23rd October

'Islanders' - a forgotten way of life

From Arranmore in Co Donegal, to Whiddy Island in Cork via Inisturk in Co Mayo, a new four-part series produced by TV3 documents a way of life that is rapidly disappearing.

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Arranmore, Co Donegal. Empty and derelict homes underpin a declining population due to an erosion of the inshore fishing industry

The series begins on Inisturk (14/04 TV3, 9pm), 14km off the Mayo coast and home to just 55 residents, including Bríd Heanue and her son Nathan. Bríd's older son Chris lives and schools on the mainland. With no secondary school on Inisturk, Nathan will be leaving the island in September. It is a day Bríd dreads:

"That's a very emotional subject with me...All of our family are going to find that hard." 

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'Ireland's Ancient East' initiative spans 5,000 year history

An initiative to promote Ireland's history and culture spanning millennia, aims to bring international attention to the east and south coasts. 

Ireland's Ancient East will offer visitors a 'personal experience' of 5,000 years of history that attracted settlers down the ages. Stretching from Newgrange and the Boyne Valley in the northeast, through the midlands via Kilkenny's medieval mile to Waterford's Viking Quarter and Cork's cultural attractions on the south coast, this latest initiative from Ireland's tourism agency aims to match and complement the Wild Atlantic Way brand in scale and ambition.

Sea Stallion of Glendalough

Sea Stallion of Glendalough, a replica  of a Viking longboat built in Dublin in 1042, in Dublin Bay during a visit to the city in 2008 as part of a 'Viking Ireland' exhibition. Photo Gillian Mills

Research conducted by Fáilte Ireland suggests Ireland's Ancient East has the potential to attract an additional 600,000 overseas visitors (20% growth) to the region and increase visitor revenue by almost 25% to €950m by 2020.

Read more: 'Ireland's Ancient East' initiative spans 5,000 year history

Funding crisis for non-Gaeltacht Islands

A spokesman for the non-Gaeltacht Community Development Projects (CDPs) has lashed out at a government decision to cut the budget for the non-Gaeltacht islands by 24% saying it brings into question whether the Island Community Development Offices can continue to operate.

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Islanders question government commitment to sustaining non-Gaeltacht islands Photo Helen Riddell

In a letter to the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Simon Murray of Inisbofin describes this latest cut, due from April 1, as “savage”. This 24% cut comes on the back of a 9.5% cut in 2013 and a 3% cut in 2011 which adds up to a staggering 36.5% cut to the budget for the non-Gaeltacht islands during the lifetime of this government,” Murray says.

Read more: Funding crisis for non-Gaeltacht Islands

Creedon's Wild Atlantic Way needs your help

The Wild Atlantic Way, the magnificent West Coast of Ireland - is it the ‘land of your heart’s desire,, as described by William Butler Yeats?

John Creedon is about to find out in his new three-part series for RTE One, Creedon’s Wild Atlantic Way.

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“My car is always happiest when it’s pointed west,” claims John and it’s just as well because he’s about to travel this epic 2,500 kilometre trip from Kinsale in Cork right up to Donegal’s Malin Head.

But he needs the public's help.

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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.

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 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:

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

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.

Read more: Urban beach at Dún Laoghaire gets green light

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