Month: December 2017

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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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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