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Report on Coastal Erosion Meeting

Report on Coastal Erosion Meeting held at The Club, Castlegregory on Tuesday 16 February 2016.

The meeting was again well attended. The agreement of all landowners is to be sought before any works are implemented. There is a need to raise awareness of the beach bye laws and to ask the County Council to implement them. Kerry County Council is currently seeking funding for an impact study on coastal protection measures in Maharees. The illegal camping is not only a cause of erosion it is also a public health issue. Major concerns were expressed in relation to access for ambulance, doctor and fire brigade.

Solutions discussed:

  • Control overgrazing
  • Move the containers across the road
  • Limit access points to beach by blocking/fencing off other non-recognised paths.
  • Repair existing fencing where damaged.
  • Plant marram grass on affected sites. Susan Vickers to be consulted.
  • Many people offered use of their tractors and machinery to complete works.
  • Rock armour as the best solution and stone gabions were also discussed.
  • Need to raise awareness with the councillors.
  • Get the County Council to look afresh at the car park issue.
  • Create an identity.
  • Contact local MEPs to seek EU funding.
  • Lots of goodwill and offers of help shown at the meeting and over £900 collected from the attendance. Money to go for purchase of fencing, mesh netting, signs etc.
  • Martha Finn to set up crowd funding from the petition
  •  A sub-committee was formed:

Ray Buckley, Denny Cronin, Patricia Browne, Marie Lynch O’ Connor, Pat Browne, Michael McKenna, Lawrence O’ Connor, Eileen Walsh, Peter Hennessy, Martha Farrell, Jamie Knox, Catherine Syme, Tom Scanlon, Martin Lynch, Sean Spillane.

  • First meeting of sub-committee at the Club Rooms on Thursday 18 February at 9.15 pm.

Storm Festival - A Success!

The end of a very busy three weekends and what a finish! As part of the Storm Festival, the Community Council served dinner for 94 people. It was heartening to see people from all areas of Castlegregory coming together to share a meal. We had to turn away 20m people as the meal was sold out on Thursday. Thank you to all who came and we hope you enjoyed your meal. A special thank you to the cooks: Mandy, Eamon, Bernadette, Mary, Debbie and Noreen; To the breadmakes: Eileen, Lucy, Julia, Joanne, Rosari, Shirley, Shelia and Gert; To the kitchen helpers: Bernie,Josephine,Katie,Lourde,Sheila,Marian,Gert and Debiie, to the Raffle organizers;Catherine and Nora,To the servers; Lucy, Kieran, Niamh, Cáit, Grace, Carrie, Martha and Caitlyn. To Carole, Ann, Bernadette, Peter and Cliff, you all did a great job to make the dinner a fantastic success. When shall we do the next one? Summer is coming sometime….. Also thank you to those who donated prizes for the raffle; Tim Smith, O’Connor’s Trekking, Junction Bar, Tralee Framing and Tomásíns.

A word about the Storm Photp Exhibition: the photos were beautiful. Thanks to Tim, Bridget, Cate, Marcia and thanks to Syra for curating. Syra also put it up on the Creative Way facebook page and had 2000 likes. Maybe next year we’ll have even more participation. This will be an on-going event!

Now that the picture rails are up, if there is an artist or photographer that would like to have a show, they can contact Marcia at 0871693493 for more info. Great place for an exhibition, parking available, tea and coffee making facilities, tables and chairs for a cosy café/gallery effect.


storm pic

Minutes of Castlegregory Community Council

Minutes of Castlegregory Community Council Meeting Held in the Clubrooms at 8pm on 12 January 2016

Present: Absent with apologies: Marcia Ganter (Chairperson) Lucy Dowling (Vice Secretary) Sean Spillane (Treasurer) Keith Woodward (Vice Chair) Martha Flynn (Secretary) Sandra Fitzgibbon Mandy Browne (Vice Treasurer) Tom Ferriter Martin Lynch Daragh Rohan (P.R.) Kieran Browne Eamonn O’Connor Dominic Spillane Pat O’Shea Hannah Hennessy (P.R.) Michael Cahillane Secretary

Report Minutes of last meeting read. Proposed and seconded. Minutes signed off.

2 Financial Report Funds available to Community Council to date are €44,850. Commercial rate for use of clubrooms has changed from €10 to €12 per hour. Majority of users of the clubrooms have been contacted and all have agreed to pay more. Only two remaining groups to be contacted and one group that was contacted to get back to the council regarding fees. As a result, income from clubrooms should go up by 25%. Playground Waiting for survey drawings from KCC. Meeting with KCC either Thursday 14th or Friday 15th Jan 2016. Eamonn now drawing up playground design. Hope to have application in by the end of the month. The West End Hall Electrical work starting Wednesday 13 Jan 2016 in West end hall which will include a coin meter in the hall and the Mina Hill building at a cost of €2,300. Three quotes received for roof repair of West end hall. Also a quote received for a temporary repair job to the roof until the weather improves. Strictly come Dancing night moved to the Hillgrove Hotel in Dingle due to condition of the floor, the leaking roof and the stage size. The Community Council would like to wish Clarissa all the best with this event. Plummer required to fix leak in toilets. Michael asked for toilets and kitchen to be cleaned before Pantomime.

