Month: November 2017

Progress report on Lough Ash estate

Good news for homeowners on the Lough Ash estate in Newmarket-on-Fergus as progress is being made with regards the taking in charge process by Clare County Council. Cllr Pat McMahon sought an update on the issue at the recent Shannon Municipal District meeting and was informed that “following lengthy discussions with the bondholder, the bond monies were paid over to Clare County Council in June 2017. “A pricing document for the works from the available resources is being prepared for this and other developments at present for tendering in early 2018 in order to progress this development to taking...

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Breen urges stakeholders to reduce farm deaths

At the launch of a conference on farm safety in Ennis, Minister of State Pat Breen urged all stakeholders to focus on reducing deaths on Irish Farms. The Health and Safety Authority and Teagasc, with the support of the Farm Safety Partnership, hosted a ‘National Conference on Farm Safety and Health’ at the Auburn Lodge Hotel. Farming continues to be the most hazardous occupation in Ireland, consistently reporting the highest number of fatalities in comparison to other sectors over the last number of years. Delivering the opening address, Minister Breen said: “Farming remains an important part of Irish life...

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Dr Harty is denied tracker mortgage figures for Clare

Dr Michael Harty has said he is astounded that the Central Bank cannot provide information on the numbers affected by the tracker mortgage scandal in County Clare. The Independent TD put the question to the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, and received what he described as a “droll reply” via the Central Bank. Commenting on the non-disclosure, Dr Harty said, “It seems the Central Bank told the Minister that it does not have ‘data at the level of granularity’ I had requested. In plain English, I think that means they don’t know how many are affected by the scandal...

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Mary Howard wants age-friendly parking in Clare

Fine Gael councillor Mary Howard has called on Clare County Council to follow the example of its Cork counterpart by providing “age-friendly” parking spaces. According to Cllr Howard the new parking initiative has been designed to help older people get around and access services more easily. A number of parking bays in Cork are designated “Age-friendly”, similar to mother and child parking places in supermarkets. While subject to normal parking charges, it is hoped motorists will leave the spaces free as a courtesy to older people. While acknowledging the merits of the idea, Clare’s senior engineer Tom Tiernan said...

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Industrial sector is main driver in growth in Clare

Industry employs a significantly higher percentage of the workforce in Clare than nationally. That’s according to a labour market analysis by the Western Development Commission (WDC). Based on data from the 2016 Census of Population, Clare’s total population was 118,817, up 7% from a decade earlier. During the period 2011-2016, total employment in the county grew by 8.6%, compared to the national average of 11%. In Clare, the number of self-employed people is far higher than the national average, 10.4% compared with 8.3%. Over the past five years, the industrial sector grew by 10.4%, or 723 people, outperforming the...

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Great night of kickboxing at Lord of the Rings XII

Shannon Kickboxing Club once again excelled itself with a great night of sport in Treacys Oakwood Hotel showcasing the cream of young boxing talent in the locality. Club coach Howie Vincent has gone way beyond the call of duty with his passion, dedication and commitment. Howie’s many hours of blood, sweat and tears at the club premises in Tullyvarraga Hall has produced a stable of very fine young athletes who continue to add to their numerous national and international titles. Lord of the Rings is the title given to the club’s annual event which is run under the auspices of...

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Kanturk break Kilmaley hearts

Kilmaley’s journey from the depths of relegation to the cusp of Munster intermediate glory took all of 12 months. Kanturk, on the other hand, have All Ireland glory on their minds considering the number of stars on their side with inter-county experience. AIB Munster Intermediate Hurling Final: Kanturk 1-23 Kilmaley 0-25 At the end of an enthralling encounter, it can only be assumed that both sides will provide dangerous opposition in their respective club senior championships in the seasons to come. Kanturk played with a deep-lying defence drawing a blanket in front of their full-back line and limiting Kilmaley’s...

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Edel shines as Barbarians women trounce Munster

Clare’s Edel McMahon made the most of her opportunity to line out for the visiting Barbarians when they made their own bit of history with their first women’s game against Munster in Thomond Park. Barbarians Women 19 Munster Women 0 Despite horrific weather in Thomond Park, there were many happy faces among the players who were making a little bit of rugby history as The Barbarians fielded their first ever women’s side since the famous club was formed in 1890 against the best that Munster Rugby could muster. On the night it was the Baa-Baas, coached by world cup...

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Barbarians get the better of Tonga in Thomond Park

Tribute was paid to Munster’s fallen hero Anthony Foley by former team-mate Donncha O’Callaghan and members of the visiting Barbarians side before their recent game against Tonga on an awful night of incessant rain and swirling wind at Thomond Park. Barbarians 27 Tonga 24 A very sparse crowd turned out to welcome the visitors as the Barbarians just about scraped home against the very competitive South Sea Islanders in an entertaining game of attacking rugby For Munster fans, the only downside was the sight of James Cronin being helped off after 10 minutes with a torn muscle injury that...

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SVP expects to help 50,000 families over the winter months

With Christmas only a matter of weeks away, the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) says it is expecting 50,000 families to seek its help throughout Ireland over the winter months. The society’s annual appeal was launched by Ryan Tubridy. The Society surprised the Late Late Show host by presenting him with Honorary Life Membership, the first award of its kind by SVP. SVP national president Kieran Stafford said that the award was made in recognition of his valuable support to the Society and all the people it helps. In the run-up to Christmas, the SVP Annual Appeal...

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