The Chairperson of Carlingford Lough Commission (CLC) Roy Teggarty has, this week, retired after 16 years at the helm.
Carlingford Lough Commission is a voluntary organisation that is responsible for the navigational safety of Carlingford Lough including the maintenance of the buoys and the shipping channel.
Roy’s tenure was celebrated recently at a lunch in the Whistledown with fellow Commissioners, stakeholders, CLC staff, and Roy’s wife Ann. Roy reflected on the past 16 years and the changes at the organisation.
He said, “It has been my pleasure and privilege to serve on the board of the Carlingford Lough Commissioners for this past 16 years, the last few as Chairman. I remember the late John Fisher asking if I would like to replace Sam Knox on the board because of my connections to the sea, being Kilkeel Lifeboat Manager, Chair of the Mourne Seafarers Memorial Committee and on the board of the Northern Ireland Fishery Authority. This was along with having family links to the sea going back generations and I was happy to accept the position.
“Throughout my time there have been many changes and many challenges, not least from Covid 19, but also lots of successes.
“I believe we are now in a good position going forward although with some challenges especially in relation to financing. With the new Chairman Paddy Harty at the helm and Henry McLaughlin as his vice Chairman, the Commission will no doubt thrive. My thanks go to the Commissioners for their work over the years and our stakeholders for their support. I would like to especially thank WHA (Warrenpoint Harbour Authority) with whom I’ve worked over the years and their present CEO David Holmes, not only for his moral support but for the use of WHA facilities. I also wish Mary Taylor, Executive Assistant at WHA well in her retirement. And finally, I wish every success to the incoming administration at CLC who are in the safe hands of Paddy Harty and Henry McLaughlin.”
David Holmes, CEO Warrenpoint Harbour Authority added, “We would like to extend our gratitude to Roy for his work at CLC. It is a vitally important service to maintain the safety of the Lough for commercial and recreational users. We have no doubt Roy’s work has contributed significantly to this over the years. WHA looks forward to continuing to support CLC under the Chairmanship of Paddy Harty and we wish Roy the very best in his retirement.”