€165,000 funding allocated to 27 coastal projects in Galway and Mayo

funding for coastal projects in galway

Twenty-seven projects in Galway, Mayo and the West are to benefit from funding of over €165,000.

The funding has been allocated under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Operational Programme – co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the EU.

Minister for Agriculture and the Marine, Michael Creed confirmed the allocations as part of a national total investment of €1.6 million.

The funding of €165,964 is supporting 27 projects in the West and represents a total investment of almost €300,000.

Galway West TD Sean Kyne says that a diverse variety of projects are being supported with funding for marine tourism and leisure projects, small harbour infrastructure, festivals, seafood enterprises and environmental projects, among others.

“In Galway, local businesses such as Killary Adventure Company, Connemara Smokehouse and Letterfrack Sea Safari, alongside community groups such as Comhlacht Forbartha Inis Meáin, are receiving support for initiatives which will boost our coastal communities.

“Under the funding, the West Fisheries Local Action Group is also supporting a number of festivals such as Inisbofin Arts Festival, the Traidphicnic in An Spidéal, the Connemara Mussel Festival and Bia Bofinnie which have become annual highlights for local people and visitors to our county alike,” said the Fine Gael TD.


FLAG Applicant Project Grant Aid Total Cost
WEST Inishbofin Community Services Programme Inishbofin Arts Festival 1,000.00 1,400.00
WEST Coiste Currachai an Spideal Féile 1,000.00 1,300.00
WEST Thomas Blunnie Purchase of a grading machine for winkles 2,000.00 4,000.00
WEST Letterfrack Sea Safari Promotional Brochures & Engine 7,166.59 14,333.19
WEST Killary Adventure Company Killary Fjord Walking Path 24,000.00 48,000.00
WEST Comhar Caomhán Teo Scoping exercise for park 680.00 850.00
WEST Comhlacht Forbartha Inis Meáin Éigse Dara Beag 1,000.00 1,250.00
WEST Scattery Island Tours Promotional/marketing of company 4,252.93 8,505.87
WEST Clare Local Development Company Trail Photo Posts 1,937.69 2,422.12
WEST Wild Kitchen Wild Kitchen Seaweed Experience 7,465.00 14,930.00
WEST Coiste Féile Traidphicnic Coastal offerings @ féile traidphicnic 2018 1,000.00 1,325.00
WEST Doonbeg Community Development Company Limited Doonbeg Diving Compressor 4,344.00 5,430.00
WEST Bád Tarrthála Charna agus na nOileán CLG Carna Life Boat Training 2,554.00 3,180.00
WEST Loop Head Tourism Ltd Development of the tourism product on Loop Head peninsula which will have a positive effect on local community 3,920.00 4,900.00
WEST Of the Earth Artworks Educational workshops in glass making 1,743.54 4,358.85
WEST Burren Smokehouse The Story of Irish Salmon 20,690.00 41,380.00
WEST Connemara Mussel Festival Festival 2,000.00 2,500.00
WEST Clare County Council Camino Atlantico de Clare – East End & West End Kilkee 10,240.00 17,067.00
WEST Doonbeg Community Development Company Limited Doonbeg  Harbour CCTV 1,850.00 2,313.00
WEST Bia Bofinnie Festival 2,024.62 2,530.77
WEST Ionad Cuimhneacháin na nImirceach Teo Installation system in the emigrants Commemorative Centre 3,905.60 4,882.00
WEST Údarás na Gaeltachta Bunú an eagraíocht Cósta Gaelach Chonamara 19,380.00 19,380.00
WEST Celtic Sound Celtic Sound Cultural Experience 18,800.00 47,000.00
WEST Connemara Smokehouse New Website 5,195.00 10,390.00
WEST Clare Slow Food Festival 2018 Burren Slow Food Festival 2018 2,000.00 2,510.00
WEST Killary Fjord Shellfish Marine Tourism Project 9,890.96 19,781.91
WEST Blath na Mara Brand and product development 5,924.64 11,849.28
Total 165,964.57 297,768.99