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.