New Tourism Project Launched at Malin Head


Official launch of Malin Head project

Official launch of Malin Head project

The Malin Head Marine Tourism project was formally opened by Cathaoirleach Cllr Ciaran Brogan yesterday Tuesday, June 16. This project is one of several Loughs Agency marine tourism and angling development projects funded through a €4 million programme of investment derived from the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

 

The project works include the building of passing places along the narrow roads leading to the headland. Cliff top trails and a viewing area with telescopes to allow the visitor to safely enjoy the fabulous views across to Inishtrahull Island and the Scottish isles beyond. Overlooking the stunning coastline, information panels inform visitors of trail conditions and the wildlife they may see, as well as interpreting the landscape and seascape.

Seamus Neely Chief Executive addressing the launch

Seamus Neely Chief Executive addressing the launch

 

Speaking at the event, Donegal County Council Chief Executive Seamus Neely reiterated Donegal County Councils commitment to developing signature destination points along the Wild Atlantic Way, stating that “the Malin Head project is an addition to the strategic tourism development being carried out at Sliabh Liag and Fanad Lighthouse and places the county in a strong position to benefit from the aggressive international marketing of the Wild Atlantic Way”.

Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ciaran Brogan speaking at the official launch

Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ciaran Brogan speaking at the official launch

Newly elected Donegal County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr Ciaran Brogan, believes the partnership model of cooperation is key to the development of this and other tourism products in the county.

 

“We know from past experience that these projects need the buy in of all stakeholders, be they statutory agencies, the local authority, community group or private business. This project should serve as a model for other groups looking to build on the critical mass of tourism product in their locality”.

Cllr Rena Donaghey speaking at the launch of the Malin Marine Tourism project

Cllr Rena Donaghey speaking at the launch of the Malin Marine Tourism project

This point was supported by Inishowen Municipal District Cathaoirleach, Cllr Rena Donaghey who also believes “that the community must be involved at all levels in terms of both developing and rolling out the actions on the ground”.

Cathal O hOisin MLA speaking at the launch

Cathal O hOisin MLA speaking at the launch

Mr Cathal Ó hOisín, MLA, a Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, represented the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michelle O’Neill MLA, at the official opening event.

 

On behalf of Minister O’Neill, he paid tribute to the project partners, the Loughs Agency and Donegal County Council, on the effective cross border cooperation on this and other projects. The Loughs Agency is co-sponsored by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR).

Minister of State Joe McHugh TD speaking at the launch

Minister of State Joe McHugh TD speaking at the launch

Attending the opening, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Joe McHugh TD also referred to the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

“Under the banner of the Wild Atlantic Way, Malin Head will benefit from a now internationally recognised brand which has been a resounding success for tourism on the western seaboard”.

 

He went on to say how, in his role as a Sponsoring Minister for the Loughs Agency on the North South Ministerial Council, he knew of “the success the Agency has had in recent years in securing some €15M in EU funding for investment in local amenities with real community dividend and for key research to underpin its core functions”.

Phil Mahon, Loughs Agency addressing the official launch of the Malin Head Marine Tourism Project

Phil Mahon, Loughs Agency addressing the official launch of the Malin Head Marine Tourism Project

Phil Mahon, Loughs Agency board member, expressed the Loughs Agency’s pride in the Malin Head project and explained how it was an “excellent example of EU funding being invested in infrastructure that will grow local and regional tourism”.

 

She went on to state that “the generous support of landowners has been key to the success of the Malin Head project – from the owners of property who permitted the construction of passing places to the farmers who allowed development of foot paths across their land”.

 

The Malin Head project is one of several Loughs Agency marine tourism and angling development projects funded through a €4 million programme of investment derived from the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

 

The opening of the new facilities at Malin Head will enhance the visitor experience and boost tourism in the area, creating long-term benefits for the local community.

Andrew Sides Loughs Agency speaking at launch of Malin Head Marine Tourism project

Andrew Sides Loughs Agency speaking at launch of Malin Head Marine Tourism project

 

Speakers and special guests attending launch of Malin Head Marine Tourism project

Speakers and special guests attending launch of Malin Head Marine Tourism project

 

Local community representatives with Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Pat Mahon Loughs Agency and Minister of State Joe McHugh at launch of Malin Head Project

Local community representatives with Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Pat Mahon Loughs Agency and Minister of State Joe McHugh at launch of Malin Head Project

 

Members of Inishowen Municipal District with guests at the launch of the Malin Head Project

Members of Inishowen Municipal District with guests at the launch of the Malin Head Project

 

Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach arriving at Malin Head for launch

Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach arriving at Malin Head for launch

 

Official Launch of the Malin Head Marine Tourism project

Official Launch of the Malin Head Marine Tourism project

 

View of Malin Head, Irelands most northern point

View of Malin Head, Irelands most northern point

 

Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ciaran Brogan with Cllr Rena Donaghey and Seamus Neely Chief Executive

Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ciaran Brogan with Cllr Rena Donaghey and Seamus Neely Chief Executive

Cllr. Padraig MacLochlann checking out the telescopes at Malin Head

Cllr. Padraig MacLochlann checking out the telescopes at Malin Head

 

Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan at Malin Head

Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan at Malin Head

 

Seamus Neely, Chief Exeutive checking out the views through the telescope at Malin Head

Seamus Neely, Chief Exeutive checking out the views through the telescope at Malin Head

 

Cllr. Rena Donaghey testing the telescope at Malin Head while Cllr. Martin McDermott and Charlie McConalogue TD look on

Cllr. Rena Donaghey testing the telescope at Malin Head while Cllr. Martin McDermott and Charlie McConalogue TD look on

Official opening of Malin Head Marine Tourism Project

Official opening of Malin Head Marine Tourism Project

 

Visitors to Malin Head enyoying the beautiful seascape

Visitors to Malin Head enyoying the beautiful seascape

 

Malin Head

Malin Head

 

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