Month: July 2017

Fianna Fail remembers the East Clare by-election

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was in Ennis on Sunday to attend the 100th anniversary of the East Clare by-election which catapulted Eamon de Valera to national prominence and dramatically changed the Irish political landscape. Fianna Fáil ensured inclusivity at the event by inviting members of those other parties divided in the 1920s by the Treaty and the horrific Civil War that followed. After speeches by Micheál Martin, Síle de Valera and her cousin Eamon Ó Cuiv, grandchildren of Eamon de Valera, the Fianna Fáil leader presented certificates to descendants of those who had campaigned for victory in the...

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Another winning photo from Joe Buckley

Joe Buckley’s photo of his Aidan Park neighbours enjoying a summer party was one of the winners of this year’s Street Feast photo competition. Organisers of the competition collected photos and videos from this year’s celebrations from which they selected their winning entries. Street Feast is a national initiative started out by a team of volunteers who are passionate about community. The first Street Feast in 2010 was conceived after many conversations trying to find ways to reduce isolation and boost community resilience. Street Feast is still run voluntarily and is always open to fresh ideas and new energy....

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Low Pay Commission recommends 30 cent increase in minimum wage

The Low Pay Commission is recommending an increase in the national minimum wage of 30 cents to €9.55 per hour. An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar welcomed the recommendation which would mean a pay rise of €12 for a 40 hour week to those earning the minimum wage. “This would be a modest increase but it’s ahead of the rate of inflation and average increases in earnings. It would be the fourth increase in the minimum wage since “This would be a modest increase but it’s ahead of the rate of inflation and average increases in earnings. It would be the...

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Muse Productions celebrate AIMS success with two awards

Members of Shannon drama group Muse Productions were delighted to return from a recent weekend in Killarney at the National AIMS Awards 2017 with two wins from a possible three! Chris Willetts was acclaimed the Best Actor for his starring role as Cervantes-Don Quixote while Kathleen Browne’s front of house team won Best House Management. Jessica Bray just missed out on an award when she came second in the Best Female Singer category for her role as Aldonza. On behalf of Muse, Martin McNelis congratulated all the prize winners and thanked their sponsors, in particular the Shannon Springs Hotel....

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Minister Pat Breen launches Propeller Shannon

Minister of State Pat Breen TD has launched the Propeller Shannon a start-up accelerator programme supported by Enterprise Ireland to enhance aviation and aerospace start-up businesses within Ireland. Propeller Shannon is a partnership between the International Aviation Services Centre (IASC), DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs, Boeing, and Datalex, which aims to drive development of innovative Irish and international start-up companies in the aviation sector. Propeller Shannon is now open to applications from teams or individuals in Ireland and from overseas working in the aviation, aerospace and travel tech sectors. Ten slots are available within the programme which will be...

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Shannon Festival returns to SkyCourt

Shannon Festival is returning to SkyCourt and the town square for the second year from Friday 8th until Sunday 10th September inclusive. Last year’s event proved to be a fantastic weekend for the town with fun for all the family! Once again, the organisers are hoping to reproduce that vibe, while offering some new and interesting attractions. According to the organising committee, the primary purpose of the Shannon Festival is to highlight what could potentially be achieved on a regular basis when The Shannon Venue is built and operational in the heart of the town. Shannon Festival is also...

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Flynn proposes Council takeover at SkyCourt Shannon

A very radical proposal for SkyCourt Shopping Centre to be taken over and run by Clare County Council has been proposed by independent councillor Gerry Flynn. Speaking at the recent meeting of Shannon Municipal District councillors, he also called on the local authority to begin developing a streetscape along An Bóthar Mór, the main road into Shannon. In a detailed motion, Cllr Flynn called on Clare County Council, “in the interest of progressing the development plan for Shannon, to begin the development of Bothar Mor (N10) as a streetscape. In a detailed motion, Cllr Flynn called on Clare County...

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Midwest Simon plans to ‘Rise Together’ for homeless

Preparations have begun for the annual sleep-out fundraiser organised by the Midwest branch of the Simon Community. This year’s sleep out will take place in the autumn under the banner ‘Rise Together’, a recognition that tackling Ireland’s homelessness crisis cannot be achieved without a combined effort from individuals and organisations across society. With 43 adults now homeless in Clare, and child homelessness rising dramatically, Midwest Simon is predicting that the numbers will increase later in the year. According to Jackie Bonfield, general manager of Midwest Simon, the sleep out returns once again to Thomond Park where it will be...

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Clare Youth Service gifts for Rineanna View residents

Young people, under the guidance of Clare Youth Service, have gifted window boxes to residents of Rineanna View in Shannon. More than 30 local young people have delivered colourful window boxes to residents of Rineanna View housing estate following a sustainable energies project undertaken by the Clare Youth Service in Shannon. The project involved the design, The project involved the design, assembly, and painting of window boxes. The young people also grew and planted the flowers and installed the finished articles in Rineanna View. The project was supported by SPY Projects, Local Agenda 21 grant assistance from Clare County...

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Councillors want extra car parking in Bunratty

Shannon Group has been called on to provide extra car parking facilities in Bunratty village. Due to the popularity of Bunratty village as a tourism magnet, haphazard parking is inconveniencing local residents, especially at weekends. Fianna Fáil councillor Pat McMahon is now calling on Shannon Group PLC, owner of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, to ease the burden on local residents by developing new parking facilities. Cllr McMahon said the existing bus park at the folk park takes 43 buses. When the bus park is at full capacity he has seen drivers parking their vehicles on nearby roads. “This...

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