Flying the FLAG for Ireland’s marine and seafood industry

€900k grants awarded to local coastal community groups and micro enterprises to support growth of seafood and wider marine sectors.

Grants worth €915,295 have been awarded to 62 Irish coastal community groups and micro enterprises by the seven Fisheries Local Action Groups established under Ireland’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Programme.

The grants are co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union.

“The FLAG initiative has significant additional potential in the years ahead to further drive start-ups and the development of seafood and marine businesses in our coastal communities”

The EMFF Operational Programme was launched in January 2016.  The Programme provides €240m in funding to the seafood sector (fisheries, aquaculture and seafood processing) over the period 2014 to 2020. The Programme is co-funded by the Exchequer and the EU.

From strength to strength

FLAG, Fisheries Local Area Action Group is a coastal community development strategy with a fund of €12 million for seven designated Irish coastal communities. The 7 FLAGs are South FLAG (Cork), Southwest (Kerry, Limerick), South East (Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow) West, (Galway, Clare), Northwest (Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim), North (Donegal), and North East (Dublin, Louth, Meath).

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency, assists FLAGs to deliver this scheme through administering supports via grant-aid, training and on the ground facilitation, with dedicated regional FLAG coordinators in each region.

“The FLAG Scheme under my Department’s EMFF Seafood Development Programme has been a huge success,” said Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue, TD.

“With the grant awards I am announcing today, the seven FLAGs have now successfully dispersed their full €12m allocation under my Department’s EMFF Programme.   The FLAG Scheme has been operating since just 2017, following a short pilot in the previous programme and has gone from strength to strength. 

“This is testament not just to the demand for such local development funding in our coastal communities but very much to the hard work of the local volunteers, many drawn from our seafood and wider marine sectors, who make up the boards of each of our seven FLAGs.

“I believe that the FLAG initiative has significant additional potential in the years ahead to further drive start-ups and the development of seafood and marine businesses in our coastal communities and can be a key element of our strategy in mitigating the impacts of Brexit on our coastal communities.”

Irish FLAG initiatives

The grant awards were as follows:



Number projects Total Investment Grant Awards
West 4 €82,704 €42,158
North West 16 €568,752 €272,959
North 10 €618,558 €306,347
North East 3 €56,534 €45,227
South East 4 €49,265 €38,236
South West 12 €247,334 €107,842
South 13 €193,729 €102,523
TOTAL 62 €1,816,879 €915,295

Projects under the seven FLAG initiatives:


Applicant Project Title Support Rate % Investment Grant
Séamus O’Flatharta Inis Oírr Glamping and Campsite 40 €17,460 €6,984
Oranmore Castle Oranmore Castle Cultural Centre 40 €42,553 €17,021
Cuan Beo CLG Cuan Beo – Implementing a holistic approach to sustainability in Galway Bay 2020 80 €16,191 €12,953
Spiddal Craft & Design Centre Online marketing campaign 80 €6,500 €5,200
    Total   €42,158


FLAG North West

Applicant Project Title Rate % Total Cost Grant Aid
Ballyglass Crew Ballyglass Crew Yachtmaster 50 €5,300 €2,650
Eachtrai UISCE Teoranta T/A UISCE Training application 50 €21,741 €10,870
Sligo Rowing Club Co Ltd Purchase of Safety Launch Boat 80 €9,185 €7,348
Bellacragher Boat Club Printing of Claggan Ferry Maps, Drop down Banners, Social media promotion, Signs and provision of two RIB Shore Trailers 60 €15,539 €9,323
Todhchaí Phobail Acla To assess the feasibility of Achill Island becoming a community owned electricity and hydrogen producer through wind power. 80 €24,280 €19,424
Ballycroy Community Council Ltd Ballycroy Greenway Desktop feasibility with potential design works 80 €15,000 €12,000
Mayo County Council Feasibility study on the construction of a slipway on Clare Island 60 €25,000 €15,000
Mayo County Council Westport Lido (Outdoor Swimming Pool – Tidal) 50 €24,944 €12,500
The Lost Valley Support coastal heritage and tourism by improvements to access route 40 €99,518 €39,807
Rosses Point Development Association CLG & Sligo County Council Feasibility Study for Sligo Community Boat Park 25 €193,860 €48,465
Belderrig Dev Committee Ltd Restoration of Road to Carpark at Belderrig Harbour 50 €41,841 €20,920
Tullaghan Development Association Developing Marine tourism for County Leitrim 80 €1,861 €1,489
St. Colman’s Care Centre CLG St. Colman’s Care Centre – upgrade existing facilities & equipment 80 €56,515 €45,212
River Moy Search and Rescue Ballina CLG Water conservation in the Moy Catchment area 80 €6,096 €4,877
Leitrim County Council Feasibility Study – Exploring sea access at Leitrim consultation scoping document – Wild Atlantic Way 100 €3,075 €3,075
Neart Acla CTR Achill Traditional Currach Project 80 €24,996 €19,996
    Total   €272,959


