Local Poet and Author Noelle Vial
Sharkey) died at her home on Sunday 20th January at the age of 43.
She was a founder member of the Killybegs Writers group and wrote
many poems about the sea and fishing. She won many awards for her
writing including the Hennessy Award for poetry. Her book of poetry
titled "Promiscuous Winds" has been very successful in
America and in Europe. Noelle was under contract in America for
a new book of poetry titled "Ungrateful Princess". Her
son George who lives in America and has a degree in Literature and
also has won many awards for his poetry is putting the finishing
touches to the book before having it published.
Charlie Vial (C Fish) in '76 and they have five children. She was
the daughter of the late Peggy and Paddy Sharkey. Her father Paddy
was well known in the fishing industry for his many electronic innovations.
Brother Barry is Managing Director of Barry Electronics. Noelle
is survived by her daughter Jenny and sons Derek, George, Alan,
Bruce and grandson Cameron. Brothers Barry, Aidan (Holland) and
Kevin (the Artist). Her sisters Pat Sharkey, Geraldine Vial, Majella
McCloskey and Aileen Joyce. The Marine Times Newspaper extends sympathy
to her family.
the new harbour development is on schedule. The outline on the new
northern quay wall is visible from the present harbour area. Much
activity is concentrated here with 3 large cranes visible. These
are all working on the new Combi-Wall which forms the perimeter
of the new quay. Pile driving, coring and final leveling of the
piles is progressing. Meanwhile sands and gravel are being reclaimed
from the harbour area, under strict E.P.A. (Environmental Protection
Area) requirements, for filling on site.
this operation is in place and is being strictly supervised. Work
has also commenced on precast concrete piling for the various offices
and buildings in the new harbour. The shape of the new boat repair
building is now clearly visible from the harbour area. "Overall
the new harbour is beginning to take shape and the completion date
of Spring 2004 is likely to be achieved", says Aiden McFadden,
Senior Resident Engineer.
to fish after the Christmas break catches of mackerel have been
reasonable. However herring catches have not been great. Prices
have been favourable. Many of the boats have been landing their
fish in Killybegs.
From 1st January
quotas have come into effect for certain deep water species for
2003 and 2004. Fishing permits will be required also under this
new fishing regime. The deep water species that will be affected
by the new quotas are Black Scabbard, Argentines, Tusk, Roundnose
Grenadier, Orange Roughy, Blue Ling, Ling and Red Seabream.
The KFO has
had an extremely busy month with the introduction, for the first
time ever, of days at sea limitation for North Donegal, which was
introduced at the December council meeting in Brussels. The KFO
will be in attendance at the next meeting which will take place
at the end of January, at which discussion will continue on the
'Irish Box'. The KFO continues to attend further meetings with the
European Association of the Northern Pelagic Working Group.
been poor due to the weather restriction. Prices were favourable.
Many of the white fish boats have continued to fish herring and
mackerel including the MFV Eternal Dawn, skipper Kevin Boyle and
MFV Celtic Quest skipper Denis Carberry.
Some boats have
returned to white fishing including MFV 'Sharlisa', Skipper Mickey
Moore, MFV 'Shaun Shaun', Skipper Hughie Moore, MFV 'West Bound',
Skipper Declan Doogan and the MFV 'Star of Hope', Skipper Shane
Since the End of December
Le Bruin arrived in Killybegs on board a French fishing vessel on
Saturday 28th December suffering from head injuries. It is believed
these injuries were caused by an accident on board the boat.
The man was brought by ambulance to Sligo General Hospital and vanished
from the hospital the next day. Following his disappearance the
Garda in Sligo have been conducting a search for the missing fisherman
with the assistance of local papers and local radio stations without
is 5'10" tall, with dark hair and glasses. When he was last
seen he was wearing blue jeans, and a blue and white canvas jacket.
Anyone with information should contact Sligo Garda on 071 57000.
The body of
a 38 year old, Ghanaian fisherman was brought ashore to Killybegs
on January 13th. It is believed that the man died following an accident
involving machinery on board his fishing vessel. He was fishing
on a Spanish registered vessel which had been operating near Achill
& Lake Angling Clubs
Plans are under
consideration to restrict full membership of Donegal Angling clubs
whose member's fish on the rivers and lakes, to those on the electoral
register in the county. Those outside the county who have had a
long association with a club would have associated status and could
fish for €30 a day. The Northern Regional Fisheries Board is
considering this rule in an effort to conserve fish stocks in the
county's lakes and rivers and to protect jobs. There are 22 licensed
state fisheries in the Northern Regional Fisheries Board region
of which there are 50 small lakes and rivers which collectively
represented an asset worth over €20 million. No decision will
be made on this issue until completion of the public consultation.
to couples Billy and Sally McLean, Conlin Road and Paddy and Mary
Byrne, Stragar who recently celebrated their 50th Golden wedding
na Mhara, Na Chealla Beaga Attend Brussels Conference
wife of Cathal Boyle MFV 'Marie Dawn' represented Mna na Mhara,
Na Chealla Beaga, at a European Commission Conference in Brussels
on the 23rd and 24th January '03. titled "What role for women
in the fisheries sector?"
was opened by Mr. Franz Fishler. This was followed by a presentation
on "The stakes of the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy",
by Mr. Jorgen Holmquist, Director-General of the European Commission.
was made on the study on "The role of women in the fisheries
sector" followed by a debate on "Women's contribution
to maintaining the socio-economic fabric of areas dependent on fisheries".
On the second day the theme was "Stronger participation by
women of the fisheries sector in European programmes."
were on the projects for women in the sector financed by the small
scale coastal programme (1997 -2000) and on the different community
programmes and financial instruments of interest to women in the
to Donegal and Sligo Suspended
from Dublin to Sligo and Donegal ceased on the 22nd January. The
operators of the service failed to get their licences renewed. They
were EuroCeltic Airways Ltd, a British registered company licensed
by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. Donegal Deputy Dinny McGinley
who had flown to Dublin from Donegal on Tuesday for a meeting was
unable to get his return flight and returned by the local bus service.
for election to Killybegs Parish Council may be obtained in all
the local shops. Papers must be returned by January 31st.
of the white fish fleet is at present fishing out of Dunmore East.
Prices are very poor as there are large landing by the Scottish
fleet. The reason for this is that from 1st February days at sea
limitations will be introduced. Fishing vessels with mesh size greater
than 100mm will be restricted to 9 days a month at sea. Those boats
fishing with mesh size 80mm to 99mm will be able to fish for 25
days a month.
TD is arranging a meeting with the Taoiseach for representatives
of the Greencastle and Donegal Fishing Industry on the days at sea
limitations which are going to have a devastating effect on the
county. The KFO and the IFO will also attend the meeting when it