Celebration event for completion of Clones Erne East Blackwater Rural Regeneration (CEEB) Project.

Celebration event for completion of Clones Erne East Blackwater Rural Regeneration (CEEB) Project.

Ann Phelan TD Minister of State in the Departments of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Transport, Tourism and Sport with Special Responsibility for Rural Economic Development and Rural Transport attended the closing event for the Clones Erne East Blackwater Rural Regeneration (CEEB) Project in the Ulster Canal Stores, Clones on Wednesday 1st October.

This project was part-financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG IVA Cross-border Programme and was 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.

Minister Phelan praised the hard work of the project partners and the local communities involved in bringing this extensive rural regeneration project to fruition on time and within budget. “Their enthusiasm and dedication has energised the local communities, provided them with upgraded amenities and demonstrated, yet again, what can be done when communities pool their resources and work together”.

The CEEB project was principally a pre-development project with the aim of ensuring that communities on or close to the Ulster Canal would be in a position to benefit from its restoration. Another key focus of the project was the enhancement of the natural resource tourism product and the heritage of the area which combines unspoilt countryside with welcoming village communities.

As a result of the €1.68M investment, circular walking routes and an eco-trail have been developed in the beautiful Sliabh Beagh area and angling infrastructure has been provided at several game and coarse waters in Fermanagh East and in the Clones catchment.

Clones town itself has also greatly benefited with the development of a wonderful playpark which has already proved to be a great success and the provision of interpretative panels at important heritage sites within the town. Another key development in Clones has been the upgrading of the wonderful Canal Stores to improve the kitchen facilities so as to encourage the establishment of a bistro style café.

It is early days yet but the expectation is that all these works will significantly increase the tourist potential of the area by creating a wide-range of new facilities and amenities. These will provide additional employment opportunities and help support the local economy.

Commenting on the project, Lorraine McCourt, Director with the SEUPB, said:

“The Clones Erne East Blackwater project is helping to regenerate rural towns and villages along the Ulster Canal Corridor between Clones and Lough Erne. A significant number of people living within these communities have directly benefited from new amenity parks, playgrounds, restored landmark buildings and town monuments. Local tourism has also been enhanced with new cycling routes, eco-trails, angling sites and reinstated forest tracks.

“This type of self-sustainable development fits in with the core objectives of the INTERREG Programme as it aims to create a more prosperous cross-border region,” she continued.

For further information in relation to the above please contact

Monaghan County Council

Dympna Condra, Tel (047) 73718 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fermanagh District Council

Colleen Magee, Tel 028 66325050, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Certificate Presentation Evening

Clones Erne East Blackwater Rural Regeneration Project Certificate Presentation Evening

CEEB Cross-Border Training & Mentoring Presentation evening

The EU Interreg IVA funded Clones Erne East Blackwater Project, known as the CEEB project, reached another important milestone recently as participants in the project’s Training & Mentoring Programme were presented with their certificates of completion at the Creighton Hotel, Clones.

Monaghan County Council was the lead partner in delivering the CEEB project in a team which comprises Fermanagh District Council, Clones Town Council, Blackwater Regional Partnership and Clones Development Society. A total of €1,688,258 was allocated to various project elements throughout Monaghan and Fermanagh, one of which was the Training and Mentoring Programme.

The CEEB Project’s innovative cross-border Training & Mentoring Programme was aimed at persons interested in developing business ideas focussed on the opportunities provided by recent investment in tourism facilities throughout this area.

The programme of workshops, which were held in various venues in Clones and in the Erne East area of Fermanagh, was delivered by an experienced team headed by Michael McElroy from Sales Plus and involved a programme of one-to-one mentoring. The Training & Mentoring Programme concluded with the development of detailed, individual business plans designed to facilitate sustainable business activity.

The Clones Erne East Blackwater Project was part-financed by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Programme 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.

Guest Speaker from Waterways Ireland

Joe Gillespie from Waterways Ireland was the guest speaker at the Certificate Presentation Evening where he provided an update on the work of this cross-border body both generally and in relation to the Ulster Canal. Mr Gillespie also kindly officiated at the presentation ceremony.

Each of the Participants on the training course gave a brief overview of their business proposals and the benefits of taking part in the Training & Mentoring Programme. Two of the participants provided more detailed presentations.

Kate Mullaney from “Hempire”, a Clones-based start up company manufacturing a health juice product, based on extracts from the hemp plant, provided a presentation on her company’s developments, outlining a number of medical reports which demonstrated the health benefits of the juice.

Barry Flanagan from the Upper Lough Erne Tourism Development Association provided a detailed overview of the wide range of work undertaken by the association. The tourism association had developed a tourism centre, based in Lisnaskea, a number of cultural and sporting events including new angling festival events and an interactive website.

CEEB Training Programme compliments €1.5m investment in Tourism Infrastructure Locally

The CEEB Training & Mentoring Programme was designed to compliment a €1.5 million programme of capital works for the benefit of the local community and visitors to the area, as follows:

Clones area, County Monaghan

  • New angling stands developed for six Loughs in County Monaghan
  • Upgrade of the Cara Street Town Park
  • Extension of the Ulster Canal Stores


Erne East area, County Fermanagh

  • Angling stands and access at five Loughs in the Erne East area, County Fermanagh
  • Sliabh Beagh Walkway – development of walking paths, interpretive signage and amenity upgrades
  • Eco Trail developed at Spring Grove Forest

CEEB Marketing Plan

In addition, to the capital works and training programme, the CEEB project developed two brochures and a number of video podcasts, which highlighted the attractions of the region, to encourage greater numbers of visitors to the area and assist local communities and businesses.

 

 

The project was part-financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG IVA Cross-border Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

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Launch of the Clones Erne East Blackwater Rural Regeneration (CEEB) Project

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Fergus O’Dowd, Minister of State in the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources along with Gerry Lavery, Permanent Secretary in the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development launched the Clones Erne East Blackwater Rural Regeneration (CEEB) Project in the Ulster Canal Stores, Clones June, 2013.

This 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 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 was principally a pre-development project which aimed to ensure that communities on or close to the Ulster Canal were in a position to benefit from its restoration. It also seeked to focus 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.

Welcoming the EU funded project Pat Colgan, Chief Executive of the SEUPB, said: “This multi-faceted cross-border regeneration initiative will have a positive long-term impact upon the local area. It will enhance the development of villages and towns along the Ulster Canal, which have an essential role to play in supporting rural life.

“Upon completion the project will significantly increase the tourist potential of the area by creating a wide-range of new facilities and amenities such as cycling and eco-trails. These will provide additional employment opportunities and help support the local economy,” he continued.

Monaghan County Council was the lead partner in delivering the project in a partnership which comprised of 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 include:

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 were installed;
Public realm enhancements to landmark buildings and monuments in the town; and
Completed an upgrade of the existing facilities at the Canal Stores which includes a community operated restaurant / coffee shop facility with a new kitchen and dining area, a new external toilet block and landscaped area with picnic tables.
Improved Angling Infrastructure on Lakes within Clones area.

Erne East Area

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

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