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€500K Sports Capital Grants for Sailing & Boating Clubs

Two of Ireland’s biggest yacht clubs shared top awards in a €500,000 payout to 16 Irish Sailing Clubs in the Government’s Sports Capital Programme announced last week. The full list of beneficiaries is here.

Dublin’s Howth Yacht Club and National Yacht Club both got €77,000 in the Governments main vehicle for supporting the development of sports facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment.

The Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring announced grants of €40.5 million for 880 sports projects across the country last week, sailing getting a small share in the divvy up. The Sports Capital Programme is the Government’s main vehicle to distribute funds. The facilities being funded range from small-scale equipment grants, to regionally significant centres of sporting excellence.

Irish Maritime Administration Launch ‘Sea Change’ Safety Strategy

The Irish Maritime Administration, the Government’s new wing to deal with maritime affairs, invites submissions from all interested parties on the new Maritime Safety Strategy, Sea Change – Building a New Maritime Safety  Culture, which is currently being developed.

The new Maritime Safety Strategy will focus on building a culture of safety and will target the main causes of casualties in the maritime sector. It will cover all types of craft being used for any purpose on Irish coastal or inland waters, including recreational craft, fishing vessels, passenger vessels and cargo vessels.

The public consultation document, which provides an outline of the key issues, is available on the Department’s website  or by telephoning 01-6783454.

Written submissions should sent by email to maritimesafetystrategy@dttas.ie or by post to the address below by Friday 29th August 2014 at the latest to Maritime Safety Strategy Consultation, Maritime Services Division, Irish Maritime Administration (IMA), Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2

Please note that submissions received will not be responded to on an individual basis, but they will be taken into consideration by the IMA in the preparation of the new Maritime Safety Strategy. Copies of all submissions received will also be published in full on the Department’s website.

Irish Marine Federation Attends Ocean Wealth Launch

At the Ocean Wealth conference were Simon Coveney, TD, Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine with Dr Peter Heffernan, CEO, Marine Institute, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD, Miguel Margues, PricewaterhouseCopper and John Killeen, Chairman, Marine Institute. Photo: Jason Clarke Photography

At the first launch of the Ocean Wealth strategy this week, Simon Coveney, TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine outlined the significant progress made to date in implementing the Government’s 2012 Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth: An Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland.

The Government plan has been assisted by the Irish Marine Federation. IMF Board member Brian O’Sullivan from Tralee, County Kerry contributed to the marine tourism aspect of the strategy.  The Dublin Castle launch of the initiative was attended by IMF board members Paal Janson and Bernard Gallagher from Dun Laoghaire marina in County Dublin and Greystones marina in County Wicklow respectively.

The Minister said “today’s event brings together some of the most important figures in the Marine sector, and places it firmly in the spotlight as an industry with a significant economic and social contribution to make. It provides us with an opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved since Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth was published and to consider how to meet future opportunities and challenges”.

Minister Coveney said that “I have spoken today about the many initiatives which have flowed directly or indirectly from HOOW. Integrating our marine policy is leading to significant results already but this is not a short term strategy. The target of doubling the percentage of GDP contributed by marine sector is an ambitious one but is more than achievable. Reaching those targets will depend on public and private sectors working collectively to make our ambitions for the sector a reality. We must be bold and radical in our ambitions for the sector and open to a range of new ideas”.

Read more on the Ocean Wealth conference on Afloat.ie 

Dublin Bay Signs Aim to Improve Response of Emergency Services

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Pictured are (left to right) Pat Ward, Dublin Port Company's Head of Corporate Services Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn. Paul Cooper, Deputy Officer in Charge, Irish Coast Guard - Howth Station

The first phase of a safety sign roll out in Dublin Bay has just been launched. This phase involves 31 signs located along the north Dublin coastline at Ring Buoys and Bathing Shelters. Each sign will have its location displayed; this aims to improve the efficiency of the response of the emergency services when they receive an urgent call for help. A problem often encounter by the Coast Guard is knowing where the exact location of an emergency is, if a casualty is in the water or on a beach directing a lifeboat, helicopter or ground crew to a scene needs to be done without delay. The project is a joint initiative between Dublin Port Company, the Irish Coast Guard and Dublin City Council and is hoped will save time and lives in rescues on the Dublin Bay coastline. More here from Afloat.ie

Legenderry Maritime Festival Ready to Welcome Clipper Round The World Race

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Richie Fearon, former Clipper Skipper prepares to welcome the Clipper fleet to Derry

25 Days to Go!.. Richard Fearon of Lough Swilly Yacht Club is getting excited about the homecoming of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race during the Legenderry Maritime Festival in Derry from 21-29 June. Richie himself skippered one of the Clipper Yachts in the 2009-10, 40,000 mile race.

The fleet of twelve 70ft Clipper ocean racers will arrive beneath the Foyle Bridge from Saturday 21st June for the week-long festival in Derry~Londonderry, before setting off on their final race leg from Greencastle Co Donegal on Sunday 29th June, along with a stunning display from the RAF Red Arrows. Richard is pictured with Anna Dalton and Meghann McKeever.

Legenderry Maritime Festival website here

Irish Marina Operators Association Meets in Howth Yacht Club

Eleven member Marinas met in Howth Yacht Club to discuss a number of issues including current business conditions, Blue Flag Marina Scheme, development plans in County Kerry, the rigid interpretation of Habitat 2000 regualations.

The Government initiative, Our Ocean Wealth, towards an Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland was discussed in regard to a submission by the Irish Marine Federation.

Failte Ireland’s Ethna Murphy, Manager, Destination Development, gave a presentation on the development of a marine leisure tourism policy and the research that is on going. Ethna shared some of the tourism statistics around Adventure Tourism and how the marine leisure product is very much part of this growing tourism sector.