Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has described the erection of a new electronic notice board at the Blue Flag beach at Clogherhead as a step forward for tourism in the area.
Cllr Cunningham said “This new electronic board will provide swimmers with up to date information on the current status of the bathing water and is based on a newly developed prediction model using software which will support the collection of data and deliver that information to the public.
“People can check through an App and through the website which beach would provide the best water quality before making the journey and I am confident that Clogherhead having maintained its ‘excellent’ water quality status for a number of years now, will continue to do so which will encourage more bathers to visit our beach.”
“This is a step forward for tourism and how we promote our beach. It is also an improvement how our bathing water quality is monitored. This project will allow for water sampling and microbial sampling and sends the real time data to a server. As a result, short term pollution can be predicted and the public can be informed through the App, website, text alerts and through this electronic signage. This will promote good management of our beach including protecting public health and help us monitor environmental standards more closely and in a more timely manner.”
The cross border Project has been funded by the EU’s INTERREG VA and is known as the EU SWIM Project and the lead partner is University College Dublin.
Cllr Cunningham said “only one beach was chosen in Louth for this Project and I am delighted that it is Clogherhead. Two other beaches chosen were Enniscrone (Sligo) and Lady’s Bay (Donegal).”
There were six beaches in the North of Ireland chosen: Portrush, Newcastle, Castlerock, Waterfoot, Ballyholme and Ballywalter.
Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has congratulated the 2018 Show Garden winner at Bord Bia’s Bloom.
Andrew Christopher Dunne won the competition for his ‘Sustainable Seafood Garden’ last week.
Seafood Garden Winner (pic via Agriland)
Cllr Cunningham said “well done Andrew. You have done Clogherhead proud. Andrew’s garden tells the story of coastal communities and their way of life and the importance of fish. At a time when coastal communities are under pressure economically and the fishing industry here is facing decimation, Andrew has reminded us of the sustainability of fish and the way of life of these areas. Clogherhead is a very proud fishing village and Andrew has made a beautiful garden feature which reflects the beauty of the area in which we live. A very deserving winner.”
Seafood Garden winner (pic via press reader)
The winning entry was an elaborate water feature with shimmering fish sculptures and an ‘upcycled’ fishing boat which doubles as a kitchen.
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.