Day: December 5, 2017

Ennis excels again at TidyTowns awards

This year’s TidyTowns awards for the South West and Midwest region were presented at a prize-giving ceremony in Ennis. The winners were presented with their awards by Minister of State, Pat Breen, T.D., and Niall O’Callaghan of Supervalu, sponsors of the competition. Minister Breen, spoke of the recently announced scheme which will allow TidyTowns committees to apply for a grant of between €1,000 and €4,000. Minister Breen said, “Generations of people in communities have volunteered with TidyTowns to make our country a place we can all be proud of. “I have nothing but admiration for the volunteers across the...

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Make A Clean Slate for Christmas

This year the Season of Advent is the shortest possible as Christmas Eve is the fourth Sunday of Advent. How should we use these three weeks to prepare for Christmas? No doubt one or two Christmas parties and dinners will be on your programme as well as the usual round of Christmas shopping, cleaning the house and baking the puddings and cakes. However, it is a time when we should try to prepare for the real reason for the season of Christmas when Christ’s first coming is remembered as the gift of God the Father to us all. John...

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Joy Neville on top of the world

Joy Neville has effectively broken the glass ceiling in one of the world’s toughest sports after being awarded Referee of the Year at the World Rugby Awards in Monaco. It has been a remarkable few years for the Limerick woman who represented her country as a player and was a Grand Slam winner. Joy took centre stage at the Women’s Rugby World Cup final and a senior international test between France and Japan. Recently she became the first woman to officiate a Champions Cup game as an assistant ref when Montpellier met Exeter Chiefs. In 2014, Joy was in...

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Dealing with the Homeless crisis

Some thoughts on the homeless crisis by Dermot Hayes, the well-known disability activist and a member of Clare County Council’s Social Development SPC where he represents the social inclusion sector. Readers have you ever been homeless for one night – or maybe you are homeless no?. If you are you have my deepest sympathy. CSO figures indicate that in last year’s census, a total of 183,000 vacant residential properties were identified across the State, some 30,000 of which were in Dublin.  There are over five thousand vacant dwellings in County Clare alone. Focus Ireland has indicated that there were...

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US delegation presents Blueprint for Safety for adaption by Irish justice system

A delegation from the US travelled to Ennis to present a Blueprint for Safety, a response to crimes of domestic violence, that could be adapted for Irish needs. Women are alive today who would otherwise have perished at the hands of an intimate partner, due to the success of the Blueprint for Safety – a comprehensive, coordinated justice system response developed in St Paul, Minnesota, and now being shared with the Irish justice system. Haven Horizons, the Ennis-based domestic abuse research and development group, has been liaising with the City of St Paul and the Gardaí for the last...

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Clare councillors hosted in Brussels by MEP Clune

Away from all the problems back home in a week when the threat of a general election loomed, Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune welcomed a delegation of councillors from County Clare to Brussels last week. During their visit to Brussels, the councillors meet with representatives from the IFA, ICO, the European Investment Bank, the Committee of the Regions, as well as the Fine Gael delegation in the European Parliament. The group also received a briefing from Commissioner Phil Hogan in the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. Deirdre Clune described the visit as a great opportunity for local representatives to...

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€1.5m coming to Clare clubs from 2017 Sport Capital Programme

Christmas came early for clubs and organisations in Clare with €1.5 million coming their way from the 2017 Sport Capital Programme. Separately, ten GAA clubs in the county will share €118,600 in development grants from the organisation’s Munster Council. Fine Gael TD and Minister of State, Pat Breen, confirmed that 58 sports facilities and projects in Clare will benefit from the funding in 2017. In a statement Minister Breen said, “Funding of more than €1,497,000 has been allocated by my colleague Brendan Griffin, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, and will assist with constructing...

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Tour de Munster hits over €2.1m for Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland

This year’s Tour de Munster charity cycle has once again exceeded all expectations, raising a phenomenal €294,637.65 and bringing the total since the partnership began above the €2.1 million mark for the Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI). It is the eighth successive year that DSI has benefited from the popular cycle, which was established in 2001. A new addition to this year’s tour was the option for cyclists to select their own beneficiary to raise funds and awareness for. A cheque was presented for the incredible sum raised to DSI and individual beneficiaries by cycling legend Sean...

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Wolfe Tones na Sionna annual general meeting

Almost 70 members attended the annual general meeting of Wolfe Tones na Sionna at the clubhouse in Shannon on Sunday 26th November. In his address, chairman Michael Riordan thanked everyone who had helped the club in any way during 2017. Mike pointed to the successful refurbishment of the facilities and outlined some of the current opportunities to improve the infrastructure. These include upgrading the astroturf pitches, building a new stand and engaging the services of a coach to work with schools and underage teams. This welcome news was approved by the meeting. Members also agreed to the appointment of...

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Newmarket-on-Fergus GAA holds AGM

 CLG Cora Chaitlín, otherwise known as Newmarket-on-Fergus GAA Club, held its annual general meeting on Sunday 26th November in what turned out to be a very productive gathering. Runaí Cora Chaitlín, Concepta O’Connor, opened proceedings by reading off the minutes from the 2016 AGM. Concepta then delivered the Secretary’s report in which the exploits of all adult hurling teams were detailed. Concepta also acknowledged those who promote the games at all levels and the work being done in the four local primary schools as well as that of her fellow officers. In his Treasurer’s report, Jimmy Clancy had positive...

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