Saturday, March 27, 2010

Marine Tourism & The Tánaiste & Donegal Alive!

Plans to promote marine tourisum in Donegal, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. And a new track was opened at the AVS by Mary Coughlan is now the Minister of Education. I hope Mary can make sure that Donegal's education continues to be good. The Tánaiste has suffered some critism lately and the Democrat has an interview with her where she defends herself.

http://www.highlandradio.com/2010/03/26/project-to-promote-marine-tourism-to-be-launched-in-donegal-town/
A new project to promote and develop Marine Tourism in three partner regions is being lauinched today in Donegal Town ... The Sail West project brings together partners from Donegal, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

It’ll be launched this afternoon by Tanaiste and Education Minister Mary Coughlan.

Donegal County Council Director of Services Michael Heany says it’s a very significant project for the county.
http://oceanfm.ie/news/2010/03/26/transnational-marine-tourism-initiative-to-be-launched/
Donegal County Council is the lead partner in the ‘Sail West’ project. It’s planned that marine infrastructure will be developed along the coast from County Donegal to County Down, and along the West coast of Scotland.

One of the developments include a 1.6million euro sea angling centre at Bunagee.

The Tánaiste will officially launch ‘Sail West’ at Donegal Town’s Mill Park Hotel at 3.30pm this afternoon (March 26th 2010).

Meanwhile, Mary Coughlan will also officially open the new athletics track in Donegal Town later on this evening.

The Minister will do the honours at the Abbey Vocational School at 7pm.

Today’s engagements will be the Tánaiste’s first in Donegal in her new role as Minister for Education following this week’s Cabinet reshuffle.
Some info I found at the  Council's website, where they're looking for a Project Manager:
http://www.donegalcoco.ie/council/recruitment/Project+Manager+on+INTERREG+IVA+Sail+West+Project.htm

And this looks like it might be Donegal's Sail West site:
http://www.donegalmarineandwaterleisure.com/

Encouraging people who like sailing to explore the NW coast is a great idea, but I do have to wonder at how many people do go sailing, and in this recession, how many people can afford to go sailing.

Now imagine this, a pile of tourists come sailing up Donegal Bay, where can they berth? And whose going to keep the drunken hordes off their boats on a Saturday night?

Update: There's to be a big initiative to promote Donegal Tourism in Temple Bar in Dublin on May 16th:
http://www.donegaldemocrat.ie/donegalnews/Donegal-Alive--major-new.6178381.jp
A major tourism initiative has been announced to boost all sectors of tourism throughout Donegal. The initiative created and funded by the Donegal Association in Dublin, Donegal Tourism Ltd., Failte Ireland North West and Donegal County Council is set to be a platform event for Co. Donegal and all it has to offer to the visitor. It will be held in Temple Bar, Dublin on Sunday, May 16.
People can expect a “carnival type” atmosphere of music, song, and dance from 12noon – 6pm in Meeting House Square Temple Bar. Top artists from the north-west are being invited to perform at this one day outdoor event and Donegal personalities are being invited to lend their name and time to promote the county.
Original Post on Donegal Friends.

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