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Re: shannon town centre proposal of 1979

Postby vkid » Wed Mar 07, 2007 1:15 am

Shannon was just marshy farmland up to theearly 20th Century known as Rineanna. Just to give some perspective on its location...really havent got to grips with the new camera so excuse the blur..

- Bunratty in the foreground. You can just make out Tarbert Power Station Chimney stack to the right. Aughinish Aluminium to the left. The island in the foreground was recently for sale for approx 300k.
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- Tower near bunratty..taken from Toll Bridge. 4 or 5 of these within a few miles of Shannon apparently all visible from Bunratty.
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- Parts of Shannon town and Ind Est in the foreground.
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- Excuse the quality but you can just make out the twin stacks of Moneypoint in the centre behind the hills. Parts of Shannon and Airport in the foreground.
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- Parts of Limerick taken from the same location.
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Re: shannon town centre proposal of 1979

Postby vkid » Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:56 pm

Shannon town transfer maps filed with the Land Registry

ONE of the biggest property transactions in the history of the Irish State has been officially filed with the Land Registry.

Clare Co Council delivered transfer maps for all property in Shannon last week, less than two and half years after responsibility for Ireland's newest town was transferred from Shannon Development to the Local Authority. This is one of the largest projects handled by the Land Registry in its 115 year history.

Negotiations

The transfer of responsibility for Shannon Town in September 2004 was the culmination of many years of negotiations on bringing the town under Local Authority control. Since then, Clare Co Council has assumed full responsibility for all public services within the town, including roads, water services, public lighting, open space and housing originally part of Shannon Development housing stock.

Ger O'Brien, chief technician with Clare Co Council said the map transfer was the largest single project he had ever worked on in his 29 years as a public servant.

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"The historic handover of maps to the Land Registry will cater for Shannon Town's development needs well into the future," said Mr O'Brien. "Now that all lands within the town boundary have been officially documented and filed, in consultation with True North Mapping, I am confident that new development opportunities will be facilitated, encouraging further economic activity in Shannon.

"Over the past two and a half years, I've dealt with every type of title recognised in the State, including registered and unregistered land, leased land, adverse possession, public/private rights of way, way leaves and sporting rights," he said.

According to Paddy Halton of True North Mapping: "The transfer mapping required 87 new maps of areas of the town. The project presented significant challenges given the rate of change in land use sub-division and reclamation over the past 40 years.

"There are areas that haven't changed in 100 years and others that have changed many times in the past 20 years. The help of Ordnance Survey, Clare Co Council and Shannon Development was invaluable."

Michael Treacy, Property Registration Authority, said transferring the physical maps to the Land Registry's online service at landdirect.ie is starting. The Land Registry information systems manager is John O'Sullivan.

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Re: shannon town centre proposal of 1979

Postby THE_Chris » Wed Mar 07, 2007 5:56 pm

Sorry now but that UL health building is an EYESORE. Looks like someone built a generic 200x design, slapped wood on it to make it look more modern, then wrapped a barn around it.
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Re: shannon town centre proposal of 1979

Postby vkid » Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:32 pm

THE_Chris wrote:Sorry now but that UL health building is an EYESORE. Looks like someone built a generic 200x design, slapped wood on it to make it look more modern, then wrapped a barn around it.


LOL. No need to be sorry.Never said it was pretty. Not sure on it myself either.Strange looking thing on the Clare side of the river. Was too wet to have a good look at the river side of it yesterday. Want to have a good look around Plassey when the weather is better to see a more of this, the Living bridge and the boathouse that are underway as well as another building beside the Schumann building. Not sure what it is though.
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Re: shannon town centre proposal of 1979

Postby CologneMike » Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:42 pm

CÚL NA GRÉINE It's black and white .................

Client: Clare County Council
Architects: Murray O'Laoire

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The 101 dwelling units on the 2.74 ha (6.77 acres) site provides for a density of 36.86 units per hectare (14.92 units per acre).

The mixture of dwelling sizes and designs address a number of housing needs and the design of the various house types is contemporary and of a very high standard. The overall development provides for 19.9% public open space, which is overlooked, exceeds council requirements as set out in the 1999 County Development Plan and is of genuine amenity value.

The site layout facilitates traffic calming and prioritises the safety of the residents
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Re: shannon town centre proposal of 1979

Postby THE_Chris » Fri Apr 13, 2007 10:15 am

Sorry for always moaning in this thread, but cmon, they're some of the most horrible buildings I have ever seen in my life. Whoever designed them ought to be shot, whoever signed off on the construction permission should be burnt and whoever built them should be fired.
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Re: shannon town centre proposal of 1979

Postby Morlan » Fri Apr 13, 2007 10:40 am

yeah but the ramp is deadly!
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Re: shannon town centre proposal of 1979

Postby jimg » Fri Apr 13, 2007 12:30 pm

Sorry for always moaning in this thread, but cmon, they're some of the most horrible buildings I have ever seen in my life. Whoever designed them ought to be shot, whoever signed off on the construction permission should be burnt and whoever built them should be fired.

The most horrible buildings you've EVER seen? :eek: You must live a sheltered life :D

:confused: What's wrong with them? To my eyes, they're an order of magnitude better than 90% of the suburban housing which has sprung up around the country over the last 10 or 15 years.

Do you really prefer the likes of this (stolen from another thread):
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Re: shannon town centre proposal of 1979

Postby THE_Chris » Fri Apr 13, 2007 1:32 pm

Its a generic estate so no, Im not keen. But at least they look like standard houses. The black & white ones look like someone got a two normal houses, sliced them down the middle, then stuck them back together again with a bit in the middle.
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Re: shannon town centre proposal of 1979

Postby Paul Clerkin » Fri Apr 13, 2007 1:33 pm

I think for what they are - suburban semi-d, they're pretty sharp and look good. You just know of course that someone will want to paint their's beige. And of course white houses need regular painting. They could look very scruffy in a few years.
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Re: shannon town centre proposal of 1979

Postby THE_Chris » Fri Apr 13, 2007 2:25 pm

Yeah or one side of a block will be painted pink and the other left as it is :(
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Re: shannon town centre proposal of 1979

Postby GrahamH » Sat Apr 14, 2007 1:48 am

Ooh they're nice and sharp. The grey brick is also very elegant - a good choice and should be used more often that it currently is. The houses are also well proportioned, the paving and wall coping neatly match the house walls, and the uniform timber gates add a nice splash of warmth to the streetscape. The lampposts are also crisp, non-sodium, and suitably finished in black. How refreshing.

But just as mentioned, how long will it be before someone paints their house cream, and replaces the black windows with white Georgian plastic grids? And don't forget the bay windows and bracketed porches.

What's most pleasing about this scheme is that it's not more of the usual patronising, happy-clappy crap of multi-coloured elevations, tokenistic angular slanty bits, and galavanised features we're getting shoved down our throats of late, backed up by the all-encompassing pathetic excuse of being 'modrin loike'. There's an order, logic and genuine attractiveness to this scheme that pushes it head and shoulders above most of the stuff we're building. Impressive density too. More of this please Murray O'Laoire.
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Re: shannon town centre proposal of 1979

Postby CologneMike » Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:04 pm

Public to be consulted on rejuvenation of Shannon

Archiseek / Ireland / News / 2007 / June 14

Members of the public are being invited to help prepare a masterplan for the rejuvenation of County Clare's second largest town. Strictly dealing with land-use issues, the masterplan will seek to guide and facilitate the future development of over 90 acres of land in the centre of Shannon Town, as identified in the South Clare Economic Corridor Local Area Plan 2003.

The key objectives of the masterplan include the provision of new civic landmark facilities for Shannon, the creation of an attractive and durable urban public domain of streets and squares, a town centre built on excellent public transport linkages, and a living town centre with residential development integrated with commercial and employment uses. The masterplan also aims to diversify the range of commercial uses and activities, and support a vibrant town centre atmosphere daytime and evening.

Murray Ó Laoire Architects, in association with property consultants DTZ Sherry Fitzgerald and consulting engineers White Young Green are to prepare the masterplan, on behalf of Clare County Council. As part of the process a public information and consultation evening will be hosted in the Oakwood Arms Hotel, Shannon from 6-8.30pm on Thursday 28th June 2007. The Masterplan team will also be available to meet by appointment with representatives of local community groups during stakeholder clinics on June 28th in the offices of Shannon Town Council.

