Council grants permission for Clare’s first Starbucks

Council grants permission for Clare’s first Starbucks


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Works have commenced on preparing the site for Clare’s first Starbucks coffee house and drive-thru.

Clare County Council has granted permission for the development adjacent to the N19 road that leads from the M18 motorway to Shannon Airport.

The building, which will also have Ireland’s first Starbucks drive-thru, will be constructed at Shannon Group’s Gateway West, part of the Shannon Free Zone. It’s expected that 15 people will be employed by the company.

Brockway Ltd submitted an application for the project to Clare County Council on July 24th last.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A decision on the application was expected on September 17th but was made several days early.

The development, as approved, consists of amendments to previously approved permission.

The plan will comprise a “single storey meeting hub/coffee dock building, including provision of a drive-thru facility, building and site signage and all ancillary landscaping, site works and services.”

Permission for the development has been approved subject to eight conditions.


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.