FLAG North

Applicant Project Title Rate % Total Cost Grant Aid
Iontaobhas Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair Rochtain do chathaoireacha rothaí, ráillí láimhe agus balla carrchlóis 80 €44,000 €35,200
Glenties Community Playgroup Limit4ed To develop a creative and imaginative outdoor environment which will be designed to a Nautical Pirate Theme 80 €39,500 €31,600
Ardara Artists Resource Centre Renovate existing building in Ardara to enable it to be used by the community 80 €48,750 €39,000.00
St. Catherine’s Vocational School learning in area of cultural, arts, marine 80 €49,455 €39,564.00
Donegal County Council Provision of Scenic Viewing Points and improved tourism access, Melmore , Downings Donegal 60 €52,300 €31,380.00
18th Donegal Moville Port Sea Scouts RYA Level 1 & 2 Power Boat, RYA Foundation Safety Rescue Training, RYA Sail T 51 €4,800 €2,448.00
Cara Na nOilean Teo Modernisation of Ferry “Coll” 32 €96,087 €30,747.84
Mullinasole Bay Water Sports Club Mullinasole Bay Access Regeneration Phase 1 51 €63,400 €32,334.00
KT Nets Upgrade of facilities at KT nets 32 €128,666 €41,173.12
Teach Bhillie Síneadh agus uasghradú le foirgneach Theach Bhillie 25 €91,600 €22,900.00
    Total   €306,347.44


FLAG North East

Applicant Project Title Rate % Total Cost Grant Aid
Baldoyle Forum Clg Baldoyle Community Hall Development Feasibility Study 80 €10,000 €8,000
Rush Tourism Pirate Sculpture for Rush 80 €11,604 €9,283
Skerries Rowing Club Design Team Fees for Skerries Rowing Club Boathouse 80 €34,930 €27,944
    Total   €45,227


FLAG South East

Applicant Project Title Rate % Total Cost Grant Aid
Ladies Cove Community Coastal Project Improvement works to Ladies Cove 80 €30,687 €24,549
Bannow Historical Society Training in Maritime Heritage Preservation and Celebration 80 €12,728 €10,182
Passage East Hurling Club Beat the Ferryman Swim 60 €1,670 €1,000
Hook Rural Tourism Ltd Hike to the Hook 2020 & Social Media Development 60 €4,180 €2,504
    Total   €38,236


FLAG South West

Applicant Project Title Rate % Total Cost Grant Aid
Valentia Island Way Cookery school and demonstration kitchen 37 €21,657 €7,997
Irish Coastal Rowing Federation All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships 2021 80 €20,548 €16,438
Dingle Sea Safari Limited Passenger Vessel 50 €50,460 €25,000
Patrick Browne Supply  of Local Markets with “Fish from boat to table ”  directly from MFV Ocean Dawn 50 €5,340 €2,670
Badoiri an Bhlascaoid Teoranta Self-drive hire boats 25 €44,142 €11,035
Kerry Aqua Terra Limited Boat, equipment and crew protection from elements 50 €4,950 €2,475
The Dingle Way Coastal Trail , Cultural Marine Information Boards and Seating Areas. 80 €12,196 €9,757
Valentia Rowing Club one design rowing racing boat & 0ars, traditional 4 oar boat trailer & launching trolley 77 €6,500 €5,000
Irish Elasmobranch Group Underwater survey drone 80 €8,480 €6,784
Blascaoid Mór Teoranta Equipment Boat Package 25 €23,163 €5,790
Dingle Harbour Boat Hire Purchase of equipment and boats 28 €47,894 €13,293
Éigse na Brídeoige Éigse Online: A series of performances, talks, seminars and interviews on the song tradition of Kerry 80 €2,000 €1,600
    Total   €107,842


FLAG South

Applicant Project Title Rate % Total Cost Grant Aid
Cumann Na Daoine building community resilience and understanding of climate change as it will impact very directly on coastal communities 80 €6,751 €5,401
Ellen Hutchins Festival She Gathered Seaweed on the Seashore: Celebrating the Botany of Bantry Bay 62 €3,250 €2,000
Ard na Gaoithe Support to sustain and diversify Ard na Gaoithe B&B and Cape Clear Foodie Stall 40 €2,562 €1,024
Roaring Water Marine Equipment to expand business. 50 €1,719 €859
Bantry Bay Boat Hire Limited New Kayaks, Equipment & Boat Engine 50 €9,325 €4,662
Roaring Water Sea Vegetable Company Limited Roaring Water Sea Vegetable Co processing unit 50 €17,490 €8,745
Schull Regatta Schull Regatta  2021 40 €4,821 €2,000
Galley Flash Rowing Club Maximising equipment resources 2021 Sculling Oars 80 €1,060 €848
Skibbereen Rowing Club Safety Launch 80 €8,275 €6,620
ZT Fish Company Limited Mobile Retail Unit 50 €23,495 €11,747
Travara Shellfish Limited Infrastructure and equipment 50 €23,827 €11,913
Myross Rowing Club Company Limited Club fleet upgrade 65 €7,750 €5,000
Allihies Seafood Limited Developing a sustainable micro algae cultivation and processing facility 50 €83,401 €41,700
    Total   €102,523


  GRAND TOTAL   €1,816,879 €915,295