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Ennis achieves Coach Friendly Town status

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EVEN with our narrow and charming town centre streets, Ennis has managed to be declared a ‘Coach Friendly Town’ by the Coach Tourism and Transport Council of Ireland (CTTC), a representative body for Ireland’s coach touring companies and private bus operators.

The County Capital is one of only three towns in Ireland to have successfully achieved the status following a submission by a joint working group comprising Clare County Council and Ennis Chamber.

Friar’s Walk Coach Park, located close to glór, was developed by the former Ennis Town Council and was officially opened in 2012. The free coach park features 14 spaces, on-site facilities and a drop-off / pick-up bus shelter 100m from the town centre. The site is also equipped with a Water Supply for Coach Washing, Waste Water Disposal Facilities and 24-hour CCTV Monitoring.

Brian McCarthy, Ann Reynolds (Clare Co Co), Mayor Paul Murphy, William Cahir, and Kevin Traynor, Director CTTC.
Photoh by Eamon Ward

Councillor Paul Murphy, Mayor of Ennis, said the accreditation will have the potential to “significantly increase the volume of visitors to the town resulting in a very welcome boost to the local economy”.

“Coach Tourism remains very important for the local tourism and hospitality sector and therefore, this accreditation will greatly assist ongoing efforts to encourage additional operators to the town,” he added.

Welcoming the news, William Cahir, President of Ennis Chamber, said: “The provision of accessible, available and convenient coach parking facilities in the centre of Ennis at Friars Walk has delivered a significant boost to the local economy over the past five years.”

He continued, “It is estimated that a coach of visitors can spend up to €3,000 on a short day trip of shopping in Ennis’ attractive shops, boutiques and restaurants. Ennis Chamber looks forward to working with Clare County Council in using this newly gained ‘Coach Friendly Town’ status to further promote the town as a tourist destination town and a great place stay, shop and enjoy.”

Stuart Holly is the editor and co-founder of The Clare Echo. A native of Ennis, Stuart studied at St Flannan's College before obtaining a journalism degree in Dublin. After interning at The Evening Herald, he landed his first job with The Irish Daily Mail, Stuart worked in newspaper production with the Independent Group and in Auckland, New Zealand before a lengthy spell as a pun-spewing sub-editor at the Irish Daily Star. In 2015, Stuart returned to The Banner County where he took up employment as a news reporter with The Clare People.

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