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St. Patricks Day 2002

Firstly, 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 Volunteer.
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.

We look forward to welcoming you in the Summer 2002 for the official opening of Cahersiveen Marina.


ACARD Limited, 'The Old Barracks', Bridge Street, Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Telephone 00 353 (0)66 9472777 Fax 00 353 (0)66 9472993

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