There was a large attendance on Thursday evening at the Lifeboat Station in Rosses Point for the official opening of the new pontoon and walkway.
Official opening of new pontoon in Rosses Point
The official opening was performed by Leas Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Keith Henry, and he was joined by fellow Councillors, Deputy Tony McLoughlin, Sligo County Council Chief Executive Ciarán Hayes and Director of Services Tom Kilfeather, Operations Manager Sligo-Bay Lifeboat Station, Willie Murphy Chairman Pier Action Committee and local Charter Skipper, Daryl Ewing, as well as guests from the local community.
Much needed facility
In his address the Leas Cathaoirleach said ‘As one of our most scenic and popular coastal resorts, this is a much needed facility which will be used by local boat owners, fishermen and the many visitors to the area. Many people are to be commended for planning and delivery of the new pontoon and access ramp, and I wish to pay a public tribute to Operations Manager Willie Murphy, Daryl Ewing and the members of the Rosses Point Pier Action Committee – they have been passionate and articulate advocates for this much needed facility over years.
Through their perseverance and commitment, this project was always in the public domain, and when funding was finally approved, it was a deserved tribute to the many people who had given so much to bring it to fruition. The desire for improved pontoon facilities date back to 2010, the new facility will contribute to the safer functioning of harbour life for the RNLI, fishermen, leisure users, commercial operators and harbour personnel.
Working with Communities
Sligo County Council works best when it works alongside the communities we serve, and this was an example of exemplary team- work,involving the local community, Local Authority Members and staff, the Department officials and the project team – all firmly focused on delivering this facility for the people of Rosses Point. Director of Services Tom Kilfeather and Senior Executive Engineer Gary Salter and their project team can take pride in the quality of their work, their efforts are greatly appreciated.
There are so many strands to this development, but primarily the new pontoon will be welcomed by the decitated people working here. The rich maritime tradition of Rosses Point, has produced many Master Mariners, well out of proportion to the village population. Today’s Ceremony references two aspects of that tradition; The RNLI volunteers have provided an invaluable service since Sligo Bay lifeboat station was established in 1998, one that one that has touched the lives of countless families in this region.
The annual Sea-Shanty Festival hosted by this community has evolved into a vibrant, international celebration that has earned deserved plaudits from the many visitors who return again and again to enjoy it.’
The Leas Cathaoirleach concluded his address by commending the local community ‘Rosses Point is a special place, this is a special day, and it is a privilege to be invited here today for the formal opening of the pontoon.’
Following addresses by Operations Manager Sligo-Bay Lifeboat Station, Willie Murphy and Chairman Pier Action Committee Daryl Ewing, a blessing was performed by Fr Michael Drumm and the pontoon was officially opened by the leas Cathaoirleach.