€750,000 Ramor Watersports Club Marina Extension officially opened by Minister Heather Humphreys
In August 2022, Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Rural & Community Development and Minister for Social Protection attended the signing of the contract to extend the Ramor Watersports Club existing Marina by 20 berths, bringing it to 52 berths. This extension was necessary as the demand for boat moorings meant that the existing marina was full. The entire Marina project €750,000, funded by two Cavan LEADER Grants of €200,000, and a fundraising campaign by the Club that raised €350,000.
Speaking at the official launch Minister Humphreys said.
“In 2013 some €200,000 was provided to support the installation of the Ramor Watersports Club marina under the former LEADER Programme, which is now under my Department of Rural & Community Development. Ten years later you have taken this project a major step further to extend the marina from 32 to 52 berths. I commend the Ramor Watersports Club for the work you have put into raising close to €350,000 of your own funds to support this unique initiative. I want to thank the Cavan Local Community Development Committee and their implementing partner, Cavan County Local Development, for their support for this project”
Brendan Jennings, Director of Services, Cavan Co. Council & Chairman of the Cavan LAG said
"I am delighted to be here today at the official launch of the extended marina on the shores of Lough Ramor. This is another example of the great work being done by sporting and community groups across county Cavan. This project did not happen without the many local volunteers and I applaud all involved at Ramor Watersports Club.”
John Wilson, Commodore, Ramor Watersports Club said
“To say we are delighted to be officially launching our new 52 berth marina is an understatement. This is another significant milestone in the development of our club, which goes from strength to strength, due to the commitment of the volunteers from within the club community, our sponsors and funders. Without the support of Minister Humphreys, our local representatives, Cavan LEADER and Cavan Co Council we would not be at the stage of development we currently are at. I want to thank most sincerely all who have supported Ramor Watersports Club, especially the Brady Family, our main Sponsor here at the Lakeside Manor Hotel”.
John Wilson gave a special mention to John Toland, LEADER Development Officer, for his patience in guiding Ramor Watersports Club through the funding process.
Among the invited guests for the official opening of the marina was John Twomey, President of the Irish Sailing Association and an Irish Paralympic athlete & sailor who has represented Ireland at 11 consecutive Paralympic games, winning medals at three of them, Britney Arendse from Mullagh, Cavan who is also a Paralympian and Kerrie Leonard from Meath, an ambassador for ‘The Lady Amanda – Accessible Boat’ at Ramor Watersports Club.
On the day of the official launch, the many guests were treated to a trip on “The Lady Amanda”, an accessible boat that was purchased by the Club in 2022. To date the team of 18 Ramor Watersports Club Volunteers have managed over 100 trips giving some 560 people guided trips on Lough Ramor. The Club expects this number to triple in 2023 as word of the boat and the entertaining guided tours spreads.
The new Ramor Watersports Club Marina is already filling up from those who were on a waiting list to secure a berth when it was extended, with 14 berths pre-sold before the season even starts!
Those wishing to secure a berth for 2023 Season at the Ramor Watersports Club Marina can contact the Club by email at email@example.com