Clare Tourism Recovery Task Force

The establishment of the Clare Tourism Recovery Task Force is a tactical response to guide the reactivation of the Clare Tourism Destination following the closure to visitors as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

There are two purposes to this Task Force:

  1. Immediate Term: To lead and co-ordinate all relevant stakeholders, community representatives and industry in the re-opening of Clare to visitors in line with the Government’s published roadmap and Fáilte Ireland’s Destination Recovery Checklist.
  2. Medium to Long Term: To lead on the implementation of the Clare Tourism Strategy 2030. This medium to long term plan will implement the strategic priorities as identified in the Clare Tourism Strategy.

Members of the Tourism Response Taskforce are listed hereunder:-

Leonard ClearyDirector of Service, Clare County Council
Miriam KennedyHead of Wild Atlantic Way / Co-Chair
Deirdre O’SheaA/Head of Tourism / Co-Chair
Nicola KilleenSecretariat
Paddy MatthewsHead of Irelands Hidden Heartlands
Siobhan KingTourism Officer Wild Atlantic Way
Tony DawsonTourism Officer Irelands Hidden Heartlands
Eoin HoganCLDC
Margaret O’BrienCEO Ennis Chamber
Allen FlynnPresident Ennis Chamber / Hotel Sector
Sean LallyWoodstock Hotel / Hotel Sector
Cillian O’MaraTourism Operator
Arlene WhiteCommunity Tourism Representative
Aisling O’BrienHead of Marketing – Shannon Group
Niall O’CallaghanChair of AVEA
Maurice WalshDurty Nellies / Current Member of Clare Tourism
Luke AstonChair of Loophead Tourism
Irene HamiltonKilrush Town Team / Tourism Operator
Michael VaughanVaughan Lodge, Lahinch / Hotel Sector
Nuala MulqueenyAilwee Cave / Co-Chair Burren VEDP
Geraldine EnrightDirector Cliffs of Moher / Co-Chair Burren VEDP
John BurkeArmada Hotel



Guiding our Journey to a Vibrant New Future in Tourism. County Clare Tourism Strategy 2030. Our 2030 Vision: CLARE is a globally renowned sustainable and vibrant destination, recognised
for its compelling array of adventure activities and its remarkable experiences portraying our
rich culture scape of age old spirituality, power and influence; our contemporary vitality arising
from our deep rooted traditions in music, sport and innovation; our dynamic rural towns and villages where our hospitality excels all set within our stunning backdrop of unique and varied living landscapes.

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