"The purpose of the masterplan is to conceive an overall vision, planning framework and design guidance on the best potential development of the lands as an extension of the town centre area in Shannon", stated John Bradley, Senior Executive Planner, Clare County Council.

He continued, "It is imperative that the local community is incorporated into any plans to develop the centre of Shannon. The upcoming public meeting will allow the local community to inform us of their economic development, recreational, social, community, residential, transport and infrastructural needs."

Submissions to the Shannon Town Centre Masterplan should be made in writing or email by 4.00pm on Friday July 9th 2007. All submissions should be marked; Shannon TC02/TC03 Masterplan, Murray Ó Laoire Architects, Brian Merriman Place, Lock Quay, Limerick or they can be e-mailed to Kate.Hogan@murrayolaoire.com. Submissions should state the name, address, and where relevant, the body represented. The Masterplan team will review all submissions and observations lodged within the above timeframe.


Looking at the images that vkid posted on the previous page, one can’t overlook how surface car parking :( has such a negative visual impact and of course a loss of valuable public amenity space. I hope they make it a priority to replace them with underground or multi-storey car park blocks. Thus freeing up open spaces?
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Re: shannon town centre proposal of 1979

Postby Paul Clerkin » Fri Jun 15, 2007 4:50 pm

EUR5.2m Infrastructure Projects For Shannon Town To Formally Open On July 26th
Filed: 15th June 2007 12:27 PM

Shannon, County Clare, (IRELAND) 15th June 07 – Twenty five years of Local Authority governance in County Clare’s second largest town have been marked with the announcement that two major infrastructure projects are to formally open next month. Clare County Council confirmed last evening, at a function celebrating the anniversary milestone that the EUR1.2 million Shannon Recycling Centre will open to the public on 26th July along with Phase One of a EUR4m southern primary road, which will open to traffic in the next fortnight.

Over 100 acres of land will be opened up for residential and commercial development once Phase 1 of the new Shannon Southern Primary Road is completed. The new multi-million Euro road network will link the road near St Caiman’s School with Slí Na Mara road.

The Shannon Recycling Centre, which is located in the Smithstown area, involves an investment of some EUR400k from the Council’s own resources. A further EUR800k in funding has been provided by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The Centre is part of a major investment in waste management infrastructure and will add to County Clare’s existing four Recycling Centres, including two Transfer Stations, 54 Recycling Bring Banks and Central Waste Management Facility.

Mayor of Shannon Cllr. Tony McMahon said that both projects befitted Shannon’s status as one of Ireland’s fastest growing towns.

“I look forward to further major projects being completed in the near future, including the Shannon boundary extension and the Masterplan for Shannon Town Centre, which seeks to guide and facilitate the future development of over 90 acres of prime development land. I am confident that the people of Shannon will witness a very positive transformation for the town centre and surrounding areas over the coming years”, added Mayor McMahon.

Shannon Cllr. Patricia McCarthy, Chairperson of Clare County Council’s Environment and Emergency Services and Consumer Protection SPC described both projects as essential pieces of infrastructure that the people of Shannon Town have been eagerly awaiting.

Commenting on the recycling facility, Cllr. McCarthy stated, “Shannon Town Council and Clare County Council need to continue to encourage and support all those who are genuinely interested in properly managing waste. This centre will accept the full range of materials including glass, plastic, paper, timber cans, clothes and electrical and electronic wastes. It should significantly improve the already very high recycling rates achieved by householders in the county.”

According to Ger Dollard, Shannon Town Manager, “The construction of a new road network and recycling centre in Shannon represents the latest investment by Clare County Council in infrastructure and in providing a further improvement in facilities in the Shannon area.”

“Other positive developments include a EUR1million investment in footpath improvements and the implementation of an Urban Village Renewal Scheme for the town. Earlier this year, meanwhile, the Council completed a EUR600k investment in public lighting improvement. In a further positive development for the town, Clare County Council has confirmed that a feasibility study is to be initiated shortly regarding a multi-functional Arts Centre and theatre”, concluded Mr. Dollard.

Last evening’s announcements were made at a special celebration marking the 25 years since Shannon Town Council was sanctioned by the then Minister for the Environment, Mr. Peter Barry.
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Re: shannon new town, co. clare

Postby vkid » Sat Jun 16, 2007 4:06 pm

Will be very interesting to see what Murray O L come up with for this. As I said a long time ago this is so badly needed in the town. Some resemblance of a street structure is crucial. Anything else is piecemeal (ie Skycourt..which is a disaster really). Skycourt promised the earth and did very little.
Now all they need to do is get this right . Its a big site and has great potential to give it the town feel it needs. It feels like there is just a very poor shopping centre there now.

Skycourt added one Multistory but its use was limited until recently because of a row over charging for the use of it and the surface car parks...which did not sit well with the locals. This car park charge nearly killed retail in the town altogether and Skycourt felt the pinch( from retailers as much as Joe public) and now allow 2 hours free in both surface and multistory.
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Re: shannon new town, co. clare

Postby CologneMike » Thu Jan 24, 2008 9:43 pm

Shannon plan to create 1,000 jobs

A €400 million plan to create 1,000 jobs in Shannon over the next 15 years was unveiled today.

The blueprint aims to create a new town centre on a 90-acres site in the Co Clare industrial hub still reeling from the Aer Lingus decision to axe Heathrow flights from Shannon Airport this month.

The proposals include plans for a new main street and town square as well as a civic arts centre, hotel, civic park, a primary school, clinic and an enterprise school.

The Masterplan was prepared on behalf of Clare County Council by Murray O Laoire Architects. Shannon, the only twentieth century planned town in Ireland, was built in the 1960s on reclaimed marshland alongside Shannon Airport and Shannon Free Zone industrial estate.

The town itself was originally intended as a home for local workers but saw rapid growth in population levels in recent years.

"The completed Masterplan contains an overall vision, planning framework and design guidance on the best potential development of the lands as an extension of the town centre area in Shannon," said Clare County Council Senior Executive Planner, John Bradley, "Shannon has all the traits of a suburb and few of the qualities of a town.

The community needs a place and space that brings things and people together - a pulsing heart. The town centre must integrate properly with the existing centre, airport and industrial estate and estuary to give an overall package."

The proposals also include 1,500 underground car parking spaces, a network of pedestrian and cycling routes as well as higher building design standards and building technology to achieve the greatest energy efficiency.
Other green energy initiatives in the blueprint include solar panels, rain water harvesting and five hectares of parklands and wetlands. The Shannon Masterplan will go on public display in the town tomorrow.

It must be approved by members of Shannon Town Council and Clare County Council before construction can begin.

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The new Coonagh Shopping Centre does both Shannon Town and Limerick City Centre no favours.
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Re: shannon new town, co. clare

Postby CologneMike » Fri Feb 08, 2008 9:31 pm

Shannon Masterplan Link
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Re: shannon new town, co. clare

Postby CologneMike » Fri Feb 08, 2008 9:35 pm

Masterplan in Summary

A summary of new envisioned development on Shannon TC02 / TC03 lands includes:

  • New Main Street for Shannon
  • New Civic Arts Centre
  • 3.1 hectare Civic Park
  • Provision for Primary School, playgrounds and childcare facilities
  • Provision for owner occupied small business units
  • Provision for public transport
  • Provide for a minimum additional population of 2,500 – 3000
  • Possible Additional comparison retail - 15,000 sq.m gross floor area
  • Possible Additional convenience retail - 5,000 sq.m gross floor area approx.
  • Possible Additional non-retail commercial units - 5,000 sq.m gross floor area
  • Possible Additional tourism and leisure uses (Hotel, fitness centre, café-bar, restaurant) - 10,000-15,000 sq.m gross floor area

The masterplan also shows potential to provide for:

  • Medical Care Facility
  • School of Enterprise
  • Conference Facilities
  • Hotel
  • Fitness and Spa destinations
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Re: shannon new town, co. clare

Postby CologneMike » Sat Feb 09, 2008 10:40 am

Tributes to Dr Brendan O'Regan

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Irish Times Obituary and Article

Shannon Development Chairman

Limerick Leader Article

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Re: shannon new town, co. clare

Postby CologneMike » Sat Mar 22, 2008 4:04 pm

Plans for new courthouse in Shannon town

By Mike Dwane Limerick Leader

MANAGEMENT at SkyCourt, Shannon, have confirmed they are in discussions with the Office of Public Works over a new courthouse for the town.

