WEST CORK: Funding approved for pier upgrades at Kinsale, Sherkin, Castletownsend, Lough Hyne, and Union Hall

19 May 2020
By Elaine Murphy

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, North Cork based Michael Creed T.D., today announced details of a €3.1m package to assist 10 coastal Local Authorities – including Cork County Council – to undertake and complete 58 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways owned by them (see table below for details). The package provides funding for maintenance and repair works in addition to supporting the ongoing development and enhancement of harbour facilities including some marine leisure developments.

Michael Creed TD is based near Macroom, in North County Cork, and is a member of Fine Gael

The Local Authority programme forms part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s 2020 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme, whereby the Department co-funds up to 75% of the total cost of approved projects, with the Local Authority for an area providing the balance.

The Minister said

“The Local Authority owned harbours in receipt of funding under this year’s programme are fundamental to the wellbeing of rural coastal communities and play an important social and economic role in their respective localities by contributing to the ongoing development of fishing related activities, increasing participation in marine leisure and supplementing measures to attract greater numbers of tourists which ultimately create the environment for job creation.”

Minister Creed concluded his national announcement by stating

“The €3.1m I have made available in 2020 is testament to my commitment to assist in the ongoing economic and social development in our rural coastal communities. This enlarged scheme will provide a much needed economic boost to these communities, given the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on rural areas. The diverse range of projects approved for funding under the programme are geographically spread across 10 Local Authorities and will not only create local construction employment over the lifetime of the projects, but equally will further enhance the amenities provided to the wider Marine community in these coastal areas.”

There were many announcements for Cork, here we will focus on West Cork

West Cork Funding

Kinsale Harbour – Pier at Fisherman’s Pontoon
Re-grade and re-deck existing access to the fisherman’s pontoon. Replace and install new gangway. Provide safety signage and necessary safety railings.

Keelbeg – Union Hall Pier – Safety Measures
Provide physical barrier to control access to pier. Line markings are required to designated works areas, walking area and storage areas. Provide CCTV system. Install toe rails along the edge of pier.

Utility Upgrade (water) at Keelbeg (Union Hall Pier), Kinsale Harbour, Baltimore Pier, Ballycotton Pier
Upgrade of water distribution system to include supply points on the side of the pier to improve facilities for users/fishermen.

Safety Measures & Improvement Works Bundle
Ilawn na gCoarach (Bere Island), Bea Lough Pier, Abbey Pier (Sherkin Island), East Pier (Heir Island), Middle Land (Long Island). Colla Pier & Abbey Pier (Sherkin Island)
Erect standard safety signage at Ilawn na gCoarach, Bea Lough Pier, Abbey Pier, East Pier & Middle Land. Replace damaged ladders, handrails, toerails, minor concrete repairs at Bea Lough Pier, Colla Pier & Abbey Pier.

Utility Upgrade Bundle (Water & Electricity) Schull Pier, Courtmacsherry & Middle Land (Long Island)Schull
Upgrade of existing electric system and provide distribution system to include supply points on the pier. Courtmacsherry – Upgrade of existing water & electric system and provide distribution system to include supply points on the pier.  Middle Land (Long Island) – Upgrade of existing water & electric system and provide distribution system to include supply points on the pier.

Install handrail to steps and toe-rail. Concrete repair to steps and defective areas of pier deck. Safety signage. Provide road lining at entrance to pier. Provide ring-buoy.

Drumlave (Adrigole)
Replace defective ladder and provide new additional ladder, toe rail, handrail and mooring rings. Concrete remedial work to steps. Safety signage.

Lough Hyne East
Erect handrail at steps. Concrete repair works to quay wall including deck repair at corner. Safety signage.

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