On Sunday the 11th of May the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Simon Coveney T.D. and Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club officially opened a new pontoon facility with temporary berthing for up to approximately 30 boats. The new facility replaces an older interim structure which had been in place since the early 1990’s.
The new facility will provide short term temporary berthing for Club members on a daily fee basis as well as access for visiting boats. It is planned that this latter aspect will support the development for further marine tourism for Dungarvan and West Waterford.
The Club has already commenced promoting the new facilities to sailing and boating interests elsewhere in Ireland and the U.K. with a particular focus on our near neighbours in Wales.
Speaking at the opening, the Commodore of Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club, Joan Moloney, said “This is a proud day for sailing in Dungarvan as it represents another important development in the 68 year history of the club. The modernization of the pontoon facilities will provide safer boat access for families and sailors and will support tourism development in the town”. She then went on to thank those in the club who have worked tirelessly to bring the project to fruition.
However the project would not have been possible without the co-operation and support of key agencies. In particular Ms. Moloney thanked on behalf of the sailing club the Dungarvan Town Council and in particular the unstinting efforts of Joe O'Flaherty the recently retired Town Clerk. Financial support from the Waterford Leader Partnership and the advice and support of the ISA was also gratefully acknowledged. Eoin McGarry of McGarry Construction was also praised for his effective and efficient installation of the facilities together with the suppliers Inland and Coastal.
During the project a late technical hitch prevented dredging work being undertaken in addition to the pontoon installation. While this was regrettable, it is hoped that this next phase of the project can re-commence in the not too distant future.
Dungarvan Harbour Sailing club can now look forward to welcoming many more boats to the town and making Dungarvan an important destination for marine tourism and leisure.