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Extension to temporary road closures in Ennis to facilitate Covid-19 restrictions

13 May 2021

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 75 of the Roads Act 1993 of Clare County Council’s decision to close the roads detailed hereunder for the period stated in order to facilitate the Covid-19 Town Centre Mobility Plan for Ennis.

Covid 19 Pandemic necessitates traffic rerouting and the closure of roads in Ennis Town Centre so as to allow for adequate social distancing in line with Government.

The following is the intended road closures and traffic rerouting measures for the town including times and maps.

Traffic re-routing measures

Measures will apply from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Monday-Sunday) from 30th May 2021 up to September 30th 2021 and will affect the following areas:

  • Abbey Street at the entrance to Abbey Street Carpark
  • Frances Street at the entrance to Abbey Street
  • O'Connell Street& O’Connell Square
  • Bank Place to the exit from Abbey Street Carpark-Old Friary lane
  • Salt House Lane and High Street
  • Cabey's Lane at Market Place
  • Lower Parnell Street from Carmody Street to Cabey's Lane
  • Woodquay can be accessed from the carpark side

Summerhill will be altered to a two-way traffic system,with access to River Lane from the river side and Fahy's Lane from Summerhill.

Alternative routes around the town will be via the Inner Ring Road (Clare Road –Carmody Street-Cornmarket Street-Mill Road-Maid of Eireann Roundabout-Sandfield Park-Hospital Roundabout-Gort Road-Lifford Rd-Tulla Road- Knoxes Bridge-Clonroad-Clonroadmore-St Flannan’s Terrace-Captain Macs Cross-Clare Road)


Deliveries will be able to access the restricted area from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (all delivery vehicles to exit restricted area by 11.30a.m.). Additional loading bays will be provided in Friars Walk car park (near the Museum) and Abbey Street car park (near Brewery Lane) to assist unloading outside these hours. There will also be four Click and Collect 15minute time limited parking spaces provided in the Abbey Street carpark (near Brewery Lane) and Friars Walk Carpark (near the Museum) to assist the collection of purchases from businesses.


To meet the social distancing Government requirements, it is necessary to adjust existing parking and street layouts to provide additional width on Market Street by adjusting the perpendicular parking, removing the parking on Bank Place from the AIB to the Post Office, adjusting the perpendicular parking on Woodquay from Parnell Street to the car park access road. Priority Parking areas are provided in a number of locations in close proximity to the business areas to assist vulnerable members of the public to access these areas. The Priority Parking is located in Abbey Street car park, Parnell Street car park, Friars Walk car park, O’Connell Street at the Cathedral, Market Place and Francis Street (standard time limits and charges will apply)

Traffic re-routing measures will also impact on the on-street car parking in those areas.

Members of the public can contact Clare County Council Customer Services with queries at:

Further details and maps are available at

Page last updated: 13/05/21

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