Archive for February 2012
In 2010, dairy farmer Pat Kelleher approached the West Cork Development Partnership with a project proposal to develop the tyre processing plant he started on his farm. Pat was looking for grant aid to purchase a baler and weigh bridge. The investment he received has greatly improved the efficiency of the on-farm business. If you have an idea for a non-agricultural business on your farm please contact Food, Fisheries & Farming Development Officer Kevin Santry at 023 8834035
It all started in October 2009 when Cadogan’s Strand Coastcare Group in Schull came together to clean-up and create a picnic area in where is known locally as Cadogan’s Strand, to the east of the village of Schull. They applied to WCDP for assistance towards this project, and were approved grant assistance of €44,200 (75%) with local funds of €15,000 (25%). In the beginning the group had a vision for how they would develop the beach amenity, however through Schull Tidy Towns the opportunity arose to enter a competition for Diarmuid Gavin to design the garden. In early 2010 they found out they had won the competition!
With Diarmuid now on board, the project design took on a life of its own. Diarmuid brought a new vision that increased the scale, scope and budget of the project. The group spent many hours fundraising for their new amenity, while at the same time working on building what became known as Trá an Oileáin. The group have created a fantastic amenity for their village with picnic areas, seating taking advantage of the view out of the harbour and access to the water for small watercraft. Since the opening of the Garden in November 2010, the group have won many awards –just last month they won the Co-Operation Ireland All Island Pride of Place for Best Community Tourism Project. The group had a vision, with some hard work and determination they have achieved A Garden for the entire community of Schull.
Take a look at the project in action here.
Mary Keohane runs a beef enterprise on her 70 acre farm at Derrinkealig, Bantry. In 2009 Mary approached WCDP in relation to her proposal to develop a Driving Campus on her land that would provide users with a complete driving experience. This would include a full education package, whilst also providing a safe and fully licensed area for young adults from the age of 14-17 years to learn how to drive safely, and be safe when learning how to drive. Mary’s vision for a Driving academy came about when her eldest daughter started to learn how to drive, she feared for her safety as she had no previous experience of driving on a public road. After undertaking research Mary found that there was no facility in the country where young people from the ages of 14-17 years could learn to drive. The proposal would also enable young people to intensify their learning experience and be part of a development in the provision of safe, responsible road use. For further information please visit www.bantrydrivingacademy.ie. WCDP approved grant assistance of €134,300 (50%) to support this project.
The Irish Whale & Dolphin Group is a marine conservation NGO (non governmental organisation). They were established in 1990, their aim is the conservation of cetaceans, (whales, dolphins and porpoises) in Irish waters. The IWDG carries out a range of monitoring, research, education and awareness, aimed at improving the conservation status of cetaceans. The core work of the IWDG is the co-ordination of the all-Ireland cetacean sighting and stranding schemes.
The IWDG approached the WCDP with an application for funding to carry out research on the photo ID, expansion of sampling, land and boat based monitoring to establish whale species diversity, seasonal trends and distribution and status of the cetacean species living in West Cork waters. In order to ensure that whale watching is sustainable in the long term, the IWDG argued that it is of utmost importance that structures underpinning the growth of the whale watching industry are put in place while it is still in its infancy.
The WCDP awarded grant aid of €7100. The subsequent IWDG Large Whale Photo-Identification Study is available to view and download.