Clare County Development Board
Bord Forbartha Contae an Chláir
Newsletter Spring / Summer 2009
As the new Chair of Clare County Development Board, I The Board has completed a comprehensive review work with the Board since 2005 and a number of
am pleased to welcome you to the Spring /Summer process for the development of a new County key initiatives for the county were developed under
2009 edition of the CDB Newsletter. I would like to Strategy which was supported by up-to-date research his direction. We wish him all the best and look
thank my predecessor, Cllr Joe Arkins, for his hard on recent economic and demographic changes and forward to working with him in his new role as Clare
work during his time as Chair. areas for priority. We can all agree that to achieve real County Manager.
benefits for the people of Clare we must work together
In this edition, you’ll find a broad range of articles and to develop our resources to ensure that the county I hope you enjoy this edition of the CDB Newsletter
news on activities and service developments across improves its quality of life and remains attractive to and I look forward to working with the other
the county encompassing arts, childcare, assistance the growth of enterprise and employment. members of the
for the unemployed, tourism, broadband and the In this regard, at its most recent meeting, the Board County Development
new LEADER programme. agreed key areas for 2009-2012: to deliver on these, Board on behalf of
a suite of new strategies will be developed over the the people of Clare
Two new strategies have been launched recently: the remainder of 2009 to target tourism, social inclusion, in these challenging
Recreation and Sport Strategy has been developed to rural development and the environment in addition to times.
bring real benefits to all communities and age groups the enterprise, sports and recreation, and immigrant
in Clare, and the Integrated Strategy for Co-ordination communities strategies already in place.
of Services to Immigrant Communities will ensure co- Cllr PJ Kelly
ordinated service delivery to immigrant communities On behalf of the Board, I would like to express sincere Cathaoirleach
and assist them to engage and be involved in life in and heartfelt thanks to Mr Tom Coughlan, outgoing Clare County
the county. Director of Clare CDB. Tom achieved much in his Development Board
County Clare Recreation & Sport Strategy 2009 -2011 (continued Inside)
On Tuesday, 27 January 2009 - The Major of
Clare Cllr Madeleine Taylor-Quinn launched a
blueprint for the future development of sport
andrecreation in County Clare.
The ‘County Clare Recreation & Sport
Strategy 2009-2011’ - the first of its kind to
be developed in the County and is the most
recent strategy developed in Clare using
an interagency and collaborative approach.
The strategy is supported by an agency-
based Steering Committee comprising
representatives of Clare County Council,
Clare Sports Partnership, Ennis Town Council,
Kilrush Town Council, Clare Youth Services,
HSE West, Clare County Childcare Committee,
Clare VEC and Shannon Development.
addressing the needs identified through the bring to everyone will be significant in terms
The inter agency approach to the development consultation process. of health, balanced lifestyle, community
and implementation of the strategy will development and integration, social capital
ensure that existing resources are maximised Cllr. Clare Playground Network
County P.J. Kelly Cathaoirleach of the Clare and the local economy, It is hoped that the
where possible. The commitment of partner County Development Board said he believed amended County Development Plan will
In 2006, under the Play Policy & Action Plan for County Clare, Clare Co. Council adopted the Community
agencies to deliver their actions under the the strategy “had the potential to contribute the development of community playgrounds through the
Playground Grant Scheme. This scheme provided for augment these objectives.” he said.
strategy is key to the success of the strategy. significantly million over the four- year period 2006-2009.
allocation of €2 to an improved quality of life for
The commitments set out in the strategy everyone who lives in and visits County Clare. The Steering Committee identified three
are challenging, relevant and focused on date, 10 playgrounds have this strategy with strategic be completed which the 2009. It
ToThe potential benefits thatbeen completed will a further 8 to areas throughby the end of findings is
anticipated that a total of 27 playgrounds / projects will be completed by the end of 2010.
Inside This Edition ● Childcare Subvention Scheme
The map below identifies the locations of projects funded● Initiatives for Unemployed
through the Community Playground Grant Scheme
● West Clare FRC ● Upcoming Archaeological &
● Recreation and Sports Strategy ● scheme represents a significant investment
This Arts in Education Programme by both Clare County Council and local community groups in
● Third level Developments in Clare ● Traveller a high quality,
the development ofStrategy playground network in the County. Development Plan
● VEC wins Aontas Star Awards ● Tourism 2009 ● Seachtain na Gaeilge
● Youth Space in Ennistymon ● Comhairle na nÓg ● Immigrant communities Strategy
● New ESB 110/MW station ● €14m LEADER Programme ● CAT services
● Playground Network ● Clare Tourism Forum ● Broadband
of the Irish Sports Council, stated, “It is
particularly pleasing to see that Clare County
Council and Clare Sports Partnership are
working so closely together for the future
development of sport and recreation in the
Space Left For Second Image He added that “the strategic planning
process is “an essential step” and will bring
many benefits such as quantifying the
resources required to effectively to achieve
Ennis Regional Learning Centre Opens the priorities identified and answer local
needs. This ensures that the plan can be a
working document, which will show results
over its lifetime”, added Mr Treacy.
Ennis Regional Learning Centre is delighted to announce that we are now open for business
in Clare County Museum. Ruth Bourke (Manager) and Anne Griffin (Administrator) are
The Strategy is one of a suite of integrated
from the consultation process could be Launching the new strategy, Mayor of Clare
onsite on the second floor and welcome any visitors or queries about the centre. strategies developed by the Clare Co
addressed in the supporting Action Plan. Cllr Madeleine Taylor Quinn said, “The
Development Board that will assist the Board
The strategic areas are strategy is built on the development of a
in achieving it’s vision for the
Ennis R.L.C is an outreach initiative of the Shannon Consortium, an educational partnership County over
(a) Participation and Social Inclusion, culture of wellbeing and a balanced healthy
the next 3 years.
