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Minister Re-opens Re-furbished Lough Neagh Marina Facilities

3 October, 2007


Sinn Féin Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Michelle Gildernew MP, MLA has officially re-opened the Ballyronan Marina on the shores of Lough Neagh.

This marina has been refurbished and extended to provide an additional 36 berths, bringing the total number of berths to 72, as well as providing a new additional play area for the large number of visitors to the Marina.

Over £500,000 has been invested in renovating and refurbishing the Marina which is owned by Cookstown District Council. The project was jointly funded by Cookstown District Council and by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) under the European Union Programme for Building Sustainable Prosperity, which contributed £249,046 through the Lough Neagh Strategic Fund.

At the official opening the Minister highlighted the important role of the marina, and other similar marina's, in attracting people to visit Lough Neagh, from the experienced boating fraternity to the casual day-tripper.

Ms Gildfernew said:

"The refurbished marina and associated improvements will not only encourage more people to visit Ballyronan and the western shore of Lough Neagh but will also encourage people to visit the wider Lough Neagh area and to appreciate the lough and its natural beauty."

NOTES TO EDITORS:


Ballyronan Marina: The refurbishment work has provided an additional 36 berths at the marina, bringing the total number of berths to 70, as well as general improvements to the area around the marina, re-decoration of the caravan park building (cpb) and the provision of an additional play area for the large number of visitors to the marina.

The Lough Neagh Strategic Fund: The LNSF is administered by an independent stand-alone organisation known as the Lough Neagh partnership. The Partnership comprises representatives from local authorities, statutory and community organisations, as well as stakeholders with a particular interest in the Lough. The Ballyronan Marina is one of those projects that have been successful in obtaining funding from the Strategic Fund. The refurbishment of the marina cost £500,000. Lough Neagh Partnership through the Programme for Building Sustainable Prosperity provided grant assistance of £249,046.

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