Family fun day in Doonbeg

Family fun day in Doonbeg


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017
Doonbeg Community Development are to host a Family Fun Day to promote the Paddle Boat activity on Sunday the 23rd of July from 2pm-5pm.
The Paddle Boats were introduced onto the Doonbeg River in 2015 and have proved very popular with visitors to the area and tourists passing through the village as well as locals. Up to 2 adults and a small child can avail of the Paddle Boats as a way to enjoy the scenic surroundings of Doonbeg Bay including Doonbeg Castle and Arched Bridge.
The Fun Day will include lots of activities for all the family including Duck Race, Guess the Weight of the Cow, Nearest the Pin Golf Shots, Sponge Throwing, Barbecue and a Prize Draw for Trips to the Aran Islands.
There will be Prizes on offer for many of the competitions and the Paddle Boats will be available on the day. All festivities will take place at the River Park, which has been enhanced over the years by Doonbeg Community Development with assistance from Clare Local Development Company and Clare County Council, and now includes a pontoon and dock from where the Paddle Boats embark.
Speaking about the facility and the event, Secretary of Doonbeg Community Development and main organiser of the event Michael Flanagan said: “The Paddle Boats are a great addition to the village as they are a focal point to draw people’s attention to this scenic part of the village.
They are an opportunity for tourists to stop and enjoy their surrounds rather than simply driving through. The Paddle Boats are also a healthy and fun activity for all ages and a healthy activity for visitors and locals alike to participate in. The idea of the Fun Day is to promote the facility to the wider audience of West Clare and also to raise funds for the maintenance and upkeep of the Paddle Boats.”
The Doonbeg Paddle Boats are open every day in the summer season from 12pm-6pm and cost just €3 per person for 20 minutes.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.