between University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick Institute of Technology
(b) Facilities and lifestyle for everyone who lives in or visits the
(c) Communication and Information. County. Through lifelong Higher Education Authority under the
and Institute of Technology Tralee funded by the involvement and Copies of the complete strategy document,
All three areas are of equal importance with participation in recreational, sporting and
Strategic Innovation Fund Cycle 2. the executive summary and the action plan
strong linkages between each strategic area. physical activities I look forward to the strong
are available directly from Community &
tradition of community and volunteerism
We plan to offer flexible third level courses from the Shannon Consortium partners at Clare Co Council and
One of the primary objectives of the strategy in Clare being strengthened. This is a key
Certificate; Diploma and Degree level (levels 6‐8 NFQ). Demand for programmes in Clare Sports Partnership.
is to achieve universal access to recreation outcome of the strategy.”
and sports activities through the promotion
Humanities, Business and Childcare has been identified through the work of Clare VEC and via:
Copies may also be accessed
and development of new and existing multi- Commenting on the new strategy, guest www.clarecoco.ie or
Clare Lifelong Learning Network. Ennis R.L.C. is working closely with the Shannon
purpose community facilities. speaker at the launch, Mr John Treacy, CEO www.claresportspartnership.ie.
Consortium partner institutions to respond to the local demand and context.
Ennis Regional Learning Centre Opens
Third Level Developments
Educational guidance is provided for adults (18+) two days per month where they can
explore learning and higher education options with an experienced guidance counselor.
Appointments can be made for the following dates: Network. Ennis
and Clare Lifelong Learning with disabilities. Further workshops will be
Ennis Regional Learning Centre is rd
delighted to Wed 22nd we are now
• announce that & Thurs 23 April is working closely with the Shannon
R.L.C. scheduled for April and May.
• Wed 20th & Thurs 21st May
open for business in Clare County Museum. Consortium partner institutions to respond to Our Local Advisory Committee convened for
• Wed 17th & Thurs 18th the
Ruth Bourke (Manager) and Anne Griffin June local demand and context. an inaugural meeting on 26th January. This
(Administrator) are onsite on the second floor
committee will advise on various aspects
and welcome any visitors or queries about Educational guidance is provided for adults of the local development and progress of
A successful series of Return to Learning Workshops ran in February and March covering
the centre and includes members of: Clare
the centre. (18+) two days per month where they can
topics related to applications to third level including: finding the course you want; funding VEC, Clare
explore learning and higher education options County Council, County Clare
your studies; direct applications as a mature student and supports for students with Network, Clare Adult
Ennis R.L.C is an outreach initiative of with an experienced guidance counselor. Lifelong Learning
disabilities. Further workshops will be scheduled for April and May. Guidance Service, Enterprise Ireland, Teagasc,
the Shannon Consortium, an educational Appointments can be made for the following
partnership between University of Limerick,
dates: Clare Enterprise Board, and Ennis Chamber
Mary Immaculate College, Limerick Institute of of Commerce.
Our Local Advisory Committee convened for an inaugural meeting on 26th January. This
Technology and Institute of Technology Tralee • Wed 22nd & Thurs 23rd April
committee will advise on various aspects of the local development and progress of the centre and any of the
• Wed 20th & Thurs 21st May If you would like to enquire about
funded by the Higher Education Authority
includes members of: Clare County Council, County Clare VEC, Clare Lifelong Learning Network, Learning Centre,
under the Strategic Innovation Fund Cycle 2. services of Ennis Regional
• Wed 17th & Thurs 18th June
Clare Adult Guidance Service, Enterprise Ireland, Teagasc, Clare Enterprise Board, and Ennis
please contact us at:
Chamber of Commerce.
We plan to offer flexible third level courses A successful series of Return to Learning
the Shannon Consortium partners 065-6866844 or
from Workshops ran in February and March
at Certificate; Diploma and Degree level
If you would like to enquire about any of the services of Ennis Regional Learning Centre,
covering topics related to applications to third
(levelsplease contact us at 065‐6866844 or 085‐7240750 or call into the museum. or call into the museum.
6-8 NFQ). Demand for programmes level including: finding the course you want;
in Humanities, Business and Childcare has funding your studies; direct applications as
been identified through the work of Clare VEC a mature student and supports for students
return to education. The awards were Learning Sean Haughey TD.
February by the Minister for Lifelong
The Clare Family Learning Project
Aontas Star Awards 2009
Regional Munster Star Award. This pro
is coordinated by Mary Flanagan and
The Clare Family Learning Project the Mullagh women’s group requested
won the Regional Munster Star Award.
and children least
reach parents VEC run adult education likely t
that Co. Clare
This programme is coordinated by Mary classes. There was a to encourage
in adult education, huge demand for them to
Flanagan and aims to reach parents and courses in horticulture with role models
lifelong learners and two separate
children least likely to engage in adult classes Through involving
children. run with tutor Tom Batty to FETAC Home
education, to encourage them to become Level 3 and Level 4. One of the major
Liaison Teachers, local school
lifelong learners and role models for their outcomes of the courses provided was the
children. Through involving Home School community organisations and oth
establishment of the West and North Clare
Liaison Teachers, local schoolteachers, programme adopts anow grows
Growers Association, which partnership
community organisations and others, the produce for sale at local farmers markets. in a
which unites parents and children
programme adopts a partnership approach has The project allowed older members of the reco
been developed to help parents
which unites parents and children in community to pass on their knowledge of
educational Adult Education Service won both
experience. The programmea positive educational experience. The and that remedies to younger
teacher,techniques and by taking an interes
w they are their children's mostStar
Munster categories in the AONTAS important programme has been developed to help children's achievements in school.
r education, parents will increase their
Awards 2009. parents recognise how they are their
The STAR Awards and the National Adult children’s most important teacher, and that C
Learner’s Festival celebrate the participation by taking an interest in their education,
and achievements of learners who have parents will increase their children’s
C Adult Education Serviceenables pickedachievements in school.
