County Clare is making its most popular beaches more accessible for people with mobility issues.

Specially-designed, beach-friendly wheelchairs will be made available free of charge at Kilkee and Lahinch throughout July and August.

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Councillor Michael Begley, Mayor of Clare, said the initiative is “hugely important for a beach-friendly county such as Clare.” He went on to say he hoped that additional chairs will be provided at other locations in the coming years.

Clare McGrath, Water Safety Development Officer for Clare, said, "Following a request from Cllr. Bill Chambers, Clare County Council purchased two Hippocampe beach wheelchairs. The wheelchairs are easy to operate and allow those with disabilities to traverse sandy terrains, unlike regular wheelchairs and are hugely important in our beach-friendly county."

The specially adapted beach chairs have the approval and support of the Irish Wheelchair Association, Enable Ireland and the Disability Federation of Ireland.

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According to a press release, the chairs are available seven days a week and may be booked in advance at the two Blue Flag beaches. They are available at Lahinch via Lahinch Leisure World and at Kilkee via Kilkee Waterworld.

To reserve a chair for Kilkee please contact Kilkee Waterworld on 065-9056855, and for Lahinch please contact Lahinch Leisure World on 065-7081900.