Creevy Co-operative Society – founded in 1994
Creevy – An area of 35 square miles in South-west Donegal, located between Ballyshannon and the seaside resort of Rossnowlagh, consisting of seven town lands, it has a dramatic coastline and a small pier.
Historically, the main economic activity was agriculture and fishing. With the decline in agriculture and the move to larger boats the area has gone into economic decline as evidenced by the large number of derelict cottages. It suffers from high levels of unemployment, under employment, migration and emigration, resulting in a high dependency level: an unsatisfactory situation given that we have the following advantages: access to the sea, great scenic beauty, reasonable farm land and unspoilt natural environment.
The Creevy and District Community Development Co-operative Society developed out of regular meetings throughout 1994 of 25/30 residents, took professional advice and training before registering with ICOS, and now has over 60 Members.
A high court case in the 1920’s made legal history when locals won the fight to fish the “channel” for salmon in season. This victory was short lived when the ESB Power station at Cathaleen’s Falls was constructed in the late 40’s spelling the beginning of the end for this great fishery, one of the best in the world and certainly in Europe. This deprived a local community of a great source of income, which along with the decline in traditional farming, resulted in the resolve of a local group of residents in the Creevy district to form a community development Co-op to address the needs of the area.
We began to acquire leases of derelict homesteads, rebuilt these to let as 4 * Self-Catering Traditional Stone Cottages with many unique features including washing/drying, bait and tackle rooms and disabled access. These premises will revert to the original owners after 21yrs. The acquisition of a new 33ft. fully licensed and insured deep-sea boat with a 320hp engine for angling/diving/pleasure trips was next pursued and recently sold. Ten miles of shore walk, over farmers land has been provided with the goodwill of local landowners. It is felt vitally important to preserve the area from despoliation by the over development of holiday homes which upset the natural balance. We built an indoor boathouse in recent years capable of housing 33 ft deep sea angling boats, rib boats etc. Visitors are most welcome to stay in these cottages to fish, dive, surf, swim, walk etc at nearby Creevy Pier, at Rossnowlagh’s Blue Flag Beach, or further afield.
We have recently been awarded the role ‘ambassador’ of the Wild Atlantic Way promoted by Failte Ireland and Tourism Ireland route from Cork to Donegal on the rugged coastline of Ireland – 2,500 kms!
Creevy Co-op gratefully acknowledges the support of the following organisations and people:
- Department of Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs – POBAL
- Donegal Local Development Co
- Tyrone Donegal Partnership
- Ulster Community Investment Trust Ltd
- Peace & Reconciliation II
- Local contributions