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Blazing a trail for canoeists on Lough Derg

PLANS have been unveiled for the development of a new canoe trail on Lough Derg by three LEADER companies. Clare Local Development Compan (CLDC) joined up with North Tipperary LEADER Partnership and Galway Rural Development to outline draft plans, which met with widespread enthusiasm at public meetings in Scariff, Portumna, Ballina and Dromineer recently.Canoe trails are a feature of tourism and recreation in Canada, Scotland and the Nordic countries and now Lough Derg has become a candidate for a similar development in the coming years.The proposal includes the provision for the integration of mapping and visitor information, access points, accommodation, transport and equipment hire facilities that allow all standards of canoeist to navigate the waters and stay in the area. Visitors can choose from short or long trips, shore-to-shore or looped routes.It is being put forward as part of the Lough Derg Marketing Strategy Group’s efforts to implement Fáilte Ireland’s Destination Action Plan for the Lough Derg Lakelands policy. The …

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Broadford Post Office back in action

THE re-opening of Broadford Post Office next Tuesday has been hailed as a victory for community power in South-East Clare.Deputy Timmy Dooley described the Broadford Action Group as a “shining example” to other communities throughout the country of what could be achieved by “community power” when they are faced with the threatened loss of local services.“The retention of Broadford Post Office brought the whole community together to fight for their rights in a well-organised fashion, which resulted in great success.“I was pleased to work with the local committee to retain Broadford Post Office and was particularly pleased to see the level of commitment and interest displayed by the community in retaining this service. “I would credit the success of this campaign to the efforts of Broadford Action Group committee chairman PJ Mason and his committee, who represented the local community very well,” he said.The post office was closed unexpectedly on November 9 last, which prompted a long-running campaign that included …

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