Funding for 9 coastal community projects

Funding for 9 coastal community projects


The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group will receive €20,800

Nine coastal communities in County Clare are set to benefit from €119,073 investment. 

The grants are co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union under Ireland’s European Maritime & Fisheries Fund Operational Programme for the seafood sector and are awarded by Ireland’s seven Fisheries Local Action Groups.

Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen said, “This is great news for coastal communities here in Clare and I am delighted so many wonderful local projects are set to benefit from this funding.

“Our local FLAG group is providing a great source of investment for seafood and marine projects in our coastal communities. More than 800 projects in seven coastal regions have benefitted from EMFF funding since the present FLAG scheme was launched in 2017.

“The Scheme continues to positively impact on coastal communities in Ireland, including our own here in Clare,” he said.

“The high number of successful projects funded this year reflects both the quality of the projects and the hard work of our local communities through the local FLAG Boards,”  added Minster Breen.

The Projects in Clare to receive funding under the current Ireland’s European Maritime & Fisheries Fund Operational Programme are: 

Clare County Council for New Quay Pier Car Park Upgrade – 45,336 

Irish Whale and Dolphin Group for Recording and Studying the population of Shannon Dolphins – 20,800

Dúchas na Sionne for The Shannon Wetlands Restoration Project – 22,208

Clare County Council for Querrin Pier Car Park & Adjoining areas upgrade – 15,000

Loophead Tourism Ltd for Development of Tourism Products – 3,920.

Slow Food Clare for Burren Slow Food Festival 2019 – 2,400

Burren Smokehouse for Heritage Centre – The Story of Irish Salmon – 3,075

Loophead Tourism Ltd for Mid-Summer Festival Nature & Heritage on the Loop Head Peninsula – 1,818

Scattery Island Tours for Marketing Campaign – 4,516



Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.