John Clendennen | Kinnitty, Birr, Co Offaly | (087) 6118883 | [email protected]
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    Offaly County Council
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Clendennen Welcomes Approval of Part 8 To Develop Kinnitty Village and Slieve Bloom Link Route

At last Monday’s monthly meeting of Offaly County Council, Cllr John Clendennen formally proposed the successful approval of the Part 8 process which will see the development of a designated link for pedestrians and cyclists from Kinnitty village to the Slieve Bloom Mountain Trails. According to Cllr Clendennen, ‘this is yet another significant investment for Kinnitty […]

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Clendennen Welcomes €3.5 Million Public Lighting Energy Efficiency Project for Offaly

At the May monthly meeting of Offaly County Council, it was agreed that a project be undertaken in collaboration with a number of other County Councils to upgrade all public street lighting across Offaly and the Eastern region to LED lighting.  A similar motion was first proposed by Cllr John Clendennen in February 2015, and […]

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Elections come into sharper focus once the posters go up, as we start the 30 day countdown to June 7th. A massive thanks to my team working well into the early hours, they do a great job putting them up but if you do happen to see one that has been dislodged or causing an obstruction please let me know. 1️⃣🗳️ #VoteNo1Clendennen #WorkingForOffaly
Great festivities in the area for the bank holiday weekend with Festival of Music taking place in Birr, as well as the Slieve Bloom May Day Bush celebrations in #Kinnitty and the Ballyboy Pig Races in aid of Ballyboy Tidy Town. An added bonus that the sun is shining - well done to all involved!
An enjoyable days canvassing in the Clareen area. The contactless water refill station @seir_kieran_gaa is a brilliant initiative by Clareen Group Water Scheme that benefits many. 

At recent meetings with @uisce_eireann and the @offalycountycouncil Rural Water Monitoring Committee, I proposed that similar water refill stations would be introduced in every town and village. 💦♻️Watch this space for more information! #VoteNo1Clendennen 🗳️1️⃣ #workingforoffaly
Informative meeting at last nights @seai_ie Community event hosted by @kilcormacda There are a significant number of grant available to retrofit homes, making them warmer and more comfortable. Visit for more information.
Yesterday I took a whistle stop tour across the Birr area with European Elections candidate @ninacarberry_  and my local elections running mate @hughieegan 

From Shannonbridge to Birr, national energy supply to home heating, printing press to glass innovations and agriculture to organics, it was an action packed day. 

Thanks to everyone that took the time to say hello aswell as the multiple businesses that took time out of their schedules to share their views as important employers and drivers in the local economy. 

Last stop of the night was Kinnitty for my well attended election launch….we’re officially up and running for Local Elections 2024! 🏃🏻‍♂️👟🗞️🗳️1️⃣ #VoteNo1Clendennen #WorkingForOffaly

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Really grateful to so many people taking the time to come along to Kinnitty tonight for my official election launch. A particular mention for @ninacarberry_  contesting the European Elections and my running mate in the #Birr area @hughieegan 

Only 39 days to go to the Local & European Elections, I look forward to knocking on as many doors and engaging with as many people as possible between now and June 7th, and will be asking people to #VoteNo1Clendennen so I can continue #WorkingForOffaly
Great to see funding of €250,000 allocated to Ferbane Fairgreen under the Town & Village Renewal Scheme announced by Minister this morning. 

I had the opportunity to join my Local Election running mate Hughie Egan at the site and observe the area that will benefit from the enhancement works with this much needed investment. #WorkingForOffaly
A nail biting finish in New Orleans. Great to see success for Offaly’s own Shane Lowry and teammate Rory McIlroy in the Zurich Classic after a play-off. Hopefully this will be the start of a successful run for Shane with majors on the horizon! #UpOffaly 💚⚪️💛⛳️🏆

We fully support @ShowMeID1 Be Age OK summer campaign to promote responsible trading and prevent the sale of age-restricted products to minors

#KeepVat9 is vital for the survival of many hospitality businesses across the country. @VFIpubs partnering with @Irishtourismind @RAI_ie & @LVADublinPubs with will continue to engage with all political parties, seeking an extension beyond the August deadline.

