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Published 14/12/2010 | 05:00

Dorothy Minoghue Landers, Tulla, accepts her Clare Farm Idea Awards prize from Senan Keane of sponsors Clean Ireland Recycling
Dorothy Minoghue Landers, Tulla, accepts her Clare Farm Idea Awards prize from Senan Keane of sponsors Clean Ireland Recycling

A Clare woman has scooped a prize of €1,000 for her idea to turn her farm into a tourist attraction.

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Tulla resident Dorothy Minoghue Landers won the Clare Farm Idea Awards with her idea for constructing two commercial lakes on her farm.

Dorothy already has a lake on her 43ac holding between Feakle and Tulla, along with a B&B and self-catering cottage. But while many guests were interested in going fishing locally, safety concerns and little or no amenities were preventing locals from exploiting these natural resourses.

Dorothy's winning idea involved the construction of two lakes, including walkways, a small shop and facilities. It has already received LEADER support for a feasibility study.

"The team at Clare Local Development Company has been hugely supportive to my project from the start and, even without a win today, I would be eternally grateful for all the help and advice received," she said.

Dorothy has now been entered into the national JFC Innovation Awards for Rural Business. She will also participate in a free seminar being run by the local LEADER company in February.

Students from St Michael's College, Kilmihil, also came up with the idea of a self-cleaning water trough.

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