Calls For Swift Action On Shannon Town Rejuvenation

Artist's impression of The Shannon Venue. Photo: Croí na Sionna

Calls have been made for swift action by the local authority aimed at rejuvenating Shannon Town.

Clare County Council has this week met with the members of the Shannon Venue committee, who decided to wind down their involvement with the project late last year, after Government funding fell short of what’s needed to bring it to fruition.

Clare FM’s Fiona McGarry reports:


There was huge disappointment late last year after Government funding granted for the shovel-ready Shannon Venue amounted to only 100,000 euro and was for a plan, as opposed to actual building works.

This prompted the committee behind the project to wind down its involvement, urging the council to take it over.

The local authority this week met with that committee, who say the Council’s agreed to re-apply for funding and present its vision for Shannon with a project similar in principle.

Clare County Council will also examine the possibility of buying the site that had been earmarked for the development.

Committee member of The Venue project Kevin Thompstone hopes a development can now move forward.

Clare FM has contacted Clare County Council in relation to the matter and is awaiting a response, but it’s already being urged to act swiftly and decisively.

Former Mayor of Clare, and long-time Shannon representative, Patricia McCarthy says work, and not plans, are required.

Statement from Clare County Council

Clare County Council has received funding under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund to prepare a plan for Shannon town.  The Council is engaging directly with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government with a view to progressing this plan.