Coastal Businesses Hailing Heatwave As ‘A Godsend’

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Businesses in North Clare are hailing the heatwave as a ‘godsend’ for local industry.

A yellow weather warning for high temperatures officially kicked in for Clare today, with the mercury expected to rise above 27 degrees.


Crowds have flocked to Lahinch to bask in the glorious sunshine as Clare experiences its first August heatwave since 2006.

Tourists from as far as America are visiting the North Clare shore today, while Clare natives have taken the day off work to enjoy the high temperatures while they last.

Others are taking to the water already, describing today’s conditions as perfect for surfing.

A restaurant manager by the shore is describing the good weather as a ‘godsend’ for local industry.

Mike Ball is operations manager with Randaddy’s restaurant in Lahinch.

He says the summer has been late starting and quieter than other years.

Similarly, the watersports industry is praising the hot spell for drawing tourists and visitors to the area.

Ben Bennett of Ben’s Surf Clinic in Lahinch says many businesses in the area have been comparing this year’s slower trade to the previous two summers when the staycation surge was driven by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ben feels the timing of this heatwave is crucial as many people are on annual leave this week.

The owner of one of the oldest businesses in Lahinch believes this is the town’s one chance to prove that it remains value for money.

A combination of the cost-of-living crisis, the rise in inflation and a shortage in hotel accommodation has led to businesses attached to the hospitality sector being accussed of price gouging in certain instances – particularly in the cost of overnight stays or car rental costs.

Donogh O’Loghlin of Sue’s on Main Street in Lahinch says local businesses are determined to protect the town’s reputation by retaining affordable prices.