18th October

Funding to support projects in southeast coastal communities

Twenty-nine coastal-based projects in counties Wicklow, Waterford and Wexford, will receive €423,000 in State and EU funding to support investment in excess of €645,000 under the Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) initiative.


Minister Andrew Doyle; Jim O'Toole – CEO BIM; Richard Roche - St Kearns Rowing Club Wexford and George O’Brien - Vartry Rowing Club

Speaking at the launch of the South East FLAG programme, Andrew Doyle, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, said that focus on diversity and innovation was "hugely evident".

"The projects coming forward are responding to a wide range of needs, services and skills in the seafood and wider marine sector. At the heart of these communities are the fishermen but so too is the mariine heritage and ancillary facilities and of course fish and seafood, all of which are being promoted through many inspiring projects in the Southeast FLAG."

Jim O'Toole, BIM chief executive, said the agency had worked closely with the Southeast FLAG to enable members to develop and implement a tailored strategy. 

"The region is a well-established and resourceful fishing and aquaculture community where marine tourism is also important. The announcement of such a diverse range of projects by Minister Doyle highlights the value of seafood and the wider marine sector to the county."

Noel McDonagh, chairman of the Southeast FLAG said while the three counties were very distinctive, all three shared a common bond of a very rich coastline with deep-rooted marine and fishing history.

"Employment from the sector has been important to our coastal communities but so too has the heritage that the marine sector has brought in so many differnt guises. The FLAG strategy allows us to maintain this while also protecting it for future generations."

The Southeast FLAG is one of 7 FLAG regions to benefit from the scheme which co-funded by the Exchequer and the EU under Ireland's European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme 2014-2020. 

Over the duration of the EMFF programme, the national FLAG scheme will deliver €12m in funding to Ireland's coastal communities. 

Project Description Grant Aid Total Investment
Wicklow County Council Storage Facilities for Fishermen 140,000 200,000
Wicklow County Council Arklow Lightship Restoration Scheme


Wicklow County Council Arklow Hoist Improvement Works and training



Wexford County Council Citizen Science training 6,965 9,950
Copper Coast Geopark Plc Copper Coast Geopark Earth & Marine Science & Heritage Exhibition


Saltmines & St. Kerans Community Group Feasibility Study amenities Community Shop & Garden


Hook Rural Tourism CLG Hooked on the Sea Festival 2,000 2,685
Vartry Rowing Club Wicklow Celtic Longboat 3,198 6,396
St Kearns Rowing Club Boat & Oars for St Kearns Rowing Club 4,498 8,996
Passage East Hurling Club Beat the Ferryman Swim 2,000 4,021
Andrew Doherty Waterford Harbour Tides'n'tales book project 2,015 4,030
Fresh off the Hook Seafood Festival Fresh of the Hook Seafood Festival 1,774 2,217
Wexford Maritime & Food Festival Wexford Maritime & Food Festival 2,000 8,120
Wicklow Seafood Festival Wicklow Seafood Festival 2,000 12,035
Waterford Institute of Technology,Dept of Science Seaweeds in the Waterford Estuary 3,373 4,217
Barony of Gaultier Historical Society Saving kapitan Tebbenjohanns 3,456 5,760
Kilmore Quay Community Development Association Five Year Feasibility Study



Wexford County Council Hook Peninsula Marine Tourism Access Project



Waterford Sea Vegetables Ltd Purchase of a Food Grade Grinding Machine 3,500 7,000
Helvick Fishermens Association Helvick Fishermen's Ice Supply 16,407 27,345
Elaine Wallace Bicycle Hire Establish cycle hire bus in coastal village 4,200 10,500
Kilmore Quay Community Development Association Festival 2,000 3,973
Comhlucht Forbartha na nDéise c.t.r. Club Mara na nDeise 3,832 9,580
Waterford City & County Council Ballymacaw Boat Rock Bridge Feasibility Study 3,500 5,000
Waterford City & County Council PECDA The Smokehouse Café 33,410 47,729
Waterford City & County Council Creaden Beach 4,200 6,000
Ardmore Fishermen's Association Installation of a boat winch at Ardmore Pier



Kilmore Quay Community Development Association Write by the Sea Festival 2,000 11,338
Wexford Documentary Film Festival Festival 2,560 3,200




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