Month: December 2017

Green Christmas tips for Clare householders

“Have a very Green Christmas” is the message coming from Clare County Council as everyone is urged to play their part in preventing the generation of waste over the holiday period. The local authority’s Environment Section says that making choices to reduce packaging and re-use Christmas paper and other items wherever possible helps to reduce the impact of waste on the environment. The public can bring a carload of recyclable waste to its recycling centres and transfer stations at Shannon, Ballyduffbeg, Lisdeen, Scarriff and Ennis for as little as €5.00. “I am delighted that the council’s Environment Section is...

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Deputy Joe Carey welcomes €20m for Emerald Aero Cluster Group

Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey has confirmed that three Shannon companies and one from Ennis have been approved for funding in the latest round of the Regional Enterprise Development Fund. The companies form part of the 14-member Emerald Aero Cluster Group which was established to enhance Ireland and the Mid West as a hub for global aerospace manufacturing excellence. The group aims to create €20million worth of additional export revenues over the next three years, which it is estimated will result in the creation of as many as 200 new direct jobs. According to Deputy Carey grant aid...

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51 lucky families will spend Christmas in their new homes

51 luck families will spend Christmas in their new homes as a result of the partnership between Clare County Council and Co-operative Housing Ireland. The families have received keys to their new homes, 28 houses at Lios Anama, Sixmilebridge and 23 on the Aisling estate in Ennis, a mix of three and four-bedroom high-quality accommodation within easy reach of schools and amenities in their respective communities. All of the families have been drawn from Clare County Council’s housing list and some will have come from homelessness or overcrowded accommodation. Funding for both schemes is a result of collaborative support...

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Newmarket end campaign on a high

Newmarket-on-Fergus ended their 2017 senior hurling campaign on a high after waiting months and growing in confidence with a county semi-final slot and a Clare Cup final since dicing with hurling’s lower ranks in 2016. Clare Cup Senior Hurling Final 2017 Newmarket 2-09 Sixmilebridge 0-14 Newmarket’s home-grown management team would have relished this clash to get an idea of what the future may hold for this squad. Consider Sixmilebridge though, for the moment Clare Cup titles probably rank third on their list for Santa. An elusive Munster Club crown remains close to their grasp but the last two attempts...

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Munster tame the Tigers on the double

Munster coach Johann van Graan has got off to a terrific start. On Sunday his team broke Leicester’s eleven-year record becoming the first to claim double victories in the back-to-back stage of the Champions Cup as they added a 25-16 away win to the 33-8 Thomond Park triumph a week previously. In fact, Leicester had lost just two of their last 36 home games in the competition. Munster are now in control of Pool 4 with their next fixtures against French opposition, Racing 92 (away) and Castres Olympique (home) in January. The Irish provinces had a great weekend as...

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Dr Harty rails against developing Dublin into a city-state

Independent Clare Deputy, Dr Michael Harty, has strongly criticised the draft National Framework Plan and the Government’s “unbalanced” aviation policy. Just a week ago the country faced the prospect of a Christmas election, the resignation of Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald prevented that outcome. Prior to this, Independent Deputy, Dr Michael Harty, crossed swords with the former Tánaiste in relation to the National Framework Plan drafted by her Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. Reminding the Dáil that the Partnership for Government that he and other independents signed up to had promised to bring the benefits of recovery to every community,...

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UL scholarships worth over €280,000

Students from across the country were presented with scholarships totalling nearly €280,000 at last week’s awards ceremony in UL. There were more than 110 awards, including over 30 sports scholarships. Once again 40 students will benefit from the UL40 Scholarships, introduced in 2012 to mark the college’s 40th anniversary and valued at €2,000 each. Thirty-three outstanding sportspeople received UL Sports scholarships in 2017. Gold UL Sports Scholarships were awarded to Irish women’s rugby captain, Niamh Briggs; Clare’s All-Star winning hurler Tony Kelly and hockey player Shane O’Donoghue, who represented Ireland at the 2016 Olympics. Bachelor of Engineering student Cian...

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Carrigoran celebrates at national awards ceremony

Carrigoran House is celebrating after claiming a top honour at the NHI Care Awards, a national event recognising care excellence in nursing homes. Paula McCarthy and Veronica Callinan were named winners in the Social & Recreational Programme Award category. Carrigoran House represented Clare at the ceremony, with Geraldine Doona a finalist in the Director of Nursing / Person in Charge Award and Anne McNamara a finalist in the Innovations in Dementia Award category.   RTE’s Marty Whelan hosted the ceremony at Citywest Hotel, Dublin, in front of over 400 representatives from the nursing home, older person care and health...

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Shop Local for Christmas

Clare County Council is campaigning for people to shop local on the basis that every €10 spent in County Clare will generate €24 of benefit to the local economy. If you love your country and your county then the message is clear, Shop Local and please spend as much as you can in Clare this Christmas and into 2018. I have always promoted the shop local concept so here is a selection of gift ideas available close to home. Maloney Hardware in SkyCourt has great cut-price offers on Christmas trees starting at just €25, as well as lights and...

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Willie Walsh tells local audience Aer Lingus will look at opportunities for Shannon

Willie Walsh, the chief executive of IAG, the International Airlines Group, has told a local audience that Aer Lingus, will look at opportunities for Shannon. This was one of the points made by IAG CEO Willie Walsh when he addressed an audience of almost 300 business executives at Shannon Chamber’s president’s lunch in Dromoland Castle Hotel last Friday. Describing Aer Lingus as the group’s “trophy asset”, Walsh said that IAG’s rationale for purchasing the airline was the opportunity offered by its transatlantic network, the benefits from Ireland’s geographic position, both for Shannon and Dublin, and pre-clearance, which, he said,...

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