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98% reduction in visitors to Ballycuggaran & Moylussa

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Coillte have recorded a 98% reduction in the amount of visitors at Ballycuggaran since the implementation of increased public health regulations.

All forest car parks owned by Coillte are currently closed with forests still open for those who live within 2km as per current guidelines.

Following the introduction of restrictions, Coillte recorded a 98% drop in the amount of visitors to its Ballycuggaran in East Clare which gives access to Clare’s highest point, Moylussa.

Gratitude has been extended to the public for adhering to the guidance. Chief Executive of Coillte, Imelda Hurley has voiced her appreciation. “We understand this is a challenging time, but by observing the Covid-19 related Government and HSE advice, you are helping to save countless lives. The significant reduction in footfall recorded across our recreational forests is a clear signal that the public are taking their responsibility seriously and protecting our most vulnerable communities.

“We all have our own part to play and we want to take this opportunity to thank the public for their cooperation so far, and ask that they continue to observe the Government and HSE guidance on Covid-19 including during the upcoming Easter break,” she added.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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