17th March

Wild Atlantic Way seafood trail

A dedicated seafood trail from Donegal town to Erris in Co Mayo involving five seafood producers and 14 seafood restaurants has joined the existing 'Bay coast' route from Erris to Galway Bay, involving six producers and 28 restaurants.

Taste the Atlantic

Pictured at the launch of Taste the Atlantic - a Seafood Journey in Drumcliff Bay, Sligo are some of the participating producers and restaurants

Taste the Atlantic - a Seafood Journey aims to educate visitors and Irish consumers how seafood is caught and farmed:

"The Wild Atlantic Way is the ideal platform to promote and celebrate the best of Irish seafood. BIM are particularly excited about this new route as it focuses on our less well known but exceptional fish and shellfish farmers who expertly cultivate premium oysters, abalone, mussels and Irish organic salmon," remarked Tara McCarthy, BIM chief executive, at the launch in Lissadell House, Sligo.

Read more: Wild Atlantic Way seafood trail

Ireland's Ancient East goes mobile

Fáilte Ireland has launched a 'mobile friendly' website (www.irelandsancienteast.com) to showcase Ireland’s Ancient East and support its domestic marketing campaign, based on 5,000 years of Irish history on the east and south regions. Visitors to the website can experience stories and uncover hidden gems through 400 pieces of content.Ireland's Ancient East

Glendalough, Co Wickow, founded in the 6th Century by St Kevin and Sea Stallion of Glendalough, a replica viking ship launched in 2004 and visited Dublin in 2007. Photos Gillian Mills

The website builds on Fáilte Ireland investment and work in the region, including €2.3m in capital investment allocated to 25 projects under the New Ideas in Ancient Spaces initiative.

Read more: Ireland's Ancient East goes mobile

Take nothing but photos; leave nothing but footprints

In 2015, Inisbofin achieved SAC status and 'eco certification', and is the first 'Leave no Trace' island.

The island boasts diverse habitats from pristine beaches; sheltered coves and sand dunes; sea cliffs and stacks, to bogs, hay meadows and rolling hills. Sheep farming, fishing and seaweed foraging by day and traditional music drifting on the evening breeze, make up a complete package to inspire all visitors.


The Leave no Trace network currently includes seven businessess that have adopted the core principles:

  • plan ahead and prepare
  • be considerate of others
  • respect farm animals and wildlife
  • travel and camp on durable ground
  • leave what you find
  • dispose of waste properly
  • dispose of waste water properly and minimise the effects of fire

"This is not an island that is about packing in the daytrippers, nor to rush to for the nearest viewpoint and back to catch the last ferry. It's a place to hike, bike, picnic, swim, fish, soak up the history, eat local seafood or lamb, and relax the night away, listening to traditional music and stargazing...." remarked Mary Mulvey, CEO Ecotourism Ireland.

Double-page feature in Spring 2016 edition of Inshore Ireland


Fanad Lighthouse opens its doors on spectacular views

Fanad Head Lighthouse on the northern tip of Ireland, surrounded by Mulroy Bay and Lough Swilly, has opened its doors to guided tours and unique self-catering accommodation. 

GLI Fanad

Standing 22m and overlooking the Atlantic, the latest lighthouse to open under the Great Lighthouses of Ireland brand, will be managed by local community group, Forbairt Fhánada Teoranta.

Read more: Fanad Lighthouse opens its doors on spectacular views

Powerboat speed machines test Cobh waters

Ireland's Team Hibernia and England's Vector Martini clocked up speeds in excess of 160km/ph during trials in Cobh Harbour, Co Cork, ahead of the Venture Cup inshore leg on June 12.

Venture Powerboat race

Testing the waters in Cobh Harbour ahead of the inshore leg of the 2016 Venture Cup in June

Twenty-five international raceboats will compete over the 32km course in what is described as the world's 'toughest and most prestigious' powerboat race.

Read more: Powerboat speed machines test Cobh waters

Election 2016: poor political campaigning on islands could be costly

In the closing days of Election 2016, Comhdháil Oileáin na hÉireann, the Islands Federation, says only two of the six main parties (Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin) have mentioned the islands in their manifestos. Fiann Fáil includes a specific Island Policy and Sinn Féin refers to the islands as part of  their new 'deal for the west'.

'It is with great disappointment CoE is left to consider that most political parties do not have an awareness or understanding of the issues facing islands. Islanders have the right to be represented by people/parties who recognise and understand at least the basic issues involved in the struggle for the survival of islands,' a statement reads.

Inis Bofin

Inisbofin, one of Ireland's west coast islands, where poor political canvassing is higlighted by Comhdháil Oileáin na hÉireann. Photo Gillian Mills

Little political canvassing 'thus far' is also highlighted, resulting in a 'lost opportunity for islanders to speak face-to-face with candidates' and to hear party views and to discuss island needs.

Read more: Election 2016: poor political campaigning on islands could be costly

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