already returned to education. It
cal Munster Star Award for and will
people to investigate their options the project p
hopefully West and North Clare”
to Grow inencourage those who want or This Clare VEC Adult Education Service also B
picked up the Local Munster Star Award for
coordinated by educational levels
me is need to improve their Mike Ryan from thethe project “Learning to Grow in West and i
to return to education. The awards were r
Education Initiative (BTEI) and beganNorth Clare” This programme is coordinated
presented in Dublin Castle on Monday
when FebruaryMullagh women's groupby Mike Ryan from the Back to Education
2nd the by the Minister for Lifelong
that Learning Sean Haugheyrun adult educationInitiative (BTEI) and began in 2005 when
Co. Clare VEC TD. h
here was a huge demand for courses in t
re with two separate classes run with One of the major outcomes of the cou
ESB Networks –
Ennistymon Youth Have Their Say and North 110/MV Station for Ennis
Batty to FETAC Level 3 and Level 4. New Clare Growers Association, w
ided was the establishment of the West markets. The project allowed older
w growsDecember three second level schools
Last produce for sale at local farmers Ennis can of forward to increased capacity
made model to scale of a ground floor knowledge look local techniques and reme
thanks to the recently commissioned 110/
the community to pass skills
of in Ennistymon demonstrated their on their youth space.
MV substation by ESB Networks. This
when they agreed
ounger participants. to participate in a will provide improved electrical capacity to
consultative project for young people to The consultation with all three
Ennis town and hinterland for many years,
assess the need for a local youth space. participating schools has informed the
allowing for extra capacity for new loads
The event was organised by the HSE’s Feasibility Study for the project which was
and improved reliability leading to fewer
Community Development Service in prepared by Caroline Duane, a student of outages.
partnership with the Brothers of Charity. the NUI Galway Masters in Community It replaces the existing Corrawarrin 38/MV
Development. station which was the first station built in
The information was gathered through an Ennis in the late 1940’s and had a capacity
event based on the popular Dragons Den The study was completed and presented of 10MVA.
TV show where aspiring entrepreneurs at the end of December to the Brothers
get an opportunity to pitch their ideas to of Charity, HSE and other local agencies The new substation has 40MVA of capacity
and is located near the Ennis bypass on the
a panel of business people for potential working in the North Clare area. The
Tulla road. The Ennis 110/MV station had
investment in their project. Brothers of Charity in partnership with
been in planning and construction for the
other local agencies will be reviewing the last 3 years. The last cable was transferred
Students from the three second level recommendations of the study over the from Corrawarrin station to the new Station
schools in Ennistymon demonstrated coming months and will be exploring how earlier this year on 20th January.
outstanding research and presentation best to advance the project and identify
skills in their pitches to the local business possible funding opportunities. Among the benefits for customers in
Dragons at the event held on 10th Ennis are: extra capacity for new loads
December 2008. and improved reliability leading to fewer
The winning presentation by the Vocational Mary Halpin,
School in Ennistymon included a hand HSE ESB Networks
County Clare Playground Network
In 2006, under the Play Policy & Action
Plan for County Clare, Clare Co. Council
adopted the Community Playground Grant
This scheme provided for the
development of community playgrounds
through the allocation of two million euro
over the four year period 2006-2009.
To-date, 10 playgrounds have been
completed with a further 8 to be
completed by the end of 2009. It is
anticipated that a total of 27 playgrounds
/ projects will be completed by the end
The map on the right identifies the
locations of projects funded through the
Community Playground Grant Scheme
This scheme represents a significant
investment by both Clare County Council
and local community groups in the Ennistymon Youth have their say
development of a high quality, playground
network in the County. Last December three second level schools in Ennistymon demonstrated their skills when they agreed to
participate in a consultative project for young people to assess the need for a local youth space. The event was
organised by the HSE’s Community Development Service in partnership with the Brothers of Charity. The
information was gathered through an event based on the popular Dragons Den TV show where aspiring
entrepreneurs get an opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of business people for potential investment in their
Community Childcare Subvention Scheme project.
Students from the three second level schools in Ennistymon demonstrated outstanding research and presentation
skills in their pitches to the local business Dragons at the event held on 10th December 2008. The winning
This Scheme under the National Childcare Community Childcare Subvention
Band B by the Vocational School in Ennistymon included a hand made model to scale of a ground floor
presentation is the second highest subvention
Investment Programme aims to provide youth space. applies to parents in receipt of:
rate and Rates received by eligible Community
quality childcare services at reduced Childcare Services:
rates to parents in specific eligibility The consultation with all three participating schools has informed the Feasibility Study for the project which was
• Family Income Supplement (F.I.S.) (Table Below)
prepared by Caroline Duane, a student of the NUI Galway Masters in Community Development. The study was
bands by subventing community childcare • FAS Training Allowance end of December to the Brothers of Charity, HSE and other local agencies
completed and presented at the
services. • Part-time Job
working in the North Clare area. The Brothers of Charity in partnership with other local agencies will be
Incentive Scheme Band A Band B Band C
Parents may only access this scheme
through community childcare services Full-day (5 hours +) €100 €70 €45
which have been approved to deliver this Band C is the third
Part-time (3:30-5:00) €50 €35 €22.50
scheme by the Office of the Minister for subvention rate
Children and Youth Affairs. There are 31 and is intended Shorter hours service (2:15-3:29) €33 €23 €15
such services available in the County. for low-income Half-session (Less than 2:15) €16 €11 €7.50
There are 3 bands of eligibility for who are above the
reduced rates to parents – FIS threshold. Services are allowed some Calculating your reduced childcare fee:
Bands A, B and C. discretion to vary the application of this
subvention to determine whether a parent The childcare provider will subtract the rate
Band A is the highest subvention rate qualifies as Band C, in general, a parent they will receive from the Government
and applies to parents in receipt of social holding a medical or GP visit card would be (based on a parents eligible Band) from
welfare payments or participating in a expected to qualify. If the attending child has the full rate for the session your child is
scheme such as Community Employment, a medical card this will also make the family attending to calculate your fee.
which demonstrates an underlying eligible for Band C subvention Rate.
entitlement to same. Please contact the
Clare County Childcare Committee or
Citizens Information Centre for a full list of Band D is the full rate payable for the
social welfare payments that are eligible. childcare place by parents that do not come Karen McCarthy,
in under Band A, B or C. County Childcare Committee
Parent/Toddler mornings, Irish for Beginners, Conversational Irish, Public Access Computer Suite, Dyslexia
Support Project, Moving On Programme (youth), Educational Opportunities with the VEC and/or BTEI, Support
Groups, Qualified counsellors, Multi cultural gatherings, Information Evenings, up-to-date information, referrals,
MABS and many other activities throughout the year.
