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Submitted on Mon, 09 Jan 2012 11:38:39 GMT.

Overview

Fingal Coastal Tourism App

Introduction:

The local authority area of Fingal has approximately 88 kms of coastline. Along that coastline are Balbriggan, Skerries, Loughshinny, Rush, Howth harbours. Howth is the busiest working harbour followed by Balbriggan, Skerries, Loughshinny and Rush. Howth harbour is under the ownership of the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine. The other harbours are the responsibility of Fingal County Council. There are two byelaw documents, one covering the use of Balbriggan and Skerries harbours, and another covering the use of Loughshinny and Rush harbours.

There are also 16 beaches[1] under the control of Fingal County Council. Some of which are located at Balbriggan, Skerries, Loughshinny, Rush, Portrane/Donabate, Malahide, Portmarnock and Howth. There are a number of smaller beaches and coves in between all of these areas which makes up the total number along the coastline. There are Beach Byelaws (2006) which govern the acceptable use of the beaches.[2]

Variety of Marine/Coastal Recreation:

There are currently various recreational and sporting disciplines carried out on beaches throughout Fingal and also using harbours as launching facilities but there has never been a structured approach to documenting the activities. For example, there are sailing clubs in Howth, Malahide/Swords, Rush and Skerries. The implementation of byelaws by Fingal County Council in the last five years has made recreational use of the beaches and harbours more attractive to indigenous community users and tourists.

Some of the marine/coastal related sport and recreational activities already carried out at harbours and beaches in Fingal include but are not restricted to the following

  • Sailing/Angling
  • Jet-skiing/power boating
  •  Kite-surfing/wind-surfing
  • Swimming/Triathlon
  • Horse/Pony riding (beaches)
  • Beach fishing
  • Coastal walking/cycling
  • Sea/Scuba Diving

There is also the opportunity for Fingal County Council to generate revenue from the growth in coastal tourism, via Beach Trading. The potential of this revenue is €18,200.00 per season.[3] It could lend itself to the establishment of new business in the area. That is aside from the boost to the existing local economy at the various abovementioned locations for traders in the coastal towns.

Concept:

The information relative to the Fingal Coastal Recreation would ideally be developed for use through a smart phone app with internet accessibility to a lesser degree. This would allow ad hoc tourists to access information via their smart phone when in an specific area or at short notice, when stopping off in an area. For example, a tourist arriving in Dublin Airport could be alerted through advertising that such an App was available to download. The information contained in the App would encourage people who may be flying into Dublin Airport to spend a day or so in the Fingal area. It may even encourage them to obtain accommodation in Fingal and travel into the city when they wished to do so rather than base themselves in the city and travel out for the more recreational activities.



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