Day: July 11, 2017

Fianna Fáil to celebrate 100th anniversary of historic East Clare by-election

Eamon de Valera’s granddaughter Síle and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will be among the leading dignitaries attending the 100th anniversary of the historic East Clare by election of 1917. De Valera swept to victory taking 71.1% of the vote. His opponent was Patrick Lynch, a barrister representing the Irish Parliamentary Party (IPP). The by-election was called following the death of Major Willie Redmond,  MP for East Clare since 1892 who had been returned unopposed from 1900. Redmond’s brother John had controversially split the Irish Volunteer movement in 1914 when he called on members to join the British army....

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Minister Breen describes IDA half-year report as “very encouraging”

A half-year report on inward investment published by the IDA has been described as “very encouraging” by Clare Fine Gael TD and Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market & Data Protection Pat Breen. According to Minister Breen the results show that the largest jobs announcements during the first six months of 2017 were in Clare, Limerick, Dublin, Carlow and Cork. Welcoming these major announcements, Minister Breen said it is also worth noting that many other IDA supported companies in Shannon, Ennis and throughout the Mid West are steadily increasing their employee numbers. Investments approved by the...

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Tough time to have a Rebel for a boss

Two of Clare hurling’s leading forwards returned to work following the loss to Cork in Sunday’s Munster hurling final and will have to pay up after a little side bet with their boss. Aaron Cunningham and Aron Shanagher are gainfully employed during the summer holidays at Noel Marshall’s BackBaller company in Smithstown industrial estate. A life-long Cork support, Noel has been living in Clare for the past 12 years and is the inventor of the BackBaller muscle relief foam rollers which are endorsed by top teams and internationally renowned athletes the world over. While they are disappointed with Sunday’s...

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Local man appointed Ireland director of Shannon’s newest recruitment specialists

International recruitment consultants SSA Group has opened a new office in Shannon led by local man Mike Lee who has been appointed director of the business in Ireland. As specialists in construction and engineering recruitment, SSA deal with professional, permanent positions from graduate to senior management and director levels. Working with all the major construction and civil engineering companies nationwide, the company has plans to extend its success into other industry sectors as it grows its business. Mike Lee is committed to expanding the business and plans to recruit additional staff this year in Shannon to service regional demand...

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Local company funds play area at Stonehall School

A local Shannon company has stepped in with a philanthropic gesture to ensure that children attending Stonehall National School with have a safe play area. When Diarmaid McMahon, the principal of Stonehall National School  and a well known Clare hurler, sent out an appeal for help to fund a play area at his school, local firm Ei Electronics stepped up to the mark. Ei has never been found wanting when it comes to funding worthwhile community projects and on this occasion the company undertook to complete the play area which will be used primarily by pupils with special needs...

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Drones help Clare’s beach lifeguards take to the skies

Clare County Council has partnered with an indigenous software start-up to boost lifeguarding operations by trialling the use of drone technology for automated beach patrols for the first time ever on Irish beaches. DroneSAR, the developers of a new drone search and rescue app, will work with the local authority so that lifeguards will be able to quickly deploy drones as their first response to monitor swimmers in distress.  The flight-planning software allows drones to scan large areas from the skies, this will reduce risk to search and rescue personnel, shorten search times, and ultimately help save lives. A...

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Dr Michael Harty explains EU Cross Border Health Scheme

Independent Clare TD Dr Michael Harty has issued an advisory for people considering applying for the medical treatment health scheme in other EU states available under the Cross Border Healthcare Directive. According to Dr Harty, this scheme entitles Clare patients waiting for surgery or other treatments to avail of faster hospital service in any other EU country including Northern Ireland. The scheme has benefited many people who have been on waiting lists for a long time. Patients do not have to be on a waiting list and are entitled go for assessment for any condition other than transplant surgery....

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Sean Kelly launches 17th annual Tour de Munster

Cycling legend Sean Kelly and actress Aoibhín Garrihy were in Clare lately to launch the 17th annual Tour de Munster event. This year’s four day charity cycle takes place from 10th to 13th August with over 100 amateur cyclists touring 600km around the province, raising funds for the Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland and individual beneficiaries. This is the eighth successive year that the national charity will benefit of the popular cycle. Also this year for the first time cyclists have the option of selecting their own beneficiary to raise funds and awareness for. The launch event was...

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Cork end Clare’s Munster title aspirations

Cork put an end to Clare’s Munster title aspirations in Semple Stadium on Sunday when they finished strongly to win by five points. Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final. Cork 1-25 Clare 1-20 Championships are won by teams with the luck, daring and speed to score when opportunities arise, Cork had all three. Clare’s luck ran out in a Munster final that might yet serve as a precursor to another game later in the year. Clare retreated and at times appeared to have three sweepers with nobody to hit the ball to while their most potent forwards appeared like extra defenders....

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Staff of Shannon company make generous donation to Milford Care Centre

Management and staff at Ei Electronics, the Shannon company specialising in domestic fire safety products, have surpassed themselves with a massive €60,000 donation to Milford Care Centre, the palliative care service that does so much to make a positive difference to people’s quality of life in the Midwest. According to Pat Quinlan, chief executive of Milford Care Centre, the money will, “enable us to install a complete over-bed hoist solution in all 34 bedrooms which will greatly enhance the patient experience and be of considerable assistance to the staff in providing the best care possible”. Mick Guinee, managing director...

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