CLARE County Council is to contribute €5,000 towards a feasibility study of Doonbeg Pier. This will evaluate the potential of upgrading the pier, which has been the subject of a long campaign by Doonbeg Community Council.
“Doonbeg has a small pier which is inadequate and because it is tidal people can only access the pier at certain tides. The community is doing everything to develop tourism. Doonbeg is on the coast, so sea-angling would be a normal extension of its tourism product,” commented Clare TD Michael McNamara.
“I expect that sea-angling would be popular with customers of Doonbeg Golf Resort. Now that the resort is part of the worldwide Trump organisation, there is renewed optimism in Doonbeg for the future of tourism and the upgrade of the local pier infrastructure has to be considered as a good investment,” he added.
Money is available from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to develop piers but only when the project has passed the stages of planning and environmental impact statements. Both these stages must be undertaken by Clare Council Council, which has decided to grant aid a feasibility study.