About the planning group

  • An open meeting was convened in the Burren Centre, Kilfenora on 21 March to hear about LEADER’s proposed planning initiative across Clare. 25-30 people attended. Volunteers were asked to join a Planning Group – 11 people agreed to take part.
  • Kilfenora had been selected as one of an initial group of 10 communities in Clare to be invited to undertake development planning. (The others are Liscannor, Lahinch, Ballyvaughan, Newquay, and Feakle, Tuamgramey, Mountshannon, Tulla and Lough Graney.) A second tranche of 10 is now also commencing work.
  • The initial presentation provided by LEADER can be viewed here, setting out what is proposed and how LEADER offers to support the work.
  • The eleven volunteers – reflecting diverse experiences, age etc – are Frances Connole, Cara O’Donoghue, Stephen Hegarty, John Howard, Austin Kelly, Trisha Kelly, Andy Lambert, Frances Nagle, Bernie O’Connor, Bridget Reddan and Orla Vaughan. All are happy to talk with people in Kilfenora about the work of the Group
  • The facilitator provided by LEADER is Neil Haran. His role is to help the group undertake its task, take decision, undertake consultation and put the plan together. (Kilfenora resident Sue Targett, who also works on projects for LEADER, is facilitating other groups in North Clare.)
  • The Group is currently meeting roughly every fortnight.
  • The Group has had an initial discussion about Kilfenora’s needs and priorities, in order to help it design the consultation process with the community. It is now  conducting a survey throughout Kilfenora/Inchovea as a first step, after which follow-up discussions will explore the issues and ideas the survey highlights.
  • The consultation is being conducted through the summer months. The initial plan should be formed by the autumn and, after further consultation with the community, should be ready for implementation by December.