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Sixmilebridge Town Centre First Plan

In line with the Town Centre First Policy, Sixmilebridge was chosen as one of 26 towns across the country to receive funding to develop a Town Centre First Plan. The plan aims to set a vision for the future development of the town, tackling dereliction and vacant properties and building on its assets and positive attributes to ensure that Sixmilebridge develops as an attractive and desirable place to work, live, visit and do business. A component of the plan is the identification of projects and actions, and potential funding streams to support delivery, that will support the enhancement of Sixmilebridge Town Centre.

Key to the success of the plan is the local community, businesses and stakeholders who have come together to help shape and implement the Town Centre First Plan. The plan is driven by a Town Team supported by the Town Regeneration Officer and a multi-disciplinary technical team in Clare County Council.

Sixmilebridge Town Centre First - video

Community Engagement

The engagement process took place as follows:

  • August 2022 Clare County Council appointed an Integrated Design Team led by Allies and Morrison consultants. The Design Team included transport consultants, Tobin, conservation architects, Southgate Associates, and tourism and leisure consultants Repucon. 
  • November 2022 Stage 1 Engagement which entailed initial information and ideas gathering with the community and stakeholders, including an online public survey, a walkability audit and a workshop with the sixth class pupils of St. Finnachta's National School.
  • February 2023 The Town Team was established.
  • April 2023 Stage 2 Engagement took place, which entailed testing the vision and framework of the plan with the local community and other stakeholders through a stakeholder workshop event, a drop-in event and an online public survey.
  • May 2023 Draft Plan was presented to the Town Team for approval and was updated following feedback from the Town Team.
  • June 2023 Production of the final Sixmilebridge Town Centre First Plan.

Town Team

The process of establishing and selecting a Town Team began with an initial stakeholder group workshop in 2022 to complete a detailed analysis and baseline review for the town. Following this workshop, an online community survey was launched in December 2022 and members of the community expressed their interest in joining the town team. Following a number of subsequent meetings held in Sixmilebridge, a formal town team was established in April 2023. The Town Team has acted as a steering group, providing ongoing feedback on emerging ideas and projects and supported the development of a clear action plan. Going forward they will, in conjunction with project and working groups, support the implementation of the plan and the communication to the wider community.


Members of the Town Team

The below tables provides a summary of the current Town Team for Sixmilebridge and can be approached at any time should you wish to get involved in a working group to deliver any key projects identified within the plan.


Representative Group


Representative Group

Gwen Bowen

Business & Chairperson

Bridget Madden


Colette Myler

Secretary & Accessibility

Caroline O’Sullivan

Residents Association

Mark Noonan

Communications Officer & Youth

Corey Downes

Sport/Public Realm

Eileen Moroney

Sixmilebridge Credit Union

Eilis O’Nuallain

Tidy Towns

Eoin Harrington

Residents Association

Flora Crowe


Gavin Downes


Gerardine Hassett

Age Friendly

John Nihill


John Crowe


Martha Kearney

Folk Club/ICA

Monica Cahill

Residents Association

Niall Gilligan

Business & Sport

P.J. Ryan


Thomas Cleary

Construction/Chartered PM

Tim Crowe


Tim Scanlon

Men’s Shed

Yvonne Keogh



Sixmilebridge Town Centre First Plan

View a copy of the final Sixmilebridge Town Centre First Plan

Supporting Reports are also available as follows:


Policy Context

National Town Centre First policy

The Sixmilebridge Town Centre First Plan has been developed within the context of various national, regional and local level plans and reports.

Our Rural Future, the Government’s Rural Development Policy outlines a vision to support the regeneration and development of rural towns and villages to contribute to local and national economic recovery, and to enable people to live and work in a vibrant environment. Town Centre First policy launched in February 2022 is central to this vision. The policy aims to create town centres that function as viable, vibrant and attractive locations for people to live, work and visit, while also functioning as the service, social, cultural and recreational hub for the local community.

The policy lays the foundation for towns to develop a tailored plan by a Town Team in collaboration with the Local Authority. The policy is underpinned by a multi-billion euro investment programme spread across Government schemes. The Sixmilebridge Town Centre First Plan will subsequently provide a basis for the town to seek support from funding streams such as the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, Croí Cónaithe (Towns) Fund, Town and Village Renewal Scheme, Active Travel Fund and Historic Towns Initiative.

Page last reviewed: 28/09/23

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