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Crowds Gather in Clogherhead

category louth | sci-tech | news report author Friday May 18, 2007 18:23author by Sean Crudden - Greenore-Cooley Fisherman's Associationauthor email sean.crudden at iol dot ieauthor address Jenkinstown, Dundalk, Co Louth.author phone 087 9739945 Report this post to the editors

The Great and The Good Congregate

The Minister for Communications, Marine, Energy and Natural Resources, Mr Noel Dempsey TD, visited Clogherhead today to perform at 2.30 p.m. the official opening of the refurbished Port Oriel harbour.
Port Oriel Harbour viewed from the approach road from Clogherhead village.
Port Oriel Harbour viewed from the approach road from Clogherhead village.

The refurbished harbour features a 105m mass concrete quay. "It's storm-proof," an engineer friend of mine asserted. There is also a fine auction shed just to the landward side of the pier and a fine public toilet which I found useful not just for the usual reason but also because it provided shelter from a sudden shower which was quite wetting driven as it was by a strong breeze.

I did not wait for the festivities in the community hall in Clogherhead. Neither did I listen very intently to the speeches nor did I seek out a press-release or any information from Louth County Council - so I cannot comment on value-for-money aspects of the job. However the pier seemed wide, solid and generously proportioned to me. Now if only there were more fish in the sea?

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Looking north across the end of the pier The Mountains of Mourne can be distinguished in the distance - and the Cooley hills.
Looking north across the end of the pier The Mountains of Mourne can be distinguished in the distance - and the Cooley hills.

Walking down from the carpark to the pier for the opening.
Walking down from the carpark to the pier for the opening.

Seamus Kirk TD braves the wind as he waits for proceedings to begin.
Seamus Kirk TD braves the wind as he waits for proceedings to begin.

Jim Lennon, chairperson of Louth county council, addresses the multitude.
Jim Lennon, chairperson of Louth county council, addresses the multitude.

author by Sean Cruddenpublication date Fri May 18, 2007 18:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Every sitting TD in Louth was present including Fergus O'Dowd. The county manager, Martina Maloney, was absent due to pressure of official business but her predecessor John Quinlivan was present.

Arthur Morgan TD
Arthur Morgan TD

The lifeboatmen were there.  They set off two flares one each at significant moments of the ceremony.
The lifeboatmen were there. They set off two flares one each at significant moments of the ceremony.

Dermot Ahern TD
Dermot Ahern TD

The first flare falls to earth.
The first flare falls to earth.

When the tape was cut the crowd were invited to go ahead and view the pier at close quarters.
When the tape was cut the crowd were invited to go ahead and view the pier at close quarters.

author by Sean Cruddenpublication date Fri May 18, 2007 18:46author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It was gratifying to see retired members of Louth county council in the crowd including John McConville. His daughter Jacqui (Clogherhead) is a current member of the council. Some retired officials were also conspicuous.

Padraic Fallon who recently retired as county engineer for Louth poses co-operatively for the camera.
Padraic Fallon who recently retired as county engineer for Louth poses co-operatively for the camera.

There were many children and young people in the crowd - witnessing a historic day in their community.
There were many children and young people in the crowd - witnessing a historic day in their community.

Two pipers provided the music.
Two pipers provided the music.

The plaque unveiled tells the story.
The plaque unveiled tells the story.

Tommy Reilly MCC, Dromiskin, on the left and his friend Nicholas McCabe, Ardee, a former county councillor and former chairman of Louth county council.
Tommy Reilly MCC, Dromiskin, on the left and his friend Nicholas McCabe, Ardee, a former county councillor and former chairman of Louth county council.

author by Sean Cruddenpublication date Fri May 18, 2007 19:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Noel Dempsey was immaculately dressed, composed and in good humour. He made no fuss when I asked him to pose for the camera with one or two people at the end of the pier.

Michael Curran, director of the community and enterprise section of Louth county council pictured with Nicholas McCabe and Padraic Fallon after the opening and after the shower.
Michael Curran, director of the community and enterprise section of Louth county council pictured with Nicholas McCabe and Padraic Fallon after the opening and after the shower.

Jacqui McConville the county councillor from Clogherhead pictured at the end of the pier with Noel Dempsey who performed the opening.
Jacqui McConville the county councillor from Clogherhead pictured at the end of the pier with Noel Dempsey who performed the opening.

Paddy Donnelly senior executive officer in the infrastructure section of Louth county council pictured with the minister.  Paddy was MC for the opening.  On the right is James Neary, Dromiskin, a commander with the civil defence.
Paddy Donnelly senior executive officer in the infrastructure section of Louth county council pictured with the minister. Paddy was MC for the opening. On the right is James Neary, Dromiskin, a commander with the civil defence.

The police were watching and LMFM were there too.
The police were watching and LMFM were there too.

James Dolan, Clogherhead, pictured inside taking shelter from the brief shower which fell as the crowd retreated from the pier.
James Dolan, Clogherhead, pictured inside taking shelter from the brief shower which fell as the crowd retreated from the pier.

author by Sean Cruddenpublication date Fri May 18, 2007 19:17author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Piloting a scheme of public works like this to completion is no mean task and all those involved obviously felt a degree of self-satisfaction at a considerable and long-lasting achievement.

There was at least on Jaguar in the car-park!
There was at least on Jaguar in the car-park!

Paddy Donnelly pleased with a job well done.  Paddy is a former pupil of Dundalk vocational school and a past pupil of mine.
Paddy Donnelly pleased with a job well done. Paddy is a former pupil of Dundalk vocational school and a past pupil of mine.

author by Xinapublication date Fri May 18, 2007 19:49author address author phone Report this post to the editors

God bless all our lifeboat crews who risk their lives in all weathers - please give them your support as best you can.

author by Nuclear Watchpublication date Thu May 24, 2007 16:20author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The work of lifeboat crews pictured above is to be commended. However, we should spare a thought for the future victims of another growing hazard on the Irish Sea, the most heavily poluted sea in the world due to Selafield and other nuclear powerstations, nuclear storage facilities and nuclear weapons.
The decision by Tony Blair to leave his mark on history by approving the building of more nuclear powerstations will turn the Irish Sea into a nuclear cess-pit.

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