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Progress being made on Doolin visitor centre

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With visitor numbers at Doolin “increasing the whole time”, the announcement that progress is being made with the construction of a visitor centre has been welcomed.

“I am glad to report that we are making progress. Given the flood and storm risks pertaining, works to test and assess the most appropriate location for the proposed building are being finalised which will in turn influence the detailed design of the building and ancillary site works”, Sean Lenihan informed the May meeting of the West Clare Municipal District.

“This work is prioritised and ongoing. Meetings have taken place with affected stakeholders and landowners to ensure the optimum success of this project for all within the earliest timeframe possible,” the senior engineer added in response to a motion from Cllr Richard Nagle.

Nagle appealed for “every effort” be made “to get the project underway as quickly as possible”. The Fianna Fáil councillor was happy with the reply from Lenihan and expressed his delight that “every effort is being made to progress it”.

“Doolin is extremely busy with the pier and the area around the harbour. The prefabs and toilets are not fit for purpose, we have a state of the art pier but the facilities around it are not adequate. The numbers visiting Doolin and using the ferries are increasing the whole time,” Cllr Nagle commented.

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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