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Directors of Shannon Venue Ltd., Eoin Hoctor, Derek Barrett and Kevin Thompstone, at the One Shannon Hub site previously known as the Shannon Venue site and now the kick off location for the Shannon Town Masterplan. Photograph by John Kelly

Shannon civic venue a step closer as site transferred to Council

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TEN years after the vision of a multifunctional arts venue for Shannon was floated, the directors of the Shannon Venue Limited have facilitated the transfer of their site at the Town Centre to Clare County Council.

In a statement the directors said the sale of the site “has been completed to enable the Council to develop the One Shannon Hub, an iconic, multi-functional civic and community facility in the heart of Shannon Town Centre.”

Recent years have seen much disillusionment regarding the lack of recreational facilities and amenities in the town, and the fact that the Venue never got the support required to see it come to pass was a very sore point for many local people.

However, the directors of the Shannon Venue Ltd (which was designed as a not for profit company formed to deliver the project) say that the One Shannon Hub will finally deliver what they had hoped to provide.

“In essence, this facility is exactly what the Venue team set out to deliver on their site and they believe it is a fantastic opportunity for the town and its people.

“The Venue concept started in 2012.   While it has taken 10 years to get to this stage, the plans for the One Shannon Hub exceed the team’s expectations.

“The total area will be almost twice the size of the original concept and will accommodate even more services and facilities.

“Most importantly, the County Council has taken ownership and is now driving the design, funding and delivery of the project.”

While they also sounded a note of caution, they are optimistic that there is now real support for the project.

“The Venue team realises that a plan will remain a plan, until foundations are made, bricks are laid and the facility becomes operational.

“However, in acquiring the Venue site, Clare County Council has shown real intent to deliver the town and community facilities set out in the recently approved Shannon Town Masterplan.

“This is reinforced by their work to date on the brief and procurement process for the design of the One Shannon Hub.

“Once delivered, it will improve Shannon dramatically, kick-start the regeneration of the town centre and its attractions and provide a civic, community and creative hub for people living and working in the town.

“It will also provide reasons to visit and stay and provide meeting, conference and other facilities for business.

“The contract for the site transfer includes detailed milestones towards a completion date in 2027.   We expect the significant progress that has already been made on the One Shannon Hub to continue at a pace. We trust that the project will receive the political support it needs at local and national level.”

Their statement said the company will be wound down, while it expressed gratitude for the support it had received from local business.

“The Shannon Venue Limited Directors will now instruct their financial and legal advisors to wind down the company.

“Once the liabilities have been settled, any remaining funds will be returned on a pro-rata basis to the donors who supported the Venue through the concept, design and planning stages.

“The Venue team can’t thank them enough for their unwavering support and encouragement over the last 10 years.

“Thanks in particular to Mick Guinee of Ei Electronics and Paddy Purcell who have been with us in mind, body and spirit every step of the way.

“We also appreciate the cooperation of Shannon Commercial Properties and the support of the Shannon community who encouraged us from the beginning and willed us on over the years.

“The One Shannon Hub has been a decade or more in the making but when delivered will be worth the wait.”

Owen Ryan
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Owen Ryan has been a journalist with the Clare Champion since 2007, having previously worked for a number of other regional titles in Limerick, Galway and Cork.

About Owen Ryan

Owen Ryan has been a journalist with the Clare Champion since 2007, having previously worked for a number of other regional titles in Limerick, Galway and Cork.