Month: December 2017

A Journey of Hope – new book celebrates 40th anniversary of Milford Care Centre

This year marks the 40th anniversary of hospice care at Milford Care Centre, pioneered by the Little Company of Mary (LCM) Order, which celebrates its 140th anniversary this year, and both milestones are recorded in the newly published book, A Journey of Hope.  Entitled A Journey of Hope, the book is written by Sister Brigid Finucane one of the three pioneering nuns who worked in the original hospice. A Journey of Hope chronicles the history of the Order, including the young Mary Potter’s radical social and caring work in 19th century Britain. It also records the Order’s arrival in...

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Frommer’s recommends Clare as one of the Best Places to Go

One of the world’s most reputable travel guidebook publishers Frommer’s has recommended County Clare as one of the ‘Best Places to Go’ in 2018. The Frommer’s team of editors and writers selects locations they believe will be the best holiday destinations for the year ahead. Citing Star Wars: The Last Jedi as one of the calling cards leading to the inclusion of Clare on the list, it stated, “The rugged western coast of Ireland isn’t just one of the best places to go in the world; it’s among the best in the galaxy”. “It is fantastic to see Co...

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Clarecare services threatened by lack of funding

Clarecare’s annual report for 2016 shows growing demand and increased delivery of support services to the people of Clare, however, there are concerns that these may be threatened as funding is required to comply with regulation. Like many organisations in the not-for-profit sector, Clarecare must satisfy the registration requirements and reporting protocols of a growing number of State agencies, legislation and individual demands of the various Service Level Agreements with statutory bodies. According to general manager, Fiacre Hensey, “Clarecare must be compliant with the standards and demands of good governance, implement proper and updated policies and procedures, be fully...

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Long overdue road works an early Christmas gift for Newmarket

Someone once wrote that Christmas waves a magic wand over this world. This year the good citizens of Newmarket-on-Fergus will be delighted to hear that Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey has a magical message for them. After many years of putting up with roadworks, potholes and uneven surfaces on the Main Street, Deputy Carey is bearing good tidings with confirmation that the long-awaited water mains replacement programme is getting underway this week. What this means is that Clare County Council will finally be in a position to carry out the long-awaited resurfacing work on Main Street and Ballycar...

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Transport Minister rules out rail spur to Shannon Airport

A rail spur linking Shannon Airport to the Ennis-Limerick railway has been effectively ruled out by Transport Minister Shane Ross after the matter was raised in the Seanad by Fine Gael Senator Kieran O’Donnell. As a member of the Mid-West Regional Authority in 2004, Senator O’Donnell recalled that the issue was very much to the fore. He believes, “there is both a logistical and financial logic to providing a spur from Shannon Airport onto the existing Limerick to Galway rail line.” Following its reopening in 2010, Senator O’Donnell believes there is now a functioning line in place and if...

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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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