Month: June 2017

Tom McNamara reflects on a remarkable year

What a difference a year has made for Fianna Fáil councillor Tom McNamara. It was around 12 months ago that he lay on a hospital bed awaiting surgery, his life in the balance — today he is Mayor of Clare and very thankful to have been given a second chance. Not quite though! Phil Hogan did away with the title of Mayor in his Reform of Local Government but Tom Mac wants it returned. Having spoken to colleagues who have held the office in recent years, he believes the cumbersome Cathaoirleach title takes a lot of explaining while ‘Mayor’...

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Shannon Local Area Plan deferred for five years

Councillors in Clare have deferred a new Local Area Plan for Shannon Town and environs for five years after the existing plan failed to secure its objectives. The decision was made without discussion at Clare County Council’s June meeting on the recommendation of chief executive Pat Dowling. Local area plans were introduced in the Planning and Development Act 2000-2012 to ensure proper planning and sustainable development. In the opinion of chief executive, Pat Dowling, the objectives of the Shannon Town and Environs Local Area Plan 2012-2018 (Shannon LAP) “have not been substantially achieved”. Mr Dowling said the existing plan...

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Gardaí arrest 13 following illegal drugs seizure

Gardaí in Clare arrested 13 people last week after a drugs seizure valued in excess of €32,000 as part of ‘Project Banner’, a two day initiative targeting criminal activity. Planned searches were carried by Gardaí on five premises in Shannon and Ennis under the Misuse of Drugs Acts. Checkpoints aimed at intercepting and disrupting mobile criminal gangs were also carried out by Gardaí assisted by personnel from Revenue Customs Service as part of the operation which was conducted by units of the Garda’s Clare Division and a team of 24 trainees from Templemore Garda College. Among the illegal drugs...

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Pat McMahon raises the spectre of Britain’s exit from EU

Concerns about the effects of Britain’s exit from the European Union prompted Fianna Fáil councillor Pat McMahon to raise the issue at the June meeting of Clare County Council. In his motion Cllr McMahon asked the local authority to consider the implications of Brexit for the people of Clare particularly in the areas of employment, agriculture, aviation, industry etc. Responding on behalf of the council, deputy CEO Gerard Dollard said, “The potential of Brexit represents a major policy challenge for Ireland. Depending on the particular approaches adopted as part of negotiations between the UK and EU, positive and negative...

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Golden Jubilee of an Airport Parish

On Saturday evening last St Senan’s Parish Shannon celebrated its Golden Jubilee when the Bishop of Killaloe, Fintan Monahan, was chief celebrant of a concelebrated Mass on the pitch of the local Wolfe Tones GAA Club. By Fr Tom Ryan, Parish Priest. On 28th June 1966, Bishop Joseph Rodgers, Bishop of Killaloe, wrote a letter to Canon Patrick Barry, Parish Priest of Newmarket-on-Fergus, informing him that he proposed to canonically create a separate Parish of Shannon and appoint a commission to mark out boundaries of the new parish. Unfortunately Bishop Rodgers died suddenly twelve days later and his death...

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Have your summer covered with SkyCourt’s Cool Cats

SkyCourt Shopping Centre is the place to be this summer, with free family fun all throughout July. SkyCourt’s Cool Cats features a mini zoo, summer games and cookery workshops on various Saturdays from 12 noon to 4pm in July to ensure the whole family is entertained on summer shopping trips. For animal lovers, Saturday 1st July features a mini zoo with parrots, owls, bunnies and even some creepy crawlies for those brave enough. Saturday 8th July is the date to get active, with a games hub including giant garden games, an epic bouncy castle and face painting. Hungry cats...

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Shannon student awarded a Fulbright Scholarship

Shannon student Jaswinder Kaur will attend Michigan State University on a Fulbright scholarship to further her studies in fungal biology. As a sixteen year old, Jaswinder moved with her family from New Delhi to Shannon where she completed her Leaving Cert in St Patrick’s Comprehensive School.  Now a PhD student, Jaswinder graduated from Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) with a degree in Pharmaceutical and Forensic Analysis and was also awarded a Masters degree. Jaswinder says, “When I was made aware of the transformational opportunities that Fulbright offers in terms of sharing my experiences with a great nation built on...

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Pat Breen vies for longest ministerial title

Clare TD Pat Breen has been rewarded for his loyalty to Leo Varadkar during the Fine Gael leadership contest to replace Enda Kenny as he maintains his ministerial position with additional responsibilities. Leo Varadkar’s first job as Taoiseach was to appoint a new cabinet and Ministers of State. With the retirement from office of Michael Noonan, there is no longer a senior Government minister located in the Midwest. In his enhanced role, Pat Breen has probably broken all records for the longest ministerial title. From now on when he attends public functions he will be welcomed as the Minister...

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LIT and Council explore a Clare campus at 3rd level

A new Clare campus based in Ennis looks a strong possibility as Clare County Council scopes out the opportunity in cooperation with LIT and the Limerick & Clare Enterprise & Training Board. The exciting new initiative was flagged by LIT President, Professor Vincent Cunnane at the local authority’s June meeting. Professor Cunnane is best remembered in these parts as the last chief executive of Shannon Development. Since the demise of that organisation, the affable Donegal man spent two years heading up IT Sligo before returning to the Midwest as President of LIT. The role offers him another regional perspective,...

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Ceramics by Ann McBride now featuring at national exhibition

Local artist Ann McBride is one of 36 ceramics makers to feature in a major national exhibition in Dublin. Ann, who is based in Stonehall, was chosen from over 100 applicants by an independent panel to participate in the Ceramics Ireland ‘Touchstone’ exhibition at the Farmleigh Gallery in Phoenix Park. The exhibition opened on June 17th and celebrates the highest quality work by Irish practitioners located throughout the country and overseas.  Exhibitors include celebrated artists such as Frances Lambe, Cormac Boydell, Sara Flynn and Grainne Watts. Ann McBride graduated from the Limerick School of Art & Design with first...

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