About Us

The project was part-financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG IVA Cross-border Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Funding was also provided by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland and Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in Ireland.

The CEEB project, principally a pre-development project, aimed to ensure that communities on or close to the Ulster Canal are in a position to benefit from its restoration. It also focused on the natural beauty and natural resources of the area and harness them to act as a catalyst for rural regeneration. This was achieved through investment in heritage and walking trails and in angling infrastructure in the region.

Monaghan County Council was the lead partner and delivered the project in partnership with Fermanagh District Council, Clones Town Council and Clones Development Society. A total of €1,688,258 was allocated to various project elements throughout Monaghan and Fermanagh. These included:

Clones Area

  • Development of an amenity park in Clones Town;
  • Upgrade of the playground, new parking facilities, and streetscape enhancement works in Clones Town;
  • Improved interpretations of heritage sites;
  • Public realm enhancements to landmark buildings and monuments in the town; and
  • Completed an upgrade of the existing facilities at the Canal Stores which included a community operated restaurant / coffee shop facility; a new kitchen and dining area, a new external toilet block and landscaping area with picnic tables.
  • Improved Angling Infrastructure on Lakes within Clones area.

Erne East Area

  • Circular walking routes and eco-trail in Sliabh Beagh
  • Angling infrastructure at game and coarse fishing lakes
  • New information leaflets/maps and interpretative panels

The project also ran a training and mentoring programme for 20 businesses along the canal route and developed a cross border integrated marketing programme.

Steering Committee Membership were

Adge King – Clones Town Council
Dympna Condra – Monaghan County Council
John McKernan – Clones Town Council
Robert Gibson – Fermanagh District Council
Eddie McGovern – Fermanagh District Council
Donagh Jackman – Fermanagh District Council
Leanne Breen – Fermanagh District Council
Ted Sweeney – Inland Fisheries Ireland
Catherine Fox – Blackwater Regional Partnership
Paddy Boylan – Clones Development Society
Mickey Dowds – Clones Development Society
Norma Herron – Waterways Ireland
Declan McGarrigle – SEUPB
Gerry Darby – Clones Regeneration Partnership
Shane Mckinney – DARD
Cllr Thomas O'Reilly – Fermanagh District Council
Cllr Pat Treanor – Monaghan County Council
Cllr Deirdre Kelly – Clones Town Council
Geoff Stewart – Central Procurement Directorate
Dominick Mahon – Monaghan County Council
Seán Ó Roideáin – CEEB