Clare County Council service update re: COVID-19

Clare County Council service update re: COVID-19


Following the Government’s announcement of new measures to minimise the spread of COVID-19, Clare County Council has confirmed that local authority offices, cultural facilities, and sports and recreation buildings will be closed to the public from 6:00pm today (Thursday, 12 March 2020) until 29 March 2020.

Pat Dowling, Chief Executive of Clare County Council, said, “The Local Authority is taking actions we believe are appropriate to minimise the spread of the virus.”

“Council staff will present for work to ensure a continuity of service across our key operations,” he added.

Mr. Dowling said the Local Authority’s Crisis Management Team will continue to meet on an ongoing basis as well as liaise with Government Departments and agencies across the Mid West Region.

List of closed Council-supported facilities:

  • Áras Contae an Chláir, Ennis
  • Municipal District Offices in Shannon, Kilrush, Ennistymon, Scarriff and Shannon
  • All public branch libraries
  • Local Studies Centre and Library HQ
  • County Museum
  • Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee
  • glór
  • EASI Studio in Ennis / Tulla Stable Studios
  • Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon
  • Active Ennis Leisure Complex
  • Clare Dog Shelter
  • Waterpark House, Ennis
  • All public toilet facilities
  • Ennis Fire Station Public Office
  • Recycling and Transfer Stations – Ballyduffbeg, Ennis, Lisdeen, Shannon and Scarriff

The public grounds at Active Kilrush and Active Ennis John O’Sullivan Park, Lees Road, will remain open.

The Planning Department will continue to accept and process planning applications received by post.  Third Party observations can be received by post and/or email.

Motor Tax renewals can continue to be processed online by applicants or alternatively, renewal applications may be forwarded by post.

The Fire Department will continue to accept and process fire safety certificate and disability access applications received by post.

Clare County Council’s Digital Hubs in Kilrush, Ennistymon, Feakle and Miltown Malbay will remain open to users.

Members of the public with additional queries regarding Clare County Council services should contact 065-6821616 or

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.