€1.3m pontoon opens at Bunagee
INISHOWEN has netted
another marine tourism boost with the opening of a
new €1.3m pontoon and breakwater at Bunagee Pier,
The Bunagee Marine Development is a "safe haven" for
vessels and includes berthing accommodation for up
to 15 vessels at the picturesque pier.
It was developed by Donegal County Council as part
of a major cross-border and transnational project
known as Sail West. It involved 21 partners from
Ireland, Northern Ireland and the West Coast of
The sun shone on Friday afternoon for the official
opening of the project by Minister of State for the
Diaspora and International Development Joe McHugh.
More than 100 people gathered along the pier and the
new pontoon to celebrate its official opening. The
cutting of the tape comes shortly after the awarding
of a coveted Blue Flag at Greencastle Marina.
Minister of State Joe McHugh cuts the
tape at the new Bunagee Marine Development along
with Inishowen district chairman Cllr Bernard
McGuinness, right, and Donegal County Council
cathaoirleach Cllr Terence Slowey.
District chairman and proud Culdaff man Cllr Bernard
McGuinness said the special day had been a long time
He spoke about the history of Bunagee Pier and what
it meant to the local community, particularly the
local fishermen. The local publican acknowledged the
work done by the Department of the Marine in
upgrading the new pier facilities which have been
warmly welcomed by the local fishermen.
The EU-funded project was constructed by Deane
Public Works along with Doran Consulting engineers.
Donegal County Council cathaoirleach Cllr Terence
Slowey said: "This development is situated in one of
the most beautiful locations in the country close to
the beautiful village of Culdaff and is an ideal
base that will give visitors the opportunity to
explore the Inishowen peninsula and the entire
Minister McHugh referred to the area's strong link
with Scotland and the important role played by
partners from Scotland in securing funding for the
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