Hopes that a new marina development in the old port of Kilrush will attract mores visitors to County Clare.

Kilrush Marina which has been four years in the making at a cost of seven million pounds is officially opened.

The idea behind the marina is to attract some of the five million sailors and water sports enthusiasts in Europe and further afield to this County Clare town situated on the Shannon Estuary.

Shannon Development plan to build tourism and property development here has come to fruition, with assistance from local authorities and the European Union.

Critics maintained that the money could have been spent elsewhere, but today Minister for Transport Tourism and Communications Máire Geoghan-Quinn TD (Teachta Dála) declared the marina open for business.

One hundred and twenty seven berths, boatyards and cranes are now available for the sailing community and anyone else who enjoys being out on the water and would like to visit this corner of Ireland. In time the community will benefit from this development, believes Máire Geoghan Quinn,

A tremendous spin-off not just for the marina itself, but...for the townspeople.

Scenic but isolated, Kilrush has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. Clare County Council and Kilrush Urban District Council have been working to redevelop the town for tourism, as is evident by the recently opened Kilrush Heritage Centre and Scattery Island Interpretive Centre.

Brendan Travers, Shannon Development believes that the state investment of six million pounds in this type of infrastructure will pay dividends in the longer term,

That will help Kilrush meet its potential as an old and revitalised market and maritime town.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 August 1992. The reporter is Gerry Reynolds.