Clare projects benefit from €6.8m announcement – Rural Regeneration & Development Fund

Clare projects benefit from €6.8m announcement

Clare County Council has been successful in securing funding for five separate rural regeneration and development projects under the €1 billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF), a key component of Project Ireland 2040.

€6.8 million has been secured for projects in Loop Head, Lahinch, Doolin, Kilrush and Holy Island.

All RRDF projects applications were prepared and submitted to deliver on the targets of the Clare Rural Development Strategy. This involved collaboration across various Council departments, Municipal Districts, local communities and specific partnerships with Kilrush Amenity Trust and Lahinch Seaworld as stakeholders.


  • Lahinch Seaworld and Town Upgrade Project (€2,860,000): This project is a substantial upgrade of the Lahinch Seaworld community-run facility and associated public realm works in the town. It includes: The retrofitting of the Seaworld building; new public toilets; public realm works; completion of building of new Surf Rescue and Training Centre, Lahinch sports field, new car park and amenity area.
  • Vandeleur Estate, Kilrush (€1,720,000): This project will restore part of the historic Vandeleur Estate, which has been in existence since 1808. The project will respect the existing facilities and buildings within the surrounding area and will include a new museum; and development of arts and crafts facilities to promote local heritage.
  • Loop Head Visitor Attraction (€868,500): This is a significant tourism project which will refurbish and expand the facilities at the historic Loop Head visitor lighthouse attraction with a view to enhancing the capacity and attractiveness of the lighthouse.  The project will assist in the enhancement of the existing tourism offering in the area, delivering benefits to the wider community through increased activity.
  • Inis Cealtra Island (€920,500): Clare County Council will develop a detailed design for a visitor centre, a design for a new boat landing point including visitor trails and the production of an interpretation strategy for the island.
  • Doolin Pier: Clare County Council will develop a masterplan to develop a new visitor and tourist Centre at Doolin pier.

A separate Clare project has also benefited from funding totalling €666,300. Fáilte Ireland will develop a plan to solve critical congestion and visitor management issues along the Wild Atlantic Way at 15 key locations within the counties of Clare and Kerry.

View the list of successful applicant here: RRDF Successful Projects


Clare PPN Public Plenary meeting

The first Clare PPN plenary meeting of 2019 will take place in Ennis on the evening of 26th March 2019. The event is also open to the general public and for anyone who wants to learn more about Clare PPN. The purpose of our plenary meeting is to ensure that members of Clare PPN are consulted and have a chance to identify their priorities for Clare PPN’s work programme for the year ahead. The venue is dependent on the number of registered attendees so please let us know that you are joining us by reserving a FREE ticket here FREE Eventbrite TICKETS

Meeting: have your views heard on Ireland’s Heritage Strategy- Heritage Ireland 2030


A public consultation on the development of a new national heritage plan – Heritage Ireland 2030 – has been launched and the people of Clare are being invited to have their say.

The plan seeks to recognise the vital role heritage plays in our community, our economy and our society and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is inviting the public’s views to help shape the priorities for Ireland’s heritage for the next 10 years.

Congella McGuire, Heritage Officer with Clare County Council, said: “It is important that the voices of individuals, groups and communities in Clare are heard through this process. Heritage 2030 offers an opportunity to build on some of the achievements and partnerships developed through the County Clare Heritage Plans in recent years, to promote heritage as a resource to contribute to quality of life, cultural and economic development of County Clare.’’

In order to facilitate the Heritage 2030 process, Clare PPN and Heritage Office have organised an open public consultation session at the Clare PPN Offices, Clonroad Business Park, Clonroad, Ennis V95 N62T on Tuesday 26th February  from 6.30 -8.00 pm. All are welcome to attend and to contribute their views or just to find out more about the process and how to get involved.  In order to make it easy for people to have their views heard Clare PPN will prepare a joint submission following this meeting from the views and suggestions of those attending.  People are also free to make their own submissions at any point up until the deadline of February 28th 2019.  These can be made via an online survey, e-mail or by post.   Visit for details.

For more information contact Clare PPN at 087 1617375 or

NOTICE OF ELECTION – Killaloe Municipal District Secretariat Member



Clare Public Participation Network gives notice of its intention to conduct an election from among its membership for the following position which has become vacant:

Killaloe Municipal District Secretariat Member

Clare PPN is managed by a board known as the Secretariat. This secretariat is responsible for running the Public Participation Network in Clare between plenary meetings where the member groups’ views and input are sought.

Clare PPN has two part time staff and an annual budget of €80,000 per year which is provided by the Department of Rural and Community Development and Clare County Council. The secretariat which is a flat structure meets four to six times per year with those meetings usually taking place in Ennis County Clare. The successful candidate will also be required to attend events and meetings organised by the PPN itself for the purposes of consulting with our member groups.  From 2019, secretariat members will be required to become directors of Clare Public Participation Network CLG.

The ideal candidate will be a person who is well connected with community groups in the area and someone who has a genuine interest in increasing participation by local groups in Local Government Structures.


Current Municipal Districts of County Clare

Election Rules and Process

  • Only groups who were members of Clare PPN on Monday, 4th February are eligible to nominate a candidate and vote in this election.
  • Only groups with addresses in Killaloe Municipal District may nominate a candidate or vote in this election.
  • Each eligible member group may nominate one candidate and may cast one vote in the relevant election – it is each group’s named contact person’s responsibility to consult with their own members in regard to this.

How to nominate a candidate:

Nominations must be received by Friday, 15th February 2019

Groups wishing to nominate a candidate must seek their consent first and then send an email to: with the following information:

  • Name of Community Group
  • Clare PPN membership number (if you are unsure of this please email:
  • Name of proposed nominee.
  • Contact details of proposed nominee.
  • A short paragraph (up to 200 words) detailing the nominees’ suitability and experience for the role- this will be shared on social media and on our website in advance of voting.
  • A photo of your nominee which we may share with our members and social media followers.

Clare PPN will confirm receipt of nominations by email.

How to vote:

Following the close of nominations, Clare PPN will circulate details of candidates to eligible members and share them online and voting will be open until 5pm on Friday, 1st March 2019. Voting will be by online survey. You must quote your Clare PPN membership number when voting. The name of the successful candidate will then be announced.

NB: Even if you have nominated a candidate you will also need to cast your vote to support their election.

If you have any questions about the election or Clare PPN in general please email: