Month: February 2018

Has work stalled on Shannon’s new Town Park?

Will the people of Shannon have a new Town Park to enjoy this summer? Independent councillor Gerry Flynn appears to think the project is stalled but the Clare County Council’s acting director for planning says the project is on schedule. Originally much of what people in Shannon had assumed was their town park was somehow sold off to a developer and formed much of the Brú na Sionna complex. Then in 2013, Clare County Council began to develop a new Town Park as part of its Green Infrastructure Plan. The project is an objective of the Shannon Town &...

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Flynn welcomes new Building Standards report

A new report on Building Standards, Building Controls and Consumer Protection recommends a redress scheme for homeowners whose pre-2014 properties were later found to have significant defects. The report, entitled Safe as Houses? was published by the Joint Committee on Housing, Planning, and Local Government. Independent Shannon councillor Gerry Flynn has welcomed the report’s findings, particularly in light of developments at the Brú na Sionna scheme of apartments, offices and shops. Owners of property at the complex have been asked to contribute significantly towards a costly repair bill estimated at €2.25m for the 10-year-old buildings. Cllr Flynn, who is...

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More Questions than Answers by Fr Tom Ryan

At our Pastoral Council meetings, we always devote time for a reflection and member volunteers to lead the reflection on any issue they choose. The reflections vary and are most inspiring and occasionally I find myself asking the member for permission to share their thoughts. That was the situation last week when Fionnuala shared her reflection on the great question “Why” which parents hear from their children on an almost daily basis. “Why do I have to get up? Why do I have to wear my uniform? Why do I have to go to school? Why do I have...

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Diesel continues to be the choice for most new car buyers in Ireland

SIMI, the Society of the Irish Motor Industry, has issued the official 181 new vehicle registration figures for January along with their final review of 2017. Car sales figures for January are down by 4.8% compared to 2017, however, sales of light commercials are up by 6.3%. The report highlights a number of price decreases in the cost of motoring. The average price of a new car in 2017 was 2% lower than a year earlier, while the cost of insurance was 10.9% lower a year earlier. However, the cost of fuel increased with petrol up 4.2% and diesel...

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Minister Eoghan Murphy on the benefit of The Venue for Shannon Town

Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market & Data Protection, Pat Breen TD, facilitated a meeting between the directors and supporters of the Shannon Venue Limited and the Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy to discuss possible funding for the project which received planning permission in March 2015. Also in attendance were Fine Gael representatives Deputy Joe Carey, Senator Martin Conway and Cllr John Crowe. Clare County Council CEO Pat Dowling and Director of Social Development Liam Conneally were present as were Mick Guinee, CEO of Ei Electronics, and Paddy Purcell, chairman of the Mincon Group. Minster Breen has...

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Munster steward Darrin is on a Winning Streak

Darrin Gardiner from Oatfield, Sixmilebridge, was the third person in three consecutive weeks from Clare to appear on the game show. Darrin won €27,000 in cash and holiday prizes, two weeks earlier Breeda McMahon, from Doonbeg, won €55,000 and before that Aine Lamb, from Kilrush, bagged a cool €61,000. For fans of Munster Rugby, Darrin is a familiar figure wearing his red coat in Thomond Park where he is a supervising steward on match days. In his day job, Darrin is a machine operator at the John Crane Ireland Limited factory in Shannon. His family, Claire, Shauna, Lauren and...

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AAG to train over 2,000 engineers in Shannon

A subsidiary of the Atlantic Aviation Group has committed to training more than 2,000 engineers and technicians over the next ten years. The Atlantic Aviation Institute, an approved body recognised by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), has announced that it will train over 2,000 national and international aircraft maintenance engineers and technicians in Shannon over the next decade. The Irish Aviation Authority recently granted approval for the company to deliver EASA Part 66 Cat A1 training at the Atlantic Aviation Institute. The programme consists of a two-year traineeship incorporating 9 month’s in the classroom, 3 months’ workshop followed...

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Ennis Orthodontic for all your specialist dental services

Conveniently located in Westgate Business Park, Ennis Orthodontic Practice was established by Specialist Orthodontist Dr Jeeves Kochhar in 2004, to provide teeth straightening services to the people in Clare, Limerick and Galway. Our practice prides itself on its high quality of care and expertise, and enjoys a strong reputation among patients and referring dentists. We continuously invest in the most advanced braces techniques, together with state of the art equipment in order to provide our patients with cutting-edge treatment and outstanding service, in a comfortable and caring environment. We offer a wide choice of orthodontic appliances for both children...

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Ennis Book Club Festival launched

After a hugely successful 2017 Festival, the annual Ennis Book Club Festival returns from 2nd to the th4 March with its unique mix of readings, discussion, comedy and chat in Ireland’s friendliest town. This year some well known literary figures, including Sebastian Barry, Sally Rooney, John Connolly and Liz Nugent will be in attendance. Additional events have been announced including Sunday Miscellany, Carlo Gébler, Mary Kenny and much more. Mary Morrissey will lead the discussion at one of the free Festival events, a talk on how to get more from reading. This will be based on Éilís Ní Dhuibhne’s...

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Clare now boasts one of the most advanced synthetic pitches in the country

“Participation amongst young people in sport is absolutely paramount to well-being and good health,” inspirational words from a senior Clare County Council official at a ceremony to mark the opening of one of the most advanced synthetic turf pitches in the country at Active Ennis John O’Sullivan Park and at the refurbished gym in Active Ennis Leisure Complex. Liam Conneally is now Director of Social Development with the local authority. No stranger to sporting success, he is the proud owner of a Sigerson Cup medal that he won while studying at Queens University Belfast. Liam also starred in the...

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