Shannon Group has been called on to provide extra car parking facilities in Bunratty village. Due to the popularity of Bunratty village as a tourism magnet, haphazard parking is inconveniencing local residents, especially at weekends.

Fianna Fáil councillor Pat McMahon is now calling on Shannon Group PLC, owner of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, to ease the burden on local residents by developing new parking facilities. Cllr McMahon said the existing bus park at the folk park takes 43 buses. When the bus park is at full capacity he has seen drivers parking their vehicles on nearby roads. “This caused absolutely chaotic traffic problems,” said Cllr McMahon. He believes that extending parking facilities should not be a major problem as Shannon Group owns the adjacent land. Cllr McMahon said the folk park is enjoying a bumper season. While the park owners spent a lot of money redeveloping the entrance facilities, he says they should also have considered the need for additional parking. A negative consequence of the lack of parking, said Cllr McMahon, is that local residents have problems parking at their own homes in the village. Clare County Council owns land close to Durty Nellies and Cllr McMahon wants the local authority to carry out a feasibility study to determine the parking need in this area to take any overflow from the folk park. “Bunratty is a year-round franchise and it would definitely help if there was more parking capacity in the village. If visiting motorists cannot find easy access to car parking they will just move on elsewhere. “It’s a problem that won’t just go away so something will need to be done to resolve it,” said Cllr McMahon. His party colleague Cllr Cathal Crowe owns a family pass for the folk park and reported that at busy weekend periods the car parks are full of tour buses and rental cars leading to parking becoming “haphazard”. Cllr Crowe said the council should do everything possible to facilitate extra parking in this most beautiful village. Cllr PJ Ryan spoke of major traffic problems in Bunratty especially on Sundays and said these are due to the success of the tourism offering which is very beneficial to the local economy. “We certainly need tourists in the area, but we also need adequate facilities to accommodate them,” said Cllr Ryan. For Fine Gael

Cllr McMahon said the existing bus park at the folk park takes 43 buses. When the bus park is at full capacity he has seen drivers parking their vehicles on nearby roads. “This caused absolutely chaotic traffic problems,” said Cllr McMahon. He believes that extending parking facilities should not be a major problem as Shannon Group owns the adjacent land. Cllr McMahon said the folk park is enjoying a bumper season. While the park owners spent a lot of money redeveloping the entrance facilities, he says they should also have considered the need for additional parking. A negative consequence of the lack of parking, said Cllr McMahon, is that local residents have problems parking at their own homes in the village. Clare County Council owns land close to Durty Nellies and Cllr McMahon wants the local authority to carry out a feasibility study to determine the parking need in this area to take any overflow from the folk park. “Bunratty is a year-round franchise and it would definitely help if there was more parking capacity in the village. If visiting motorists cannot find easy access to car parking they will just move on elsewhere. “It’s a problem that won’t just go away so something will need to be done to resolve it,” said Cllr McMahon. His party colleague Cllr Cathal Crowe owns a family pass for the folk park and reported that at busy weekend periods the car parks are full of tour buses and rental cars leading to parking becoming “haphazard”. Cllr Crowe said the council should do everything possible to facilitate extra parking in this most beautiful village. Cllr PJ Ryan spoke of major traffic problems in Bunratty especially on Sundays and said these are due to the success of the tourism offering which is very beneficial to the local economy. “We certainly need tourists in the area, but we also need adequate facilities to accommodate them,” said Cllr Ryan. For Fine Gael

“This caused absolutely chaotic traffic problems,” said Cllr McMahon. He believes that extending parking facilities should not be a major problem as Shannon Group owns the adjacent land. Cllr McMahon said the folk park is enjoying a bumper season. While the park owners spent a lot of money redeveloping the entrance facilities, he says they should also have considered the need for additional parking. A negative consequence of the lack of parking, said Cllr McMahon, is that local residents have problems parking at their own homes in the village. Clare County Council owns land close to Durty Nellies and Cllr McMahon wants the local authority to carry out a feasibility study to determine the parking need in this area to take any overflow from the folk park. “Bunratty is a year-round franchise and it would definitely help if there was more parking capacity in the village. If visiting motorists cannot find easy access to car parking they will just move on elsewhere. “It’s a problem that won’t just go away so something will need to be done to resolve it,” said Cllr McMahon. His party colleague Cllr Cathal Crowe owns a family pass for the folk park and reported that at busy weekend periods the car parks are full of tour buses and rental cars leading to parking becoming “haphazard”. Cllr Crowe said the council should do everything possible to facilitate extra parking in this most beautiful village. Cllr PJ Ryan spoke of major traffic problems in Bunratty especially on Sundays and said these are due to the success of the tourism offering which is very beneficial to the local economy. “We certainly need tourists in the area, but we also need adequate facilities to accommodate them,” said Cllr Ryan. For Fine Gael

