Shocked At Suggestions They Should Leave For Mainland
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are shocked and distressed that some County Councils are telling
those in need of housing that they will have to move from the islands
to the mainlan.
is according to Comhdháil Oileán na hÉireann,
the Islands' Federation which is the representative body for the
offshore islands. The situation is revealed by the Secretary of
the Federation. Rhoda Twombly, in an interview to be broadcast in
this week's edition of THIS ISLAND NATION radio programme.
the annual general meeting of the Federation, held on Inishbofin
Island off County Mayo, she says that a shortage of private and
Council housing on Islands is a growing problem and one that must
be addressed if the islands are to be sustainable.
will live in a place where they have no home to call their own?"
she asks and says that suggesting to islanders they should leave
for the mainland "is the opposite to sustainability and will
contribute to island decline.
is very strongly felt that monies must be made available to the
Councils that include islands to purchase suitable houses when they
become available. It was also noted that planning regulations can
compound the difficulties in building on Islands and these regulations
should be carefully examined to ensure that they are island-proofed,"
Rhoda Twombly says.
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VISIT TO RATHLIN ISLAND WOULD BE GREAT!
is the only inhabited island off the Northern Ireland Coast and
we think we are part of this island nation. Our festival is about
to happen celebrating all things Maritime and we would like as many
people as possible to visit us and enjoy our maritime culture and
heritage," says Mary O'Driscoll of the festival organising
committee. "As well as markets and music, we will stage maritime
have-a-go events - knots, ropes and nets making, and most importantly
rowing the currachs and sailing the drontheims that were made during
the festivals of the last 4 years. This is our 5th festival."
from the very heart of the spectacular Causeway Coast and Glens
the communities of Ballycastle and Rathlin Island would like to
extend a very warm welcome to celebrate their "rich and diverse
maritime culture during the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival"
which runs from Friday, May 26, to Sunday, June 4. The festival
is centred on Rathlin Sound, the body of water that lies between
Rathlin Island and Ballycastle. "From the adrenaline rush of
the Sailing Regatta and races as well as exciting have-a-go activities,
to tempting food and craft markets, seriously scenic guided walks,
exciting and informative talks and tours, exhibitions and demonstrations,
fun competitions, friendly giants, currach, Tall ship and Viking
ships, theres plenty to choose from including fantastic family
friendly events.Theres a fun fillled and packed programme
of events at the 5th annual celebration of our rich maritime heritage,"
says Mary O'Driscoll.
for more info
are wanted for SeaFest 2017
are wanted for SeaFest 2017 to help make this years national
maritime festival one to remember. The three day celebration will
take place in Galway from 30 June to 2 July 2017. The Marine Institute,
coordinating SeaFest on behalf of the Government Marine Coordination
Group, is calling for volunteers to apply now.
Donnelly Managing Director of Arcana, the event management specialists
appointed to stage SeaFest 2017, said, Volunteers play an
important role in making SeaFest 2017 a memorable event. Our volunteers
are valuable members of our event team, as they assist in making
the festival run smoothly and help ensure it is enjoyed by all visitors.
Volunteers have the opportunity to be part of a fantastic
marine-themed festival, Mr Donnelly said. An action-packed
programme of entertainment and attractions on and around the water
is planned, which is sure to delight visitors of all ages and also
encourage them to explore the wonders of our ocean.
raises awareness of the value and opportunities provided by the
sea, and will include tours of ocean-going vessels, aquatic displays,
interactive exhibitions, a seafood fair, as well as fun and educational
activities for children.
become a volunteer for SeaFest 2017 visit http://seafest.ie/volunteer
and complete the online application form. All volunteers must be
aged 18 years or older. Volunteers must be available from 9am to
6pm and have the option to volunteer for one, two or the three days
of the festival. Volunteers may also be selected for Garda Vetting.
more information on SeaFest visit www.seafest.ie
and follow SeaFest on Facebook and Twitter.