Construction work will begin in the coming days and is expected to be completed by mid-2015.
“This project has been long sought after by ferry operators, fishermen and tourists who use the pier,” said the mayor of Clare, Joe Arkins. “The new pier development will boost visitor numbers in Clare considering access to the Aran Islands from the County will be greatly enhanced once the project is completed.”
The completed pier will be used mainly to facilitate ferry activity between North Clare and the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher during the tourist season while the existing pier will be available to accommodate other activities. The new pier will ensure that Doolin is accessible in all tidal conditions, which will be of particular benefit to Doolin Search and Rescue as well as the ferry operators.
Tom Tiernan, senior engineer and Doolin Pier project manager said: “I wish to pay tribute to the council consultants, led initially by Malachy Walsh & Partners, who guided the project from its inception through the various stages of planning, including the preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which facilitated An Bord Pleanala’s decision in 2013 to give the go ahead for the construction of a new pier. I also want to thank Punch Consulting, who are leading the project through its tender and construction stages.”