The 'Shine a Light Summer Festival' involves five lighthouses at Fanad Head, Co Donegal; Hook, Co Wexford, Loop Head, Co Clare, Rathlin, Co Antrim and Valentia, Co Kerry.
Over the weekend, learn about the life of a lighthouse storykeeper and hear stories about major maritime events. Discover crafts and traditions of times past and learn about modern coastal technology.
Hook Lighthouse, Co Wexford - one of five lighthouses in the 'Shine a Light Summer Festival'
A Visitor Experience Development Plan for Connemara Coast and Aran Islands created by Fáilte Ireland aims to extend the tourism season and to spread business across all parts of the region.
Lough Shindilla, Connemara Photo Gillian Mills
" Tangible actions and a process for local businesses to become involved will encourage visitors to engage with the true essence and story of the Connemara coast and Aran Islands," remarked Miriam Kennedy, Head of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Stretching from Erris in Co Mayo through Connemara and to Galway Bay, a seafood experience ‘Taste the Atlantic – A Seafood Journey developed by BIM and Fáilte Ireland to showcase how Irish seafood is caught and farmed, is the theme of the fourteenth Burren Slow Food Festival in Co Clare, May 11-13.
Sarah (9) and Melissa (6) O’Connor help to launch the 2018 Burren Slow Food festival
Speaking at the festival launch in Klaw Seafood Café, Dublin, chairperson Birgitta Hedin Curtin described the programme, which includes a ferry ride from Doolin and a seafood supper on Inis Oírr, as “boutique and busy.
A revised plan for residential development at Bulloch Harbour, Co Dublin, was described as an ‘extremely flawed document’ and ‘worse than the original application’, at a recent public meeting that attracted a full house in a local hotel.
2017 north-easterly storm batters Bulloch Harbour; artist impression of development proposal
In February 2017, Dún Laoghaire County Council rejected an application by the Bartra Property Group comprising six shop units with overhead apartments, a café and three, three-story houses. The development was described by Bartra as ‘both respectful and enhancing of the harbour and the local environment’.
A new visitor attraction on Ireland’s south coast showcases Irish rope-grown mussels and tells the story of an industry that began in the early 1970s and is now valued in excess of €6m.
Supported by BIM and Fáilte Ireland, the Mussel House is part of the BIM ‘Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey’ trail and is located on Kilmackilogue Pier, overlooking Kenmare Bay. Today, a modern and sustainable rope-grown mussel industry produces almost 10,000 tonnes of product a year, grown on special long lines for the domestic and export markets.
Marie Healy, Project Officer, Wild Atlantic Way, Failte Ireland; Jim O’Toole, BIM CEO; Angela and Carl Daly of Kenmare Seafoods celebrate the launch of ‘The Mussel House’
The trail is designed to highlight, inform and build an appreciation for Irish seafood producers along the Wild Atlantic Way, remarked Jim O’Toole, BIM chief executive.
Ireland was represented at the ESIN/European Small Islands Federation AGM and seminar (Sept 11-13) on the Orkney Islands by two members of Comhdháil Oileáin na hÉireann: John Walsh, Bere Island (Co Cork) and Mairtin O Méalóid, Oileán Chléire (Co Cork).
The graveyard at Orphir Round Kirk, Orkney. Photo John Walsh
"Small islands are 'the agents of change' that can be trusted to make the low carbon revolution happen in Europe," declared Brendan Devlin, special advisor to DG Energy.
Lifeguards have rescued 185 casualties from Ireland’s beaches, rivers and lakes since June. Over 200 children were lost and reunited with their parents and a further 16,316 accidents were prevented by the proactive actions of the lifeguards.
Bathers enjoying summer sunshine at Sandycove, Co Dublin
John Leech, chief executive of Irish Water Safety, is again urging the public to use Local Authority manned lifeguarded bathing places; to swim between the flags; to take heed of lifeguard advice and to always supervise children as lifeguards are not a babysitting service. He is also urging the public to swim within their depth if no lifeguards are at a bathing place and to never swim alone.