Kilrush FRC becomes West Clare Family Resource Centre
of older people Additional supports are:
West Clare FRC
and an activity Parent/Toddler mornings, Irish for Beginners,
programme where Conversational Irish, Public Access Computer
the participants Suite, Dyslexia Support Project, Moving
play bowls, go On Programme (youth), Educational
swimming and Opportunities with the VEC and/or BTEI,
meet for coffee and Support Groups, Qualified counsellors, Multi
Phone: 065 9052173
lunch. Monthly tea cultural gatherings, Information Evenings,
Or: 065 9062587
dances are held in up-to-date information, referrals, MABS and
various locations many other activities throughout the year.
in West Clare with
transport available. West Clare FRC
Personal safety Community Centre
and security items
Clare Education Programme
in provided Toler St.
and installed for Kilrush
The County Arts Office Arts in Education
persons over the Co. Clare
Programme is well underway, with over 30
age of 65 through
schools throughout the county participating in
the Scheme of Phone: 065 9052173
2009. Support for Older People. Or: 065 9062587
In January 2009 the name was changed to
TEAM Family Resource Centre Company, We have a selection of crafters groups including
West Clare Theatre in Education in order to visited Clare in early March and performed their award winning show,Email: email@example.com
reflect the broader service area of the project. Ennis N.S., Sixmilebridge N.S., St. Joseph’s N.S., Miltown Malbay,
Jumping on my Shadow to students of mixed media,
A Community Services Programme N.S. Kilrush and Gaelscoil crochet and arts and crafts that
Cooraclare N.S., St. Senan’s to support
Chiosog, Kilrush. the week.
meet various times and days during In all, almost 300 children
older people in West challenging play and took part in workshops with the TEAM actors.
experienced this Clare was implemented Several women’s groups also meet weekly for Updates online:
in late 2008. A network of social groups
personal development, skill sharing and social
has been established in several West Clare will take place in November 2009 when Cups and Crowns Theatre Clare Focus
A further round of theatre in education activities.
parishes working towards N.S., Mountshannon N.S., Meelick N.S. and Newmarket on Fergus N.S.
meeting the needs MyLocal News
Company visit Tulla
Since February 21 schools in the county are participating in the Artists in Schools Scheme. This affords schools
Arts in Education Programme
the opportunity to work with a professional artist on a specific project for a block period of time. Participating
schools in 2009 are:
The County Arts Office’s Arts in Education Participating schools Cloonanaha N.S. Lakyle N.S
Programme is well under way, with over 30 in 2009 are: Connolly N.S. O’Callaghan’s Mills N.S.
schools throughout the county participating Cratloe N.S. Ogonelloe N.S.
in 2009. Barefield N.S. Doora N.S. Quilty N.S.
Bridgetown N.S. Dromindoora N.S. Quin N.S.
TEAM Theatre in Education Company, CBS Ennis Inagh N.S. Scariff N.S.
visited Clare in early March and performed Clarecastle N.S. Kilfenora N.S. Tubber N.S.
their award winning show, Jumping on Clonigulane N.S. Killaloe Convent N.S. Tullycrine N.S.
my Shadow to students of Ennis N.S.,
Sixmilebridge N.S., St. Joseph’s N.S., Miltown
Malbay, Cooraclare N.S., St. Senan’s N.S.
Kilrush and Gaelscoil Chiosog, Kilrush. In
all almost 300 children experienced this
challenging play and took part in workshops
with the TEAM actors.
A further round of theatre in education will
take place in November 2009 when Cups
and Crowns Theatre Company visit Tulla
N.S., Mountshannon N.S., Meelick N.S. and
Newmarket on Fergus N.S.
Since February, 21 schools in the county
are participating in the Artists in Schools
Scheme. This affords schools the
opportunity to work with a professional
artist on a specific project for a block period
Scene from TEAM Educational Theatre Company’s ‘Jumping on my Shadow’
Traveller Integrated Strategy
After a brainstorming session held on for the new strategy. Pictured Below (L-R): At the Traveller
9th October 2008, it was agreed that Consultation events were held in Ennis, Consultation Event in Ennis Town
the success of the existing strategy will Ennistymon and Shannon. Council on Friday, 5th December 2008.
be continued with the development of
a further strategy to co-ordinate public It is anticipated that by May 2009, this Theresa McDonagh and Nellie Mongans
services to established to consult in information will be documented and
mmittee has beenthe traveller community agencies, Travellers and Traveller representatives in Clare on
on on the from 2009strategy, the lessons learned and thethe framework for the new new strategy.
Clare existing - 2012. will guide proposed vision for the Tom Sherlock, Peter Mongan, Patrick J
on events were held in Ennis, Ennistymon and Shannon. It is anticipated that by May 2009, this Brendan O Halloran and Jimmy
n willA sub-committeeand will guide the framework for the new strategy.
be documented has been established Doherty.
to consult agencies, Travellers and
linan, Clare County Councilin Clare on their Loretta McNamara, Kathleen McDonagh,
Nellie Mongans, Julia McDonagh,
opinion on the existing strategy, the Nicola Cullinan,
Kathleen McDonagh, B Ann McDonagh,
lessons learned and the proposed vision Clare County Council
Margaret Rattigan and Winnie Mongans
Halloran and Jimmy
Tom Sherlock, Peter Mongan, Patrick J McCarthy, Brendan OLoretta McNamara, Kathleen McDonagh, Nellie Mongans, Julia McD
Doherty pictured at the Traveller Consultation Event in Ennis Town Council on
Kathleen McDonagh, B Ann McDonagh, Margaret Rattigan and Win
2009 – A Challenging Time for Tourism
Friday, 5 December 2008, during Clare Traveller Focus Week pictured at the Traveller Consultation Event in Ennis Town Council o
cDonagh and Nellie Mongans pictured at the Traveller Consultation Event in Ennis Town December 2008, during Clare Traveller Focus Week
Although tourism in 2009 will be challenging a new ‘Spa Experience’ short breaks package • Two travel features by Travel Writer of
for everyone, it is important that we continue during the month of February. the Year, Pól O’Cónghaile for his
to promote and showcase what we have articles in the Saturday Magazine for the
to offer in County Clare through as many • Shannon Development continued
Clare Comhairle na nÓg Irish Independent – Jan & Feb.
