St. Patricks Day 2002
as you all know 2002 will see the culmination of almost a
decades work by voluntary community activists in Cahersiveen.
The small group of people within ACARD Ltd., the Local Community
Development Organization who came together at that time and
who have seen this project through to its realisation are
the heroes of the story of Cahersiveen Marina.
I consider them to be a great example of what is being promoted
at present as we near the end of the International Year of
The Project was devised to address one of the major gaps in
the South Kerry Tourism Project, as a Community, this area
had failed consistently to use the sea as a central part of
our product in a way in which our neighbours in Dingle and
Fenit had managed to do.
Sailing and in particular Cruise Sailing is one of the major
growth sectors of tourism and it has been proven that it attracts
a sustainable high-spend market sector. Which, heretofore,
the South West Kerry Region had failed to capitalise on.
The N.D.P 1994-1999 identifies a number of gaps in the National
Coastal Circuit of Marina Provision of which this area is
clearly one. Let me firstly state that while this project
is primarily a Community one, it would not have been possible
without the co-operation of both Local Elected Representatives,
the Kerry County Council as our Local Authority and in particular
the Department of The Marine and Natural Resources.
We are fortunate to have had the support at the Cabinet Table
of Minster John O'Donoghue T.D. who has taken a great personnel
interest in the project. Kerry County Council's major contribution
has been the provision of an underwriting guarantee for £75,000
for five years but they have also played a central part in
the project construction Steering committee.
Others to whom we owe a great debt of gratitude include Manager
Martin Nolan for his confidence in the project during a difficult
period for such initiatives. To the County Engineer Tom Curran
and in particular to the Mayor of Kerry Mr Paul O'Donoghue
his local knowledge and belief in this project have played
no small part in bringing the project to where it is today.
look forward to welcoming you in the Summer 2002 for the official
opening of Cahersiveen Marina.