Kinvara Community Newsletter – August

Kinvara Residents Concerned at loss of Village Green Space

Recent works at Kinvara Pier to facilitate the installation of holding tanks for the new sewage treatment facility has caused the area to be dramatically altered by the removal of the green area and replacement with a ‘temporary’ tarred over space which is now being used as a car park for coaches. Residents have been told, while it is within the contract of Coffey Construction to reinstate the green, that plans are afoot to change the layout in order to facilitate additional parking facilities for coaches and cars. The current layout is apparently to allow for settlement of ground after the works that have been done to date and it could be left for up to nine months in its current state.

Local residents are very distressed by this development and claim that the proper planning process has been ignored. The quay in Kinvara is an area of great beauty and rustic charm. Few towns in Ireland can boast such a beautiful setting. Furthermore, Kinvara Pier is a Protected Structure under the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and therefore any proposal to alter its surrounds have to be scrutinised with care by both the planning authority and the community to ensure that the character of the area is not damaged.

The residents acknowledge that the issue of the need for a car/bus/coach park in the village is ongoing and increasing with the rise in tourism but argue that parking needs to be planned within a whole village context in a traffic management plan with public consultation. They contend that the traffic problems will not be solved by changing the attractiveness of the quay area to facilitate two-way car, camper van, minibuses and larger coach traffic and a few more parking bays, commenting that the original green acted like a roundabout or traffic island and made traffic slow down thus ensuring safety. It also limited parking and prevented buses from double-parking for drop offs (as has been witnessed in recent weeks). There is a very real worry that leaving the pier in its current state for up to 9 months is creating a precedent that the pier area is suitable for parking buses and cars. As a community, the residents feel that they are being put under pressure to forget about the original green space and to consider other layouts and are very worried that this precedent will facilitate plans to turn the pier area into an official car park or coach park in the future.

The residents have formed an action group, Save Kinvara Green, to raise awareness about the issue and to call on Galway County Council to engage with the locals about this critical change to the aesthetics of their village. They have gathered over 500 signatures to date on a petition calling for the reinstatement of the green area and will be holding a public information meeting on Weds 17th August at 8 pm in St. Joseph’s primary school hall. All interested parties are welcome to attend and the group urges people who are concerned about the development to come along and let their voices be heard.


Kinvara Community Council

The next Community Council meeting is on Wednesday 21st September at 8.30pm in the Community Centre. All Welcome.



Robert Cresswell R.I.P.

Robert Cresswell, the retired professor from the Sorbonne in Paris who lived and studied in Kinvara in the 1950s, died in Paris on July 3rd last, at the age of 94.

A collection of his anthropological work in Kinvara in the mid-1950s was donated by him to Kinvara (and the nation) in 2010.

In 1969, based on his research, his book, Une communauté rurale de l’Irlande (A rural community in Ireland) was published by the Institut d’Ethnologie in Paris.

Bob was always kind and helpful to me and it was a great pleasure to discover the treasure of photographs and notes he had put together. His consent and cooperation in getting his work donated to Ireland was invaluable and I am very happy that his photographic work is now in safe keeping at the National University of Ireland Galway and with the Irish film Archive.

When we showed his photographic images and slides here in Kinvara (including the publication of two calendars), there was great excitement on both occasions.

On the Kinvara website, a good representative selection of his photos can be viewed on ( and it is good to know that his work will be made available generally and inform the work of others in the future.


PIETA HOUSE                                                                                                                                   Dear Darkness into Light Kinvara Supporter and Friend of Pieta House,

I would like to convey on behalf of all my colleagues at Pieta House, our sincere and heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all in the Kinvara community for your generous support for this years’ Darkness into Light event. This year Darkness into Light raised over €3.5m nationally and internationally less costs of 15% including t-shirts. Locally, Kinvara DiL raised €25,536.29 in 2015 and €32,401.06 in 2016. An over total of €57,937.35, which will allow Pieta House to deliver therapy to at least 58 additional clients Free of Charge thereby saving many lives and alleviating immeasurable tragedy and suffering. On average it costs Pieta House €1k to help a person through therapy. The good news is that 25 people locally used the services of Pieta House in Tuam or in Limerick during the period of 2015/16.

Yours Sincerely

Tom McEvoy Donna Burke

National-Funding and Advocacy Fundraising and Volunteer Coordinator-Pieta House West 087 2430700 093 25587

Pieta House Limerick – 061484444 Pieta House West – 093 25586


Adult Badminton, 8pm Monday nights in Kinvara Community Centre. All welcome.                        Contact: Mary 087 3114353

KINVARA FM                                                                                                                                           Kinvara FM will have its next live broadcast on 20th-21st August 2016 during the weekend of Cruinniú na mBád Festival and will broadcast live from Johnson’s Hall.  This will be an internet broadcast so a direct link will be set up from our website Details will also be on our Facebook page – Kinvara Community Radio. Kinvara FM is open to all of the community so please let them know if you’d like to get involved by sending a message via the Facebook Page.  For further information, contact Catherine Dunne on 086 815 7074 or by email at