The great weather we had this week culminated in crowds of visitors to the beautiful village of Clogherhead and its blue flag beach on Sunday.
Sinn Féin Cllr Tom Cunningham said “while I am delighted to welcome all visitors to the village and the Strand, I would ask that they be mindful of where they are parking. Sunday was a beautiful day but Clogherhead was like a car park in places where cars had been parked on double yellow lines, across entrances blocking residents and at road ends making it difficult for traffic to flow.”
Cllr Cunningham was concerned that “at this time of year there is an increase in those using pleasure crafts and using the sea in different ways. It is during these times that the lifeboat is more liable to be called out. However, with the beach entrance blocked, where the life boat is stationed as it was today, the crew stood little chance of being able to attend the lifeboat in a timely manner.”
Cllr Cunningham continued “furthermore, an ambulance would not have been able to access the beach nor indeed the surrounding houses should an emergency have arisen.”
Cllr Tom Cunningham who lives in Clogherhead said “I am asking visitors to come and enjoy the delights of our village but please respect the law, the residents, the lifeboat and the emergency services. There is car parking about five minutes walk from the beach situated beside the playground and doctors surgery which was hardly used today at all.”
“I will also be talking to the Council engineers about how we deal with this in the future. This will be challenging as it really only affects a few days of the year but I will be exploring the erection of temporary signage for those days. Let us all enjoy this great weather without any unfortunate incidents.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has welcomed the launch of the new Hippocampe Beach Wheelchair at Clogherhead Beach.
Speaking today, Cllr Cunningham, who secured funding for the project, praised Sinn Féin Deputy Imelda Munster who was responsible for bringing the Beach Wheelchair to the County. “The last thing Imelda Munster did before she left Louth County Council to become a TD was to bring forward a motion calling for disabled persons to be able to go to a beach and to enter the sea like their able-bodied counterparts, something most of us take for granted. The motion received unanimous support across the Council and today we have our Beach Wheelchair. I can’t tell you how proud I feel today.”
The Beach Wheelchair will be managed by Celtic Adventures who are based at the beach in Clogherhead.
Cllr Cunningham said “I know County Wexford has one and as far as I am aware, Louth is the second County in the State to have one so we are very lucky. The Chair can be used on land and also in the sea and can accommodate adults and children alike. Can you imagine the freedom it would give a disabled person, young or old, to be able to go into the sea without having to be helped or carried, something they would not have been able to do before. And also the fact that it can go across the sand, parents or carers can now wheel their child across the sand instead of sitting on the sidelines.”
Cllr Cunningham also pointed out that “this can only benefit tourism in Louth as families with someone who is disabled are very limited in their choice if they want to visit a beach. Louth and Clogherhead is only too happy to welcome them.”
The Hippocampe All Terrain Chair
Imelda Munster TD said at the time “there is an onus on local authorities to ensure equal access to services and amenities for every citizen.”
The Beach Wheelchair is available from today at Clogherhead Beach. Celtic Adventures anticipate a demand for its use and have asked that people who are interested in using the chair, which will be free of charge, pre-book to avoid disappointment.
To book the chair please call Dave on 085 875 2767
Cllrs Tom Cunningham & Imelda Munster at Clogherhead Harbour
Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has hit out at thieves who struck in the hours of darkness last Wednesday night in Clogherhead Harbour.
Cllr Cunningham said “These chancers have struck at fishermen who are out trying to make a living. Clogherhead Harbour is dark at night which has obviously given them the cover they needed. They could have come and gone as they pleased and no-one would have noticed them.”
He said “A number of valuable laptops where taken. These laptops are issued by the SFPA (Sea Fisheries Protection Authority). They are an expensive piece of equipment and are of absolutely no use to anyone else. The fishermen cannot go to sea without them and subsequently cannot earn any money until such times as they are replaced.”
Cllr Cunningham also appealed to anyone who might know the whereabouts of the laptops to contact Gardaí or to contact him directly by phone or through his Facebook account. “It is imperative that these are returned to the fishermen, they are of no use to anyone else.”
Councillor Tom Cunningham had a council motion passed some months ago to get lights in the Harbour turned on due to health and safety fears for those disembarking boats in the evenings. Those lights are due to be switched on later this month. Let’s hope they will be a deterrent to opportune thieves. Some of the trawlers have been forced to leave lights on at night now but that means leaving an engine running which in turn, is costing them even more money.
Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has welcomed the awarding of the prestigious Blue Flag to Port Beach in Clogherhead, known locally as the big strand and the little strand.
Tom Cunningham said “There is a lot of hard work goes into earning the Blue Flag. I would like to especially thank and draw attention to the work of Clogherhead Development Group who do a wonderful job in keeping the beach and facilities clean and to such a high standard.”
The Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognized eco-labels and has been awarded in 49 countries around the world.
Cllr Cunningham continued “this award is a source of great pride for the community and to have the Blue Flag flying over Port Beach is a very welcome sight” and added with a smile “but one we are used to as this is the tenth year in a row it has been awarded.”
Tom Cunningham also thanked Louth County Council for all their help in helping to secure the awarding of the Flag.
Tom Cunningham (Left) with Martina Anderson MEP
Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham was in Brussels last week to see at first-hand what the EU can do for fishermen. Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson facilitated meetings between port and harbour representatives and EU officials.
On his return, Councillor Cunningham said “Clogherhead and other ports in Ireland play a key role in the economic life of this island. The potential for growth is huge when you consider that there are tens of thousands of tonnes of materials shipped through our ports daily, not only for Ireland but internationally as well”.
Cllr Cunningham continued “The EU’s ‘Motorways of the Sea’ policy, which aims to improve maritime trade links across Europe, together with the Trans European Transport Network (TEN-T), includes significant funding opportunities for major infrastructural projects at Ireland’s ports”.
Cllr Cunningham also had a meeting with party colleague Liadh Ní Riada MEP who sits on the Committee on Fisheries in Brussels. “It was a very productive meeting and I will be working closely with her to keep abreast of EU opportunities for the fishermen in Clogherhead and for the port in general.”
“For example, huge possibilities exist to develop the Atlantic Arc which would increase shipping routes from Spain, Portugal, through Irish ports, and on to international markets. It is vitally important for representatives of Ireland’s port and a harbour to be aware of the opportunities Europe provides to develop the huge potential of Clogherhead and the rest of our island.”