Month: April 2017

Obituary: Fondly remembering the late Brigid Makowski

On Good Friday friends called to say Brigid Makowski had been taken to hospital, her family had been summoned and were told to prepare for the worst. On Easter Saturday, she lost her battle for life. For Brigid, Easter, and the Rising of 1916, was a time of great symbolism in her own life, perhaps it was fitting that her passing would come on that weekend. First and foremost, Brigid Makowski would want to be remembered as a Republican Socialist. Over a life spanning 80 years, her values and ideals were inspired by the works of James Connolly. Driving...

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50th Jubilee celebrations continue at Wolfe Tones na Sionna with massive Fun Day

Wolfe Tones 50th Jubilee celebrations continue with a massive Fun Day on the club grounds on Sunday 30th April. Participants will take a brief break from their activities at around 8.30pm to tune in to RTE 1 as their club renovations will feature on the ‘At Your Service’ programme with the Brennan brothers, Francis and John. The events are part of a year long celebration at Wolfe Tones na Sionna marking the club’s 50th Jubilee anniversary. The Fun Day on Sunday April 30th begins from 3.00pm and is a community event admission is free. According to club chairman Mike Riordan all...

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Big Start campaign gets council support

Early years educators Edel O’Callaghan and Clare Casey briefed members of Clare County Council recently on SIPTU’s Big Start campaign which is bringing together people in a bid to win recognition and better resources for the childcare sector. According to SIPTU, the early years sector is in crisis. Parents are paying too much for childcare while workers are paid too little to make ends meet. Meanwhile providers struggle to break even and everyone is getting a raw deal. The ‘Big Start’ campaign is advocating €15 per hour under the slogan ‘professional workers deserve professional pay’. The union says it...

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Bunratty Castle goes green for mental health for See Change campaign

Bunratty Castle is lighting up green from 27th April to 1st May to get people talking about mental health as part of See Change’s 5th national Green Ribbon campaign. See Change is an alliance of groups working together through the National Stigma Reduction Partnership to bring about positive change in public attitudes towards people with mental health problems. Research released by See Change ahead of this year’s campaign shows that people in Munster are the most likely of all the provinces to conceal a mental health problem. In Munster 46% of people surveyed said they wouldn’t want their family,...

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Shannon Darkness into Light 2017 walk – register now

The 2017 Darkness Into Light walk to raise funds for Pieta House will take in Shannon from the grounds of Wolfe Tones GAA Club on Saturday May 6th and at 150 other locations worldwide! Now in its ninth year, Darkness Into Light (DIL) will begin in darkness at 4.15am as people gather to walk or run a 5km route while the dawn is breaking. Last year more than 130,000 people across the world woke up early to walk or run from the darkness into the light. People can now register for this year’s events at www.darknessintolight.ie. Since it began...

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IBEC calls for strategic investment to address Ireland’s growing imbalance

The Midwest and Kerry has the potential to develop into a highly competitive region characterised by world class infrastructure. That’s according to Ibec, the group representing Irish business interests. Ibec has made a submission to the public consultation on the National Planning Framework, calling for an ambitious long-term planning and investment strategy to address the growing imbalance between the regions. The submission was the result of extensive consultation with businesses throughout Clare, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary. Ibec regional director for the Midwest and Kerry, Mairead Crosby said, “Inter-regional connectivity, by means of motorway between major urban centres, is vital...

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Shannon Springs team brings back the gold

When chef Anthony Walsh joined the Shannon Springs Hotel in mid-2016, he had no idea that by April 2017 he would have entered and won his first-ever cookery competition. Now, the proud owner of a gold medal, he understands and appreciates hotel owner John Gavin’s winning ways with food and the level to which he can deliver. It was at Gavin’s prompting that the duo joined forces to cook and serve a four-course menu to a panel of 14 judges, emerging ahead of 7 other teams of chefs to win gold and be declared overall winners of the ‘Cook...

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Justice group claims Ireland’s social contract is broken

On the week when Ireland celebrated 101 years since the Easter Rising when Irishmen and women fought for freedom, Social Justice Ireland has proclaimed that a new social contract is now needed as the old one is broken. The 1916 Proclamation declared “the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible. The historic document guaranteed “religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities of all its citizens. Patrick Pearse, James Connolly, Tom Clarke the other signatories, and many brave young men and women...

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Saracens put brave Munster to the sword

Defending champions Saracens swept to victory when they put Munster to the sword with two second half tries in the semi final of this year’s Champions Cup. European Champions Cup semi final Munster 10 Saracens 26 Aviva Stadium was packed with 51,300 mainly Munster supporters for the occasion. Fans, acting as the 16th player, came to stand up and fight alongside a group of men who suffered the untimely loss of their head coach Anthony Foley in Paris at the start of this year’s European campaign. Still, this team battled on bravely, right through from the emotionally charged home game against Glasgow two weeks after Axel’s death until they finally came up against the might of Saracens. Even in defeat they have honoured Foley’s memory. Despite serious traffic along the N7 and right down into Ballsbridge, Munster fans made it to the Aviva in huge numbers. In fairness the relatively small number of Saracens supporters refused to be intimidated although they were very clearly outnumbered in the sold-out stadium. Conor Murray did appear on the field before the game for a warm-up, but there were no changes to the squads named by Rassie Erasmus and Mark McCall on Friday. Munster were setting a competition record with their 12th European Cup semi final appearance. The sides had met seven times previously with Munster winning on five occasions. A fireworks display...

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Donal brings league title back to Shannon

Not since Barcelona overturned a 4-0 deficit to PSG has there been a comeback like it! Hat-trick hero Colin Scanlon won the league title for Shannon Town when he stunned the home crowd packed into McDonough Memorial Park on a pleasant April evening. Maloney Garden Machinery Premier Division Shannon Town 3 Newmarket Celtic 2 Once again Donal Magee had worked his magic. Having enjoyed success with clubs in Clare and Limerick over the years this was a sweet victory for a great guy and highly qualified coach who managed Shannon Town to the Premier League title, 17 years since...

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