ICBAN - Small Harbour Improvements (08 May 2008)
09/05/2007 -
ICBAN - Small Harbour Improvements

Grant funding of 86,807, received from the Irish  Central Border Area Network (ICBAN) under the Interreg IIIA Programme, has facilitated improvement works at Aughris,  Pollnadivvia, Easkey and Enniscrone Piers in West Sligo.

Aughris Pier
This pier is used primarily by local fishermen. New railings were erected around the stairwell of the pier and hand rails were erected along the steps to the upper walkway and the steps down the face of the pier. The railings increase the safety in these areas especially during slippery and poor weather conditions. Three existing damaged quoin stones were replaced with similar limestone blocks along the edge of the pier. This removed the tripping hazard posed by the damaged quoin stones. New mooring rings were embedded in the pier surface and in the slipway for mooring boats and to provide an aid for launching vessels from the slipwaay. Seaweed growing on the slipway which was slippery and prevented harbour users walking on the slipway during low tide was removed and area treated with sea-weed remover.


Pollnadivvia Pier
This pier is used by local fishermen, swimmers and leisure craft users. An electric power supply was provided close to the pier for the harbour users. This involved the laying of approximately 500metres of ducting from the main road. Public lighting and a crash barrier were erected near the pier to provide a safer route to and from the pier. New mooring rings were embedded in the pier surface for mooring boats. New life buoy rings and housing were erected along the pier wall in case of accidents occurring. New railings were erected around the stairwell of the pier and hand rails were erected along the steps to the upper walkway and the steps down the face of the pier to increase the safety in these areas especially during slippery and poor weather conditions. Seaweed growing on the pier surface was removed and the area treated with sea-weed remover. Local harbour users and local Councillor Mary Barrett have expressed satisfaction with the provision of lighting and a crash barrier as this area was of great safety concern before the work was carried out.


Easkey Pier
Easkey is one of the most well known surfing venues in Ireland. European and national events in both surfing and surf kayaking have been held there. Surfers and particularly kayakers use the quay for entry and egress from the sea. The pier is also a very popular spot with anglers.The main work carried out at this pier was the repair works to the existing slipway. The existing slipway had become damaged over the past number of years and so was unusable by boat users and canoeists in the recent past. A local contractor was appointed to carry out the repair work which effectively involved replacing approximately 30metres of the slipway. The slipway was not completely replaced but can now be used by harbour users during medium and high tide levels for launching and landing boats. The new section of slipway provides an ideal location for canoeists and boats to enter the water around the pier. Two existing damaged quoin stones and two steps were replaced with similar limestone blocks along the edge of the pier. This removed the tripping hazard posed. New mooring rings were embedded in the pier surface for mooring boats. New life buoy rings and housing were erected along the pier wall in case of accidents occurring. New railings were also erected at the exposed outer corner of the pier to increase the safety in these areas especially during slippery and poor weather conditions and signage has been erected. Local pier users have welcomed the improvements at the pier.


Enniscrone Pier
Enniscrone Pier and Slipway is a focal point for many activities of this busy tourist town. The pier is used by local fishermen, swimmers, leisure craft users and rod anglers. Repairs were carried out to the upper walkway of the pier so people could enjoy the views of Killala Bay to the rear of the pier while walking safely along the new even concrete surface. The existing railings were replaced around the stairwell of the pier and hand rails were replaced along the steps to the upper walkway and the steps down the face of the pier. The existing railings were also replaced at the exposed outer corner of the pier which proves useful when fishing from the corner of the pier. New timber seating was provided along the pier, sheltered from the wind by the pier wall, for people to sit and enjoy the spectacular views of Enniscrone beach. New life buoy rings and housing were erected along the pier wall. Seaweed growing on the slipway was removed and area treated with sea-weed remover. New mooring rings were embedded in the pier surface and also in the slipway for mooring boats and also provide an aid for launching vessels.


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