Minister McConalogue announces further grant awards by EMFF Fisheries Local Action Groups

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The Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., today announced the award of further grants worth €1.2 million to 56 local community groups and micro enterprises by the seven Fisheries Local Action Groups established under Ireland’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Programme.  The grants are co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union. 

Announcing the grant awards, Minister McConalogue said: “I am delighted to announce today a further 56 coastal projects to benefit from EMFF funding through the seven Fisheries Local Action Groups established as part of my Department’s EMFF Programme supporting the development of our seafood sector and coastal communities.   These latest grant awards mean a total of €2.7 million FLAG funding has been awarded this year alone to 155 coastal projects”.

Minister McConalogue added:  “Many of the projects benefitting from EMFF FLAG funding are non-commercial projects benefitting the whole community in their coastal area.  Such projects can often secure up to 80% of the project cost, making a real difference to the viability of such projects.  This is just one of the ways in which my Department’s EMFF Programme is making a real difference for our coastal communities”.

Details of the FLAG scheme and how to apply can be found at

Notes for the Editor

The EMFF Operational Programme was launched in January 2016.  The Programme provides €240m in funding to the seafood sector (fisheries, aquaculture and seafood processing) over the period 2014 to 2020. The Programme is co-funded by the Exchequer and the EU.

FLAG, Fisheries Local Area Action Group (2014 – 2020) is a coastal community development strategy with a fund of €12 million for 7 designated Irish coastal communities. The 7 FLAGs are South FLAG (Cork), Southwest (Kerry, Limerick), South East (Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow) West, (Galway, Clare), Northwest (Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim), North (Donegal), and North East (Dublin, Louth, Meath).

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, assists FLAGs to deliver this scheme through administering supports via grant-aid, training and on the ground facilitation, with dedicated regional FLAG coordinators in each region.

The grant awards were as follows:

  FLAGNumber projectsTotal InvestmentGrant Awards

Details of the individual grant awards are set out below for each of the 7 FLAGs.

FLAG North

ApplicantProject TitleSupport RateTotal CostGrant Aid
Cumann Staire agus Seanchais na nOileán Cumann Staire agus Seanchais na nOileán (benches) Phase 280%2,300.001,840.00
Inver Community Centre Company Limited by GuaranteeInver Community Centre – Enhancing an Existing Community Asset Phase 280%4,995.643,996.51
Forest View LodgesForest View Lodges Phase 240%16,500.006,600.00
Uachtar Reoite BunglasUachtar Reoite Bunglas Phase 240%22,497.008,998.80
Croi na Farraige/Heart of the Sea – Digital Media Maritime Heritage Project & TV DocumentaryInishowen Community Media Network (ICMN) Phase 280%12,250.009,800.00
Áislann Chill CharthaRiverside Cáfe, The Áislann Phase 280%12,755.5010,204.40
Atlantic Coastal CruisesUnderwater Drone50%4,454.002,227.00
Niall SweeneyImproving Local Services40%7,950.003,180.00
Gola Island Outdoor EducationLaunch and retrieval of rescue craft / Transportation of equipment to main pier. (Trailer, Kayaks etc.)50%9,300.004,650.00
Seirbhísí Mara An Uillinn TeoProvision of a crane on workboat50%12,000.006,000.00
Laurentic LegacyThe Ulster Canada Initiative80%9,066.007,252.80
Michael Bonner EngineeringProvision of a Mobile Sand Blasting Unit40%24,500.009,800.00
Donegal Bay Rowing Club Safety Boat Upgrade80%12,965.0010,372.00
Donegal Bay Sub Aqua Club Search & Recovery St John’s Point – railings80%17,600.0014,080.00
Niall Mór Community & Enterprise CentreCentre Upgrade80%€18,725.00€14,980.00
Malin Head Fishermans Co-operative SocietyFork Lift60%€29,500.00€17,700.00
LAN Ctr (Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha Cuideachta faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta)Ag Leathnú Cumais (Added Capacity)80%€25,118.00€20,094.40
Seabound Engineering LtdMobile generator and other specialized engineering equipment50%€16,600.00€8,300.00
Donegal County CouncilSt. John’s Pier Development60%€24,000.00€14,400.00
Donegal County CouncilIce Making Equipment for Rannagh Pier70%€30,474.50€21,332.15
Total Fitness PLCTotal Fitness Outdoor Project40%€39,640.00€15,856.00
Killybegs Catch Ltd. Trading as Shines SeafoodHead office and storage unit refurbishment50%€63,000.00€31,500.00

