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‘Carnage’ at Kilkee Pier over summer months prompts review of operations

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A review of operations at Kilkee Pier is to be carried out following claims that “carnage” occurred on the slipway over the summer months.

Senior executive engineer with the West Clare Municipal District, Alan Kennelly confirmed that a review of operations would be completed by the MD regarding the slip and pier and referenced issues highlighted earlier this year.

Appointing a temporary harbour master was the request lodged by Cllr Cillian Murphy (FF) at a recent MD meeting. He felt putting an individual in the position was necessary to manage the pier and slipway during the summer season including all financial, legal and practical considerations. His motion was seconded by Cllr Ian Lynch (IND).

Noting that Kilkee was not a commercial pier, Kennelly admitted it was unlikely a harbour master would be appointed. He said the local authority was aware of interaction between individuals “using the slip to launch pleasure craft and those who use the slip and its environs because it allows safe and manageable access to the sea”.

“There was carnage at the slipway in Kilkee this summer, how someone hasn’t been injured or hurt with the amount of car traffic, pedestrian traffic, boat launches and people trying to swim, I don’t know,” Cllr Murphy remarked. He stated that an increase was noticeable in the amount of people “not familiar with the area or the slipway”. Murphy added, “We need to have somebody there managing the space. We could be generating a lot more income out of that car park”.

Further information on a review of slipways prompted by tragedy in Donegal was sought by Cllr Lynch. Acting senior executive officer, John O’Malley outlined that signs surrounding access were purchased, “it is just a matter of putting them up”.

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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