Choose a new village entrance sign for Kilfenora

A new identification signing system for the Burren villages is proposed by Clare County Council. Kilfenora residents are being invited to choose one of 3 options, and express their views.

Why new signs?

As part of efforts to retain the prized ‘Geopark’ status for the Burren, the Council is responding to UNESCO’s request for improvements to be made to signage.

It is proposed that the same style of signage would be placed on the entry roads to all the Burren villages – Kilfenora, Ballyvaughan, Boston, Carron, Corofin, Doolin, Fanore, Lisdoonvarna, New Quay, Ruan and Tubber

At present we have this sign on three of our entrance roads (from Ennis, Noughaval and Ennistymon).

Existing ‘Welcome’ sign

The re-designed nameboards

The Council is asking us to choose one of 3 alternative re-designs. The new designs would only allow one description of the village on it, eg ‘Home of céilí music’ OR ‘City of the Crosses’ in the case of Kilfenora. The indication of what services are available in the village would use symbols. The new nameboards are 2.3×1.0 m and made of metal.

Options 1,2,3

One of the issues is visibility of the information. Depending on where the signs are placed, if drivers pass them at speed they are unlikely to take in much information.

The choices

1              Which of the three alternatives would you choose?

2              What description would you suggest we choose for Kilfenora?

(a)          “City of the Crosses”

(b)          “Home of céilí music”

(c)           Something else?

Note: ‘Gateway to the Burren’ (or similar) will not be allowed as several villages could claim this.

3              This sign is intended to replace the existing sign.

(a)          Do we want to keep the existing signs and ask for the new signs to be placed nearer the village?

(b)          Or are you happy that the new signs will replace the old?

Finally if you have any other views on the design, please let Kilfenora Development know.

PLEASE REPLY TO KILFENORA DEVELOPMENT by email at or submit a written reply addressed to Kilfenora Development to O’Gormans shop in Kilfenora by Friday 11 June. You can download and use the reply form indicated below if you wish.

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