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*Frances St, Kilrush. Photograph: Gordon Hatton

Kilrush is home to the second widest street in Ireland but the West Clare town’s potential as an outdoor dining space has not been capitalised on.

A “robust and inclusive strategy to develop the second widest street in Ireland” namely Frances St in Kilrush and the Market Square was sought by Cllr Ian Lynch (IND). Doing so would “enhance the public space for commercial, visitors and the local community alike”.

Director of Service with Clare County Council, Leonard Cleary in response to Lynch’s proposal before the West Clare Municipal District detailed that it was a key part of the plan of priority projects. “A cross-directorate engagement has taken place between the MD and Social Directorate looking at possibilities in this area. An in-house team within the MD and Rural Directorate has been convened to look at such a project and to prepare a plan particularly in the architectural services area,” he stated.

An influx of tourism has brought increased potential to the county, Cllr Lynch believed. “It struck me when I drove through Kilrush, we only have one area to facilitate outdoor dining. We’ve the second widest street in Ireland and only a lump of concrete to allow for outdoor dining. It is important the space is used correctly and wisely”.

There is “an amazing streetscape” in Kilrush, Cllr Cillian Murphy (FF) maintained. The Cathaoirlach of the West Clare MD was adamant this asset was not utilised fully, “it’s just a car park with all due respect to it”. Alterations made in the heart of Kilkee has “completely transformed the feel of the street,” he added.

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