Pictured at a presentation on plans for a marina for Westport were Robert Kilkelly (Kilkelly Geo Spatial Surveyors), Damien Cashin and Tom Burke (Manannan Marine), Dick Harnedy, treasurer, Westport Tourism Organisation, Donal O’Shea, chairman, Westport Tourism Organisation, Senator Lisa Chambers, Michael O’Boyle, Mayo County Council, Kevin Joyce and Darren Madden, chairman, Mayo Hotels Federation.

Presentation on plans for marina in Westport

AN update on plans for a marina at Westport Quay have been presented to business and community representatives.

Broad community input is going into a review of proposals, led by Westport Tourism Organisation, with a presentation at a WTO meeting in the Atlantic Coast Hotel.

The multi-million euro plan includes a 136-berth marina.

The review has been taking place, said WTO chairman Donal O'Shea, following a meeting late last year with Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue who was told there is a hole in the west coast's marine infrastructure, which this project could fill.

At that time, Fr. Micheál MacGreil referenced a survey that revealed ‘Westport’s most valuable assets are not utilised’ and that ‘Clew Bay has massive potential with the proper planning to develop it'.

He told the minister how Clew Bay was at one time the most active port in Connaught and noted that there are several important things going on in Clew Bay - but the thing that has the most potential is the proposed marina.

The review process has broken the project into two phases, with initial marina berths on the harbour side of Westport Quay and other associated facilities, with an extended marina included in phase two along with a range of water-based sports activities.