Shannon District Court has been sitting in Ennis while the OPW has been looking for a site. And it has now emerged that the state agency is in negotiations with SkyCourt to build a courthouse in the expansion of the shopping centre :eek: which is currently proposed.

This would bring "a strong civic component in the proposed new development", according to SkyCourt, "consolidating a range of civic facilities facing the town square, including the recently-completed oratory".

Planning is also being sought by the SkyCourt for a new Tesco's and Dunnes Stores at the centre.

SkyCourt has objected to the proposed €400 million masterplan :eek: that was recently published. Retail, office and residential space as well as civic amenities are being proposed for this site, TC2/TC3, which is across the road from the SkyCourt centre.

But SkyCourt manager Pat Kelly has said the draft masterplan needs to acknowledge that his centre "represents the existing core retail area" for Shannon.

"The applications which we are now putting before the County Council provide for the lo
gical completion of the SkyCourt centre and this should be prioritised before any development is mooted in TC2/TC3. This is crucial in the interests of SkyCourt, our 60 tenants and nearly 350 employees. It makes no sense to abandon a project that is half-finished and start up another one nearby," he said.

One of two applications lodged with County Hall in Ennis is seeking permission for a 60,000-square foot Dunnes Stores – with an additional 16,650 square feet of retail space – incorporating the space formerly occupied by Tesco, which closed last month. Dunnes are in talks with SkyCourt over relocating within the centre.

And the second outlines plans for a new 80,000-square foot Tesco's, plus 7,500 square feet of smaller retail units fronting onto the town square.

Developments covered by the two applications represent an investment of some €60 million, according to SkyCourt.

See also: New Shannon Skycourt plans
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Postby CologneMike » Mon May 19, 2008 9:01 pm

Westpark Business Campus Shannon (Updates)

First Post (November 2006)

Westpark Business Campus Welcomes New International Tenant (Michael Punch & Partners)

(August 2007)

The Westpark Shannon Business Campus welcomes their second major international tenant to their one million square feet development. The pharmaceutical company Schwarz Pharma Ltd will expand its Shannon based operations into the business campus. The new building will have a floor area of over 100,000 square feet, over five levels. The building will accommodate administration, quality control, IT services and a research and quality centre. Michael Punch & Partners, as lead Structural/Civil consulting engineers for the project, are delighted to be associated with such a prestigious project.


Successful Planning Permission for 11 Storey Office and Amenity Building at Westpark, Shannon. (Michael Punch & Partners)

(May 2008)

The proposed building forms part of the overall Westpark campus development which is being developed as a hub for high tech multinational companies wishing to locate in the Shannon region. The latest addition to the campus will contain amenity and leisure facilities, including gymnasium and pool along with substantial office space. The primary feature will be a sky restaurant/cafe located on the 11th floor. Construction on this project is due to commence Summer 2008.
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Re: shannon new town, co. clare

Postby dave123 » Tue May 20, 2008 7:36 pm

From an ariel views of shannon (google earth) the westpark development is quite extensive. Since the New road networks it has direct access with the N19 and the Airport. It reminds me of city west business parks. Even though they are nothing to compare, as they are completely different. But both are fairly successful though the least.
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Postby CologneMike » Tue May 12, 2009 10:24 pm

Plans for Shannon crematorium are approved (Limerick Leader)

Published Date: 18 March 2009

By Anne Sheridan

AN Bord Pleanala have approved plans to build the first crematorium in the west of Ireland - in Shannon - despite the recommendation of its own inspector.

The €1 million plan by Illaunamanagh Ltd was strongly opposed throughout the planning process by Gerry Flynn, mayor of Shannon, and residents, but supported by a local priest.

The development received planning permission from Clare County Council, subject to 17 conditions, in December 2007, but was appealed to the national planning authority by four objectors.

Mayor Flynn had argued that the development is contrary to the guidelines for the protection of green areas and areas of conservation, and also questioned the impartiality of the decision made by the local authority.

Nearby residents expressed concern over the health, safety and amenity impacts the development could have.

The heritage body An Taisce also made observations to An Bord Pleanala, stating that the traffic impacts of this regional facility have not been adequately assessed.

In responding to their concerns, the developers stated that cremations will not exceed four per day initially, and argued "the question is not whether this is the most appropriate site, but whether the proposed development is acceptable."

An Bord Pleanala's inspector argued that the board should overturn Clare County Council's decision, due to the "cramped form of development," among other concerns.

