Hopes 10-Year Tourism Strategy For Clare Will Drive Industry Forward

It’s hoped a ten-year tourism strategy will set the stage for the further development of the sector in this county.

Clare County Council is collaborating with Shannon Heritage, international experts and local communities to determine how best to drive the industry forward.


Members of the public are being given the opportunity to have their say on how the country’s tourism product is developed over the coming ten years.

The local authority is coming together with Shannon Heritage and international consultants Team Tourism to hold a number of workshops around the county this month, to gather opinions from those on the ground on how to drive the industry forward.

It will form the basis of a ten year plan, which will focus on extending the length of time tourists are staying in the county, in order to boost business and employment in the industry.

Leonard Cleary is Clare County Council’s Director of Services for Rural Development.

The tourism industry in Clare supports around 12,000 jobs and generates an economic output of €288 million every year.

Director of Shannon Heritage Niall O’Callaghan believes this strategy will be a huge benefit to growing that even further.

A Kilkee-based Tourism Consultant, has welcomed the strategy, saying a viable plan is the only way to ensure the industry’s success.

Cillian Murphy believes the sector has lost out from a lack of planning in the past, but he believes big opportunities lie ahead.

The workshops are being held in the following locations:

• ENNISTYMON, Falls Hotel, Monday 11th March 2pm – 4.30 pm
• SHANNON, Oakwood Arms, Tuesday 12th March 2.00pm – 4.30pm
• ENNIS, Templegate Hotel, Tuesday 12th March 6.30pm – 9.00pm
• KILLALOE, Lakeside Hotel, Wednesday 13th March 10.30am – 1.00 pm
• KILRUSH, Vandeleur Walled Garden, Thursday 14th March 2.00 – 4.30.pm
• ENNIS, Templegate Hotel, Friday 15th March 10.30am – 1.00 pm.