Waterville/ Ballinskelligs/ Inny Catchments

Waterville Ballinskelligs Catchments

‘The Waterville Catchments and Ballinskelligs Bay are priceless and irreplaceable resources ecologically, culturally, economically and socially. The health of these systems is crucial to
the sectors/stakeholders that rely on them for a wide and varied number of reasons including agriculture, forestry, industry, tourism, aquaculture, social and recreational to name a few. It is now vital that every effort is made to ensure that benefits these key assets offer are identified in full and a plan is developed to sustainably maintain and protect them into the future’

Water is a precious resource, and is essential for all life on earth. Managing our water so it can meet our current and future needs and also continue to support the ecosystems that depend on it is vital for Ireland’s future. https://www.catchments.ie/icm-epa-role-introduction/

The preparation of a Sustainability Plan for the Waterville/ Ballinskelligs/ Inny Valley commenced April 2020. The aim of the plan is to protect and develop the catchments for the benefit of all concerned.

The preparation of the plan involves research, consultation with all sectors, setting priorities and identifying a management structure to implement the plan. Anglers, tourism providers, local business, farmers & landowners, a range of agencies, and the local community can all give their comments and views.

Due to COVID 19 restrictions we are unable to hold face-to-face meetings at present. Therefore we are inviting people to contribute to the plan by phone, email, on-line survey and on-line meeting. 

Community Presentation. The project findings to date will be presented over two nights, on-line via Zoom.

Workshop one:  Niall Walsh, Project Scientist, presented a Bio-Diversity Profile of the catchments,Thursday 16th July. To view presentation click here.  Summary of discussions available here. Video recording of workshop available here

Workshop two:  130 community surveys were completed – Dr Brendan, O’Keeffe, Project Consultant presented a summary of the community survey responses. To view the presentation click here.  Summary of the discussions click here.  Video recording of the workshop available here.

Interactive planning workshop schedule for September, more details to be advised. 


Stakeholder Consultation. Thanks to all organisations, business and agencies who took the time and interest to complete the stakeholder on-line survey.  Forty-five representatives of the various agencies and organisations attended the on-line presentation of the preliminary findings  Friday 19th June.  The biodiversity profile presented by Niall Walsh can be downloaded here, and the stakeholder survey presentation by Dr Brendan O’Keeffe can be viewed here.

Contact details for participating organisations available here

Consultation & Planning Process – Spring / Summer 2020

  • Research to prepare a biodiversity profile of the catchments,
  • On-line confidential survey of stakeholders link, 
  • On-line survey of local citizens link, 
  • Telephone interviews,
  • A schools’ project,
  • A series of on-line meetings/ webinars,
  • An interactive planning workshop (Geo-Design),

Date and format for presentation of draft catchments plan to be finalised (Sept/ Oct).

Steering Group Members:

  • IRD Waterville,
  • South Kerry Development Partnership,
  • Kerry County Council,
  • LAWPRO – Local Authorities Waters Programme,
  • Teagasc,
  • Inland Fisheries Ireland.

Project Consultants – O’Raw Consultancy & Associates:

  • Paul O’Raw,
  • Dr Brendan O’Keeffe,
  • Dr Hrishi Balall,
  • Niall Walsh

For further information contact Paul O’Raw at 087 2317204

Useful Links.

Heritage Council calls on children across the country to showcase local heritage through LEGO® brick.  Click here

Saving Ireland’s Water, Eco-Eye/ Catchments.ie video.

The good ecological status of rivers and lakes – University of Duisberg, Germany. Video

Healthy rivers: What WFD means for river life. Environment Agency UK. Video.