Heritage and Wildlife

The Unveiling of “Spirit of the Forest” in Ballybeg Woods

Mary Coote-Ryan, Mayor of Ennis, unveiled the “Spirit of the Forest”, sculptured by Carmel Doherty in memory of her late Mother, in Ballybeg Woods this Sunday 23 March 2014. The unveiling ceremony was hosted by the Clarecastle & Ballyea Heritage Group and the event was attended by a gathering of about 80 people. Fr. Brady and Fr. Fergal O’Neill blessed ... Read More »

New map of Clarecastle to be launched 1st December

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A rare opportunity to find out about our heritage and wildlife

This week the Heritage, Identity and Wildlife team of CCDL offered local people the opportunity of learning a bit more about the history of the village of Clarecastle on a heritage trail of the village led by Joe Power.  Jean Ryan also gave us the a chance to find out about the fantastic wildlife and rare plants that we have ... Read More »

Wild orchids found at the quay!

Look at these magnificent wild orchids found blowing carefree in the wind down at the quay in Clarecastle.  Clarecastle Tidy Towns has stopping cutting the grass in such areas to enable the wild flowers to bloom.  Aren’t they something else!! Read More »

Mass at St John’s Well – a very special occasion

Between four and five hundred people from Ballyea/Clarecastle Parish braved the elements yesterday evening to take part in a Mass at St John’s Well at Killone Abbey.  It was well worth the effort as the occasion was unique as the crowd retraced the steps of pilgrims of years ago.  It was a truly spiritually uplifting experience and there was a ... Read More »