Bridge closed due to structural damage

Bridge closed due to structural damage



Clare County Council staff closing the bridge at Cloontra East – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Cloontra East Bridge on the R471 Clonlara to Sixmilebridge Road has been closed at with immediate effect and until further notice as a result of structural damage.

Clare County Council has confirmed they require to undertake urgent remediation works in accordance with Section 75 of the Roads Act 1993.

Clare County Council confirmed the decision to temporarily close the bridge to all access by vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians is in being made in the interests of public safety.

The council will issue further updates in due course regarding the emergency road closure, which is expected to remain in effect for a minimum of four weeks.

The public are advised to use alternative routes.



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.