And thank you David for organising
Produced where our dream was born, using words still hanging on our kitchen wall, this is beautiful and true. This is SUPforall.
Well done Lakeside Productions on this stunning Lough Gill edit.
Sligo County Council - V - SUPforall : IMPORTANT UPDATE
Supporters, before we go any further we wish to THANK each and every one of you for your support during ...this difficult time and to let you know that we will NEVER forget the thousands of messages and pledges, from YOU, to STAND with SUPforall throughout this fiasco.
Regretfully, as Sligo County Council will not change it position we must remain closed in order to avoid further legal prosecution by them and we wish to take this opportunity to shed further light on the detail of this case. We have delayed this press release due to the unexpected but very welcome intervention on our behalf by Cllr Declan Bree, Sligo's longest standing elected representive, in the Council Chamber on Monday last. Thank you Declan, it feels good to know that you are aware and concerned for our community in this matter.
On Tuesday June 7th We were sworn in before Judge Kilrane at Sligo District Court. Our counsel questioned : our representing Ireland as an Adventure Ambassadors at the Adventure Travel World Summit in Switzerland 2013, the making of 'Facing Waves' TV show 2014, the world wide positive media attention we received (every year) and our successes in attracting thousands of people, both local and from all over the world, to Trawane Bay.
We were then questioned by the prosecution counsel, who irionically had come to SUPforall with his family and enjoyed our activities, about if we felt we had been 'naive' to have started SUPforall without permission from our council. We conceded that we felt naive for believing that Sligo County Council would try to assist with our endeavors to establish Sligo as Ireland's #AdventureCapital and a SUP Mecca for the world.
The court concluded by ruling that SUPforall/David O'Hara must pay 25% of the Councils costs prior to September 6th 2016. We received no criminial conviction.
Where are we now?
We are closed. 2016 is finished for us. It seems it will be a 'long road' for us to walk to get our County Council to see the merits for Sligo, in supporting SUPforall.
For 2016 it is too late to set up at an alternative location, and to be honest we are already financially drained ...
But the Fight goes on and we will review all possible ways to get the camp back at Trawane Bay. We have re-directed our bookings to other activity providers, many of these bookings have left Sligo for other counties. We will keep SUPforall alive and FIGHT to see a change within our local authority in the hope that we can build a new business model at some point in the future. However, we have mouths to feed and bills to pay and therefore we will apply our expertise within the industry, at other locations where adventure activities like SUP are welcomed and encouraged. SUPforall is now a global brand and we owe it to those of you who love and support us to stay the course and effect a change.
Sligo is Ireland's #AdventureCapital and even if those 'highly paid civil servants' who are tasked with this county's promotion, refuse to acknowlege this, we know that YOU do! We know that our people, from all over the world want to come and visit the #AdventureCapital and to experience its activities, its food, culture, music, hospitality, scenery and most of all, YOU, its people.
What can YOU do to make a change?
YOU can call Sligo the #AdventureCapital in every relevent social media post you make. YOU can get more from your networks to log on to www.savetrawanebay.com and sign the PETITION calling on our Authority to adopt the term Adventure Capital in relation to Sligo. YOU can SUPPORT local activity providers by taking your friends and family on an adventure, go Kayaking with Sligo Kayak Tours, Climbing with Carriag Climbing, SUPing with Leitrim Surf Company, Biking with Wild Atlantic Wheels, Surfing with Strandhill Surf School or ISurf Ireland, exploring a walking trail with SeaTrails or take a pony trek with Island View Riding and KEEP using the hashtag #AdventureCapital.
What will we do now?
For now we will work with emerging businesses and destinations, both Nationally and Internationally to assist them to build product and market their destinations BUT all the while we will keep our campaign for a change in Sligo Alive.
We will NEVER give up and we PROMISE to publish the details of this case as we receive them. This has NOT GONE away, it is very much Alive, the stifled truth will be told and the 'Spinning' of the real story by our local Authority will be challenged and refuted, by FACTS, at every turn. When we receive the information we have requested, pertaining to our case, we will publish a FULL account of why we have been stopped offering Stand Up Paddle at Trawane Bay.
Thank you for your support, we LOVE you.
Our time will come, the #AdventureCapital is ALIVE.
Wow! We are simply in awe at the outpouring of support flooding into the support website and FB page set up by some of our paddlers! Just check it out!
We have NEVER ran 'like and share' marketing and we will not start now HOWEVER if you have been a fan of SUPforall, if you have paddles with us, then we are asking you now to go and visit the supporters website and SIGN the petition that is calling on Sligo County Council to allow us to reinstate our Camp facilities and resum...e offering SUP to the world.
When you are there, check out the LOVELY stories and images which are flooding in from all over the world! Its so so cool!
Thank you in advance, your SUPPORT is so much appreciated.
Save Trawane Bay Facebook Page has been set up to compliment www.savetrawanebay.com and facilitate sharing this campaign to a wider audience.
The administrato...rs feel compelled to offer a platform to the general public who wish to express their support for the activities of SUPforall at Trawane Bay.
We believe that it is time for people to band together and change the culture of inertia and ambivalence which is holding back this amazing part of Ireland.
YOU can show your solidarity towards this cause by pressing 'LIKE' on this page and following the links through to sign the petition
Visit the campaign website at : http://savetrawanebay.com
Watch the explanatory video at : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzsO0KJNxag
Sign the petition at : https://www.change.org/p/sligo-county-council-save-trawane-…
Send your support selfie at : http://savetrawanebay.com/get-involved/send-your-selfie/
Write your story related to SUP For All and Trawane Bay at : http://savetrawanebay.com/get-involved/tell-your-story/
Thank YOU a million times, in advance.
Lovely words from our Northern Ireland family.
Myself, my family and lots of my friends have spent some PROPER QUALITY time down at Trawane Bay with David, and Sup for all. Kids are supposed to be in places ...like this. My own have learned and experienced life lessons here, that will hopefully help to shape them into decent people, finding their thing, and contributing something good to the world, just as David has done at/on Lough Gill.
Let's hope Sligo County Council catch themselves on, and this magical place can keep on giving.
The team SUP for all are overwhelmed by the massive support we have received from the people of Sligo, Ireland and from all over the world. Thank you.
The first ten minutes of Facing Waves with Nikki Gregg depicts, very well, what SUPforall did. It may help put some context on this unfortunate situation.
Well here it is guys, we are finally allowed to publish Facing Waves with Nikki Gregg. This is a TV show which has been broadcast across the USA. Filming for ...this episode took place in October 2014 and it was made by Go Paddle with co-operation of Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland and Wild Atlantic Way.
It has been broadcast into 50 million homes in the USA and beyond.
During the shoot many Sligo businesses and personalities assisted, too many to list however special thanks to Markree Castle, VOYA Organic Beauty from the Sea, Trá Bán Restaurant Strandhill, Sligo Kayak Tours, Pier Head Hotel and Offshore-Watersports Mullaghmore.
You will see that 90% of the shoot is set in Sligo, Ireland's #AdventureCapital and that Mullaghmore delivered some incredible waves which were captured in this footage.
Sit back and enjoy this production, full screen and HD is recommended.
SUPforall regretfully wishes to inform the national and international paddling community and to whom it concerns that we have ceased all SUP and Lake-shore activities at Trawane Bay pending a Sligo Circuit Court Decision due on June 7th 2016.
This legal action, initiated by Sligo County Council, against David O'Hara|SUPforall demands for a cessation of all Stand Up Paddle activity from this location.
SUPforall will clarify our position following the Courts Ruling.