The Project Advisory Group (PAG) represents a wide range of stakeholders, involved both directly and indirectly with the EU SWIM Project. From local authority staff, who manage the beaches being monitored, to central government staff who oversee the legislation affected by the project – the PAG casts a large net over the academic, governance and NGO sectors to ensure that the EU SWIM Project is meeting its objectives, and delivering the best value for money on behalf of our funders, SEUPB.
The Lead partners University College Dublin (UCD), Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful (KNIB) form the Scientific Technology and Management Board (STMB).
Special EU Programmes Body
Mr Andrew King
Ms Helen Donaldson
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Ms Claire Vincent
Ms Charlene Little
Northern Ireland Water
Ms Angela Halpenny
Mr Andrew Harte
Environmental Protection Agency
Mr Anthony Mannix
Mr Wayne Egan
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Dr John O’Neill
Dr Paula Treacy
Ms Trudy Higgins
Sligo County Council
Ms Rosie Morrissey
Donegal County Council
Dr Joe Ferry
Ms Bernadette Gault
Louth County Council
Ms Catherine Duff
Mr John O’Hagan
Mr Ben Gallagher
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
Mr Simon Boyle
Ms Lisa Kirkwood
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
Mr Niall Curneen
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council
Mr Richard Gillen
Mr Mark Strong
Mr Michael McConaghy
Ards and North Down Borough Council
Mr Marcus Potts
Ms Diane Martin
East Border Region
Ms Pamela Arthurs
Ms Dette Hughes
Local Authority Waters Programme
Mr Jimmy McVeigh
Agri – Food and Biosciences Institute
Professor Nicolae Corcionivoschi
Dr David McCleery
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The fishing village of Clogherhead is located on the east coast of Ireland in the County of Louth, approximately 70km north of Dublin. The headland affords uninterrupted views of the Cooley and Mourne Mountains 30km to the north and to Lambay Island 35km to the south. The village is in close proximity to the historic town of Drogheda. The village developed around the fishing industry with the waters of Clogherhead reputed as being the best fishing waters in the country. The harbour, known as Port Oriel was built in 1885. It was extensively enlarged and re-opened in 2007.
Newcastle Beach is comprised mainly of pebbles and some sand. Newcastle Beach is linked to Murlough Beach and their combine length is approximately 2.5 kilometres in length
Ballywalter Beach is comprised mainly of sand with a rocky shoreline. The beach is approximately 0.85 kilometres in length
Ballyholme Beach is comprised mainly of sand with a typical rocky shore at each end. The beach is approximately 1.3 kilometres in length
Waterfoot Beach is comprised entirely of sand, it is backed by sand dunes which run the entire length of the beach. The beach is approximately 1 kilometre in length
Portrush (Curran Strand) is comprised entirely of sand. Portrush (Curran Strand) is linked with Whiterocks Beach and they have combined length 3 kilometres
Castlerock Beach is comprised entirely of sand and backs onto a sand dune system and a promenade area. The beach is approximately 1 kilometre in length
Lady’s Bay beach consists of a sandy beach in Lough Swilly confined by Buncrana pier to the South and a small rocky outcrop 550m to the North. Activities at Lady’s Bay beach include swimming, boating, power boating, jet skiing and other land-based activities on the beach. The designated bathing area is approx. 0.02633 km2 and the extent along the water is approximately 550m.
Enniscrone Beach is an exposed sandy beach, backed by sand dunes, caravan park and golf course. There is a short coastal walk north of Enniscrone pier. The bathing area (i.e. that which is patrolled by lifeguards) is approximately 500m in length. However the beach is approximately 4.5km in length.