The Market Lane Group of restaurants has made a long-term commitment to support a youth training programme with Meitheal Mara; the community-based charity boatyard which provides boatbuilding and water skills training on the River Lee.
This commitment follows an initial contribution towards building an St Ayles Skiff, which was to mark the group’s 10th anniversary.
This skiff, which has been constructed by Bill Scobie and Peter Hull, under the guidance of Seamus O’Brien, Workshop Manager and Boat Builder, will be used as a training boat for Meitheal Mara’s on-the-water programmes. It will also be part of the Bádoireacht youth rowing programme which trains rowers for the Bantry longboat, the Fionnbarra, which is moored at Lapp’s Quay.
General Manager of Meitheal Mara, Cathy Buchanan, said: “We are completely honoured and delighted that a successful local business like the Market Lane Group wants to recognise and support our work. Training young people is a vitally important part of what we do, and building these traditional training boats engages all of our community at Meitheal Mara into creating something beautiful that we are all very proud of.”
“As a primary city centre business which employs many young people we are pleased to be involved in this very enriching and worthwhile programme which provides important life skills for participants,” said Conrad Howard of Market Lane Group, which consists of Market Lane, Orso, Castle Café and Elbow Lane. “Meitheal Mara delivers a very valuable community service, not only for training and skills but also by keeping the community actively involved with the wonderful resource that our rivers offer. We are very proud to partner them in this.”