channels as possible. work on the ‘Discover Ireland Short
Breaks’ campaign. A major
several inter-agency meetings between the Community and Enterprise Directorate (Clare County boost to the Co. Clare economy is
Shannon Development is actively working inSports Partnership, Clare Youth Services, County indeed the joint campaign between Shannon
Clare County Childcare Committee, Clare Clare
An GardaUS, UK and European markets signingth annual• Comhairle na nÓg event took place on November
the Síochána, a hugely successful 7 In its bid to get high profile exposure for Development and Lynch Hotels in securing
agreements with airlines
n Cois na hAbhana, Ennis. flying Shannon, Co. Clare as a tourism destination, the All Ireland & International Dancing
airline vacation companies, tour operators Shannon Development secured a Championship for 2009 and 2010. This will
and tour agents in addition to a number attract
number of TV opportunities for thesecondary school’in excess of 2,500 participants which
delegates discussed the topics of ‘environment’, ‘a successful transition into
We have young people’ and ‘A healthythe RTE ‘No a healthy body’ (secondary
of sales missions. Clare foralso signed
chools), ‘What’s in County on mind & Frontiers’ will translate into over 9,250 bednights
up to a number of e-marketing campaigns holiday programme. No Frontiers generating revenue of €4.5m
with Ryanair in both the UK and European is filmed ‘Three Good Reasons’
destinations. On the domestic market we
elegates were elected onto the Clare Comhairle, 5 and whom of this Ennis and BunrattyDáil na nÓg in
of as part represented Clare at If you would like any further information on
will continue to target short breaks and any of
009. These delegates also attended a Galway Comhairle event where they made contacts with bothour activities contact:
home holidays through our dedicated are currently organising a Clare Comhairle Action Plan, with
Roscommon Comhairle delegates. They Siobhan King,
• Filming by US Today Show – to the Social Inclusion
on web development, market research, publishing a newsletter and presentations Tourism Officer, Co. Clare.
roup of Clare County Development Board. Caherconnell Stone Fort Tel: 065-6895004
A number of Shannon Development or firstname.lastname@example.org
initiatives have taken place to date including: • Shannon Development worked with Head Office_Letterhead 19/12/2008 11:16 Page 1
the producers of a TV3 holiday
• Holiday World tourism promotions in series – ‘Something for the Weekend’ –
Dublin and Belfast – January 09. and secured TV coverage of numerous
areas in West Clare.
• Shannon Development, in conjunction
with hotels and spas in Co. Clare and • Senior Times – Feb/March Edition – 4
around the Shannon Region, launched of page editorial on the Shannon Region
Clare Comhairle na nÓg
Following several inter-agency meetings healthy mind & a healthy body’ (secondary publishing a newsletter and presentations
between the Community and Enterprise schools). to the Social Inclusion Measure group of
Directorate (Clare County Council), Clare Clare County Development Board.
County Childcare Committee, Clare Sports Thirteen delegates were elected onto the
Partnership, Clare Youth Services, County Clare Comhairle, 5 of whom represented
Pictured Below L-R:
Clare VEC and An Garda Síochána, a hugely Clare at Dáil na nÓg in February 2009.
Primary School students at the annual
successful 7th annual Comhairle na nÓg These delegates also attended a Galway
Comhairle event in Cois na hAbhana with
event took place on November 28th 2008 Comhairle event where they made contacts
John Sweeney, Clare Sports Partnership,
in Cois na hAbhana, Ennis. with both Galway & Roscommon Comhairle
and Davy Fitzgerald
Eighty-one delegates discussed the topics Pictured at the Comhairle event held in
of ‘environment’, ‘a successful transition They are currently organising a Clare Galway on Saturday, 21st February 2009
into secondary school’ (primary schools), Comhairle Action Plan, with emphasis Amy Bickerton, Daithí Ó’Drónaí, Claire
‘What’s in Clare for young people’ and ‘A on web development, market research, Murray, Carol Nagle and Amanda Opoku.
Primary School students at the annual Comhairle event in Cois na hAbhana with John Sweeney, Clare Sports
Partnership, and Davy Fitzgerald
New LEADER Programme Opens For Business
Pictured at the Comhairle event held in Galway on Saturday, 21st February 2009
The new €20m LEADER Rural there is a good quality of and Amanda Opoku.
Sean Conlan, Chairman of CLDC, Daithí Ó’Drónaí, Claire Murray, Carol Nagle life for people in
Development Programme was officially announced that a wide range of rural terms of rural and community services.”
declared open for business at the development projects in enterprise,
beginning of March. Operated by Clare tourism, food, renewable energy, Doirin Graham, CEO of CLDC, advised that
Local Development Company, the environment, rural services, village renewal, those interested in applying for LEADER
MAP TO FOLLOW heritage and community development will
programme is the biggest and most funds should first read the ‘LEADER
be stimulated and supported across the
comprehensive rural development Information and Guidelines’ publication
county, with the new LEADER funds.
available from CLDC by phoning 061
361144 or emailing email@example.com.
National Broadband Scheme - community and The new organisation’s headquarters will
3 to Deliver the National Broadband Scheme in Clare
voluntary groups be based in Ennis from Easter 2009.
can benefit from
3 have recently been selected by the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources to implement
the National Broadband Scheme. It will deliver broadband services to residences and businesses, which currently
have no access to broadband connectivity.
Access to high quality broadband services can support the viability and competitiveness of existing jobs, while
support for capital
also removing a major barrier to attracting new investment to many areas of the county as well as improving
quality of life and connectivity for local communities. Guaranteeing an initial minimum download speed of
1.2mbps, the download speed is set to increase to a minimum 1.6mbps and maximum 6.8 mbps in 2010 and again
in 2012 minimum 2.3mbps, maximum 10.4mbps.
