Shannon Masterplan

The Shannon Masterplan is the first step in the development of the Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands proposition for the Shannon Corridor.

​Similar to the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East, an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the tourism product in the area is being undertaken and proposals being made how to grow a sustainable international tourism destination in the Shannon Corridor which respects the nature and diversity of the environment and its people.

Waterways Ireland is leading the project and is working in partnership with Fáilte Ireland and Local Authority Representatives on a steering group to guide the process which is being undertaken by SLR Consulting. The project should last 9 months and outcomes from the project will include product development and investment recommendations.

The project is running in parallel with an Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands branding project which is being led by Fáilte Ireland. Further details of the project plan, consultation meetings and details of the steering group will be published here.

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In the photo are representatives from Waterways Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, and SLR Consulting after the first meeting of the co-ordinating group.  Missing from the photo is Paddy Matthews, Fáilte Ireland. 


Tourism Masterplan for the Shannon Region: SEA Consultation 

Pursuant to Article 11 (2) of S.I. No. 435 of 2004 (European Communities (Environmental Assessment of Certain Plans and Programmes) Regulations 2004, as amended by S.I. No. 201 of 2011 (European Communities (Environmental Assessment of Certain Plans and Programmes) (Amendment) Regulations 2011) and PART III of the of Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004 (S.R. 280/2004) we hereby give notice that, as part of the preparation of the Tourism Masterplan, SLR Consulting on behalf of Waterways Ireland, will prepare an Environmental Report of the likely significant effects on the environment of implementing the Masterplan.

The environmental report is required to include the information that may reasonably be required, taking into account–

(i)            current knowledge and methods of assessment,

(ii)           the contents and level of detail in the plan,

(iii)          the stage of the plan in the decision-making process, and

(iv)         the extent to which certain matters are more appropriately assessed at different levels in the decision-making process in order to avoid duplication of environmental assessment.

Further detail on the contents of the plan and key environmental issues is set out in the attached scoping report. Submissions on the SEA Scoping of the Tourism Masterplan can be made during a period of 8 weeks from the 17th December 2018 to 5pm on Monday 11th February 2019.  Submissions and observations should be marked “SEA Scoping Tourism Masterplan for the Shannon Region” and can be submitted:

•             Electronically by email to Aislinn O’Brien - ; or

•             In hard copy by Post to Aislinn O’Brien, SLR Consulting Ireland, 7 Dundrum Business Park, Windy Arbour, Dublin, D14 N2Y7

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