Let us suppose that you are on a boat, with your dog, and perhaps some humans, and that you decide to visit Mountshannon, Co Clare, in the summer.
Here is a map of Mountshannon. I have stolen it from Clare County Council’s Beach Bye-Laws document, which you can download here [PDF].
Bye-Law 16 applies to this “beach”:
16) Between the hours of 11am and 6pm during the Summer Season, it shall be prohibited to bring any dog onto any part of the beach except the exempted areas delineated on the schedule of maps attached hereto. Before 11am and after 6pm, a dog may be brought onto the non-exempted areas of the beach on the conditions that:
- the dog is on a leash;
- it is not causing annoyance, danger or nuisance to any person using the beach or worrying, chasing, injuring or disturbing any animals, birds or other creatures on the beach; and
- its faeces is removed and deposited in a suitable receptacle.
There are some exceptions: guide dogs and those employed by the constabulary and the excise-persons.
The area from which dogs are excluded is shown by the hatching on the map. It covers the only exit from the piers to the shore. Thus it is not permissible to take little Fido to the land between 11.00 and 18.00 in the summer.
Little Fido had better be good at crossing his legs.
Bureaucracy: 1 – Common Sense: 0
Incidentally, the section of beach across Fido would have to pass is actually what most of us would call a car park. bjg
Splendid reply to the council. Interested to hear the Great Panjandrum’s response…