According to the
aim is to deliver a programme which will
investment package seen to date in Co.
have the maximum economic and social
Clare. Government and EU investment of
impact on our county’s rural areas in these
€14m will be matched by a minimum of
difficult times. We need to create job
€6m in private funding over the next five
opportunities in rural areas and ensure that
Help for the Newly Tús Nua –
Unemployed A New Initiative in the Midwest for Enterprise & Employment support
Losing yourjob.ie is a new website from Many in the county are now faced Thomond Park, Limerick on 29th March.
the Citizens Information Board which provides with the challenge of redundancy Local partner organisations in Clare are
information for people who are currently planning a similar event in Clare in June.
or layo , and need time to adjust
unemployed or working reduced hours. Further information will issue in due
Losingyourjob.ie is based on content from
and to review their options be those
citizensinformation.ie. alternative employment, pursuing
further education and training, or Túsnua opportunities are based on
It includes information on: setting up a business. three pillars:
• Working reduced hours or receiving
Education, Enterprise and Employment.
• Redundancy and leaving work You can use the
• Getting a social welfare payment The Tús Nua www.tusnua.ie
• Money and tax issues, including initiative is a site to get
debt issues partnership information
• Supports available for rent or of the County and to register
and City for events in
• Options for education and training your area or
• What you need to know when going
Boards, FÁS, to make an
back to work
• Leaving Ireland to move to countries Enterprise appointment
inside or outside the EU Ireland, UL and LIT, and other with a contact
Paul Woulfe, organisations speci cally designed person at one
Citizens Information Service, to assist individuals in exploring their of the partner
065 6841221 organisations.
A major open event was held in
Pathways to Employment - From CE Scheme to Community Development Project Staff
I joined the sta of the East Clare Community Business Coaching, University of Limerick, and attaining skills and quali cations relevant to
Support Ltd (CDP) CE Scheme when it was rst a course in Art and Empowerment Facilitation future work. These skills are particularly in the
set up in November 2006. For me and the ten Skills, Crawford College of Art, Cork. Both of areas of personal development and community
other participants it was an opportunity not only which gave me important personal and practical development principles along with any other
to get ‘back to work’ but to be involved with an skills to use in my work. training taken up by individuals.
organisation which was really doing something
for the community. So armed with many new skills, including For me my successful progression into
research and an in-depth understanding of employment is great as it allows me to use and
Initially I was involved in the research and community development, I began a journey of develop all the skills for which I was employed.
development of a pilot scheme called personal development and learning. Through As I come from the CE Scheme I have a strong
‘Companion Support’. This scheme set out to working with groups and co-workers I began connection with the now fteen CE learners.
give regular weekly hours of respite to a carer to experience and understand the importance This is important to me as not only does the
and relevant stimulus to the caree. of the process involved in ‘community project work hard to support its target groups
development’. but is actively developing strategies to best
I was also involved in the ‘outreach team’, which support its sta in the fantastic work they do
helped individuals on the CE Scheme develop In September 2008, East Clare CDP took a leap with these groups.
their particular roles and their speci c groups.... forward with the employment of a coordinator,
such as ‘Caring for Carers’ and the ‘Parent Darina Greene. A new vibrant, energy came into Like us all the project is constantly developing
and Toddler Group’. We began to develop a the project just as my time on the CE Scheme and evolving and has to respond to the
strong team with diverse skills and growing was coming to an end. I felt I was really able changing needs of the community and the
con dence. to o er the project a lot more and left feeling groups it supports. It is this element of constant
very disappointed. change in community development that can
This work was strengthened by the fact that be challenging but it is one of the things I
East Clare CDP, in association with University In November however, East Clare CDP enjoy the most as each day brings something
College Galway, brought a Diploma in advertised the position of a part-time new...a new challenge and a chance to help
Community Development Practice to the local development worker, for which I applied and an individuals or a group to be empowered to
area. Over forty people, mostly from East Clare, was successful in getting. make the changes they want.
did the course and the CDP managed to secure This is an ideal scenario - to come o a
funding for the seven CE participants, including CE Scheme skilled enough to move into
myself, who did the course. I also received employment. There is a level of commitment Linda Stainsby,
funding from FÁS to do a Diploma in Life and on the project to support CE Learners in East Clare CDP
Clare Archaeological & Historical Society – Upcoming Events www.clare.ie
Preparation of Clare County Development Plan 2011-201
The Clare The Clare Tourism Forum has been busy
Archaeological & over the last year improving and updating the
has just completed
On the 27th February 2009, the Economic Development and Pla County Clare tourism website www.clare.ie.
The new look site is now live and has fantastic
its Autumn/Winter commenced the preparation of the new Clare County Developmen new features such as online mapping and an
series of lectures at interactive events calendar to name a few.
the Clare Museum. The process of making a new County Development Plan 2011-2
The Society is now
preparing a series
Plan is the promote public
years to complete. The Development www.clare.ie aims to main all aspects ofstate
tourism in County Clare from accommodation
of summer outings
providers, attractions economic, land
policies for County Clare. It sets out the social, and activities to dining
to commence in
May to a broad development objectives and policies of the planning authority for a
range of sites of
If you and social tourism industry
Plan will underpin the continued economicare involved in theprogress of C
in County Clare you are recommended to
We have a wealth promote your business on www.clare.ie. Contact
of sites on our To coincide with the initial notification of the process, an “Issues
Maureen Cleary at firstname.lastname@example.org for
doorstep in Clare more information.
well worth exploring.
Contact published by
Paper” was Edel Greene for final dates andthe Economic Development &
emg email@example.com The available inthe life public
Planning Department and was made 2009/2010 Clare Live at allcalendar can
now be purchased on line
Proposed sites visits over the summer include:
Old Drumcliff Cemetery, which will be libraries, offices of Clare Local Authorities www.clare.ie. and on the Clare
We also advertise in the local papers and parish
newsletters in advance of outings and welcome
by the Clare Roots Society; Knockainey, Co.
non-members website www.clarecoco.ie. The “Issues Paper”
County Council to come on these outings.
