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Lack of adequate signage for Clarecastle an ‘anomoly’

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Greater signage for Clarecastle would give tourists “a full vista” of the county.

A renewed appeal from Cllr Paul Murphy to improve the advertising of his local village was made at the March meeting of the Ennis Municipal District. He called on Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) “to rectify the anomaly that is the lack of adequate signage for Clarecastle along the N85 Motorway particularly on the approach to the Dromoland/Quin exit as one travels Northbound”.

“I do appreciate Junction 12 is the main exit for Ennis and surrounds but with the advent of the Shannon Estuary Way I’m proposing some signage is put in place to take some traffic off motorway and into Clarecastle, tourists would get the full vista on their approach to the village,” the Fine Gael councillor stated. He noted that Clarecastle had been designated as tourist viewing point along the Estuary Way and added, “I’m calling for TII to be brought to task and put up adequate signage for Shannon Estuary Way, Clarecastle and associated villages”.

Not alone has the signage or lack of raised question marks in Co Clare but as far away as England, Cllr Pat Daly revealed. “I have relations from England that come here every year and they can’t understand why Clarecastle isn’t mentioned in signs along the motorway”. The Fianna Fáil councillor who seconded the motion said, “Coming from Newmarket-on-Fergus there is no sign for Clarecastle and there was an old song Clarecastle by the Fergus which isn’t the case according to the signs”.

Mayor of Ennis, Cllr Clare Colleran Molloy also voiced her support to the request. “It is a great motion, it would alleviate traffic on main artery”.

Murphy also brought the matter to the attention of Clare County Council at it’s adjourned March meeting earlier today (Tuesday) where he got the backing of councillors Johnny Flynn, Gabriel Keating, Clare Colleran Molloy and Pat Daly.

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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