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view of the major breach to the "College Wall" near the Irish College which has led to flooding at Kilcredaun, where the townland itself is now effectively and island. Photograph by John Kelly.

Preliminary Clare storm damage bill hits €23.7m

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CLARE County Council has estimated the total damage caused by Storm Christine in County Clare at €23,761,043 with Lahinch being the worst affected.

At a specially convened meeting of Clare County Council on Friday, members were given an outline of a preliminary storm damage report, which estimated the total damage caused in Lahinch at €5,842,390.

Farmers  Vincent Hedderman and Matthew Carmody of Rahona, Carrigaholt, examine the road between Rahona and Kilbaha where the sea covered the road. Photograph by John Kelly.
Farmers Vincent Hedderman and Matthew Carmody of Rahona, Carrigaholt, examine the road between Rahona and Kilbaha where the sea covered the road. Photograph by John Kelly.

The next highest cost of repairs was in Kilbaha, estimated in the region of €3,423,950. Meanwhile, repairs at Cloughaninchy, Quilty are estimated at €2,581,250.

Storm damage in New Quay amounted to approximately €1.854m, while the repair works necessary at Carrowdotia in Moneypoint are estimated at €1,115,400.

Councillors viewed CCTV footage of the storm captured at Lahinch promenade.

A contingency fund of €2,160,095 was also included in the preliminary report, and costs of non-coastal repairs were estimated in the region of €190,000.  Meanwhile, water services issues relating to the storm came to approximately €20,000.

Senior engineer Tom Tiernan outlined in the report that the council also recognised the importance of supporting private entites in whatever way possible arising from damage caused by the recent coastal storms. Among these he mentioned Doonbeg Golf Club, extenstive tracts of land which flooded in Ballynacally/Kildysart and the curtilage of Shannon Airport.

“The council will put whatever resources it can towards assisting entities such as the foregoing in their endeavours to secure funding relief to ensure that the various enterprising roles which they are fulfilling in County Clare can continue as effectively as possible,” Mr Tiernan said.

A full breakdown of the expected costs associated with storm repairs was outlined at the meeting. A breakdown of the additional funds required for North and West Clare is available below:

North Clare

Aughinish                                                          €25,000

Bishop’s Quarter                                             €2,000

Ballyvaughan Pier                                           €3,000

R477 Ballyvaughan                                         €16,400

Doolin                                                                 €499,000

Liscannor                                                           €761,500

Clohane                                                              €777,500

R478 Lahinch Liscannor                                €256,000

Barr Tra                                                               €6,000


West Clare

Knock                                                                  €516,624

White Strand Miltown Malbay                     €38,000

Spanish Point                                                   €48,000

Seafield Pier                                                      €26,000

Carrowmore                                                     €18,000

Rhynnagonnaught Doonbeg                      €547,500

Rinevella                                                            €368,000

Carraigaholt                                                      €173,000

Kilcredaun/Irish College                               €622,000

Glasheen Cove                                                 €30,000

Moyasta                                                              €10,000

Cappa Kilrush                                                   €566,400

Knock (Regional Road)                                  €516,624

Labasheeda                                                      €63,000

Kilkee                                                                  €75,360

Ross Bay                                                            €339,000

Fodra                                                                  €30,000

White Strand, Doonmore, Doonbeg        €237,500

Baltard                                                               €29,000

Cloughansavan/Kilclogher                          €435,125

Kilclogher coast road                                    €40,000

Rinevilla beach                                                €15,000



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