Limerick which is a joint outing with the Clare
and Shannon societies; historical tour of Loop an easy to read document to initiate public debate on what
Head; Ardamullivan Castle and its location
is Beagh, west of the Gort-Ennis road, broad planning and development issues that the new Clare
Clare Mary Kearns
Abbey, and a visit to the Mines of East Clare will Chairperson,
bring our outings to a close.
County Development Plan 2011-2017 could address. The paper
Clare Archaeological & Historical Society
set out a number of headings which sought to address the main
planning issues facing County Clare and was intended for all
Preparation of Clare County Development Plan 2011-2017
interested parties, in particular, the general public.
On the 27th February 2009, the Economic was intended for all interested parties, in and observations received during the initial
Development and Planning Department particular, consulting 300 Statutory and the
In addition tothe general public. with over consultation period which will informNon-Stat
commenced the preparation of the new Elected Members’
Community Groups and Organisations, be includeddecision onDevelopment
Clare County Development Plan 2011-2017. In addition to consulting with over 300 should
the Economic Develop
in a Draft
The process of making a new County community
Department hosted 8 public consultationenvisaged that a Draft workshop
Statutory and Non-Statutory Bodies and Plan. It is
Development Plan 2011-2017 will take two Community Groups and Organisations, Development Plan will be prepared by the
say was subsequently be
County and are pleased toPlanning that the turnout and will very successfu
years to complete. The Development Plan the Economic Development & end of the 2009
Department hosted 8 parties were then available for further their comment
public and all interestpublic consultation invited to submit public consultation.
is the main public statement of planning
policies for County Clare. It sets out the community workshops throughout the
Developmentand are pleased to sayDepartment Further details are 24th April.
social, economic, land use, amenity and County & Planning that the by Friday available from the
development objectives and policies of the turnout was very successful. Members of the Economic Development and Planning
planning authority for a 6 year period. The public and all interest parties were invited Department and on www.clarecoco.ie.
Plan will underpin the continued economic to submit their
and social progress of County Clare. comments to
To coincide with the initial notification of the Development
process, an “Issues Paper” was published & Planning
by the Economic Development & Planning Department by
Department and was made available in Friday 24th April.
all public libraries, offices of Clare Local
Authorities and on the Clare County Council Currently the
website www.clarecoco.ie. The “Issues Economic
Paper” was an easy to read document to Development
initiate public debate on what broad planning and Planning
and development issues that the new Clare Department
County Development Plan 2011-2017 could are preparing
address. The paper set out a number of a Manager’s
headings which sought to address the main report on the
planning issues facing County Clare and submissions
Public Consultation Workshop in Scarriff
Fóram Gaeilge an Chláir
Between February 27th and March 17th, of the language, various coffee mornings were was made available to the general public in
2009, Fóram Gaeilge an Chláir successfully organised to encourage informal participation Glór Theatre to mark the close of Seachtain na
co-ordinated a programme of events for from the public, some of whom signed up Gaeilge and was attended by over sixty people.
County Clare to mark Seachtain na Gaeilge i for classes as a result. Street Banners with the
gContae an Chláir. As is usual with Seachtain motto’s ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge’ and ‘Bigí Linn’ Promotional methods employed included the
na Gaeilge in Clare, events started early with an were used as part of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade printing of 500 event guides were distributed
official opening and concert performed by Irish in Ennis. throughout County Clare in all local public
language band ‘Bréag’ which was much to the places including libraries, book shops and cafés,
satisfaction of the crowd. Fóram Gaeilge an Chláir also encouraged groups music shops and theatre venues. Posters,
which were organising events, independent articles in both the Clare Champion and Clare
Irish drama workshops were provided for of the Fóram to make contact with us, so that People newspapers were printed and interviews
primary school children in Glór theatre by Elaine they could share in the advertising, hence the were done with Clare FM, Lyric FM, Shannon
Scahill from Galway-based Drama company inclusion of Féile na hInse, the Ennis Book Club Community Radio and 4FM.
‘Branar’. Local music artist Deirdre Callinan Festival and Rang
provided singing workshops for primary schools Deas Gaeilge on the
around County Clare. Actress and Irish dancer, event guide, to name
Sorcha Ní Céide gave sean nós and old-style a few. The Fóram
Irish dance demonstrations and workshops to also campaigned for
primary schools throughout the county. Irish groups to register with
lecturer and poet Ailbhe Nic Ghearbhuigh gave Seachtain na Gaeilge
poetry workshops to Transition Year students in nationally so that
Lisdoonvarna and Ennis. they could receive
There were book readings from Esther Gobl uí promotion for their
Nuailáin, Meadhb Ní Eadhra and Séamus Ryan events.
in libraries around the county and an evening
with Pádraig MacFheargusa in Scoil Mháiréad Ní Finally on St. Patrick’s
Ghráda, Cill Mháille and Iarsmalann an Chláir. Day, March 17th a
céilí workshop given Oilibhéar Ó Maoilaoin, Fóram Gaeilge an Chláir; John Quinlivan,
In order to stimulate the informal promotion by Aidan Vaughan Shannon Development; Alec Fleming, County Manager agus An Comh.
Flan Ó Garbhaith ag seoladh Seachtain na Gaeilge, 2009.
Seachtain na Gaeilge 2009
Idir an 27ú lá de mí Feabhra agus an 17ú lá déag Nualáin agus an scríbhneoir óg Meadhbh Ní agus tá plaiceanna iontacha ina ónóir le feiceáil
do mí Márta, chuir Fóram na Gaeilge an Chláir Eadhra sna leabharlanna ar fud an Chontae. Bhí i bparóiste an Dubhshraith agus sa Mhargadh in
imeachtaí den scoth le chéile chun Seachtain na na naíonáin faoi dhraíocht Séamus Ryan lena Inis, chomh maith.
Gaeilge, 2009 i gContae an Chláir a cheiliúradh. gcuid scéalta le linn Am Scéil.
