15th October

INISTURK WILD ATLANTIC SEA FEST

Sea fest 2018 2

Licence suspended for mechanical harvesting of kelp in Bantry Bay

Bantry Bay 2The High Court has given leave to judicially review a decision by Minister Damien English to grant a licence to mechanically extract over 1,860 acres of native wild kelp in Bantry Bay.  The review was initiated by a member of the Bantry Bay - Protect Our Native Forests Campaign. 

The High Court decision means no mechanical harvesting of kelp will take place for the foreseeable future.

Shine a light on summer 'lighthouse' festival

The Great Lighthouses of Ireland summer festival (May BHW) includes a photographic competition on the best of summer fun at one of their lighthouses. 

The 'Shine a Light Summer Festival' involves five lighthouses at Fanad Head, Co Donegal; Hook, Co Wexford, Loop Head, Co Clare, Rathlin, Co Antrim and Valentia, Co Kerry. 

Hook Lighthouse

Over the weekend, learn about the life of a lighthouse storykeeper and hear stories about major maritime events. Discover crafts and traditions of times past and learn about modern coastal technology.

Hook Lighthouse, Co Wexford - one of five lighthouses in the 'Shine a Light Summer Festival' 

Read more: Shine a light on summer 'lighthouse' festival

Initiative to extend tourist season for Connemara and Aran Islands

A Visitor Experience Development Plan for Connemara Coast and Aran Islands created by Fáilte Ireland aims to extend the tourism season and to spread business across all parts of the region.

Lough Shindilla

Lough Shindilla, Connemara                                                                                                 Photo Gillian Mills 

" Tangible actions and a process for local businesses to become involved will encourage visitors to engage with the true essence and story of the Connemara coast and Aran Islands," remarked Miriam Kennedy, Head of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Read more: Initiative to extend tourist season for Connemara and Aran Islands

Seafood takes centre stage at 2018 slow food festival

Stretching from Erris in Co Mayo through Connemara and to Galway Bay, a seafood experience ‘Taste the Atlantic – A Seafood Journey developed by BIM and Fáilte Ireland to showcase how Irish seafood is caught and farmed, is the theme of the fourteenth Burren Slow Food Festival in Co Clare, May 11-13.

2018 Burren slowfood festival

Sarah (9) and Melissa (6) O’Connor help to launch the 2018 Burren Slow Food festival  

Speaking at the festival launch in Klaw Seafood Café, Dublin, chairperson Birgitta Hedin Curtin described the programme, which includes a ferry ride from Doolin and a seafood supper on Inis Oírr, as “boutique and busy.

Read more: Seafood takes centre stage at 2018 slow food festival

Flooding, overtopping and safety largely ignored in second east coast planning application

A revised plan for residential development at Bulloch Harbour, Co Dublin, was described as an ‘extremely flawed document’ and ‘worse than the original application’, at a recent public meeting that attracted a full house in a local hotel.Builloch application 2018

2017 north-easterly storm batters Bulloch Harbour; artist impression of development proposal 

In February 2017, Dún Laoghaire County Council rejected an application by the Bartra Property Group comprising six shop units with overhead apartments, a café and three, three-story houses. The development was described by Bartra as ‘both respectful and enhancing of the harbour and the local environment’.

Read more: Flooding, overtopping and safety largely ignored in second east coast planning application

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INISTURK WILD ATLANTIC SEA FEST
Licence suspended for mechanical harvesting of kelp in Bantry Bay
Shine a light on summer 'lighthouse' festival
Initiative to extend tourist season for Connemara and Aran Islands