Hard to believe they want to destroy this. Write a (real) letter to the minister now

and Crab Island may survive. Photo: Mickey Smith

This just in from the Save Doolin and Crab Island campaigners in Ireland. The world class wave in County Clare is under threat from a plan to expand the harbour close by. Clare County Council has now approved the plan (after applying to itself for permission to go ahead!), despite a faulty impact assessment and acknowledgment in their own report that the wave will be impacted.

There is some hope, though. Before they proceed with construction the council needs a Foreshore License from the Irish government. Without that they can't go ahead.

This means that if the Minister can be persuaded to stop the construction, it won't happen.

Surfers are asked to write to the minister - REAL LETTERS, NOT EMAILS - before April 21st urging him to protect this world renowned wave. Please, do it now!

Here's what the campaigners are suggesting (you can find out more on their Facebook page here).

Everyone can make a submission to the Department Of Environment regarding the application for the Foreshore licence. If you have been sitting on the side lines for now looking for a way to help save the waves, this is what you have to do. Write a letter to the DOE. highlighting your concerns. Here is a template you can work off of in writing your letter. please read through the information below.

Foreshore Application Submission Details

The Foreshore Unit,

Department of Environment, Heritage,

and Local Government,

Newtown Road,


Date: ____________

Re: Section 19 of the Foreshore Act, 1933. Clare Co. Co. application to Mr. Phil Hogan T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage & Local Government for permission to occupy an area of foreshore at Doolin, Co. Clare for the purpose of constructing an access road, pier structure and associated dredging works at Doolin Pier, Doolin, Co. Clare.

Ref: MS/51/11/234

Dear Sir/Madam,


The following points are of concern and we would ask each of you to choose some of these points and maybe add some additional issues of your own, elaborate upon them with a few sentences and submit to the above address by post to arrive before 21st April 2011. The following points are the opinion of the West Coast Surf Club in light of our assessment of the proposed development:

The new pier structure has the potential to destroy a highly regarded surfing wave at Doolin Point and potentially have a significant impact on the surfing quality of the world renowned wave at Crab Island.

The new pier structure will be located where surfers currently safely access the water. The new development will result in a significant danger to surfers as they will have to enter the water at either the shore side of the pier, crossing the ferry paths, or at the seaward side of the pier where the reef is extremely dangerous and this will be compounded with the backwash from the new pier.

The proposed pier, as designed, will create significant currents in the water in and around the area where surfers paddle. This will create a serious health and safety hazard and surfers may be dragged onto rocks, the new revetment or into the paths of ferries.

The proposed pier is of an extremely large scale which will be visible from many surrounding areas, in particular the renowned views of the point from the hills to the south.

The pier will involve significant blasting and dredging of the seabed. The full impacts that these activities will have on the environment in and around the subject site have not been assessed appropriately. The works will have potentially disastrous repercussions for different aquatic species in the area including Dolphins. A full Environmental Impact Statement should be prepared.

The pier requires a new tarmac access road which will be constructed on the existing limestone pavement at Doolin Point.

The development could have a significant impact on the amenity value of the Doolin area for surfers, sightseers, walkers, bird watchers, hikers, due to its size, and location.

There is a need for a new pier, however a design which will not have the above negative impacts can be provided and should be designed as an alternative to the current proposal.


The above points are to guide you in your submission, however we would ask you to make your submission as personal and unique as possible. Please include your full address in the submission. There is no fee required.

So send those submissions! Make your voice heard.