3 Michael also requested use of the Mina Hill building during the pantomime for costume changing. Permission given. Wren Ball Cancelled due to a complaint and Community Council inability to have alcohol served without a licence, In order for this not to happen in the future, when procuring bar exemptions, publicans will be notified in writing of dates obtained and that they would sign a document confirming their agreement. Discussed, proposed and second. All in favour. Summer Festival Sub-committee formed consisting of: Mandy, Daragh, Hannah, Michael, Dominic and Kieran. Storm Festival DPTA is promoting a peninsula wide storm festival on the 5th, 6th and 7th of Feb. 2016. Castlegregory Community Council have decided to put on a dinner on Sat. 6th Feb at 6pm called Cooking up a Storm in Castlegregory. A three course meal will be served consisting of a starter, a choice of two mains and three desserts, tea/coffee. Price €12 per adult and €7 per child under 12 years. Council hope to cater up to 80 people on the night. Youth Council will help with catering – 8 to 10 people needed for this. Also hope to have a raffle on the night, looking for vouchers locally. Each member of the council asked to try and get 4 people to attend the dinner.

4 There will also be a photo exhibition, relating to storms, running for the weekend in the clubrooms, at least 8 local photographers to and photographs will be on sale. Village Rejuvenation Need to look into the possibility of fixing up the Pearse Hall. Maharees School Building Health and Safety issue at present. Need to find out who owns the building. Not sure if St Brendan’s Trust is involved. Community Council looking into taking it on and make it into a heritage centre possibly. Coastal Erosion Discussion on what can be done to prevent further erosion of the Community’s coastline. Community needs to come together as a whole to try to get funding etc. to prevent any further erosion where possible.

Crime Prevention and Community Alert Texting

A meeting will be held in The Clubrooms on Friday 23rd October at 8pm regarding the above. We would like to have people from all areas of Castlegregory, from the business community and from all organizations : GAA,Golf Club, Active Retired, Caravan Parks etc.

Thanks for your cooperation.

A very pleasant stay

`Sheila at the guest house where I would be staying in Castlegregory greeted me with a warm welcome and offered me a cup of tea on arrival, despite it being just after 12am on Friday 27th March. After a long car journey, despite the lateness of the hour, I was glad to accept.Shortly after being shown to my room a 'midnight feast'of tea and fruit cake then appeared , beautifully presented on a tray with a white china tea set.I mention this because it set the tone for my shoryt visit to Ireland,where the hospitality was warm and welcoming,nothing seemed too much trouble and everything appeared to have thought behind it. This, after a two and a half hour journey from Shannon Airport which didnt seem it at all as I'd been engaged in friendly conversation with Clarissa Michaux and her mother all the way(who was charming and as our 'tour guide' kept pointing out lovely details and things to note along the route, to which I couldn't help but smile as Clarissa reminded her it was pitch black outside and we couldn't see anything). the following morning i was collected and the car journey started off with us waiting for several cows to meander past us on the road to the first venue of the day.We then drove across a mountain pass with the spectacle of the morning mist rising off the mountains and also passed some beautifulsea views along the way.All very stressful! we arrived at Colaiste Ida(an all-irish girls boarding school situated two miles outside of Dingle town in the West Kerry Gaeltacht)at around 9am and this was to be the first of two venues for the day. It was interesting to learn that when you sit a school exam in Ireland and answer it in Irish you gain a 100 extra points for this is an encouragement to preserve the language, and that every one of the students at Colaiste Ida does this. this was the first time they've had ballet or any form of dance examsat the school and as such,I ws the first dance examiner ever to be welcomed there.Clarissas younger sister Evangeline was my music operator for the occasion, which consisted of 4 groups of grade 3 Ballet candidates.Before leaving the schoolI ws introduced to the principal which was a thoughtful touch to the visit that clarissa had pre-arranged. I appreciated being able to thank her personally for accommodating the examsat her school and she in turn thanked me for coming and wished me well for the afternoons examining ahead.We made our way back to the other venue in Castlegregory for further exams before lunch.After this the session continued into the afternoonand the day closed with 5 Intermediate Balet candidates.after what had been a most enjoyable day i arrived back at my accommodation for a second nights stayreadying myself for the 4.30am alarm that was to be my cue to be ready for being picked up the following morning by Clarissa and the return 2 and a half hour drive back to the airport(and for Clarissa a 5 hour round journey) In amongst all the preparations and attentions to detail, both large and small,for the smooth running of the day,Clarissa also somehow managed totake a professional exam herself and the dance Exercise Diploma, and to remain unflustered and a delight ful hostess throughout. written by Elizabeth Harris

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