it's
no wonder that Fanad Head Lighthouse tends to leaves visitors
amazed as it situated in one of the most extreme yet awe-inspiring
coastal locations on earth.
Head has been voted one of the most beautiful Lighthouses in
the world, and on Friday over 100 guests attended the officially
opening of the EU INTERREG IVA supported Lighthouse, which now
offers guided tours and unique self-catering accommodation with
simply breath-taking views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
spectacular offerings will be managed by; Forbairt Fhánada
Teoranta, a local community group. The launch on Friday the
29th of April at 12:00 noon was a bi-lingual event, as Fanad
is the only lighthouse in the Gaeltacht open to the public.
Renowned author & educator Finbarr Bradley officially opened
a technical standpoint, the light in Fanad Head Lighthouse willcontinue
to be operated and maintained by Irish Lights. A Light was first
established here nearly 200 years ago (in 1817) to protect seafarers,
and could be seen for over 14 miles on a clear day. It remains
an important aid to navigation for mariners today, alongside
sixty-six other lighthouses operated and maintained by Irish
exciting project facilitated by Irish Lights, and operated by
Forbairt Fhánada Teoranta, will contribute to the ongoing
economic development of the local region.
at the official opening, Yvonne Shields - Irish Lights Chief
Irish Lights has a long and rich history and connection to the
coast and its communities. We have and continue to provide an
important navigation service around the coast of Ireland and
Fanad Lighthouse is an important navigation aid on the North
West coast. In 2012 when we first contemplated the idea of refurbishing
Fanad Lighthouse and opening it for tourism, we approached the
local community for their input.
the very start the community embraced the idea and began to
organise themselves to take on the community enterprise project
that you see here today. A huge partnership of public and private
sector partners came together and worked as a team to invest
in and to develop this fabulous lighthouse visitor experience
which gives people the opportunity to see and stay in a working
lighthouse and to contribute to the preservation of our rich
maritime heritage on the wild Atlantic way.
behalf of ForbairtFhánadaTeoranta, Cathaoirleach John
Friel said, 'ForbairtFhánadaTeoranta is proud to be involved
with this wonderful opportunity for Fanad and North Donegal.
It is our hope that the lighthouse project will be a catalyst
for development in the cultural and economic life of the area
and we are very grateful to Irish Lightsfor their on-going support
and help, as well as Donegal County Council, Donegal Tourism,
ÚdarásnaGaeltachta, and Fáilte Ireland."
the newly opened lighthouse, Gina McIntyre CEO of the SEUPB,
said; "This is an innovative cross-border project which
will attract a new generation of domestic and overseas tourists
into the region. Tourism was a key feature of INTERREG IVA as
the Programme provided support to a wide-range of projects that
have drawn on the natural environment to create world-class
tourist offerings. I am delighted to see that, through the re-development
of Fanad Head Lighthouse, EU funding has been able to conserve
part of our precious maritime history and encourage visitors
to share in this experience."
Head Lighthouse is also part of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland
initiative and is a Signature Discovery Point along the Wild
Atlantic Way.The official opening alsomarks the start of a weekend
of festive events being held at different Lighthouses all around
the coast, in the inaugural Lighthouse Festival; Great Lighthouses
of Ireland Shine a Light on Summer, over the May bank holiday
weekend which is being supported by Failte Ireland.
Great Lighthouses of Ireland project has been funded by the
European Union's INTERREG IVA cross border programme, managed
by the Special EU Programmes body (SEPUB)
Wildes new boat MFV LEtaplois steaming into Howth
after seven weeks of having work done in Kilkeel. Photo courtesy
our May issue this month:
Continues Over Penalty Points
Opposition Politicians Pledge Action Against Government
is Deciding Policy in the Department of the Marine? Tom MacSweeney
of the defining aspects of existing Government policy towards
the fishing industry has been the attitude of officials within
the Department of the Marine who have appeared determined to
maintain a hostile attitude towards fishermen.
comment from an experienced fishing vessel owner sums up the
attitude within the industry to the Department which was further
exemplified in the manner in which the Minister for the Marine
set aside the High Court dismissal of the Penalty Points system
and reintroduced one practically the same, without consultation
with industry stakeholders and in the immediate aftermath of
the General Election results.
Politics in a New Way - The New War Cry
I do not and will not support is the deliberate national abuse
of EU fisheries regulations, the ignoring of the Irish High
Court and the move away from legal norms, says the Chief
Executive of the Irish Fish Producers Organisation, Francis
ODonnell, in his monthly column.
Permits for the Irish Fishing Industry Closing Date 15th
the recent Scheme for Employment of Non-EEA crew members in
parts of the Irish commercial fishing fleet was launched, it
was not possible to obtain a work permit for someone to work
on board an Irish fishing vessel as fishing was on the restricted
professions list. Eibhlin OSullivan at EOS Solicitors
told Marine Times, In November of 2015 the government
established a taskforce to examine the issue of illegal workers
in the Irish fishing industry and as a result, a scheme to allow
work permits under very specific conditions is in the process
of being put in place and it is hoped that this will be completed
There Any Point in Having a Minister for Fisheries?
was roused to write this article on the announcement by Minister
Paschal ODonoghue that he was unable to bring lifesaving
legislation before the Dail whereby penalty points could be
awarded for using a mobile phone while driving mechanically
propelled vehicles, many of which are considerably larger than
the Motor Fishing Vessels which are subject to disputed statutory
instruments enacted by Minister Simon Coveney. Minister Coveney,
had no such reservations in enacting not one, but two, controversial
pieces of legislation with a simple stroke of his pen. His action
exposed, once and for all, the highhanded and emboldened attitude
of a department whose leadership is devoid of any shred of common
sense, fairness or indeed grasp of the commercial realities
of an industry that continues to survive in the face of a numbing
indifference by an intransigent civil service.
Diarmuid Barry's evocative Op-Ed in our May Issue
Choice, Not Bargain Basement
is no doubt that the esteem in which the marine is held by the
political classes is in no way better illustrated by its relegation
to the role of wandering itinerant between departments,"
says Richie Flynn, Executive of IFA Aquaculture, in his monthly
column as he reflects on why maritime matters are not amongst
the first choice of aspiring Government Ministers.
reports and further reaction in our May issue out now!
RNLI rescue three fishermen from sinking "Sean Anthony"
in storm force conditions
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