Day: May 16, 2017

The Story of Fatima – by Fr Tom Ryan

On Saturday May 13th the Holy Father Pope Francis visited a village in Portugal called Fatima to canonise Blessed Jacinta and Blessed Francisco Marto. Jacinta and Francisco brother and sister, along with their cousin, Lucia are the three little shepherds to whom Our Lady appeared one hundred years ago on 13th May in an obscure region of central Portugal. Both Blessed Francisco and Blessed Jacinta died young, victims of the Spanish ‘Flu. Lucia went on to become a nun, first with the Order of St. Dorothy in Spain and then (1948) as Sister Mary of the Immaculate Heart, with...

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Successful funding event for ulearning Skillnet and Supply Network Shannon

A successful funding event was held recently by ulearning Skillnet and Supply Network Shannon at the new Atlantic Aviation Institute training facility on the Shannon Free Zone. Representatives of local businesses were given information about the various grant options available from a number of State agencies including Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Office Clare. Those attending a very well attended event entitled Grant Funding Options for Business were addressed by representatives of LEO Clare, Limerick Institute of Technology, Grant Thornton and ulearning Skillnet. Keynote speaker Maurice McLernon, from Fairlie McKenzie International, gave an interesting presentation on how to...

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Average monthly rent in Ireland reaches an all-time high while supply hits a record low

Average rents across Ireland have reached a record new high in the first three months of 2017, that’s according to the latest Rental Price Report from property website Daft.ie. Economist Ronan Lyons, author of the report, claims that the Irish rental market has shown increasing signs of distress for over five years, with stronger demand but weaker supply each year. For example, over the last year to March, average rents rose nationally by 13.4%. Nationwide the average rent is €1,131. Outside of the metropolitan Dublin area, rents are now 41% higher than at their lowest point, the figure for...

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Club Rothaíochta na Sionna raises funds for Ethan

For the third consecutive year, members of the Club Rothaíochta na Sionna, (Shannon Cycling Club) have held a charity cycle to raise funds for six-year-old Ethan Fanneran who suffers from a rare genetic disorder. The charity cycle took two circular routes from the Go-Tri premises in Smithstown with more than 50 cyclists who began by passing the home of Ethan’s grandparents where his grandfather Eamon wished them well on their journey. Ethan’s mother Katrina was born and reared in Shannon and now lives in England as the young boy is receiving regular treatment in London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital. Brave little Ethan was diagnosed with MPS 6 when he was just over two years old. Children born with the condition appear normal until symptoms begin to appear between the ages of 2 and 4. There is currently no known cure for MPS which is a progressive and degenerative syndrome. Katrina describes Ethan as, “an amazing, strong and beautiful little boy”. She said he is full of life, love and laughter. As his loving mother, she is determined to ensure he remains like that for as long as possible. Already the little lad has suffered damage to his liver, heart, spine, skeleton, neck, airways, eyes and ears as well as having multiple hernias. To date Ethan has had numerous surgeries to improve his day to day quality of life. According...

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Pat Breen sees opportunities in growing aviation market

Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise and Small Business, Pat Breen has said he sees opportunities for Shannon in the growing aviation market. Minister Breen has welcomed the announcement by CAE Parc Aviation, the world’s largest recruiter of airline pilots, of up to 80 jobs in its Shannon and Dublin offices over the next three years. Parc Aviation has operations in more than 30 countries and currently employs 100 people at its Dublin headquarters and offices in Shannon, Dallas, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Ho Chi Minh. The new roles will be for recruitment consultants to service the...

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St Caimins enterprise students win national enterprise awards

Enterprise students from St Caimin’s Community School competed in the national finals of the PDST Get up and Go Enterprise competition in Kildare on 2nd May. Two groups from the school, Nana’s Knits and Crack the Code, scooped prestigious prizes at this event. Thirty mini-companies won through to the national finals. In all 1,200 students attended the regional and finals from over 6,000 mini-company students in TY schools. Representing St Caimin’s, Nana’s Knits were awarded Best Social Enterprise while Crack the Code won the Finance category and were runners-up in the Innovation section. According to their teachers, the Enterprise...

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Cratloe set dancers raise €4,000 for charity

Cratloe set dancers recently presented €4,000 which they raised for two local charities, Clare Haven Services and the Cratloe Benevolent Fund. The set dancers group meets every Monday night in Cratloe Community Centre. Twice a year they hold a ceilí, at Christmas and in Spring. All proceeds, together with a percentage of their weekly €5 (Cead Isteach) are donated to a charity. Accepting €2,000 on behalf of Cratloe Benevolent Group, Kathleen Brislane explained that the group was set up by volunteers during the economic downturn to help families in need of assistance. The group depends on voluntary contributions for...

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Tony Kelly’s goal decisive in Wolfe Tones defeat

Tony Kelly’s goal proved decisive in this hard hitting senior hurling championship first round game as both sides laid down markers with their direct opponents. Clare Senior Hurling Championship Round 1 Ballyea 1-16 Wolfe Tones 0-12 Torrential rain made for slippery conditions causing a number of wides during a tense opening period. Having said that, both teams produced more action than much of the triple header the previous day. Ben O’Gorman was forced to sit out the game for Wolfe Tones following a one match suspension carried over from last year. After a nervy start Ballyea had struck three wides...

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Newmarket have the edge over Clooney Quin

Newmarket had the edge over Clooney Quin in this clash between one team that avoided disaster in 2016 and another that ran the All Ireland finalists to a point. This year the formline was reversed with Newmarket on Fergus safe and Clooney/Quin heading to the losers round after a three point defeat in the opening game of a triple header at Cusack Park on Saturday afternoon. Clare Senior Hurling Championship Round 1 Newmarket 1-16 Clooney Quin 1-13 Ryan Taylor scored with the opening attack before a Peter Duggan free from his own 50 yard line floated over the Newmarket crossbar. Colin Ryan was on target with...

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Sixmilebridge look like strong contenders for the Canon Hamilton

Sixmilebridge look like strong contenders for the Canon Hamilton after a resounding victory over a weakened Clarecastle side in the first round of the championship at Cusack Park. All teams have days to forget but this seemed different as Clarecastle can count themselves fortunate that they didn’t concede up to seven goals, thanks in large part to some courageous netminding by goalkeeper Jamie Coughlan. Clare Senior Hurling Championship Round 1 Sixmilebridge 3-25 Clarecastle 1-11 Are Sixmilebridge this good? Probably not, based on the efforts of their hapless opponents but on this form they are definitely in contention to return...

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