18th December

Ireland’s environment minister is urged to reverse potential death knell of offshore islands

Islanders on nine non – Gaeltacht islands set to be affected by the termination of core funding of their community development offices have received huge support from their colleagues across Europe. The European Small Islands Network (ESIN) is a network of national island organisations comprising 1,400 islands and 448,000 islanders.

 Inis-Bofin core funding

 Non-gaeltacht islands such as Inisbofin are demanding retention of their core funding. Photo Gillian Mills

A letter of support from the President of ESIN, Bengt Almkvist, and the national chairpersons from the ESIN member countries to Alan Kelly TD, Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government reads:

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Urban beach at Dún Laoghaire gets green light

A €2.5m controversial plan to build an 'urban beach'and outdoor swimming pool at Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, have been granted planning permission.

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Computer-generated view of the 'urban beach' in Dún Laoghaire

The project will be jointly funded by the county council and Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company and includes an artificial beach and café, as well as a floating swimming pool with heated treated seawater built on a converted river barge located along the East Pier.

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TDS urged to particate in Coastwatch Survey 2014

Coastwatch Europe's international coordinator, Karin Dubsky, is asking elected representatives to participate in the annual Coastwatch survey "to better appreciate the values of our coastal rim and the issues faced by local communities", ahead of the awaited publication of the General Scheme of the Maritime Area Foreshore (Amendment) Bill.

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Coastwatch and citlops training for local school group at the Tralee Wetland Centre with Dr Dave McCormick

Participants are invited to take one or more 500m long survey walks at low tide and to complete a short audit (type of shore, values; uses; stream entries, key wildlife and habitats; invasive alien species; litter and threats).

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An Taisce extends photography competition deadline

The deadline date for entry into An Taisce's fifth annual Love your Coast photography competition has been extended to the end of August in response to a "very hectic flow of entries and to facilitate as many entries as possible," remarked Annabel Fitzgerald, Coastal Programmes Manager, An Taisce.

An Taisce CL - John Beasley - Coumeenoole

Love your Coast 2012. John Beasley's photo taken at Coumeenole on the Dingle Peninsula won first prize in the Coastal Landscape Category. 

"This competition is a key element of the Clean Coasts programme. The entries over the past five years have been exceptional and serve as a reminder of what it is we are trying to protect and conserve in the Clean Coasts programme. These images illustrate the rich diversity of Ireland's spectacular coastline," she added.

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Plea to public to only swim at recognised recreational areas

The Irish Coast Guard is urging people not to engage in activities that put themselves at risk by diving or swimming in places that are not "recognised recreational areas" and may pose underwater dangers not readily obvious.

"Swimmers are literally jumping into the unknown, and there may be submerged objects that are not visible and may cause serious injury," warns Declan Geoghegan, manager ICG.

Sandycove

Lifeguards are employed during the summer period (June to August),usually from noon until 6pm, Monday to Friday and 11am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday. Photo Gillian Mills

The Irish Coast Guard is advising people to only swim at beaches and waterways where lifeguards are on duty, to obey the safety flags indicating whether it is safe to swim, and to always avoid swimming in locks and weirs.

"With the warmer weather over the last few days many people are taking to the water and enjoying outdoor activities. Last year the Irish Coast Guard saw an increase in incidents, and incidents are up again this year.

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Where to eat and stay on the Wild Atlantic Way

If the idea of a culinary road trip has your mouth watering, travelling the 2,500km along the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to West Cork in the company of John and Sally McKenna’s pocket-size guide, will be a taste of paradise!

Featuring 350 entries starting with the Pyke ‘n’ Pommes food cart, in the shadow of the Foyle Bridge, and finishing with the ‘piscine brilliance’ of Martin Shanahan’s cooking in Fishy Fishy, Kinsale, ‘The Wild Atlantic Way is not just a travel adventure, it’s a culinary adventure as well,’ writes John McKenna.

10.3bookview Where-to-eat

Where to Eat and Stay on the Wild Atlantic Way is the first food and accommodation guide to be published on the WAW, the longest themed route on Earth - according to Failte Ireland, which hugs the coast through counties, Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Kerry and West Cork.

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