For the past few months CCDL has been actively working with Failte Ireland, Clare County Council, Clare Local Development Company, Public Representatives and community organisations in Clare to ensure that Clarecastle is positioned to avail of opportunities arising from Failte Ireland’s initiative to create a Shannon Estuary Way.
The Shannon Estuary is a spectacular and unspoilt estuary just off the Wild Atlantic Way. Failte Ireland’s pilot initiative to promote a 207km estuary drive from Killimer to Limerick and on to Tarbert, links in with the Wild Atlantic Way and creates tourism potential for towns and villages along the route. CCDL’s Heritage and Wildlife sub-committee has chronicled Clarecastle’s heritage and Failte Ireland and Clare County Council recognise the historical importance of Clarecastle being the original Village and Port of Clare. This has greatly facilitated Clarecastle’s prominence on the map and the recommendation that Clarecastle “makes a perfect stopover” for visitors on the route.
With over 10 million visitors coming to Ireland, an annual spend exceeding €5 billion and more than 250,000 jobs in tourism – it is hoped that Clarecastle will benefit significantly in the years ahead.
Picture shows Minister Patrick O’Donovan launching the Shannon Estuary Way with representatives from Failte Ireland, Clare County Council and Clare Local Development Company. Also pictured are CCDL and Heritage/Wildlife committee members along with Joe Carey TD and Cllr Paul Murphy.