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Dog poo audit being conducted in Clarecastle

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A poo audit is being conducted in Clarecastle.

In what is believed to be the first occurrence of its kind in the county, one member from a group of retired men that regularly clean the Quay Rd area in Clarecastle is compiling a poo audit detailing all the occasions this year whereby he discovered dog poo.

Clarecastle councillor, Paul Murphy (FG) dropped the bombshell as opposed to the dog faeces at last Tuesday’s meeting of the Ennis Municipal District. He had requested traffic and speed calming, scoop the poop signage along with gloves and bags to be installed in the Quay area. He also appealed for a solution regarding the ponding at the back entrance to Roche.

Referring to it as the “dog poo situation”, Cllr Murphy praised the retired group of individuals who clean the vicinity “every evening”. “One member of the crew is conducting an audit of the amount of poo he has collected this year, he hasn’t the figures done yet but I will report back in time”.

Leaving dog poo behind was “horrible” according to Cllr Mary Howard (FG). “It is only the minority of people that leave dog poo behind. There is nothing worse to find it when you come home to find poo on a wheelchair, wheels of a pram or on your shoes”.

Council official, Marie O’Neill in response to Murphy’s motion stated, “Even with signage in place, the problem can still exist and hence is not a total solution to the problem. The majority of people walking dogs in public spaces are conscientious about picking up dog litter, and can help get the message out to others when leading by example”.

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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