Month: May 2017

Ten years on huge plans for Shannon are in tatters

Back in January 2008 Clare County Council held a public consultation in a local hotel to unveil a Masterplan for Shannon Town Centre proclaiming 1,000 new jobs over 15 years. Ten years on the huge plans for Shannon lie in tatters after the council’s Director of Social Development told councillors, “I don’t want to hear anymore talk of TC1 and TC2.” Liam Conneally made his remark during a presentation to Municipal District councillors by Derek Barrett and Eoin Hoctor of The Venue, the proposed multi-million euro, multi-functional arts venue. Mr Conneally also described Shannon as, “a premier jobs location, a...

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Bunratty Search and Rescue annual Mass

Fr Tom Fitzpatrick blesses the boats at the annual mass held by members of Bunratty Search & Rescue on a beautiful sunny evening. Bunratty Search & Rescue awarded Powerboat certificates to crew members Will Heffernan, Declan Shehan, Bernie Agnew, Gearoid Shinby and Danny Smith. The certs were presented by Denis Dillon of Lough Derg Powerboat...

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What you should know about ClareCare Shannon

Clarecare is the largest Clare-based, not for profit agency providing a unique range of support services for people in County Clare. We offer a wide range of services to the local community and our Shannon office offers two further services of a Community Office and Citizens Information Service. Clarecare services are used by the local community every day. Whilst some of our funding comes from the HSE and other sources, fundraising is necessary to continue providing these services at their current level. That is why, once a year, throughout Clare, we ask our communities to assist by donating at...

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Aoife Murray proud to represent Clare in this year’s Rose of Tralee

Clare Rose Aoife Murray has marked off the dates on her calendar for August 16-22 as she looks forward with great anticipation to quite literally having a ball at this year’s International Rose of Tralee Festival. Aoife was selected ahead of seventeen other contestants from around the county to represent Clare at the prestigious event in the local heats which were held at the Inn at Dromoland recently. Among the international Roses she hopes to meet up with in Tralee is another Clare lady, Niamh Kelly, a native of Ballyea, who will be representing Abu Dhabi. After her success...

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Enda’s resignation may impact on funding for The Shannon Venue

Enda Kenny’s retirement as Taoiseach may inadvertently scupper some very positive moves to acquire funding for The Shannon Venue. Mr Kenny resigned as Fine Gael leader on May 7th, one day before Derek Barrett and Eoin Hoctor reported to local councillors about two positive engagements with Minister of State for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen, Finance Minister Michael Noonan and senior officials of Clare County Council. Reflecting on five years of The Venue project, Derek Barrett said this had represented a sea-change in terms of the support being offered by Clare County Council and a major boost with...

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Positive engagement between Gardaí and councillors

A positive engagement between members of An Garda Siochana and four Shannon Municipal District councillors took place at their May meeting which featured concerns about local crime. Cllr Gerry Flynn acknowledged the good work being done by Gardaí but pointed out that there have been repeat burglaries in Shannon, including that involving an elderly person who was a victim of burglars twice in the space of a year. Another concern was damage caused to vehicles parked outside homes, including tyres slashed during a number of incidents in  March when thousands of euro of damage was caused to vehicles. Describing this as “niggly behaviour”, Cllr...

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Man of La Mancha puts Muse in the spotlight

Man of La Mancha has put the spotlight on Shannon theatrical company Muse Productions after receiving three nominations for awards in separate categories by AIMS, the Association of Irish Musical Societies. Chris Willetts, who played the lead role of Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote, has been nominated in the Best Actor category for the central role of a role he performed to great acclaim by all who attended last November’s production. A member of Shannon Musical Society for many years, Chris has also performed with several theatrical groups in Limerick and has been with Muse Productions since its inception in 2011. Also...

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Rare 1917 autograph book donated to Clare Museum

A rare autograph book containing the signatures of key figures from Ireland’s revolutionary period has been donated to Clare Museum. Among the signatures collected by Ennis woman Kathleen Griffin in the autograph book were those of Michael Collins, Arthur Griffith and Countess Markievicz. As an 18 year old member of Cumann na mBan, Kathleen campaigned for Eamon de Valera during the 1917 East Clare by-election. In the days leading to the by-election, Kathleen kept the autograph book with her, gathering the signatures of prominent republican figures involved in the election campaign. Others recorded in the album include Austin Stack,...

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Disability group lobbies for accessible transport

A group of people with disabilities met in Ennis last week to highlight the inaccessibility of the country’s transport network. Supporting the meeting with his presence was independent Clare deputy Dr Michael Harty. According to Dermot Hayes, a spokesman for the group, the government had finally agreed this year to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with a Disability. Mr Hayes noted that 25 years after the introduction of independent living in Ireland, little progress has been made for people with disabilities who are severely restricted by an outdated and inaccessible transport network. On Friday...

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Clare TDs back Leo Varadkar to lead Fine Gael

Clare’s two Fine Gael deputies, Pat Breen and Joe Carey, have indicated they will support Leo Varadkar to take over the leadership of the party, and the country, following the departure of Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Both deputies announced their intentions within 24 hours of accompanying the party’s other leadership contender Simon Coveney during the Housing Minister’s planned visit to County Clare. While standing shoulder to shoulder with Minister Coveney for media interviews, neither TD was prepared to confirm who they would support. That changed by the following morning when statements were issued by Pat Breen and Joe Carey to...

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