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Heritage plan and forum

Clare County Heritage Plan 2017-2023

The Clare County Heritage Plan 2017-2023 is the third Clare Heritage Plan. The heritage plan aims to create awareness and understanding, leading to a greater appreciation and ownership of the natural, built and community heritage. Implementation of specific actions aims to optimise the unique character of our heritage and promote best practice in its conservation and management.

It sets out three overall aims to:

  • Raise awareness, appreciation and enjoyment of our heritage
  • Acquire knowledge through survey and research
  • Promote best practice in heritage conservation and management

Clare Heritage Forum

The Clare Heritage Forum advice on the preparation and implementation of the Clare County Heritage Plan 2017-2023. The forum, a non-statutory advisory group set up by Clare County Council, is central to the Heritage Plan 2017-2023 process. It comprises of representatives from bodies and groups involved in heritage in the county, including local government, development organisations, state agencies, landowners, heritage organisations and the community and voluntary sectors.

The heritage forum has an extensive representational role ensuring that all the heritage sectors operate in parallel, with positive interaction and co-ordination between the different players. There is a need to build on the achievements of the first Heritage Plan 2003-2007 and the forum plays a key role in harnessing energies and fostering a culture where heritage is at the heart of life in County Clare. Thus, central to the development of the heritage forum is the adoption of an integrated approach, rather than dealing with heritage in isolation. 

The heritage forum supports the role of the Clare Heritage Officer and the implementation of the Clare County Heritage Plan 2017-2023, which incorporates actions from the Clare County Development Plan 2017-2023. The heritage plan aims to reflect the approach where all aspects of heritage, cultural, built and natural are expressed. Local communities in County Clare are enthusiastic in the care and management of their local heritage. The local landscape, iconic buildings and natural areas are unique in their settings and often define and showcase the sense of place in the community. 

The current cathaoirleach of the Clare Heritage Forum is Cllr. Pat Hayes.

Current membership of the heritage forum

  • Cllr. Pat Hayes, Chairperson, Clare County Council
  • Cllr. Bill Chambers, Clare County Council
  • Cllr. P.J. Ryan, Clare County Council
  • Cllr. Johnny Flynn, Ennis Town Council
  • Ger Dollard, Director of Service, Clare County Council
  • Catherine O'Hara, Clare County Council
  • Dick Cronin, Conservation Officer, Clare County Council
  • Helen Walsh, County Librarian, Clare County Council
  • Gerard Kennedy, Clare Local Development Company
  • Finbar Broughan, Shannon Development
  • Patrick Hanrahan, Clare Education Committee
  • Christine Grant, National Monument Service
  • Enda Mooney, National Parks and Wildlife Service
  • Declan Murphy, Teagasc
  • Kevin Keary, Forest Services
  • Sharon Parr, The Heritage Council
  • Michael O'Donoghue, I.F.A.
  • Martin McMahon, I.C.M.S.A.
  • Pauline Barry, Clare Community Forum
  • Dr. Hugh Weir, Clare Archaeological and Historical Society
  • Gordon Darcy, Biodiversity Representative

Page last reviewed: 20/02/19

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