Beach-friendly wheelchairs for Lahinch and Kilkee

Beach-friendly wheelchairs for Lahinch and Kilkee

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The specially-designed chairs are being made available free of charge at Kilkee and Lahinch during July and August – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Access to two of Clare’s most popular beaches for people with mobility issues has been made much easier thanks to the introduction of beach-friendly wheelchairs.

Clare County Council has acquired the specially-designed chairs which are being made available free of charge at Kilkee and Lahinch during July and August.

Councillor Michael Begley, Mayor of Clare, said the initiative is “hugely important for a beach-friendly county such as Clare” and he expressed his hope that additional beach-friendly chairs will be provided at other locations in the coming years.

The specially-designed chairs are being made available free of charge at Kilkee and Lahinch during July and August – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Clare McGrath, Water Safety Development Officer for Clare, said the chairs feature specially-designed wheels, are available seven days a week and may be booked in advance at the two Blue Flag beaches.

She added, “Following a request from Cllr. Bill Chambers, Clare County Council purchased two Hippocampe beach wheelchairs.  The wheelchairs are easy to operate and allow those with disabilities to traverse sandy terrains, unlike regular wheelchairs and are hugely important in our beach-friendly county.”

The specially adapted beach chairs, which have the approval and support of the Irish Wheelchair Association, Enable Ireland and the Disability Federation of Ireland, are available at Lahinch via Lahinch Leisure World and at Kilkee via Kilkee Waterworld.

To make a booking for Kilkee please contact Kilkee Waterworld on 065-9056855 and for Lahinch please contact Lahinch Leisure World on 065-7081900.

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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.

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