Brambles Wins Vandeleur Contract

Ten new permanent jobs will be created over the next 12 months at Vandeleur Walled Garden and Visitor Centre in Kilrush as part of an ongoing multi-million-euro redevelopment of the popular West Clare visitor attraction.

The announcement was made by Clare County Council at the signing of a contract with Martins Construction Ltd for the development of a 140-seater indoor and outdoor café and restaurant.

Brambles Café chain was awarded the tender for operating the new facility, which will allow for Vandeleur Walled Garden and Visitor Centre to cater for corporate and festive events. It is anticipated that the new facility will open in June 2024.

Works have been ongoing since 2021 to extensively restore and renovate the site as part of an overall Visitor Development Strategy that also includes the improved use of the 420 acres of surrounding native woodland.

Pictured at the contract signing are: (back, left to right) Gerard O’Malley, Tom Mc Namara and Partners; Louise Loughnane and Martin Loughnane, Martins Construction; Aldo Andreucetti, Clare County Council; Noel Kilkenny, Chair, Kilrush Amenity Trust; Donnacha Lynch, Clare Tourism Development DAC; Ciarán Reid, Brambles; (front, left to right) Richie Robinson, Lead Architect, Jackson Coleman & Associates; Leonard Cleary, Clare County Council; Colette Costelloe, Clare County Council; Councillor Ian Lynch, Chair West Clare MD and Board Member Kilrush Amenity Trust; Maeve Reid, Brambles; Councillor Joe Cooney, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council; Councillor Gabriel Keating, Board Member, Kilrush Amenity Trust; and Deirdre O’Shea, Clare County Council. 

Photo: Brian Arthur