John Clendennen | Kinnitty, Birr, Co Offaly | (087) 6118883 | [email protected]
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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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@offalycountycouncil are committed to Making Offaly a Great Place to Grow Old. Nice to see a good attendance at today’s Age Friendly Ireland event at @tullamorecourthotel #WorkingForOffaly
An enjoyable and productive few days @vfipubs Annual General Meeting @knightsbrookhotel Trim. 

Great to have Paul Kelly CEO @failte_ireland as our special guest at the Gala Dinner, the Irish Pub is a unique tourism offering and both organizations are committed to working together to maximize the potential.

It is a huge honour to be the new President  of the Federation, representing the views and interests of 3,500 members the length and breath of the country, as we celebrate 50 years since the VFI was established.
Keep an eye out for Rás Tailteann this Wednesday as the peloton crosses the Slieve Blooms, through Kinnitty and finishing the 155km stage in Birr at approximately 3:30pm.
A proud day for the parish! Congratulations and well done to @allieleahy having won the Offaly Rose @offalyrosecentre competition last night, and will represent the county in August at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. 

A huge achievement and no doubt will bring great excitement to the area this summer. Proudly sponsored by @flahertysofkinnitty #roseoftralee @roseoftraleefestival
Good to welcome Minister Jennifer Carroll MacNeill to Kinnitty yesterday, a lady with strong connections to Offaly and a great knowledge of the county. 

It was an opportunity to update her on Just Transition and all progress to date in the Birr area, particularly Kinnitty, sharing details of further plans such as: pedestrian/cycle trail from village to GAA grounds, improvements to the visitor experience, further village public realm enhancement, community hall upgrade works and the Camcor River Blue Dot Initiative - all projects that will require government funding assistance.

I will continue to work with all stakeholders to deliver these local projects to ensure continued development of the area.
Today, Minister Hildegarde Naughton T.D.  announced the successful applicants of the GAA Walking Tracks Initiative. 

Great to see an allocation of €15,000 for Seir Kieran GAA Club, Clareen, complimenting the recent car park enhancement works carried out by Offaly County Council. Well done to every at Seir Kieran GAA Club. #workingforoffaly
Great excitement at Dooly’s Hotel this afternoon to celebrate Lucie Pardy and her outstanding achievement of winning ‘World Champion Irish Dancer’ in Montreal in recent weeks. 

Lucie is a hugely talented Irish dancer and no doubt has a bright future ahead of her, wishing Lucie and all the dancers that performed today the very best for the future. 

Congratulations and well done to Lucie’s parents, to all the sponsors and organizers that made todays events possible.
Enjoyable afternoon at the official opening of @cloghanservicestation Best of luck to Pat Grogan & family and all the team with the addition of this state of the art facility. Always good to see a new business opening in the area.

Always good to welcome Minister @HHumphreysFG to #Offaly The county has been allocated almost €30M in funding in recent years & @offalycoco is leading the charge with town & village renewal project across the county. #WorkingForOffaly…

Great to see the positive impact our Town and Village Renewal Scheme is having in Mucklagh and Birr!

#OurRuralFuture @offalycoco @DeptRCD

One more week to enter Ireland's best pub awards competition 👇👇👇#IrishPubAwards2023…

🚨Only 1 more week to enter #IrishPubAwards2023 Entries closing Friday, June 2! Winners will receive prize package worth 20k including: @Independent_ie feature, media coverage, management training, award & social media pack for your pub. Enter here📲:

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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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