Month: December 2017

The Wonder of You – make this your Christmas No. 1

What a spectacularly amazing turn-out there was in SkyCourt for the launch of the fantastic new version of The Wonder of You. Once a huge hit for Elvis Presley, the song is riding high in the iTunes singles charts with the aim of making it No. 1 at Christmas while also supporting an awesome County Clare project at two orphanages near Minsk in Belarus. Husband and wife team, Don and Joanne O’Sullivan, visited Goradische Orphanage and were overwhelmed by the work being done by the Burren Chernobyl Project (BCP). Don recalls that it was back in 2000 when Canon...

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Harty’s Home Care Bill wins Dail support

A private members motion by Independent Clare Deputy, Dr Michael Harty, to put home care on a statutory footing, was unanimously agreed to go forward to the next stage when it was discussed by Dáil Éireann last week. If passed into law, Dr Harty’s motion will provide a legislative framework for Home Care Packages for those in need of caring support who live independently at home. The importance of achieving legal recognition will mean that people will have an automatic right to the scheme or to avail of services under the scheme. Introducing his motion, Dr Harty said it...

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Passenger traffic down by 5.6% at Shannon Airport

While Irish tourism enjoyed its best ever year in 2017, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) has reported that Shannon Airport had the largest decline in passenger numbers out of the five main Irish airports surveyed in its recently published  Aviation Statistics. The CSO states that 10.5 million passengers passed through the main airports during Quarter 3 2017, an increase of 5.4% over the same period in 2016. While Dublin and Cork continue to enjoy the fruits of the tourism boom, Shannon Knock and Kerry airports have all recorded decreased figures when compared to Q3 2016. Meanwhile, Dublin Airport continues...

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Coping with Homelessness in Clare County Council

Christmas brings to mind the story of a family refused accommodation when there was no room at the inn and a baby was born in a stable. The enduring and evocative image causes every right-thinking person to be sympathetic to the plight of homeless people. According to the Government’s most recent Homelessness Report, there were 5,298 homeless adults accessing local authority emergency accommodation during the week 23-29 October 2017. In County Clare 60 people registered as homeless by the end of November 2017. Hidden from view, but no less real is the fact that the official statistic does not...

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Jessie Harty among this year’s Clare Garda Divisional Award winners

Shannon youth worker Jessie Harty has featured among those who received Clare Garda Divisional Awards at a ceremony held before 300 guests in Treacys West County Hotel, Ennis. Jessie has been with the Clare Youth Service since 2013 when she joined her local youth club and youth care committee in Rineanna Hall, Shannon. She now holds a leadership role in the Youth Service helping out with her peer group during the school term. Guest speaker at the event, John Burke, who scaled Everest this year, said the winners had shown a great example to others. “We all need wins...

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Breen welcomes supports for carers and the disabled

GP visit cards and extra funding for respite care will go some way to helping carers and people with disabilities in Clare, that’s according to local Fine Gael TD and Minister of State, Pat Breen. Minister Breen said the new supports for carers will see all those in receipt of Carer’s Allowance qualify for a GP Visit Card, an additional €10 million will go towards providing respite care for persons with disabilities. “I hope these new measures will go some way to helping the devoted carers and people with disabilities in Clare,” said Minister Breen adding, “we have all...

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His Christmas Presence by Fr Tom Ryan

Wherever we are this Christmas time, whether or not joy comes early, we need to remember that Christmas is more than party going, and gift giving and receiving. It is Jesus coming to make his home in our hearts and warming our lives by his presence. Many people will be without a home this Christmas, others will be at home but separated from family members by death, divorce, or some other unhappy circumstances; some will spend Christmas in hospital or prison, others will find themselves a continent away. I am very conscious of the number of people who died...

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Cratloe all-rounder Naomi receives Gold Gaisce Award

Naomi Carroll from Cratloe was one of 55 young people who received a Gaisce Gold Award from President Michael D. Higgins at a ceremony in Dublin Castle. The award challenges young people aged 15-25 to push their boundaries and develop skills which will stand to them throughout their lives. This year’s recipients successfully completed five challenge areas for 52 weeks or more including volunteering with a charity or community group, taking part in a four-day adventure journey as part of a team, and broadened their horizons on a five-day residential stay away from home. Naomi Carroll is an international...

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Shannon Musical Society celebrates 40 years

Since its formation in 1978, Shannon Musical Society has grown from strength to strength over the last hugely rewarding  40 years. To mark the milestone anniversary, past and present members recently held a celebratory dinner dance. On the night both Derek Barrett and Francis Maloney were honoured with life membership of the Shannon Musical Society for their incredible dedication, work and commitment. According to SMS chairperson Maria Kelly, “It was an easy decision for the committee to make. Francis and Derek have both worked tirelessly for many years both on and off the stage. “They have been a huge...

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Britannia must no longer be allowed to Waive the Rules

Since Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron led his country into an EU referendum full-sure that it would be defeated, Brexit has become an unholy mess and “not the result that I sought.” Cameron’s successor, Theresa May, has now taken on the poisoned chalice of steering Britain’s exit from the EU, in doing so she appointed David Davis as Brexit secretary to deal with the other 27 EU states. After completing intensive Phase One negotiations, Davis undermined Britain’s case by claiming promises made were merely “a statement of intent” without legal status. This was an example of Britannia trying to...

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