Public asked for input into new Heritage Plan for Co Clare


Community interest groups across Clare are being invited to have their say on the drafting of a new heritage strategy for the county.

Clare County Council, in conjunction with its partners, is currently developing the second Heritage Plan for County Clare, covering the period 2009-2013. The Clare Heritage Office will formally launch the public consultation process at a major heritage conference - The Clare Heritage Conference - taking place on 24th/25th April 2008 at the Temple Gate Hotel in Ennis.

The event will feature presentations on such issues as funding, community heritage, built heritage, natural heritage, networking and communication and the effectiveness of the Clare Heritage Plan since its introduction in 2003.

“It is imperative that the new Heritage Plan reflects the needs and views of all of the people of County Clare” - stated Ms. Bernadette Kinsella, Director of Services, Economic Development and Planning, Clare County Council. She added - “It is important that we are made aware of ideas, comments and concerns relating to networking and communication, opportunities for funding, the needs of communities and individuals to carry out a local heritage project, best practice guidelines, access to heritage sites and advice on built and natural heritage.”

Ms. Kinsella added that the upcoming conference would provide community interest groups with the ideal opportunity to learn more about the new Heritage Plan, as well as a range of other heritage related topics and issues.

The event will include addresses by Junior Environment and Energy Minister Tony Killeen TD and John Gittins of the Cheshire Landscape Trust, along with representatives of various community organisations from across Clare.

Mr. Gittins, who spoke at the last Clare Heritage Conference in June 2001, will discuss the importance of communities taking responsibility for their own heritage, while Minister Killeen will explain how the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government can facilitate such actions.

Additional information on the new Clare Heritage Plan, 2009-2013 is available from the Heritage Section of Clare County Council - Tel: 065-6821616, Email: [email protected]

Submissions should be forwarded to the Heritage Section of Clare Co. Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis or by e-mail to - [email protected]

The closing date for receipt of submissions is Friday, 16th June 2008 at 5pm.