Absolutely astonished at the state of Kilkee these days. Place is so run down and dead. Very sad to see. So many closed businesses and the ones that are open shut at 6pm (besides pubs)
Place is deserted.
What's going on?
Spent every summer there throughout the 80s and 90s but it is a sad shadow of itself these days.
In my opinion the fact that everyone focused on building summer houses rather than hotels/B&B's in the 90's/00's so now there's no transient visitors, people going to a summer house are more likely to stop in Dunnes/Tesco/Aldi/Lidl rather than eat out or shop local.
Kilkee has been a dump for many years now, lack of investment by local pubs/restaurants means that they only have a few weeks to make their money and it shows. Not to mention the scobes who descent down there for the weekends to drink on the beach
It's an awful shame. Place is beautiful but the town is a dump.
No facilities at the beach either.
That toilet behind the steps is the exact same as it was 39 years ago!
No showers at the beach either. Really, really poor.
If its any consolation I was in Ballybunion last week and its the same dump it was 20 years ago
Considering all the hullabaloo about the Wild Atlantic Way it is shocking to see such a lack of vision
I was only down there a few weeks back and I thought the same, was even going to start a thread.
So many empty/unused units.
No Arcades left
Run down look around the place.
If the weather wasn't as nice, it would be almost depressing
The people mostly visiting Kilkee now are people who own houses or mobile homes there and so want to get their usage from them, however most them shop for groceries in Kilrush and drink at home in the evening especially if they have kids so the town doesn't benefit that much
Well Failte Ireland put a lot of money into marketing the Wild Atlantic Way but it is for each business to make itself attractive for people to visit
That's true but the facilities there (toilets/showers/etc) are 50 years old or more.
It's a disgrace.
As for the businesses, one family seems to have a stranglehold on the units...
The traders there don't seem to be on the case of Clare Co Co
Thought the prices in some of the places sheer robbery too.
Thats always been the case though, robbing people for years down there. I don't have much sympathy for the business owners to be honest.
Nor I, they had many good years and still robbed people, people now are realising that a week in the sun is probably cheaper and weather guaranteed
Have been going down to west clare all my life. Usually avoided Kilkee in recent years as place is a dump. Prefer to socialise in the villages of Cross, Kilbaha and Carrigaholt back west. To me a lot of local businesses lack of ambition is holding them back. Go up to North Clare the pub, restaurants and cafes are thriving. With the Wild Atlantic Way there is more people passing through Kilkee than ever. Two issues I would have with Kilkee. 1.There is no proper hotel in town. The Ocean Cove and Kilkee Bay Hotel have never taken off and both are now idle. The Marine was going well for a few years under Matt Rea and is now vacant. 2. It impossible to get a taxi out of Kilkee at night. Nowdays people are not going to chance drink driving.
The place has changed over the years and it is very family orinetated now as in you go there because you have a place of your own.
There isn't any gangs of young people coming for weekends any more , even the August or the june weekends.
Business have closed down but none of them were food shops , even if a lot of people shop in super markets.
One of the reasons for the dereclict buildings is due to there owners being in NAMA. But you can see now for sale signs going up all over th place and these buildings available for sale. SO i think slowly but surely it will get better.
Sal Butamol I think the only differnence between Killkee in the 90's and now is its missing a couple of amusement arcades and you have gotten older.