*Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan
A West Clare councillor has suggested that a coastal walk be developed in Kilkee akin to the popular Liscannor to Doolin trail.
Citing “proper regional tourism development,” Cllr Gabriel Keating (FG) called on Clare County Council to begin exploring funding opportunities alongside Fáilte Ireland to create a coastal walk from Byrnes Cove in Kilkee via Chimney Bay to Coosheen.
He outlined, “This walk would mirror the Liscannor to Doolin Coastal walk via the Cliffs of Moher and with equally spectacular views and vistas would really deliver on the untapped potential of the Wild Atlantic Way. It would greatly enhance the tourism potential of this part of Kilkee and would anchor the walk to Kilkee while making the surrounding countryside and seascape accessible to visiting tourists and the local population as a fantastic recreational walk”.
Acting Head of Tourism, Deirdre O’Shea confirmed that the local authority would examine the feasibility of the opportunity. She said the idea would be “explored in terms of sustainable development in addition to relevant local and stakeholder consultation”.
Speaking at a recent meeting of the West Clare Municipal District, Cllr Keating described the views on the walk as “spectacular”. He believed Kilkee is already established as “a wonderful destination for tourists” and that the coastal walk would serve as “a major asset”. Cllr PJ Kelly (FF) seconded the motion.
Kilkee representative, Cllr Cillian Murphy (FF) agreed that it was “a phenomenal walk”. He cautioned, “the crux of the matter is that Fáilte Ireland and any other Government agency have nothing to do with this until the landowner gets involved”. The tourism consultant stressed the landowner and Kilkee Golf Club must be spoken to beofre Fáilte Ireland are approached
“Nothing is ever done without the consultation of the local people, anytime where that is not done is a failure. This is not going to be a failure,” Keating responded.