Mar is ghnáth le himeachtaí an Chláir, thosaigh Chun deireadh oifigiúil a chur leis an “Seachtain”,
said go luath leis an oíche oscailte oifigiúil agus Chun tacaíocht a thabhairt do labhairt na ar lá Fhéile Phádraig, bhí rang damhsa seit ar siúl
ceolchoirm leis an banna ceol Gaeilge ‘Bréag’ i Gaeilge bhí maidineacha caifé darbh ainm ag Aidan Vaughan agus Céilí Mór na Seachtaine
nGlór, Inis. “Club Caifé” eagraithe don phobal, agus iad ar siúl ina dhiaidh le Ceoltóirí na Mainistreach.
ar siúl in áiteanna éagsúla ar fud bhaile na An-lá a bhí ag gach éinne a bhí páirteach.
I measc na himeachtaí eile bhí ceardlanna hInse don coicís. Deis do dhaoine chun úsáid
drámaíochta curtha ar fáil le haghaidh páistí a bhaint as a gcuid Gaeilge labhartha a bhí i Tá an Fóram fíor-bhuíoch do na meáin go
bunscoile ag Elaine Scahill ón gcomhlacht gceist agus d’éirigh go hiontach leo. Freisin léir a thug tacaíocht don Seachtain, An Clare
drámaíochta “Branar”, atá lonnaithe i nGaillimh. thug Fóram Gaeilge an Chlár tacaíocht do Champion, Clare People, Lyric FM, Clare FM,
Thug an t-amhránaí aitheanta Deirdre Callinan heagraíochtaí deonacha ar fud an Chontae chun Shannon Community Radio, Raidió Corca
Griffin ceardlanna amhránaíochta do pháistí imeachtaí a chur ar siúl agus chun gur féidir Baiscinn agus 4fm san áireamh.
bunscoile i gCill Rois, Gort Lomáin agus Muilte leis na heagraíochtaí fógraíocht dá n-imeachtaí
Uí Cheallacháin. Thug an t-aisteoir cáiliúil agus a dhéanamh le chéile. Scaipeadh níos mó ná Mar thoradh den atmaisféar dearfach atá againn
damhsóir Sorcha Ní Chéide ceardlanna agus 500 clár imeachtaí sna leabharlanna ar fud an anseo i gContae an Chláir don Ghaeilge mar
taispeántais damhsa do pháiste bunscoile i chontae, chomh maith leis na heagraíochtaí a theanga beo, bhí Seachtain na Gaeilge den scoth
Maigh, Cill Sheanaigh, Cill Fhionnúrach agus bhí páirteach sa Seachtain. Thug an t-dar Anna ar siúl. Agus ní Seachtain i ndáiríre a bhí ann,
Droichead Uí Bhriain. Ó thaobh cúrsaí filíochta Heusaff, cuairt ar an Ennis Book Club Festival ach “Mí na Gaeilge” toisc gur thosaigh imeachtaí
de, bhí an t-ádh linn go raibh an léachtóir agus chun léitheoireacht a dhéanamh ar “Deich Fhéile na hInse ar siúl ar an 21 Márta ina raibh
an bhfile Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh as Ciarraí linn Leabhar ar son phléisiúr”. comórtais trí Ghaeilge ar siúl do dhaoine de
chun ceardlanna filíochta a thabhairt do dhaltaí gach aois go dtí deireadh na míosa.
meánscoile na h-idir-bliana i Lios Dúin Bhearna Bhí imeachtaí feasachta teanga ar siúl ag Coiste
agus Inis. Freisin bhí oíche filíochta le Pádraig Forbartha Gaeltachta in Iarthair an Chláir agus Agus mar focal scoir ná déan dearmad gur
MacFhearghasa, Uachtarán Chonradh na Gaeilge oícheanta ceoil agus comhrá ar siúl ag Club beatha teanga í a labhairt. Go dtí Seachtain na
i Scoil Mháiréad Ní Ghráda, Cill Mháille. na Sionna i gcomhpháirt le Comhltas Ceoltóirí Gaeilge, 2010!
Éireann i Sionna. Emer Ní Fhlaitheartaigh agus Lisa Ní Laoire
D’eagraidh an tSeirbhís Leabharlainne Rinne An Clár as Gaeilge comóradh ar an bhfile Ar son Fóram Gaeilge an Chláir.
léitheoireachtaí leabhar le hEsther Göbl Uí aitheanta Tomás Ó Miacháin ar an ochtú Márta,
Integrated Strategy for the Co-ordination of Services to Immigrant
Communities in County Clare 2009-2012.
The Minister for Integration, Mr. Conor Lenihan possible. The commitment of partner agencies to producing the strategy said that “the Strategy
T.D. visited Ennis on Thurdsay 2nd of April to deliver their actions under the strategy are key to Statement and proposed actions aim to address
launch the three year Integrated Strategy for the success of the strategy,” a number of aspects of people’s lives and will
the Co-ordination of Services to Immigrant hopefully contribute to supporting people to
Communities in County Clare. Dr. Fergal Flynn Local Health Manager in Clare integrate and engage well in life in County Clare.
has said he “looks forward to the Health Services Clare Immigrant Support Centre is delighted to be
The Strategy has been developed by an Inter- building on the pool of work already done in order part of this initiative. We are well aware from our
Agency Steering Group comprising of local to ensure that we offer accessible quality services work over the past number of years that immigrants
statutory agencies and voluntary group who are to all immigrants and minority population groups” integrate well when they have the opportunity to
working directly with immigrants. These groups access and engage with local services. When
include: Clarecare, Clare County Council, Citizen’s Orla Ni Eili, Clare Immigrant Support Centre, people feel included it encourages and supports
Information Service, Clare Vocational Education a member of the Steering Group involved in their involvement in the community”.
Sinead Collopy, HSE community development service and David Kutta, Ennis CDP, Minister Conor Lenihan and Launch of Strategy with Minister for Integration,
students from Ennis Community College Faith Ovenserh, Clare Youth Service Conor Lenhihan, T.D.
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deliver broadband services to residences connectivity to residences and businesses
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