Kilrush Now A ‘Key Labour Catchment Area’ Study Finds

A new study has found that Kilrush is now a key labour catchment area in West Clare.

The Western Development Commission has found that there’s been a major increase in the number of resident workers in the Kilrush region, in part because it now includes Kilkee.


Over a ten year period, between 2006 and 2016, an additional 839 workers were recorded as working in the town of Kilrush and surrounding labour catchment area that now includes Kilkee.

But in terms of age profile, the average worker age in Kilrush is significantly older than the average in the region – with Shannon the youngest.

The WDC analysis of 2016 census data has also found that all town catchments across the county have seen increases in employment.

This includes a boost of 5.5% in Shannon, while the Limerick City area, which takes in parts of Clare, experienced an 8.8% rise in the number of people at work.

The Shannon area, which includes much of the Shannon Free Zone, continues to attract workers from across the county while rural parts of Clare, Ennis and Limerick city are also strong employment hubs.

In addition, there are now 34 people commuting from the Shannon area to Dublin for work; up from 12 in 2006.