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Buncrana benefits from seaside injection 17.01.08

BUNCRANA has been given better tourism signposting, walking paths, summer seats and visitor information points as part of its inclusion in a cross border seaside town initiative.
Inishowen's biggest town joined Donegal Town and Bundoran, Enniscrone and Mullaghmore in Co. Sligo, Portrush, Glenarm and Ballycastle as part of the four-year project.
It was part-financed by the EU through the Irish Central Border Area Network (ICBAN) to the tune of 1.3m and resulted in major infrastructural works being undertaken in the five participating council areas, north and south.
"The aim of this initiative was to undertake environmental
Pictured at the recent ICBAN tourism event in Mullaghamore were back row from left, Rita McNulty; Sile Garrett Haran; Garret McGinty; Patsy Bradley; Peter Thompson; Joe McNulty and Cllr. Patsy Barry. Front row, left to right, are Maura Hegarty; Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Seamus Kilgannon and Ainsley McWilliams.
improvement works in nine seaside towns in the partner areas and to undertake a co-operative marketing programme to increase international and national visitors to the region," delegates were told at the recent event to mark the culmination of the project.
They were told that while Buncrana's improvements included way-marked ways for walkers and signposting, Bundoran's measures included the provision of a car-free pedestrian walkway to the cliffs in the town while Donegal Town saw the redevelopment of the Pier with subsequent phases currently ongoing.
ICBAN project officer, Garret McGinty said the group was delighted with the outcome of this unique project.
He said that the cross border project had brought together local authorities to share knowledge and technical expertise and this had resulted in mutual economic, social and cultural benefits for all the parties involved.
Meanwhile, Maura Hegarty, project officer, Sligo County Council thanked ICBAN for funding the project and praised her fellow partners in Donegal, Moyle, Larne and Coleraine for their commitment and support throughout the life of the project. She added that the website www.discoverseasidetowns.ie  would greatly support the project and together with an intensive advertising campaign, would raise awareness and boost the profile of the seaside town as a resort.
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