Clarisford Park is a community and sport facility in Killaloe, Co. Clare. Located on the banks of the River Shannon, the park consists of intergenerational sports hall and dressing rooms, playing fields, sand based all weather facility, training paddocks, running/walking trail and a community park.
The Clarisford Project has been supported by Clare County Council, LEADER, Clare Local Development Company, The Ireland Funds, Sports Capital Programme, Clare Sports Partnership, Irish Sport, Dormant Accounts Fund in addition to local clubs, businesses and the community of Killaloe Ballina.
Clarisford Park is home to Ballina Killaloe RFC, Lough Derg FC and the 5th / 22nd Killaloe Scout Group. Boru Tri Club, Derg A.C and Clarisford parkrun also use the facilities on a weekly basis.
Clarisford Park is designated as a prime wildlife conservation area in Ireland & Europe. The greater part of the site is within the Lower River Shannon Special Area of Conservation (SAC) part of the “Natura 2000” network of protected areas throughout the European Union.
Mature Beech, Oak, Sycamore, Horse Chestnut, Ash and Willow are dominant within the mixed broad leaf woodland with native species of Birch, Hazel, Oak, Holly, Hawthorn and Lime planted as part of the replanting programme for Clarisford Park.
Clarisford Park is popular with bird watchers with species such as the Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Moorhen, Kingfisher, Black Headed Gull, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Swallow, Great Tit, Robin, Chaffinch, Coot, WoodPigeon, Wren, Blackbird, Chiff Chaff, Jay, Dunnock and the Sedge Warbler.
The land at Clarisford Park is embedded in the history of the town of Killaloe. Originally part of the demesne of the Bishops Palace, the approach road and surrounding walled garden give rise to a magnificent late eighteenth-century building, hosting elegant features such as Doric pillars, designed landscape, outbuildings, entrance lodge and a small courtyard containing an old well. The Palace and its curtilage are listed in the Record of Protected Structures and the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Used as a Bishop’s palace by the Church of Ireland until 1977, Clarisford Palace is now in private ownership.
Clarisford Park is operated and managed by a non-profit voluntary group. Becoming a Friend of Clarisford Park strengthens our effort to operate and manage a sustainable community sport & recreation facility at Clarisford Park. If you would like to contribute to the future legacy and ongoing maintenance of Clarisford Park, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.