Cillian Murphy, your local West Clare Councillor
Hi, I am Cillian, your local councillor for West Clare and I live in Kilkee.
Originally from West Cork, I came to the Loop Head Peninsula at the age of 7 when my father, who was a fisherman, brought us all up here in the early ‘70s. I have lived in Kilkee since the late ‘80s.
My wife, Mary and I have been in the hospitality industry since 1990 when we took on her family business, The Hideout Bar. In 2004 we opened Murphy Blacks Restaurant and operated it to a very high standard, winning many awards, until we sold it in 2020.
In 2009 I co-founded Loop Head Tourism, a community based organisation whose principle objective was ensuring tourism development would primarily benefit the local community
I was elected to Clare County Council in 2019, representing the West Clare Municipal District. My principle concern is rural depopulation and my main objective is to ensure our rural and coastal communities maximise the use, and control of, the resources we have to become sustainable places to live, work and visit, in that order.
What I did this month
All activities, meetings, both with council and community organisations.
Latest from my blog
Glamping as a farm diversification mechanism and partial solution to our accommodation deficit in Clare
At the December meeting of Clare County Council (CCC) I brought forward a Notice of Motion to get that policy pathway for small scale farm based accommodation provision up and running. "That Clare County Council (CCC) develop, on a cross directorate basis,...
In order to manage the STL sector sustainably, Government needs to regulate it to ensure it has minimal negative impact on the provision of permanent housing; every property should be required, as a minimum, to be registered, to have planning permission and pay...
A few years ago in Norway I spoke with a person who had renovated a very old building, her ethos was “to use what we have, where we have it”. Ever since I was elected this maxim has been to the front of my interest in tackling property dereliction and vacancy,...