SECAD Noticeboard 11th March 2013

SECAD Noticeboard 11th March 2013


  • €600,000 investment in Animal Care and Conservation Centre at Fota Wildlife
  • €200,000 grant provided by SECAD (South and East Cork Area Development)
  • 10 new jobs to be created as a result
  • Official contract to initiate works signed on Friday last.









On Friday last the 8th of March:  The construction of a new Animal Care and Conservation Centre at Fota Wildlife Park was welcomed today by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, who was on hand to turn the first sod.


The new facility, which will house native and globally endangered species, is supported significantly by South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD) funding.   Over €200,000 grant aid is being provided by SECAD, which will form a key part of the overall €600,000 development onsite at Fota Wildlife Park.



“Fota Wildlife Park made an application to South & East Cork Area Development (SECAD) for funding through the Rural Development Programme to assist with the construction of a new Animal Care and Conservation Centre this year”, explained Ryan Howard, CEO SECAD.  “As a key tourism attraction in this region and as part of the Ring of Cork initiative, we are delighted to support this special project and to support employment in the tourism and hospitality sector here”.


The new development will see the creation of an additional ten jobs at Fota Wildlife Park across a number of areas from animal health and veterinary to animal care and support staff.  This is one of many investments in the Region by SECAD to stimulate job creation, and ensure the viability and attractiveness of the South and East Cork area for visitors and locals alike.


Sean McKeown, Director, Fota Wildlife Park said “The Animal Care and Conservation Centre is a very important development for Fota Wildlife Park.  The indoor visitor facility will make the wildlife park more of an all-weather attraction, increasing visitor numbers to the park and therefore creating additional jobs here.   This project could not have been undertaken without the generous financial support from SECAD, therefore we would like to thank their CEO Ryan Howard and his staff for the efficient and effective manner with which our application was processed. We would also like to acknowledge Minister Coveney for his continued support in the development of Fota Wildlife Park into a world class facility”.


“This new development at Fota Wildlife Park will enhance the breeding and conservation work at Fota Wildlife Park, and will also provide a new opportunity for the public to learn about the importance of preserving indigenous biodiversity and the need to conserve flora and fauna globally.  The indoor viewing area will be key also to increasing the appeal of the park in winter months and in all weathers”, said Minister Coveney at the turning of the sod at Fota Wildlife today.


SECAD supports Aghada Community Hall Re-furbishment Project


Last Friday evening in Aghada village the sod was turned on what will be a fantastic new addition to the Community Hall in Aghada.

SECAD have funded €150,000 towards the re-furbishment and the planned extension to the current hall and this in turn will give the Aghada community a much needed boost and will offer endless opportunities to community groups going forward.

Present at the ‘Sod Turning’ were the Mayor of Cork County Council, Barbara Murray, Chairperson of the Aghada Community Hall committee Mr Tony Morrissey and Noel Collins who all spoke about the fantastic facility that is already in place and the wonderful difference that the extension and re-furbishment work will make to the community.


Group attending the ‘Sod Turning’ in Aghada last Friday evening.


It is also hoped that the possibility of a meals on wheels service will operate from the hall now that the funding is in place for these changes and it is hoped that the work will be completed by September 2013.

The various committee members thanked everyone who funded this project including SECAD and a spokesperson for South and East Cork Area Development said “We are delighted to be involved in this most worthwhile project, it will be a significant help to the community and have a positive effect for the whole rural community, which is what SECAD are all about, we wish them every success in the extension and re-furbishment here in Aghada and we look forward to the official opening of the new extension later on this year”.

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