Cloghane/Brandon Community Development Plan:
In July, Comharchumann Forbartha an Leith Triúigh Teo (CFLT) and Údarás na Gaeltachta submitted an application for the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. This fund was identified by Údarás na Gaeltachta as the funding stream to move the Mount Brandon Basecamp project forward. Unfortunately the application was not successful, CFLT will continue to work with Údarás na Gaeltachta in developing this project.
In 2016 a community development plan was prepared for Cloghane and Brandon on behalf of Comharchumann Forbartha an Leith Triúigh Teo. (CFLT). The plan was prepared by O’Leary & Associates Training & Consultancy who have also been commissioned to prepare this business plan. A key recommendation within the 5-year plan was to investigate the development of a multi-purpose facility on the ‘Údarás na Gaeltachta’ site in Cloghane. This site had been approved for planning as an Enterprise Unit several years before the plan. The planning had lapsed by 2016. The site remains in the ownership of ‘Údarás na Gaeltachta’.
In September 2015, Explore More Outdoors Ltd. prepared a preliminary report on the potential to develop a Mount Brandon base camp in Cloghane. A Summary of the aims and project actions are provided here:
Aim of project:
- To develop a centre of excellence for walking, hillwalking and other mountain pursuits in the Cloghane/Brandon area. (We wish to retain existing walkers while attracting new ones there, expecting that a percentage will require accommodation, food & refreshments and entertainment while they are there).
- To provide employment for 5-6 local people as guides/facilitators.
- To help put the North side of the Dingle Peninsula (‘Muintir an Leith Triúigh’) on the “Go To” map.
Project Key Objectives:
- To attract new walkers to the area (domestic & international).
- To encourage walkers to stay longer and to return to the area.
- To support access to walking in the area for family groups.
- To encourage users of the Wild Atlantic Way to stay.
- To encourage walkers on the Dingle Way to spend some more time in the area.
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