Early Years Practitioners

Early Years Practitioners


CLDC is recruiting Early Years Practitioners to join our team of dedicated childcare professionals in our childcare facility in Kilkee.

CLDC is a not for profit charitable organisation offering affordable childcare to families in West Clare.

Candidates must hold a minimum of Fetac level 6 (or recognised equivalent) in a childcare qualification and have some experience in a childcare setting.

We have full-time, part-time, flexi hour positions which could range between the hours of 9am – 2pm or 9am – 5pm daily.

For a full job description and further enquiries, please email imatthew@cldc.ie

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 16th July, 2021.

Clare Local Development Company is an equal opportunities employer. Garda Vetting will apply.

Completed applications to include CV and cover letter to be forwarded to Iyabo Matthew, HR Dept., CLDC, Unit 1 Westgate Business Park, Kilrush Rd, Ennis, Co. Clare or imatthew@cldc.ie


Funding to establish Traveller Community Development Project Secured for Clare

Funding to establish Traveller Community Development Project Secured for Clare

Clare Local Development Company (CLDC) is delighted to announce that a collaborative application to the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Pilot Project Community Development Fund has been successful. This application was made on behalf of four organisations in Clare which include CLDC, Clare Women’s Network, Clare Public Participation Network and the HSE’s Mid-West Traveller Health Unit and endorsed by many other community and voluntary organisations around the county.

More than 120 projects around the country applied for this funding and the Clare collaborative group are delighted to have been one of only 7 successful applications to the one million euro fund.  Doirin Graham, CEO of Clare Local Development Company welcomed the news saying that this much needed funding would secure a Traveller specific initiative. ‘We want to ensure that Travellers are involved at every level of this project and are front and centre in the decision making roles. With our organisations’ support we can lend the institutional and governance guidance to help to get the project up and running and to support it until it is on a solid footing’.

The application itself highlighted the urgent need for a Traveller specific organisation in Clare and where effective methods of participation by the Traveller community in the decisions that affect their lives have not been established. One of the issues for the Traveller community in Clare is accessing funding available for training, mentorships, social enterprises, educational and political advocacy. Without a dedicated organisation there is no entity working with the community to support them to identify these needs and to apply for funding to respond to them.

It is this gap in targeted support that prompted the four collaborating organisations to apply for this fund. It is their explicit aim that over the proposed three years of the scheme the Traveller Community Development Organisation will become fully independent and Traveller –led and develop a strong grassroots voice to address social exclusion, poverty, and to advocate for Traveller’s Human Rights.

On hearing the news, Sarah Clancy of Clare PPN, noted that in recent years “Ireland has seen members of the Traveller community making huge strides in fields of education, literature, sports, music, politics, law and the art and she hopes that this fund will be a stepping stone towards equality for the Traveller community and that it will be able to build on previous work done by Ennis Community Development Project, the Traveller community themselves and other such organisations in Clare”.

It is hoped that the final details of the project will be finalised over the coming weeks and CLDC and their collaborating partners welcome people who would like more information to contact Darina Greene on 0879086561 or dgreene@cldc.ie.


Clare Local Development Company through its SICAP program aims to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality in Clare through supporting communities and individuals using community development approaches, engagement and collaboration.

Clare PPN is a network of community, voluntary, environmental and social inclusion groups from Clare. Its primary purpose is to facilitate the formal participation by the community sector in Clare County Council’s policy formation structures.

Clare Women’s Network supports and encourages the coming together of women’s groups and individual women in Clare. Its work is guided by women’s equality, inclusion, community development and feminist principles.

The Traveller Health Unit (THU) is underpinned by the social determinants of health that are at the root of Traveller health inequalities. This approach enables a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.


LEADER Transitional Programme 2021-2022

LEADER Transitional Programme 2021-2022

Clare Local Development Company

LEADER Transitional Programme 2021-22

Priority Actions

The following are the 10 priorities for the Co. Clare LEADER Transitional Programme 2021-22;

  1. Development of key tourism destinations – East Clare/Lough Derg, Shannon Estuary Way, Loop Head, The Burren and other niche destinations
  2. New or enhanced tourism products in key tourism destinations
  3. Enterprise development in the green/circular economy and social enterprise sectors
  4. Food sector development
  5. ‘Digital Communities’ transformation
  6. Environment, climate action and renewable energy
  7. Market Towns and Town Teams – Kilrush, Ennistymon, Scarriff and others
  8. ‘Smart Communities’ programme
  9. Community planning
  10. Youth participation

€1.976m LEADER Grant Aid Budget available for 2021-22

For further information on these LEADER priorities and how you can access funding support, contact us at leader@cldc.ie .

Our LEADER team will get back to you with feedback and guidance on the next steps. www.cldc.ie

Biodiversity enhancement plan training for Clare farmers

Biodiversity enhancement plan training for Clare farmers

 CLDC announces biodiversity enhancement plan training for Clare farmers

Clare Local Development Company (CLDC) is seeking applicants to participate in a project which will deliver bespoke farm biodiversity enhancement plans as part of a countywide LEADER funded biodiversity training programme.

The training programme which will run throughout 2021 and which is free to participants aims to protect and enhance biodiversity in County Clare through local awareness and education.

The programme will be led by Damien Coyne Agricultural Consultants who will explain the fundamentals of biodiversity and habitat protection, and show participants how to increase biodiversity across their farm without impacting on farm output.

“In my experience as a farm advisor, it has been clear that there is a keen interest among the farming community in biodiversity and the idea of farming for nature. County Clare is world renowned for its biodiversity and this exciting project provides an opportunity for farmers to develop their skills to enhance biodiversity on their farms”, said Mr. Coyne.

“The approach will be a simple one. We will, in conjunction with the landowner, develop a plan specific to the individual farm that will detail zero or low cost actions that will enhance biodiversity without restricting the ability of the landowner to maintain their current farm enterprises”, he said.

“We will also provide the necessary training to implement these actions. At the end of the programme landowners will have a clear knowledge of why certain actions are being proposed and how to implement them. I am looking forward to working with farmers throughout Co. Clare and I would strongly encourage any farmer with an interest in this area to take part in the project,” he added.

CLDC LEADER Development Officer, Gerry McDonagh is urging farmers who are interested in learning how their farm can sequester carbon to apply for a place on the course. “The training programme provides an opportunity for the participating farmers to be among the first in the country to measure their carbon storage as a result of biodiversity actions”, said Mr. McDonagh.

Most of the training will be delivered on each participant’s farm on a one-to-one basis with a small element of group training taking place online depending on Covid-19 restrictions.

Applications to participate in the training programme are invited from all farmers with the exception of participants in the Burren Programme and Hen Harrier Project EIP which offer similar services.

Places are limited however and participants will need access to internet and a smart phone or laptop.

Download a copy of the application form here. For further information email  info@damiencoyne.com

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 14th May, 2021