FLAG NorthWest

ApplicantProject TitleSupport RateTotal CostGrant Aid
Eachtrai UISCE Teoranta T/A UISCEU.I.S.C.E. Business Development Plan 2020/2150%35,504.0017,752.00
Ballyglass Crew YachtmasterBallyglass Crew Yachtmaster50%5,300.002,650.00
Sligo County CouncilTemporary Pontoon Project60%53,994.7432,396.84
Newport 300Year long celebration of 300 year History80%27,043.0021,634.40
Grainne Uaile Search & Recovery UnitDry suits & surface suits for diving & surface searching80%11,061.008,848.80
Bia Mara Inis ToircBia Mara Inis Toirc50%23,655.9811,827.99
Cumann Iascairí Chois Chósta Iorrais TeoMobile Boat Lifting Trailer80%90,000.0072,000.00
Sligo Yacht ClubImprove the facilities at Sligo Yacht Club60%55,775.0033,465.00
Muintir a’ Chorrain TeoMaritime Information Boards80%11,466.449,173.15

FLAG NorthEast

Project TitleSupport RateTotal CostGrant Aid
Fingal County CouncilFingal Operational and Technical Harbour Marine Supports Pilot Project100%30,000.0030,000.00
Irish Commercial Charter BoatsPurchase of new workboat50%160,000.0080,000.00
Skerries Rowing ClubDesign Team Fees for Skerries Rowing Club Boathouse80%61,648.0049,318.40
WSHI Limited trading as Howth Castle Cookery SchoolThe Howth Castle Cookery School40%112,500.0045,000.00

FLAG SouthWest

ApplicantProject TitleSupport RateTotal CostGrant Aid
Caherciveen Rowing ClubSeine Boat Restoration50%10,000.005,000.00

FLAG South

ApplicantProject TitleSupport RateTotal CostGrant Aid
Lawrence Cove Ferries LtdCrane Upgrade for Vessel ‘An tOileanach’50%197,000.0098,500.00
Fish Seafood Deli LtdThe Fresh Fish Deli50%100,806.0050,403.00
Cork County CouncilProvision of Sweeper for collection of Net Repair Trimmings, Union Hall, Baltimore & Kinsale100%36,850.0036,850.00
Aghada Sea Scout Group (Scouting Ireland)Safety Boat Upgrade80%23,862.0019,089.60


ApplicantProject TitleSupport RateTotal CostGrant Aid
Galway Bay Seafoods LtdGalway Docklands Experiences50%4,950.002,475.00
Ionad na FeamainneIonad Suathaireachta na Feamainne – The Seaweed Therapy / Holistic centre80%107,911.0086,328.80
Bláth na Mara Teoranta – Aran Islands SeaweedeCommerce development for new retail product line and tourism & education aspect50%20,992.0010,496.00
M O Malley ShellfishUpgrade access to and renovate existing grading shed and holding tanks40%29,224.0011,689.60
Comharchumann Forbartha Árann TeorantaSales & Marketing & Branding Campaign for Bia Farraige Arann  – Seaweed Processing80%35,000.0028,000.00
Killary Fjord Shellfish LtdHard-framed weather proof long gazebo50%9,500.004,750.00
Comharchumann Forbartha Árann TeorantaUp grading of seaweed processing facility80%63,000.0050,400.00

FLAG SouthEast

ApplicantProject TitleSupport RateTotal CostGrant Aid
Helen Blake Community GroupPreparation, Development and Marketing of Helen Blake Replica Lifeboat as a Major Tourist Attraction80%87,141.1969,712.95
Rathangan Senior Citizens Housing Association CLGMcCall’s Community Centre80%70,060.0056,048.00
Waterford Institute of Technology (on behalf of the Creaden Project Steering Group).Creaden Project80%72,399.1057,919.28
Greystones Sailing ClubJunior and Adult sail training programme80%9,900.007,920.00
Ray McGrathGaultier Heritage Rambles book.   The book is entitled Heritage Rambles in Gaultier, Waterford’s Maritime Barony50%6,925.003,462.50
Queen of Peace Adventure Youth ClubUpgrading/replacement of old canoes80%5,238.004,190.40
6th Wexford (Tuskar) Sea ScoutsProvision of Sea Scout Pontoon in Small Boat Safe, Rosslare Hbr80%7,767.836,214.26
Tintern Trails CommitteeTo purchase and install a suitable external sign at the entrance to Tintern site.80%4,867.003,893.60
Cheekpoint Development GroupCheekpoint Lower Harbour Wall Painting80%9,380.007,504.00
Overall Total2,006,911.921,278,077.64

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