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Clare Local Authorities - Annual Report 2007

Kilrush Town Council

Landmark developments

St Senan's Church of Ireland

During 2007 Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann fully completed the beautiful restoration of the old Church of Ireland building on Grace Street which included the restoration of its magnificent stain glass window. The building is now known as "Teach Cheoil, Chill Rois" and provides a new community facility with capacity for 130/140 seats. The building is now available to individuals and groups as a venue for live traditional music performances as well as appropriate lectures, exhibitions and events.

St. Senan's Catholic Church

Kilrush townThe restored edifice of St. Senans Parish Church, which was originally built in 1839, was opened to the people of Kilrush in July after nearly two years of building and restoration work. Bishop Willie Walsh came to bless the Church in a beautiful re-dedication ceremony on Sunday 5th August 2007.

Regeneration of John Paul Estate

The €3.8m contract between Kilrush Town Council and Fitzgibbon Builders for the pilot phase of the overall regeneration project was signed on 7th June, 2007.

Throughout 2007 work continued on the pilot phase of the regeneration works, with back lanes eliminated, gardens lengthened and boundary walls erected. Vacant houses at Willow Green were demolished and work began on the renovation and construction of the new housing development at Willow Green. Landscaping was also completed in the area.

In tandem with the physical improvement works, Kilrush Town Council continued to play an integral role in the Kilrush Social Inclusion Multi-Agency Group, which includes residents. This group was established in 2003 to address the social agenda - health, education, family support, youth work, etc - for the regeneration project. Apart from the Town Council's role in the built and amenity environment, its 12 partner agencies are also bringing forward a variety of initiatives supporting the regeneration culture, an example of which is the "Chill Out House" in Beech Park which is where the JPE youth clubs under the auspices of Clare Youth Service have their base.

Installation of MANS Broadband Fibre Optic Cables

Town squareThe Kilrush MAN works began in 2007 and consisted of 5.2 kms of ducting and optical fibre cable. The network has been designed to link up with existing telecommunications infrastructure in the region, which includes fibre infrastructure, Points of Presence, and mobile operator base stations and will also facilitate future customer connections by Telecom Operators.

Decentralisation

Kilrush welcomed the opening of the Revenue Commissioners offices on Cappa Road, Kilrush in September. Over 50 staff has been added to the workforce of Kilrush under the Governments Decentralisation Programme.

Parking and traffic management

The old Fire Station on the Back Road was completely demolished and in its place an additional 20 free parking spaces were provided for the town.

Capital works

Kilrush harbourA number of capital projects were completed in 2007. Vandeleur Street was completely resurfaced. Traffic Calming measures for Kildysart Road, including Wilson's Road and Wood Road, commenced with the installation of speed ramps at various locations.

Environment

In 2007, Kilrush was awarded its first ever GOLD medal in the National Tidy Towns Competition. The adjudicator's report contained glowing feedback on the continuing momentum being achieved by Kilrush and the local committee over the last 16 years. In particular the judges commented on the positive overall developmental approach evident in the town and on the strong working partnerships between the Tidy Towns committee, Kilrush Town Council, FAS, local sponsor SuperValu, Kilrush Chamber of Commerce, local schools and the community at large.

"Spirit of Kilrush" Christmas Lighting Project

Christmas lights2007 was a busy year for both Kilrush Town Council and Kilrush Chamber of Commerce, who worked in partnership to provide a state of the art Christmas Lighting Scheme for the people of Kilrush. Work began on the project early in 2007 and on 1st December the 'Spirit of Kilrush' Christmas Lights were officially switched on for the 1st time, at a ceremony held in the Market Square. The project cost in the region of €100,000 with significant funding received through sponsorship from ESB Moneypoint, Kilrush Credit Union, Kilrush Town Council and many local businesses. The aim of the Christmas Lighting project is to enhance the appearance of the town over the festive season, encourage people to shop local, attract additional visitors to the capital of West Clare and instil a great sense of pride in the local community.

Vandeleur Walled Garden

In September 2007 Clare County Council's Archives Service in association with Kilrush Amenity Trust Ltd launched an exhibition on the "Vandeleur Albums" in the Vandeleur Centre. The albums, now restored, contain unique and rare photographs of the Vandeleur Family and will be placed on display in a number of locations throughout the county.

Spirit of partnership

In 2007, Kilrush Town Council was very much involved in the following partnership committees;

  • Kilrush Social Inclusion Multi Agency Group
  • Kilrush Tidy Towns Committee
  • Kilrush Amenity Trust Ltd
  • Shannon Dolphin & Wildlife Foundation
  • Dolphin Gateway Project
  • Eigse Mrs Crotty Traditional Music Festival
  • Clare Tourism Forum
  • Clare Tourist Council
  • Cantata 'Live the Life' Project
  • Clare Heritage Circle
  • Teach Cheoil Chill Rois

Civic Receptions

Vandeleur walled gardenA Civic Reception was held for the members of the Western Yacht Club and the crew of the "Spirit of Kilrush" yacht at the Vandeleur Walled Garden Centre. The "Spirit of Kilrush" yacht competed in the 2006 BMW Round Ireland Yacht Race where it finished 3rd overall, 2nd in Class Super 0 and impressively was the 1st Irish boat to cross the finish line.

In June 2007, Kilrush Town Council held their annual Civic Reception for the 8 recipients of the Gradaim Uí Rhochaim Award in the Vandeleur Walled Garden and the overall 2007 winner was St. Senan's Parish Church Restoration Committee, who worked tirelessly to fundraise for the multi-million euro renovation of St. Senan's Catholic Church.

Captain Arthur Edward Kennedy who was Poor Law Inspector for the Kilrush district from 1846 to 1850. In July 2007, a Bust of Captain Kennedy was unveiled by Kilrush Town Council, in honour of the memory of a local leader during the famine years.

In July 2007 a Civic Reception was held to mark the 25th Anniversary of Twinning charter between Kilrush and Plouzane in France. The Civic Reception took place during an annual exchange visit to Kilrush by members of the Plouzane Twinning Association.