Day: November 7, 2017

Graduates warned against income linked loans

Professor Vincent Cunnane, the President of LIT, has warned against the dangers of income-contingent loans (ICLs) as the sole means of financing third level education, describing it as a potentially significant barrier to education. According to Dr Cunnane, “ICLs might provide a short-term cash injection to the exchequer, but our students, society and eventually the state will pay far too high a price for this questionable option.” His comments were made during his speech at the Limerick Institute of Technology’s annual conferring ceremony. Addressing 1,700 graduates, Professor Cunnane said that any move to implement this particular recommendation would curtail...

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Dooley describes NPF as a Dublin-centric strategy

Clare TD Timmy Dooley has described the Government’s National Planning Framework as an abysmal and doomed effort to address regional economic imbalances and growing chaos in the capital. Intended as a blueprint for how Ireland will be developed up to 2040, Deputy Dooley lashed out at the first draft of the plan saying, “not alone will the NPF fail to address the economic imbalance between east and west, it will, in fact, deepen the divide.” He added, “In producing this document, its principal authors An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, and his senior ministers are pumping more and more investment, jobs...

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Lufthansa Technik staff go to Hell and Back for charity

A group of 25 employees from Lufthansa Technik Shannon have raised €11,000 funds for the Bumbleance charity by participating in the Hell and Back challenge. A group of 25 employees from Lufthansa Technik Shannon have raised €11,000 funds for the Bumbleance charity by participating in the Hell and Back challenge.  Bumbleance is the world’s first interactive, state-of-the-art, children’s national ambulance service for critically ill and seriously injured children. Padraig Minogue introduced his co-workers at Lufthansa Technik to the idea. They engaged with the project and their support and team participation led to a substantial amount of money, €11,000, being...

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Urgent review of rural settlement policy called for

Almost two decades after approving measures to exclude non-locals from building homes in rural areas, members of Clare County Council now want the policy removed. Back in 1999, the Clare County Development Plan (CDP) included a policy prohibiting non-locals from building new homes in rural areas. It defined a local person as anyone born in the area or with immediate relatives living there, or any person who resided in the area and/or whose parents have been resident for a minimum of 10 years. Now, with the passage of time, the policy has become an impediment to rural development and...

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Danny Brennan wins at the Homewood Hilton Airport Invite

Danny Brennan, from Shannon, was the top-performing individual golfer while competing with Bethune-Cookman men’s team at the Homewood Hilton Airport Invite hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University. Danny Brennan, from Shannon, was the top-performing individual golfer while competing with Bethune-Cookman men’s team at the Homewood Hilton Airport Invite hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University.  The two-day, 36-hole event, took place at Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero, Florida, USA. Danny began his golfing career with the juniors at Shannon Golf Club where he was coached and encouraged by Sean Cleary and the late Eugene Logan. From there he attended...

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St Michael’s too strong for Shannon Town

Shannon Town Utd held their own against St Michael’s, one of Ireland’s top junior clubs, until just 11 minutes remained before conceding a soft goal to a sucker-punch following a defensive lapse. Munster League Champions Trophy Semi Final: Shannon Town Utd 0 St Michael’s AFC 2 The star-studded side from Tipperary Town counts Ireland’s Shane Long and FAI chief executive John Delaney among its former players. On Sunday they arrived at Frank Healy Park in Ennis with a strong team containing six Irish junior internationals. In contrast to the bitter cold and wet previous day, conditions were ideal at...

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Lord of the Rings 12 kickboxing returns to Oakwood

Shannon Kickboxing Club returns to Treacy’s Oakwood Hotel this Saturday, 11th November, for Lord of the Rings 12, the annual fight night extravaganza. This year club coach Howie Vincent has organised the 12th in the series of Lord of the Rings encounters which features three top class contests. Howie’s son Josh will fight for the World Kickboxing Association 75kg title. This contest will consist of five 2-minute rounds. The very popular Liam Alford also stars in Lord of the Rings with an international contest against a Northern Ireland opponent lined up. Another highly anticipated bout is the Professional K1 fight...

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Inagh-Kilnamona end nine-year wait for honours

Inagh-Kilnamona ended a nine-year wait for honours a decade after their amalgamation until now they had only one senior semi-final to boast of. Clare Minor A Hurling Championship Final: Inagh-Kilnamona 1-14 Kilmaley 1-10 Kilmaley, on the other hand, has won senior titles and have been prominent at underage so a clash of heavyweights was in play at Cusack Park on Saturday. On their way to the final, Inagh/Kilnamona accounted for Sixmilebridge while Kilmaley eased past Clarecastle. The decider was played in bitterly cold conditions made worse by heavy showers of driving rain. Kilmaley’s lack of firepower on the day allowed...

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Samuel Walsh wins top contemporary arts award

Clonlara resident Samuel Walsh has won the most coveted award in Irish contemporary art, the €5,000 Savills Arts Prize, for his substantial contribution to the visual arts in Ireland. The winner was announced from a shortlist of four contenders including John Gibbons, another Clare-based artist, Charles Tyrrell from Meath and Dublin sculptor Janet Mullarney. “I am thrilled to award the Savills Art Prize to Samuel Walsh for his outstanding contribution to the visual arts in Ireland,” said Savills Ireland managing director Angus Potterton. “At Savills, we celebrate creativity in the community and are proud to support this significant event...

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Jack is back with Kilmurry Ibrickane

Jack is back with the Bricks. Yes, Kilmurry Ibrickane laid claim to the Jack Daly Cup for the 15th time with the only goal of the game proving decisive in this year’s senior football final. Clare Senior Football Championship Final: Kilmurry Ibrickane 1-14 Clondegad 0-14 Clondegad’s maiden county final appearance ended in heartbreak when they were punished for a lapse in concentration that led to the only goal sending the Jack Daly Cup back to the last year’s champions. Clondegad hit hard early on with James Murphy entering referee Pat Cosgrove’s notebook in just the second minute before Keelan...

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