Cllr McMahon said the folk park is enjoying a bumper season. While the park owners spent a lot of money redeveloping the entrance facilities, he says they should also have considered the need for additional parking. A negative consequence of the lack of parking, said Cllr McMahon, is that local residents have problems parking at their own homes in the village. Clare County Council owns land close to Durty Nellies and Cllr McMahon wants the local authority to carry out a feasibility study to determine the parking need in this area to take any overflow from the folk park. “Bunratty is a year-round franchise and it would definitely help if there was more parking capacity in the village. If visiting motorists cannot find easy access to car parking they will just move on elsewhere. “It’s a problem that won’t just go away so something will need to be done to resolve it,” said Cllr McMahon. His party colleague Cllr Cathal Crowe owns a family pass for the folk park and reported that at busy weekend periods the car parks are full of tour buses and rental cars leading to parking becoming “haphazard”. Cllr Crowe said the council should do everything possible to facilitate extra parking in this most beautiful village. Cllr PJ Ryan spoke of major traffic problems in Bunratty especially on Sundays and said these are due to the success of the tourism offering which is very beneficial to the local economy. “We certainly need tourists in the area, but we also need adequate facilities to accommodate them,” said Cllr Ryan. For Fine Gael

A negative consequence of the lack of parking, said Cllr McMahon, is that local residents have problems parking at their own homes in the village. Clare County Council owns land close to Durty Nellies and Cllr McMahon wants the local authority to carry out a feasibility study to determine the parking need in this area to take any overflow from the folk park. “Bunratty is a year-round franchise and it would definitely help if there was more parking capacity in the village. If visiting motorists cannot find easy access to car parking they will just move on elsewhere. “It’s a problem that won’t just go away so something will need to be done to resolve it,” said Cllr McMahon. His party colleague Cllr Cathal Crowe owns a family pass for the folk park and reported that at busy weekend periods the car parks are full of tour buses and rental cars leading to parking becoming “haphazard”. Cllr Crowe said the council should do everything possible to facilitate extra parking in this most beautiful village. Cllr PJ Ryan spoke of major traffic problems in Bunratty especially on Sundays and said these are due to the success of the tourism offering which is very beneficial to the local economy. “We certainly need tourists in the area, but we also need adequate facilities to accommodate them,” said Cllr Ryan. For Fine Gael

Clare County Council owns land close to Durty Nellies and Cllr McMahon wants the local authority to carry out a feasibility study to determine the parking need in this area to take any overflow from the folk park. “Bunratty is a year-round franchise and it would definitely help if there was more parking capacity in the village. If visiting motorists cannot find easy access to car parking they will just move on elsewhere. “It’s a problem that won’t just go away so something will need to be done to resolve it,” said Cllr McMahon. His party colleague Cllr Cathal Crowe owns a family pass for the folk park and reported that at busy weekend periods the car parks are full of tour buses and rental cars leading to parking becoming “haphazard”. Cllr Crowe said the council should do everything possible to facilitate extra parking in this most beautiful village. Cllr PJ Ryan spoke of major traffic problems in Bunratty especially on Sundays and said these are due to the success of the tourism offering which is very beneficial to the local economy. “We certainly need tourists in the area, but we also need adequate facilities to accommodate them,” said Cllr Ryan. For Fine Gael

“Bunratty is a year-round franchise and it would definitely help if there was more parking capacity in the village. If visiting motorists cannot find easy access to car parking they will just move on elsewhere. It’s a problem that won’t just go away so something will need to be done to resolve it,” said Cllr McMahon. His party colleague Cllr Cathal Crowe owns a family pass for the folk park and reported that at busy weekend periods the car parks are full of tour buses and rental cars leading to parking becoming “haphazard”. Cllr Crowe said the council should do everything possible to facilitate extra parking in this most beautiful village. Cllr PJ Ryan spoke of major traffic problems in Bunratty especially on Sundays and said these are due to the success of the tourism offering which is very beneficial to the local economy. “We certainly need tourists in the area, but we also need adequate facilities to accommodate them,” said Cllr Ryan. For Fine Gael

His party colleague Cllr Cathal Crowe owns a family pass for the folk park and reported that at busy weekend periods the car parks are full of tour buses and rental cars leading to parking becoming “haphazard”. Cllr Crowe said the council should do everything possible to facilitate extra parking in this most beautiful village. Cllr PJ Ryan spoke of major traffic problems in Bunratty especially on Sundays and said these are due to the success of the tourism offering which is very beneficial to the local economy. “We certainly need tourists in the area, but we also need adequate facilities to accommodate them,” said Cllr Ryan. For Fine Gael

Cllr Crowe said the council should do everything possible to facilitate extra parking in this most beautiful village. Cllr PJ Ryan spoke of major traffic problems in Bunratty especially on Sundays and said these are due to the success of the tourism offering which is very beneficial to the local economy. “We certainly need tourists in the area, but we also need adequate facilities to accommodate them,” said Cllr Ryan. For Fine Gael

Cllr PJ Ryan spoke of major traffic problems in Bunratty especially on Sundays and said these are due to the success of the tourism offering which is very beneficial to the local economy. “We certainly need tourists in the area, but we also need adequate facilities to accommodate them,” said Cllr Ryan. For Fine Gael

We certainly need tourists in the area, but we also need adequate facilities to accommodate them,” said Cllr Ryan. For Fine Gael

For Fine Gael councillor John Crowe it’s great to be in a position where extra parking is now needed to accommodate the recent influx of tourists to Bunratty. He remarked, “there are venues all over the country with ample car parking but nobody in them. This just shows the popularity of Bunratty.”

He remarked, “there are venues all over the country with ample car parking but nobody in them. This just shows the popularity of Bunratty.”

However, Cllr Crowe does not want a situation whereby visitors arrive in Bunratty and cannot find a place to park. He believes Shannon Group need to give this matter urgent priority.