Let’s Make Clarecastle Better Together!

A community plan is created by the community, for the community.

There are four steps to developing this plan and each of these steps is important and allows us to:

  • Discuss ideas for the future of Clarecastle
  • Agree on what’s needed to ensure the village thrives
  • Come up with new projects which benefit the community
  • Decide together on our key goals and priorities
  • Strengthen connections between us all 
  • Move forward with a united voice!

So, what happens after the plan is produced? 

Clarecastle Community Plan will be launched in Spring 2024. After that, it will be up to us – the people of Clarecastle – to drive it forward and bring it to life.

The plan can be used in lots of ways:

  • Inform and influence decision-making about Clarecastle by Clare County Council and other state agencies
  • Advocate for improved services and facilities in the village
  • Apply for grants and funding to deliver projects and initiatives that are named in the plan
  • Motivate ourselves to work together as a community to deliver local projects
  • Promote Clarecastle as a great place to live, work and visit!

Town team model

After the consultation process is completed, a planning group (called the “Village Team”) will be established to produce the plan. This will be based on the Government’s “Town Team” model and Town Centre First Policy. (click here to view)

Anyone can join the Village Team – residents, community and voluntary organisations, local businesses, local elected representatives and other stakeholders.

The Village Team will meet twice in the New Year. It will be facilitated by an Independent Facilitator and will make decisions on the goals and actions to include in the plan.

Celebrating Clarecastle’s Spirit of Community and Voluntary Effort! 

The plan will acknowledge all the great work that goes on every day in the village from a wide range of organisations, examples below:
  • Clarecastle Tidy Towns
  • Circular Clarecastle/Sustainable Clarecastle
  • Clarecastle Ballyea Heritage and Wildlife Group
  • Clarecastle Community Development CLG
  • Clarecastle GAA
  • Clarecastle Pastoral Council/Pastoral Teams
  • Clarecastle Day Care Centre
  • Clarecastle Comhaltas
  • Clarecastle Community Garden
  • Clarecastle Men’s Shed
  • Clarecastle Community Lotto
  • Clarecastle National School and Parent’s Association
  • Clarecastle Playground Group
  • Clarecastle Scouts
  • Clarecastle Sports Complex

This project was initiated by Clarecastle Community Development CLG. Local woman, Sinéad Doody (Doody Facilitation and Consulting Ltd) was appointed to facilitate the development of the plan. Sinéad has many years’ experience in community development and social inclusion.

Do you want to be involved in community development in Clarecastle? 


Contact Sinéad on 087 237 7282 or email communityplan@clarecastle.ie

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