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Work on upgrade to Clarecastle sewerage infrastructure to begin in January

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An upgrade to the sewerage infrastructure in Clarecastle is due to begin at the start of January.

Irish Water working in partnership with Clare County Council are progressing the works in Clarecastle. The project involves the construction of 2.1km of new wastewater pipelines and upgrades to the existing Quay Road wastewater pump station.

It is intended that works will help eliminate the discharge of untreated wastewater into the River Fergus and the greater Shannon Estuary, “bringing significant environmental, social and economic benefits to the area,” according to a spokesperson for Irish Water.

January 4th is listed as the date in which the first phase of works will commence, this involves the construction of 311m of sewer main between Clarecastle Church and Quay Road, works are expected to last for a period of five weeks.

These works have been brought forward in order to facilitate the Clarecastle Streetscape Rejuvenation Plan which is being supported by Clare County Council, Clarecastle Community Development Committee and the local Tidy Towns group and which will lead to significant enhancements in the heart of the village.

The attached map shows the area where works will take place, commencing on January 4 for five weeks.

Remaining works including sewer rising main and upgrades to the pumping station are expected to get underway in early 2022.

Seamus Glynn, Irish Water’s Regional Infrastructure Lead, stated, “We are very pleased to be starting construction works on this important project for Clarecastle which will lead to improvements in the water quality in the River Fergus and the Shannon Estuary and the protection of its waters for recreation, fishing, swimming and boating. This will also provide a platform for social and economic development in the area into the future as the new infrastructure will be designed to accommodate ongoing population growth. We are particularly happy to be in a position to support the local community’s streetscape improvement plans by bringing forward the timeline for the completion of the initial phase of works.”

The works are being carried out by Ward & Burke Construction Ltd on behalf of Irish Water. Traffic Management will be in place during the course of these works and will include a stop and go traffic system. The works are due to start on Monday 4 January 2021 from 08:00 for an expected duration of 5 weeks.

Irish Water is working at this time to ensure the continuity of drinking water and wastewater services. Further information is available from the project team at

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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