Permissions take time

Lately some people have been in touch asking how we were getting on and if all was okay? So this update is to reassure everyone that we are still here, working away, and making good progress.

That said, progress has been slower than we had hoped. Largely because securing copyright permissions and licenses to use some images is a slow process – but one that has to be done properly.

A few meetings over the Summer saw us pretty much finalise each of the eight panels. Bar some tweaking, and perhaps some editing after some experts have proofread, the content of each panel is more or less sorted.

It is also good to be able to report that most of the approx 75 images we plan on using have been kindly donated by a few local contributors (thank you so much!).

However, some 22-24 images are taking far longer. Because not only have we had to track down the current owner (not as easy as it sounds) but we have also, in some cases, learned that we have to then apply to a separate entity for license to use the image on the panel.

So, please, be assured that the project is still going ahead. It’s just taking us far longer than we could have envisioned.

Meanwhile… as  Winter approaches… keep an eye out for one of our annual visitors. The Great Northern Diver should be with us soon. You may see one fishing in the channel or in the waters near Deadman’s Point. (Photo: Sean Callagy).

Great Northern Diver (with crab) in channel between Rosses Point and Oyster Island, by Sean Callagy 2014-02-04

Invitation to get involved

Oyster Island and Knocknarea by Martina Butler

The past few months have seen us meet with several relevant bodies and voluntary groups as well as formalise our existence as a voluntary group under the name “The Rosses Point Coastal Way Group”.

We also recently began conducting face-to-face surveys with people already using the route. Their ideas and feedback, along with the marvellous contributions from Realt Na Mara National School pupils, will be incorporated into next week’s two public workshops.

Either one (or both!) of which you are warmly invited to attend!

Public Workshops – the community helping to decide

The purpose of these workshops is to facilitate the local community determine what aspects of the local natural, historical and cultural heritage should be included on the panels.

As you can imagine, given the rich history and exceptional beauty of Rosses Point, perhaps our biggest challenge will be whittling down and fine-tuning the topics to be included on the panels. With this in mind, each workshop will bring us through a series of cooperative, democratic tasks designed to help us collectively identify, sort and prioritise the topics considered most important by the community.

So, if you would like to become actively involved in developing this innovative and exciting project, you are warmly invited to come along to one (or both!) of the following workshops:

Scout’s Den (beside Sligo Yacht Club), Rosses Point

Tuesday 8th September 7:00pm – 10:00pm

and again

Wednesday 9th September 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Both workshops will be identical so you only need attend the one that suits you best (but are also welcome to both). Weather permitting we will explore the route directly so bring comfortable outdoor clothing and footwear. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. We hope you can join us and play a part in what should be rewarding, productive and sociable community events.

Can you help publicise our workshops?

If you there is a venue near you where you feel a poster for our workshops might be appropriate, you can download and print this PDF poster (248kb). Or click one of the share buttons below to spread the word virtually via Facebook, Twitter etc. Thanks!

Can’t attend?

You are welcome to send someone along on your behalf. Or drop us an email with your ideas and suggestions. You can also subscribe below with your email to receive updates from this site – including news of our online survey (coming soon!).

Connecting with others

We’re starting to make some nice progress as we begin to connecting with, and involving others in the project.

Realt Na Mara National School, Rosses Point

We’ve since contacted Rosses Point National School and were thrilled to learn that not only would they love to be involved but also that past and present pupils, through various projects, have accumulated a substantial range of heritage, maritime, natural and other relevant knowledge. So we’re even more excited now than when first thought of the school as our first avenue of community involvement!

We’re meeting with Principal Dearbhlá Gill next week to work out when, and how, to best to move forward with her puplis on this… and once that ball is rolling we’ll start involving the teenage and adult populations.

The Wild Atlantic Way

We had heard the wonderful “Wild Atlantic Way” project intended erecting signage at key points along the route – and we were eager to learn what their plans might be for Rosses Point. To make sure we didn’t inadvertently waste community energy designing Panels that would duplicate content, visually clash with, or be located too close to signage intended by The Wild Atlantic Way.

So we recently met with Noelle Cawley of Fáilte Ireland (who represents The Wild Atlantic Way locally) and showed her our suggested panel locations and possible content topics. Delighted to learn of both our project and our approach, Noelle informed us that the intended signage for Rosses Point was minimal and would only be erected at one spot. Thus leaving plenty of room for our project even if we found some of our intended content was already being covered by The Wild Atlantic Way (and might therefore have to be forgone).

To clarify this further we now need to make contact with her colleagues at national level in The Wild Atlantic Way. We’ll keep you posted!

Initial Steps

Martina and Sean met mid-March 2015 to discuss how to get the project going. As well compiling their ideas for possible panel locations, content and design thereof. This meeting also idenitified three key steps to be undertaken.

1. Contacting people and groups (some listed here) they felt might engage activiely with the project or who could provide some guidance on how to proceed.

2. Begin moving toward a launch meeting which would (a) inform the local and wider community of the project and (b) invite those interested to get involved and share ideas for panel location, design and content (perhaps at a workshop-styled event).

3. The construction of a wsbsite which would serve several functions and support their work by:

  • providing a method of keeping the general public, as well as those involved those about how the project was progressing
  • acting as a repository of ideas, issues, decisions (and why/how they were arrived at!) ews about the project etc
  • in the long-term, once the Panels themselves were in situ, to act as an additional complementary resourse to the Panels. For instance, showing locally-taken pictures or written content which was not included in the panels. Or perhaps using QR codes to link people to a page where they could choose to view the content of a given Panel in their own language.