Official opening of new pontoon in Rosses Point

There was a large attendance on Thursday eveing at the Lifeboat Station in Rosses Point for the official opening of the new pontoon and walkway.

The offfficial 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 MurphyChairman Pier Action Committee and local Charter Skipper, Daryl Ewing, as well as guestsform the local community and

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.

Tribute

Through their perseverance and commitment, this project was alwaysin 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.

Maritime tradition

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.

Special place

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 peformed by Fr Michael Drumm and the pontoon was officially opend by the leas Cathaoirleach.