CCDL putting Clarecastle on the Map
16/06/2017 -Fáilte Ireland Unveils Route for New Shannon Estuary Way -Pilot Scheme to Develop Touring Routes off Wild Atlantic Way Pictured during the launch of the Shannon Estuary Way at Glin Pier, Co. Limerick, is Minister of State for Tourism and Sport and Limerick County T.D. Patrick O’Donovan along with the Clarecastle group. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / True Media Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O’Donovan today unveiled the route for the Shannon Estuary Drive - the first in what is hoped to be a series of drives which will be developed by Fáilte Ireland in collaboration with local stakeholders to encourage visitors to discover the variety of inland visitor experiences as they travel along the Wild Atlantic Way. The Shannon Estuary is a large tidal estuary on the west coast of Ireland where Ireland’s longest river – the Shannon joins the Atlantic Ocean.

CCDL putting Clarecastle on the Map

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.

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.

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.

 

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