Greencastle new breakwater officially opened

Last week, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue together with Leas Chathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Gerry McMonagle, officially opened the Greencastle Harbor Breakwater.

Photo courtesy of Donegal County Council

Officially opening the Breakwater, the Minister said: “Greencastle is an important gateway harbor to the Northwest Region. The breakwater is vital for the growth and sustainability of this harbor and furthermore vital for the growth and sustainability of the Inishowen Peninsula.”

The 270 meter Breakwater will reduce vulnerability of vessels within the harbor to wave climate, improve the safety and effectiveness of the harbor for all users including for tourism and leisure users availing of pontoon facilities. It will also minimise impact of the natural tidal flow through the mouth of Lough Foyle.

The Minister acknowledged those involved in delivering the project by saying: “I must commend the standard and efficiency of the work completed by the principal contractor, Stephen McCormick of Foyle & Marine Dredging Ltd who had to contend with challenging tidal currents for the duration of the project. I must also commend the commitment of Donegal County Council who managed and delivered this project with project consultants Doran Consulting.”

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine provided total funding of €22 million for the construction of the Breakwater over its two phases.