The Mayor of Ennis is calling on the people of Clare to repeat the support they showed for the Clare hurlers this year by supporting local businesses this Christmas.
Cllr. Mary Coote-Ryan issued her “Back The Banner” rallying call today as details were announced of a parking incentive scheme aimed at promoting Christmas and New Year shopping in the Clare County Capital.
Free parking will be applicable to the town’s 759 off-street and 783 on-street public car parking spaces up to 12 noon daily from this Saturday, 30th November 2013, to 5th January, 2014 inclusive. There will also be free parking all-day at Cloughleigh car park.
Mayor Coote-Ryan said the message being promoted by Ennis Town Council, supported by the business community, is that the people of Clare can help sustain employment within the County by supporting local businesses.
She continued: “By supporting street entertainment like Ennis Street Radio, in tandem with the introduction of free car parking, pedestrianisation and an impressive Christmas lighting display, Ennis Town Council is once again playing its part in creating a festive atmosphere and enhancing the overall shopping experience throughout the town.”
“The proposed pedestrianisation of O’Connell Street on the 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th December coupled with other initiatives in the town in conjunction with Ennis Chamber of Commerce, will make Ennis a very attractive shopping destination during the festive period and I hope the public will Back The Banner once again and show their support for local businesses,” added Mayor Coote-Ryan.
Michele Madden, President of Ennis Chamber of Commerce said great strides have been made in recent years to improve access to the town centre during the period coming up to Christmas.
“The Fabulous Fridays initiative and the town’s success in securing Purple Flag Status are signs that local businesses are working together for the benefit of customers,” she said.
Ms. Madden continued: “Businesses will be open on the Sundays prior to Christmas with many opening late during the week leading up to Christmas Day to accommodate shoppers. Ennis Chamber is also delighted to coordinate the Ennis traders and businesses that are playing their part this festive season by giving over €5,000 worth of gifts and vouchers to Ennis Street Radio to be won by its listeners. We are also reminding shoppers that the Ennis Gold Gift Voucher makes a great gift and also helps to keep business and employment in Ennis.”
Free parking up to 12pm daily from 30th November to 5th January will be available at the following off-street and on-street locations:
Off-street – Abbey St Car Park; Bindon Street Car Park; Cornmarket Car Park; Friars Walk Car Park; Friary Car Park; Lower Market Street Car Park; Market Place Car Park, Parnell St Car Park; Woodquay Car Park (all €1.30/1 hour or €2.60 for 2 hour from 12:00-5:00pm).
On-Street: Abbey Street, College Road, Drumbiggle Road, Gort Road, Harmony Street, Kilrush Road, Lower Market Street, Market Place, McNamara Park, Mill Road, New Road, New Road Car Park, Newbridge Road, Simms Lane, Station Road, and Turnpike Road (normal parking rates apply after 12pm).
There also are a number of long-stay public parking facilities in Ennis, namely Cloughleigh Long Stay Park (€2.60 for 8 hours) and Glór Long Stay Car Park (1 Hour Free Parking or €3.90 for 8 hours).