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Tourism group opposes water extraction

MEMBERS of East Clare Tourism signalled their strong opposition to plans for the extraction of water from Lough Derg at their recently held annual general meeting. Members voted unanimously to oppose the move.
“The members strongly believe this would be detrimental to tourism in the Lough Derg area,” a spokesperson for the group said.
It was also agreed that appropriate representations to Government on the matter will be undertaken over the coming months.
The meeting also discussed the recent visit of Bobby Kerr, formerly of Dragon’s Den, and a film crew to Tuamgraney as part of a forthcoming television programme.
The crew and Mr Kerr were brought to Reddan’s Quay, Tuamgraney by yacht and then on to East Clare Heritage tourist information point, where they were given a lecture on Brian Boru and the history of the Lough Derg area.
Footage from the visit is due to form part of a television programme on the Lough Derg area that Mr Kerr will be presenting later this year.
This group, which represents the entire East Clare area, also discussed plans for their continued promotion and marketing of the area both at home and abroad.
All members were encouraged to work together and promote each other at every possible opportunity.
Members are optimistic about this season, as bookings to date are up on last year with several festivals and Gathering events planned in every parish over the summer.
Members were reminded that East Clare Heritage is now open for the season and Monday night concerts with Kate Purcell and friends also commenced this month.
Under their schedule for the year, East Clare Tourism are due to finalise arrangements for the East Clare Walking Festival in the autumn. This event takes place in October and will be based in Mountshannon.
At the annual general meeting, the following officers were elected for the 2013/2014 year: chairman, Councillor Pat Hayes, Killanena; secretary, Teresa Browne, Tuamgraney; treasurer, Garry Pepper, Feakle; assistant treasurer, Vera O’Rourke, Mountshannon and PRO, Patricia Halpin, Tulla.
Meanwhile, James Whelan, Killaloe and Councillor Pat Hayes were elected to represent the group on the Clare Tourism Forum.
Anyone involved in tourism in the East Clare area, who would like further information on the group, can contact the secretary at 087 6867548 or visit www.visitclare.net.


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