of over €400,000 for 13 Coastal Community Projects across Louth,
Meath and Dublin
of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine,
Andrew Doyle T.D. joined BIM, Irelands Seafood Development
Agency and the North East Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) in
the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dún Laoghaire, Co.
Dublin to announce grant aid of €219,310 to 13 distinctive
maritime projects across coastal communities in counties Louth,
Meath and Dublin that will deliver a total investment of €434,337.
North East is one of 7 regional FLAG groups that operate under the
FLAG programme, co-funded by the Exchequer and European Maritime
and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and contributes to the Action Plan for
Rural Development. Administered by BIM, the scheme will provide
12 million in funding to Irelands coastal communities over
the duration of the programme from 2014 2020.
at the National Maritime Museum, Minister of State Andrew Doyle
T.D. said, How fitting it is to be here this morning in the
iconic National Maritime Museum of Ireland, itself a FLAG approved
project, to announce over €400,000 in investment for FLAG North
East. Thirteen superb maritime related projects have been approved
by FLAG North East, each showcasing the diversity, vision and enterprise
from unique coastal communities along the Irish Sea where marine
life, heritage, history, fishing and seafood has been a significant
contributor to the local economy for many generations. In this national
rollout of FLAG funds, we have experienced the enthusiasm and hunger
amongst coastal communities to protect and grow their respective
marine industries and this is evident here again today. As we stand
in a popular maritime tourist attraction in the historic port of
Dún Laoghaire just a short distance from the heart of our
capital city, we are surrounded by some of the finest examples of
seafood, aquaculture, marine tourism and marine community collaborations
from Louth, Meath and Dublin and all of which are at the heart of
the Fisheries Local Action Group Strategy.
announcement in the National Maritime Museum today completes a series
of regional announcements for South FLAG, (Cork), North, (Donegal)
South West (Kerry, Limerick), South East (Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow)
West ( Mayo, Clare), North West (Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim) culminating
in over €3.6 million in total investment for the 7 coastal
regions in 2017.
FLAG Chair Garret O'Brien, Minister of State Andrew Doyle T.D. Bord
Iascaigh Mhara CEO Jim O'Toole, looking at a model of a boat in
the Natinal Maritime Museum
CEO, Jim OToole, added, The announcement by Minister
Doyle for the North East region today further demonstrates the energy,
vigour and dynamism amongst the people of the coastal communities
in each of the FLAG regions around our coastline over the past number
of weeks. Its inspiring to experience this appetite for rejuvenation
that the FLAG support is provoking. The FLAG programme supported
by the European Maritime Fisheries Fund is encouraging growth in
marine based enterprise, job creation, maritime tourism and the
fishing, seafood and aquaculture sectors all of which will create
healthier localised coastal economies. The North East FLAG is very
much testament to this with the variety of the 13 projects announced
here today. I would particularly like to congratulate Garret OBrien,
Chair of FLAG North East and his board for their excellent work
to date. Needless to say, we can look forward to the work of FLAG
North East and the six other FLAGs around Ireland contributing
to the maritime heritage collection in this wonderful National Maritime
Museum in years to come.
FLAG North East Strategy focuses on economic and coastal community
development across Louth, Meath and Dublin and aims to maximise
co-operation amongst the counties associated marine organisations
while bringing to fruition the ethos of the FLAG strategy.
of FLAG North East, Garret OBrien, says the projects
to be funded by FLAG North East highlight the rich coastal heritage,
seafood and marine tourism potential of Louth, Meath and Dublin.
Because of the FLAG Programme and the projects we support, we are
seeing increased community collaborations and huge energy in the
North East. We can see this across all 13 approved projects and
the many more vying for future funds. What this clearly demonstrates
to me is the passion amongst those in our coastal communities for
our region, for its seaside, shoreline and seafood. There is a real
desire to work together to maintain and promote these assets and
to capture the opportunities our beautiful Coast presents. We are
looking forward to seeing the real and positive impact the FLAG
programme will deliver to the region and our members will continue
to work to protect and promote the long term sustainability of all
of our coastal communities across the North East
approved FLAG North East projects have been approved, a number of
projects have been selected which highlight the core values of the
FLAG strategy and the diversity marine heritage, seafood, social
inclusion and marine tourism collaboration across Louth, Meath and
Dublin. Details of the selected projects include:
Ocean Fresh in the Coastal village of Skerries, Co Dublin
generation fishmongers in Dublin, Egans Ocean Fresh is steeped
in the fishing and seafood industry. This project, led by Egans,
involves the fit out of a new wet fish and cooked seafood processing
facility located in Fingal, designed to service the increase in
demand from existing customers and expansion into new markets. This
facility will also include a factory retail outlet.
trading as a fishmonger and wet fish processor based in Skerries
Co. Dublin, Egans supplies local retail customers with value
added fresh fish sourced locally and processed on their premises.
They also supply to restaurants and hotels in the North East Region.
new facility will be home to Simons Fishcakes
a company to whom Egans currently supplies whitefish. Simons
produce, high end Fishcakes for Supervalu Supermarkets in Leinster
and are now about to go nationwide.
FLAG funded project will allow both of these businesses to expand
and service the increase in demand for their current seafood products,
but it will also allow their exciting, newly developed products
to be brought to market. New products include Egans Gravalax
a uniquely cured salmon product crusted in dill, a process that
leads to a truly mouth-watering seafood experience.
National Maritime Museum is housed in Dun Laoghaires 180-year-old
Mariners Church, directly opposite the new Dun Laoghaire Rathdown
Lexicon library and easily accessible by DART suburban train and
several bus services. The museums greatest artefact is probably
the building itself as it is one of a few custom built places of
worship for seafarers remaining intact in the world today.
guides bring visitors on a voyage of discovery enthralling you with
stories of discovery, heroism, war and disasters at sea. Maritime
history, exploration, navigation, radio, deep-sea cable technology,
nature, wildlife and viewing of art inspired by the sea are key
themes of this maritime museum experience.
10-tonne revolving Baily Optic, the electrified steam engine, the
Titanic exhibit, the re-created radio room, the Royal Navy prisoners
docks and the war memorial are key exhibits. Learning to tie sailors
knots, or how heavy weights are lifted at sea also form part of
the experience along with the research in the library, a retail
experience, a café and much more.
Fish Events Seafood Rocks Festival, Clogherhead, Co Louth
Rocks 2017 is a family festival which celebrates all aspects of
the sea, seafood and Irish Maritime Culture and runs from August
26th to 27th in Clogherhead, Co Louth. It is aimed at all age groups
and features a diverse programme of events which highlights the
wonderful collaboration between the fishing, seafood, marine tourism
and coastal community sector.
fishmongers and traders will join forces to create a unique seafood
offering by setting up a series of trade stalls each evening showcasing
a diverse selection of excellent quality seafood delicacies. In
addition the Best Chowder in Louth competition will
take place with the winner going forward to compete in the All Ireland
Chowder competition in Kinsale in 2018. In addition the Seafood
Challenge and Crab Racing will compliment this showcase ensuring
that the seafood ethos is enjoyed by all visitors over the two day
celebration and festival. Local outdoor activities specialist, Celtic
Adventures, will provide unique water and land activities for all
age groups during the festival.