Shannon Estuary Way

Abartha Report cover courtesy of Fáilte Ireland
Abartha Report cover courtesy of Fáilte Ireland
Shannon Estuary Plaque at Clarecastle Quay. photo by Eric Shaw
Shannon Estuary Plaque at Clarecastle Quay. photo by Eric Shaw
Launch of Shannon Estuary Way at Clarecastle Quay in March 2019. Photo courtesy of John Power
Launch of Shannon Estuary Way at Clarecastle Quay in March 2019. Photo courtesy of John Power

The Shannon Estuary Way Heritage Recording Project is a multi-faceted project with heritage, tourism and community as the central core themes. The project has sought to Identify key heritage assets, Record local stories, and work with communities to identify tourism opportunities along the Clare section of the Shannon Estuary Way. This project has been informed through consultation with the local authority Heritage Officer, Clare Local Development Company (CLDC) Fáilte Ireland and a large number of individuals and communities who very generously gave their time and insights into life on the estuary. There has been a strong level of engagement amongst the communities throughout the project.

The Legacy:
The project has captured a wealth of information about the heritage of the Shannon Estuary, while engaging with the locals whose lives are shaped by the river. It has created an awareness and appreciation for the heritage of the Shannon Estuary and the stories and knowledge that have been shared for centuries, forming a rich resource that will be an invaluable educational and promotional asset for the region. Extensive desk based research was carried out on the heritage of the Shannon Estuary Way and a data based of Heritage Points of Interest was created with information about visitor access. This project provides a foundation for the next level of development of the Shannon Estuary Way, such as the Networking Programme that is being instigated by Clare Local Development Company and West Limerick Resources over the coming months. Through this project communities have been provided with a roadmap of how to complete projects that they are interested in developing to develop tourism and visitor information along the Shannon Estuary Way.

Clarecastle Heritage & Wildlife Group chronicled Clarecastle’s heritage and Fáilte Ireland and Clare County Council recognised the historical importance of Clarecastle being the original village and port of Clare. This greatly facilitated Clarecastle’s prominence on the map and the recommendation that Clarecastle ‘makes a perfect stopover’ for visitors on the route.

Clarecastle contributed greatly to the project and was rewarded by being appointed as a viewing point on the Shannon Estuary Way

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