Visitor Restrictions To Be Placed On Holy Island

Clare County Council is proposing that no more than 400 visitors be permitted on Holy Island on any given day, once it’s opened to visitors.

It’s hoped that the 7th Century Monastic settlement on Lough Derg will attract visitors to East Clare once a development in the area is complete, and the Council’s draft plans were shown to the public during a consultation event last week.

They include a visitor centre in Mountshannon, and a ferry to bring 400 passengers daily to the island, and no more than 100 at any one time.


Senior Council planner Brian McCarthy says they’re looking to strike a balance between environmental and economic concerns.