However, in deciding not to accept the inspector's recommendation to refuse planning, the board ruled that the crematorium would not seriously injure the amenities of the area or property in the vicinity.

Last year, the Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael groups at Clare County Council overwhelmingly voted in favour to contravene the South Clare Plan to back the proposal.
The two directors of the company, Illaunamanagh Ltd, are former members of Clare County Council, Seán Hillery and funeral director Tony McMahon.

Mr Hillery remains a member of Shannon Town Council. It is now expected that work will get under way "in late-spring early summer".
Mr Flynn said the inspector's report recommending refusal justified the concerns he had in opposing the plan.

However, a local priest Fr Tom Ryan was supportive of the plans due to the lack of graves in the cemetery at Illaunmanagh, where the crematorium will now also be based.

"We need the crematorium. If we look 10 or 20 years into the future, it offers an alternative to the more traditional burial," he said.
The Catholic Church had opposed cremation in the past, Fr Ryan acknowledged. "It would have been seen back then as anti-resurrection but the Church understanding has since evolved."


The crematorium design as building is pretty much functional. One would be forgiven to mistake it for a garage attached to the chapel.

I wonder are urns placed in the remembrance wall, somewhat like graveyards in Italy?

Still though a much needed facility for the Mid-West

Drawing upper half, chapel with covered walkway to crematorium and lower half, chapel with remembrance wall.
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Postby CologneMike » Sun Oct 11, 2009 4:12 pm

Developer says retail park will create 250 new jobs (Limerick Leader)

By Mike Dwane

LOCAL developer Sean Halpin is urging Clare County Council to give the green light to a major retail development at Smithstown, Shannon, that will create 250 full-time jobs upon completion.

Mr Halpin's Greenband Developments also propose to create 180 jobs during construction, while another 200 jobs could be created indirectly if the €60m investment is approved.

The Limerick Leader reported in February that councillors backed an amendment to the South Clare development plan relating to the phasing of development of Shannon Town.

Shannon county councillor Gerry Flynn said back then that when the phasing provision had been originally introduced it was in the interests of orderly development, but its effect had been to curtail development of the town away from the existing town centre / Skycourt.

Despite reservations from some councillors that the council could expose itself to possible legal action, councillors voted in favour of the amendment, according to Cllr Flynn "in the interests of local job creation".

Greenband now expects to lodge a planning application this week and Mr Halpin said the project next to the Oakwood Arms, "could not come at a better time" for the local economy.

"We have every confidence in this project and from an economic point of view it will have an enormous benefit on the local community.

"The retail park and neighbourhood centre will create 250 full-time jobs, 200 indirect jobs and 180 jobs during construction. In the current economic environment this would be a major boost to the area, not least given the severe impact of the downturn in Shannon and south-east Clare in general," said Mr Halpin.

Two anchor tenants will occupy the retail park, with one already secured subject to planning permission and talks with another retailer "at an advanced stage".

A discount foodstore and neighbourhood centre to include a small convenience store, pharmacy, bookmakers and hairdressers will also be contained in this week's application. A second phase, comprising a residential development, is to follow.


I can’t see this proposal to be beneficial for the development of Shannon’s Town Centre at this time, see Masterplan above.
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Postby CologneMike » Wed Oct 14, 2009 3:29 pm

Council ruling derails €60m retail park

GORDON DEEGAN in Ennis

A BUSINESSMAN yesterday revealed that he and his business partners are paying €20,000 in bank interest each month on a project that a county council has rendered no longer viable.

Last Thursday, Clare County Council gave the go-ahead for a €60 million retail park at Smithstown, Shannon. But it refused planning permission for the neighbourhood component of the application with the result that no aspect of the retail park will commence.

The application was made by Greenband Investments and Seán Halpin. Mr Halpin criticised the council, saying: “I have never encountered the kind of stone-walling, trip-wires, impediments that was put in the way of this development here.”

Mr Halpin said that the omission of the neighbourhood centre component of the plan no longer makes the retail park viable.

Mr Halpin confirmed that he and his business partners bought the 17½ acre site, zoned commercial, for €8 million in 2005 and have since paid €2 million in interest.

He said the interest is now costing on average €20,000 each month and that this was a lot of money for himself and his partners.

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