17th August

Insomnia founder to chair all-island tourism initiative

The Great Lighthouses of Ireland partnership developed by the Commissioners of Irish Lights has appointed Insomnia chair, entrepreneur and tv/radio personality, Bobby Kerr, as its independent chairman.

Welcoming the appointment, Irish Lights chief executive Yvonne Shields said Kerr's background and experience would be of "huge value" in guiding and informing their future work plans and objectives. The twelve GLI sites (visitor and accommodation combined) attracted 135,000 visitors in 2016.

GLI Kerr

GLI newly appointed chairman Bobby Kerr on-board  ILV Granuaile at Seafest 2017, Galway. Photo Andrew Downes

GLI has agreed a marketing and development strategy to 2020 with the aim of increasing visitor numbers and growing revenue. 

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Shine a Light on Irish lighthouses 2017

SATURDAY 29 APRIL - MONDAY MAY 1

The May Bank Holiday weekend kick-starts the 2017 Great Lighthouses of Ireland Festival.

From Hook (Co Wexford) to Loop (Co Clare) and the islands of Rathlin (Co Antrim) to Valentia and Ballycotton on the south coast, lighthouses around the coast are opening their doors for a weekend of discovery, stories and music.

 GLI Fanad

Fanad, Co Donegal

According to Lonely Planet, Hook Head lighthouse is the No 1 flashiest lighthouse in the world... Learn about the maritime history of Ireland's Ancient East at a Pirate school taught by Capt Hook and Pirate Pat; relax with a tour of the lighthouse or try your hand at one of the lawn games!

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The future of Irish island communities

Brian O'Riordan, LIFE Platform

With fair access to fisheries, Irish island communities could thrive. Their geographical isolation makes them highly dependent on the resources available within their localities, especially fisheries resources.

The right to fish, and to access fishery resources are prerequisite to the prosperity and very survival of such island communities. Banning islanders from the sea and fishing is to take away their lifeblood. But that is what the European Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is being misused to achieve.

Inis Toirc

Islands such as Inis Toric are heavily reliant on local resources, such as fisheries, for their economic survival 

Irish island communities are no longer allowed to carry out their traditional seasonally diverse fishing ways of life, but must focus on one or two 'non-quota' species the year round. Not only does this put a strain on these resources, but fishers must also face the prospects of their gears being towed away by supertrawlers that are allowed to fish with impunity in their waters, and to catch quota species they are barred from catching.

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Bullock Harbour development described as 'drab and unattractive'

A proposed development at Bullock Harbour, Co Dublin, comprising six shop units with overhead apartments, a café and three, three-storey houses, has met with significant public resistance. At a recent public meeting, objections for the plan were outlined to a packed house of over 400, with corresponding disquiet from the floor.

Bullock development

Artist's impression of the proposed development at Bullock Harbour, Co Dublin

Key observations outlined its significance, historically and culturally; scale and height of the proposed development, and concerns regarding parking, access, traffic, drainage and flooding. Concern was also expressed regarding demolition and clearing of the site in proximity to the existing heritage houses.

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Remembering Patsy Kelly

Patsy

For the inshore fishing community of Galway Bay, 2016 will be remembered - not for the temperate weather, nor for the size of the catch or indeed for the occasional unusual species encountered. Instead, it will be remembered with great sadness for the untimely passing of Patsy Kelly, fisherman, Ballinacourty on Wednesday 7th September.

Fishing continuously on a full-time basis since the age of seventeen, Patsy was one of the true father figures on the Bay. Always helpful and ever in great humour whatever the weather or fishing conditions.

For a man who spent long, full days alone at sea, he was the most wonderful of friends to meet for a chat and update. His knowledge of the Bay was encyclopaedic but he also read widely and could enlighten one on many surprising and interesting topics. It was always a pleasure to meet him with his charming uplifting approach making all the time in the world available for your chat no matter how busy he was, getting ready for the next day’s fishing or landing his catch.

He was generous of heart and of time.

A meticulous approach to his craft characterised the man. A firm believer in sustainable fishing with a deep sense of the privilege that accompanies his work marked him out as a true gentleman of the sea. His fishing vessel, Loch Corrib, was neat and tidy in every way, always looking as well as the day she was launched.

Ever conscious of his personal safety, Patsy took great care in the maintenance of his vessel and gear and always wore his lifejacket. An offshore wind, an ebbing tide, a master at his work, so untimely interrupted.

Patsy was a devoted husband, father, son and brother understandably beloved by his family from whose lives the colour has been drained and for whom a pale monochrome filter casts a drab cloak now. And yet, as we remember Patsy we cannot find a better recipe for facing the future with a bright enthusiasm than the exemplary legacy of the man himself. 

Ken Kaar

Wales and Ireland to collaborate on coastal heritage project

€4m in EU funds has been secured to help safeguard heritage and coastal tourism sites in Wales and Ireland from risks of climate change and to provide a stimulus for marine-based economic growth in Wales and Ireland.

Funded by the EU's Ireland-Wales programme, the CHERISH project (Climate, Heritage and Environments of Reefs, Islands and Headlands) will support specialist organsations to employ the latest technologies to analyse coastal and island archaeology and maritime heritage sites affected by climate change, coastal eroson and rising sea levels.

Dalkey Sound

One of the survey locations, Dalkey Island, 300m off the south Dublin coast, has evidence of a Viking settlement. Photo Gillian Mills

The project will fund new excavations, environmental studies, marine mapping and landscape modelling. It will also support future strategies for climate change, by providing a deeper understanding of longer-term changes to Wales and Ireland's heritage and coastal enviroments.

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Insomnia founder to chair all-island tourism initiative
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Bullock Harbour development described as 'drab and unattractive'
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The Great Lighthouses of Ireland partnership developed by the Commissioners of Irish Lights has appo [ ... ]

Shine a Light on Irish lighthouses 2017

SATURDAY 29 APRIL - MONDAY MAY 1 The May Bank Holiday weekend kick-starts the 2017 Great Lighthous [ ... ]

The future of Irish island communities

Brian O'Riordan, LIFE Platform With fair access to fisheries, Irish island communities could t [ ... ]

Bullock Harbour development described as 'drab and...

A proposed development at Bullock Harbour, Co Dublin, comprising six shop units with overhead apartm [ ... ]