Plans to make Killybegs the "Dingle of Donegal"

Plans to make Killybegs the "Dingle of Donegal"

The weather provided a really warm welcome to all the visitors and the harbour simply looked resplendent with the mirrored images of the large trawlers alongside some of the luxury yachts.

The occasion was the official opening of the new small craft and leisure harbour directly opposite the Shore Road in the centre of the town.

Ministers Michael Creed TD (Agriculture and Marine) and Minister of the Diaspora, Joe McHugh TD performed the opening ceremony and singled out Cllr. Niamh Kennedy for her dedication over the last ten years in ensuring the fruition of this project.

In unveiling the plaque, Minister Creed commented, “Is there any bad news in this town at all - earlier I opened a state of the art fish plant, now a brand new marina and later I believe you are launching a major car rally for the area.”

Minister Creed continued, “This brings a whole new dimension to Killybegs - no longer will it be known as just a fishing town - it will now be known as a great marine destination and tourism facility and will create great primary and secondary opportunities.”

Minister McHugh also paid tribute to Cllr. Kennedy and the community of Killybegs.

He said, “Looking around the port today I can see a great resemblance to Dingle which is one of the most successful towns in the country.

“Killybegs is perhaps even more beautiful and with the Wild Atlantic Way it will realise it's great potential.”

Minister Creed added, “We are not finished yet - this facility will grow even further.”

Cllr. Kennedy said, “Today is a momentous day for Killybegs - we have shown that we can diversify and now we can work towards a top commercial and tourism destination.”