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About Digiclare

Digiclare Kilrush

Digiclare is a new initiative of Clare County Council as part of its Rural Development Strategy to support rural communities by providing flexibleaffordable and local office facilities and high-speed broadband connectivity in rural locations in County Clare.

The first three digital hubs were opened on Friday 2nd March 2018 and we welcomed our first users on Monday the 5th of March.

These facilities utilise broadband and digital technology as a key enabler of Rural Development. The digital hubs will support rural social enterprises and the wider community by facilitating e-working, small-scale training and conferencing.

Digiclare services

The first of these digital hubs are in KilrushFeakle and Miltown Malbay and offer:

  • Hot-desks - for individuals, local community members, entrepreneurs etc. who would like to book a desk for one or more days or for shorter term use. With this option we hope to address the needs of those who wish to work occasionally on a more ad-hoc or one-off basis. However, you may still avail of reduced rates and packages for multiple days.
  • Co-working spaces - for individuals, local community members, entrepreneurs and teams of co-workers seeking a space to work and collaborate. By providing this option we hope to address the needs of those who wish to avail of desks on a longer term basis or for a number of days a week on a regular or ongoing basis. We will facilitate flexible arrangements; multi-day rates/packages are also available.
  • Conference facilities for small-scale training and conferencing (Kilrush and Feakle)

Flexible arrangements for local residents, entrepreneurs and visitors

In providing these services, a key ethos of these hubs is to offer our users flexibility by facilitating arrangements to suit varying requirements. These spaces are designed to suit residents, entrepreneurs and visitors alike e.g.:

  • Local residents and community members who need office space (business, home, farm, accounts etc.)
  • Local entreprises, entrepreneurs and free-lancers who need a space to work and collaborate as well as office facilities and meeting rooms
  • E-workers and commuters who want to reduce commuting time by working closer to home occasionally, regularly or even on a daily basis
  • Visitors who need office space and internet connectivity

Expanding the network

Clare County Council is committed to further expanding its network of digital hubs in the interest of local communities and in the interest of job creation. Over the next 12 months, we will develop a large-scale Broadband Hub in Ennis, including a hot desk facility and incubation units. We will establish a multi-service centre incorporating a Broadband Hub and other social/community services in Ennistymon.

Clare Rural Development Strategy

The 10-year Clare Rural Development Strategy [PDF, 31MB] targets the creation of 4,000 jobs over the lifetime of the plan through the development of community-led social enterprises, rural tourism and small and medium enterprises.
These will be supported by the Clare LEO (Local Enterprise Office), Enterprise Ireland, IDA, the Office of the Action Plan for Jobs, the LEADER Programme and the new ‘Rural and Community Development Support Unit’ of Clare County Council, for which we are currently recruiting. The opening of the first three digital hubs marks a solid beginning in that journey.

Our Rural Strategy refers to the benefits of a combined Town approach for Kilrush and Kilkee and the cooperation of neighbouring parishes/villages.  This investment in the West Clare Municipal District office is a signal of our confidence in the businesses and communities of these combined towns, parishes and villages. 

Clare Digital Strategy

Clare County Council will shortly launch a Digital Strategy for County Clare, the overarching theme of which is supporting Rural, Community and Economic Development. Its key aim will be to bridge the digital divide as well as creating digitally intelligent communities in Clare.

The Rural Development Strategy is supported by the ‘Clare Digital Strategy’ that provides for what are called ‘Intelligent Communities’ that ensure local people as well as enterprises and entrepreneurs have access to high speed broadband in their own community. Under our rural strategy, a number of digital hubs are being established throughout the county. Entrepreneurs, visitors and local people, irrespective of their sector (agriculture, tourism, local services, international businesses, etc.) will have access to these hubs to use digital technologies as appropriate to their needs. In addition, the Strategy focuses on ensuring that broadband is available and that there is high internet connectivity in rural Clare and that communities have the skills and competencies to prosper in the digital society.

Benefits

  • Jobs and employment is a key focus of the Rural Development Strategy. Modern broadband connectivity will be made available to support those considering enterprise or interested in enhancing their skills or returning to work, training, education or learning.
  • These opportunities will benefit residents and add to the attractiveness of rural Clare for those who wish to work or re-settle there.
  • As towns and villages are renewed people are less subject to isolation. They can walk to local public services such as libraries, entertainment, info hubs, shops and restaurants, community spaces. They are supported by local community/social enterprises that deliver daily services that are responsive to their needs.