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A group enjoying a walking tour of Chapel Lane in Ennis.

Medieval Ennis has visitor potential

SHANNON Heritage is to be asked to look at the potential of developing a medieval visitor attraction in the lanes of Ennis.

Ennis Mayor, Councillor Johnny Flynn, proposed the move at the December meeting of the municipal district committee, saying, “In light of the success of the Shannon Heritage section of Shannon Airport Group in the development and management of heritage properties,” that they should be asked to look at the potential of setting up a medieval streetscape attraction.

He said he would like to see an urban heritage visitor attraction using the medieval streetscape, as seen around Chapel Lane and the community centre.

Councillor Ann Norton backed the suggestion and said having received a presentation from Shannon Heritage, she thought, “They seem to be very open to ideas and suggestions and probably would be interested in looking at it. I think there is a lot of opportunities there and the Shannon Group are open to ideas”.

“Ennis is a medieval town and there is a lot of potential. It would be great to get a group like Shannon Heritage to come in and work with the council,” Councillor Norton added.

Councillor Mary Howard said Ennis is the oldest inhabited town in the country and has great potential as does the proposal, while Councillor Pat Daly described the medieval section of the town as unique, with restaurants and bookshops side-by-side. “I hope that Shannon Heritage come on board. It would be great for the area,” he said.

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