Day: December 5, 2017

UL survey reveals extent of match-fixing in sports

Some 12% of athletes have played in a match that was fixed, while nearly 15% suspect they have, according to the findings of a European survey published by researchers at UL. More than 600 took part in the match-fixing survey across six member states. Almost 15% said they were asked to fix a match within the last year with nearly 40% reporting that club officials were the most likely to instigate the illicit act. The findings of the ‘Fix the Fixing’ project were by Ireland South MEP Seán Kelly who said, “Match-fixing is an international phenomenon often linked to...

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Shannon Post Office staff concerned about privatisation

Staff at Shannon Post Office are concerned about privatisation after An Post management did not inform them that the business is being offered to private interests until after the news was leaked to politicians and the media. It is expected that a private contractor will be appointed to take over the running of the business in the coming weeks. Effectively the business is being privatised despite being one of the busiest post offices in the country, regularly outselling the GPO on Dublin’s O’Connell Street for ancillary products. The Shannon office is said to be ranked second in the country...

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Shannon Group’s chief executive seeks to win over doubting councillors in Clare

Matthew Thomas doesn’t expect handouts for Shannon Airport, but the Shannon Group CEO does insist that there should be a level playing field when it comes to State financial support for Irish airports. Last week key Shannon Group executives blitzed members of Clare County Council on three separate occasions. On Monday, Ray O’Driscoll, MD of Shannon Commercial Properties, gave a presentation to the Economic Development & Enterprise SPC, shortly after CEO Matthew Thomas spent an hour with the full council and on Tuesday Deputy CEO Mary Considine attended the Shannon Municipal District meeting. The series of meetings were apparently...

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SkyCourt’s €500 prize money is good Moos for St Conaire’s N.S.

Good Moos for the children of 4th class in St Conaire’s who won €500 for their school in Skycourt Shannon’s competition to design and colour their own pet calf. In all six local schools took part in the good moos initiative with pupils showcasing their creativity as part of SkyCourt’s ‘Arts for Schools’ competition. Those taking part were Stonehall NS, Gaelscoil Donncha Rua, Scoil Na Maighdine Mhuire, St. John’s NS, St Tola’s NS and St Conaire’s NS Each school was given a plain fibreglass calf and two weeks to plan, design and decorate their Moo Masterpiece. For inspiration, the...

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Muse Productions gets good reception for Bouncers and Shakers

Muse Productions certainly like to take on a challenge and over the years have treated Shannon audiences to some real treats including Man of La Mancha last year, Alone It Stands and Waiting for Godot. On this occasion, with Bouncers and Shakers, Muse returned to the roots of local theatre, Wolfe Tones GAA Club, with Bouncers and Shakers, two one-act plays stereotyping British drinking culture during the Thatcherite years. On the way into the club, audience members were met at the door by the cast of Bouncers, sizing everyone up and making smart remarks as they set the scene...

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