18th December

Do new harbour charges threaten growth in marine leisure sector?

 David Branigan

The statutory instrument enabling the Fishery Harbour Centres (Rates & Charges) Order 2012 has still to be signed into law by Simon Coveney, the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Marine.

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Dingle Harbour is one of the five Fishery Harbour Centres that will be impacted by the increases. Photo Gillian Mills/ Inshore Ireland 

A wide range of charges were provided for under the Order, and the inclusion of fees for marine leisure activities attracted a strong response from the Irish Marine Federation which is concerned that development of the sector might be adversely affected. 

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The crew (l to r): Mickey, Dick, Donal, Tommy alongside in Crosshaven. Photo Tom Lawlor

The crew (l to r): Mickey, Dick, Donal, Tommy alongside in Crosshaven. Photo Tom Lawlor

Tom Lawlor

The perfect way to spend a summer is to idle on a boat along the Galician coast, especially in the company of kindred spirits. I was invited to join a delivery crew to sail the ketch Brisa Mar from Spain to its home port of Cork. I joined Donal O’Boyle and Dick Lincoln in Dublin airport for the flight to Santiago. Donal and I are old shipmates and were attired like pilgrims; Dick who has sailed to every island on the west coast of Ireland was more David Bowie. 

We joined the boat in Portosin where Tommy and Mikey Dwyer welcomed us on board.  We would spend the next week drifting from village to village before beginning the homeward leg to Cork.

Mikey showed all the symptoms of a man who was coming to the end of  a month’s holiday afloat: beard, deep tan and a gait that comes from strolling from boat to bodega to bunk with a following of disciples that would join us for some day sailing. Tommy appreciated the arrival of new shipmates. A fresh audience for his songs and stories.

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