Co Clare


  • NIAH Ref: 20300210
  • Date: 1820 - 1840
  • Rating: Regional
  • Orig. Use: House
  • Townland: Old Town
  • County: Clare
  • More Info: Click Here
  • Last Reviewed: August 2019

Criteria for Risk

  • Vacant with no identified new use
  • Suffering from neglect and/or poor maintenance
  • Threatened with demolition


  • Condition of Structure: Poor
  • Level of Risk: Critical


This building has been vacant for a number of years and does not appear to be maintained. Most of the external fabric remains, but there are obvious signs of deterioration, particularly water penetration, slipped slates, vegetation growth, broken windows and vandalism. The building is threatened with demolition.

Clare County Council has plans to demolish Blake and Linnane's to allow for a roundabout. The aim of this controversial scheme is to regulate summertime tourist traffic. The pair of mid 19th century shop buildings are located alongside the narrow bridge. Both buildings are protected structures because of the quality of their original shop fronts, Liscannor-slated roofs and overall proportions. These buildings need to be retained with new uses identified.

Recommended Use

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Educational

Photograph Credit: Sludge G