EU PEACE IV “Links to the Lough” Programme

11th October 2019

The Lough Erne Championship Regatta held at the Broadmeadow, Enniskillen on 15 September as part of the European Union’s PEACE IV ‘Links to the Lough’ programme saw ‘Team Smugglers’ lift the title following a busy summer of regatta heats.

Historically, regattas were a county-wide tradition in the area and have been brought back to life by Lough Erne Heritage and local volunteers.  Presently, they help those from around the area develop water-based skills while having fun participating in competitive rowing.

The winning team comprising Dary McGovern, Shane McGovern and Barry King, qualified for the final following a victory at the Crom regatta and defeated teams from Belleek, Knockninny and Belturbet to be crowned overall champions.

The Lough Erne Championship regatta was one of a series of events taking place as part of the ‘Links Across the Lough’ programme which brings together people from the Upper Lough Erne region to explore the enriched historical and cultural heritage of the area. The programme focuses principally on the Maguiresbridge, Ballindarragh, Lisnaskea, Donagh, Newtownbutler, Magheraveely, Teemore, Derrylin, Kinawley, Arney and Bellanaleck areas).  It is one of 16 projects identified in the Fermanagh and Omagh PEACE IV Local Action Plan to benefit from a total funding package of £2.8m to deliver projects across three key strands: Shared Spaces and Services, Children and Young People and Building Positive Relations at a Local Level.

“Links to the Loughs” is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Match-funding for this project was provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department for Rural and Community Development in Ireland.

It has been  delivered by Insight Solutions on behalf of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, in partnership with Lough Erne Heritage.

If you are from the areas mentioned above and wish to register your interest in the programme or for details on future events, please contact Wendy Salt at Insight Solutions by email: wendy@insight-solutions.org.