Forum to launch Inishowen plans

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A programme aimed at helping to regenerate Inishowen is being launched at the Strand Hotel in Ballyliffin next Tuesday night.

The initiative is coming from the new Inishowen Civic Forum, and is part of an ongoing series of events.

Speaking at the launch will be the national president of Muintir na Tire, John Hogan.

Brendan Flanagan, the secretary of the Civic Forum, said they’d be outlining a number of projects.

“We’re at the stage where we’re implementing some projects and in the planning stages with others,” he said.

“The flagship project is the Inishowen Trails. This is something which could bring enormous financial benefits to the peninsula, as it has done elsewhere. It draws together plans for walkways by a number of different groups .

“We’ve seen these walkways become a fantastic draw for visitors, and in Inishowen they would take people through some of the most beautiful scenery in Ireland.

“The plan would be to make sure that everyone involved benefits, from the farmers to the tourist-related businesses and indeed commercial life generally in Inishowen.”

Other projects include an ‘Education for Enablement’ scheme to help develop business ideas across Inishowen.

“We’re holding talks with national universities and business leaders to provide this programme,” said Brendan.

The Forum is also looking at ways the fishing industry can diversify.

Next Tuesday night’s launch starts at 8pm. Other events include a visit by Kerry’s John Cronin in November.