Many thanks to @FineGael parliamentary party for hosting a productive meeting regarding VAT9% this afternoon. Our President @johnclendennen and CEO @padraigcribben outlined how crucial 9% rate is for pubs serving food #KEEPVAT9

A strong collaboration between @HeinekenIE_News @LVADublinPubs and @VFIpubs to highlight the on the job learning and job satisfaction in the pub trade, and a skillset that can be beneficial across the globe. There’s No Experience Like Bar Experience.

We're delighted to support @HeinekenIE_News ‘There’s No Experience Like Bar Experience’ campaign along with @LVADublinPubs

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About John



Thanks for taking the time to visit my website!

​I'm from the village of Kinnitty at the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains and I've been involved with Fine Gael all my life through my father, Percy, an elected Fine Gael Councillor to Offaly County Council for forty years. I was first elected to Offaly County Council in May 2014, representing the Birr Municipal District.

​My experience prior to politics was in the private sector, having studied Business Studies & Hotel Management at Shannon College of Hotel Management and a Masters Degrees in Marketing at University College Dublin Michael Smurfit School of Business.

​My experience in the hospitality sector was gained both at home and abroad, having worked for some of the largest multinational hotel chains in the world. In 2011, I made the decision to return to my home county of Offaly, and undertake the responsibility of instilling a new lease of life in the family pub.

Since 2011, I have refurbished and enhanced the business offering, which now includes Townhouse accommodation and glamping site with capacity for 40 guests, which has proven successful. There are currently plans underway to increase further the accommodation and pub capacity with a refurbishment plan for the pub and introduction of additional guests rooms to increase overall accommodation capacity to 60 guests.

In my spare time, one of my favourite pastimes is GAA, particularly hurling, and delighted to have achieved a childhood dream of winning a Leinster Minor Hurling Championship with Offaly, in Croke park in 2000.

I am a strong advocate for social media and sharing updates on my political works, so please feel free to connect with me and if I can ever be of assistance please don't hesitate to to get in touch.

John Clendennen
Offaly County Council

Offaly County Council

My work at Offaly County Council

Since my election to Offaly County Council in 2014, I have been to the fore in maximising the potential for the county, developing its long term sustainability and optimising the environment to ensure further job creation.

Many policies are primarily influenced by national government policy, however, I firmly believe that local authorities play an important role in determining how national funding is invested local. 

At present, there is a strong appetite to develop our tourism offering within the county, continued investment in rural infrastructure and services such as roads, schools, Gardaí and healthcare, while also ensuring that the future of risk of Brexit to SME's and the Agriculture sector is mitigated.
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In addition to assisting many local development and community groups across the county, I have the privilege of serving on a broad range of committees through Offaly County Council. In my first terms as an elected representative, it has been an honour to be nominated as Chairperson of the Birr Municipal District (2015) and Vice-Chairperson of Offaly County Council (2018).

Some of the committees which I am associated with through my work as an elected representative include:

- Offaly County Council Environment Strategic Policy Committee (Chairperson)
- Offaly Local Community Developmen Committee (Chairperson)
- Offaly Joint Policing Committee (Vice Chairperson)
- Offaly County Council Roads Emergency Services Strategic Policy Committee
- Irish Public Bodies
- Offaly Tourism Company Ltd
- Birr Theatre Arts Centre

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Fine Gael in Offaly has over six hundred members from across the county enthusiastically involved in all facets of the local organisation. There is a fun and social element to politics which for many, is both enjoyable and rewarding. Some of the events organised throughout the year include district & constituency meetings, fundraising events, party national conference and the Ard Fheis. Fine Gael are always welcome to people getting involved so why not register your interest today?

There are four Fine Gael Elected Representative in Offaly,  Cllr. Liam Quinn and Cllr. Noel Cribbin (Edenderry Municipal District), Cllr. Neil Feighery (Tullamore Municipal District) & Cllr. John Clendennn (Birr Municipcal District).

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John Clendennen  |  Kinnitty, Birr, Co Offaly  |  (087) 6118883  |  [email protected]
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