Day: February 6, 2018

Tullyvarraga Hill woodlands are naturally regenerating ten years after devastation

Ten years ago Tullyvarraga Hill was stripped of its woodlands and vegetation as a result of a local authority NeighbourWood Scheme. Today, in 2018, trees and shrubs are regenerating naturally so that by 2028 Tullyvarraga Hill will once again resemble a mature woodland. That’s according to Nick de Jong, the landscape consultant commissioned by Clare County Council. Mr de Jong and consultant ecologist Dr Janice Fuller gave a joint presentation at the recent Shannon Municipal District meeting. He stated that the regeneration process is now well established and the woodland comprises of young trees up to 12 metres high,...

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Free event for firms seeking funding options

A free event for Micro, SME or MNCs based in the Midwest interested in funding options for their business, will take place on 21st February 2018. Nine Skillnet training networks based in the region with Joe Leddin, Mid-West Regional Skills Manager and Supply Network Shannon are running a free briefing session entitled Funding for Business on Wednesday 21st February 2018 from 8.00am until 12.30pm at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Limerick. Information will be available on the funding sources available which may help sustain, grow and develop a business; network with companies already availing of these funding options, and hear...

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Musical instruments needed for school children

Have you a fiddle under the stairs, a flute in the kitchen drawer or a bodhran under the bed or even a keyboard on top of the wardrobe? If so they are needed by a local group that encourages school children to develop a passion for music. According to group coordinator, Cllr Mary Howard, “Over the last three years we have donated musical instruments worth many of thousands of euros to young students. These instruments have been re-strung, tuned and repaired and are now being played and loved”. Launching the appeal for 2018, Cllr Howard said, “It’s that time...

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Conway welcomes decision to ratify UN Convention for persons with disabilities

Clare Fine Gael Senator Martin Conway has welcomed the Government’s decision to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). “Since my election to Seanad Éireann in 2011, I have campaigned relentlessly for Ireland to ratify the UN Convention,” said the Ennistymon native adding, “there have been great strides in how society approaches persons with disabilities, but there is more to be done.” According to Senator Conway, “People with disabilities are only half as likely to be in employment as others of working age. It’s clear that more work is now needed by...

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Clare spurned chance of a home win against Cavan

Clare spurned chance of a home win against Cavan in Cusack Park as the lead shifted over and back before they finally settled for a share of the spoils. The result may yet prove costly for Clare by the conclusion of the league in two months time. Clare 2-09 Cavan 1-12: Allianz Football League Div 2 Round 1 Last season, Cavan finished second from bottom in the top tier and were relegated. It certainly looked as if they would be on the losing side when Keelan Sexton gave the Banner a 71st-minute lead but their hero of the hour,...

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Reidy’s late goal seals dramatic win against Tipp

Clare got 2018 off to a good start with league wins over Tipperary and Kilkenny respectively. On Sunday they tamed the Cats at home in Nowlan Park by 2-18 to 1-18 in a game that they dominated throughout. Next up is a home tie against Cork on Sunday 18th February with the Rebels expected to provide much tougher opposition after their last visit showing in the Munster League. Clare 1-21 Tipperary 0-19: Allianz Hurling League Div 1A Round 1 A last minute David Reidy goal ensured a dramatic conclusion to Clare’s opening league game of the season at home...

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Dr Harty to hold public meeting on the Cross Border Healthcare Scheme

Dr Michael Harty TD has issued an open invitation to a public meeting during which he will provide information on the Cross-Border Healthcare Directive which entitles patients awaiting surgery to obtain treatment in Northern Ireland. The meeting will take place at the Templegate Hotel, Ennis on Monday 12th February at 7.30 pm. A panel of experts will be present to explain how the scheme works and how it is funded. Dr Harty said that people using the Irish healthcare system are eligible to get treatment anywhere in the EU and be reimbursed by the HSE on their return to...

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January worst month ever for hospital overcrowding

Nurses have reported that January was the worst month ever for overcrowding in Irish hospitals. The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) says 12,201 people waited on trolleys in Emergency Departments or on additional beds placed throughout hospitals last month. According to the INMO, this is an 18% increase over last January figures which were a record high. At University Hospital Limerick, 1,003 people were recorded waiting on trolleys. In the  Eastern region, St Vincent’s University Hospital had 559 waiting on trolleys. Commenting on the crisis, INMO general secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha said, “This is an incredible level of...

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Taoiseach spells out his vision to Shannon Chamber members at Dromoland

On the occasion of his first visit to County Clare as Taoiseach to attend a lunch with members of Shannon Chamber, Leo Varadkar reminded guests that he is no stranger to the area having been here many times as a private citizen and in past ministerial positions. Welcoming the Taoiseach was Kevin Thompstone, the former CEO of Shannon Development, who thanked Mr Varadkar for having the foresight as Minister for Transport to give Shannon Airport its independence. Mr Thompstone reflected on Shannon’s history of internationally trading manufacturing, beginning with early foreign direct investment and culminating in successful indigenous companies...

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Gardaí reject bid to demonise Shannon teens

Gardaí in Shannon say it is unacceptable to demonise local teens. At the recent meeting of Shannon Municipal District, Sgt Seamus Mulligan and Det. Sgt Kevin O’Hagan rejected claims by a local councillor that violent assaults by teenagers and illegal drugs are “rampant” in the town. The two senior Gardaí sought to assure local people that Shannon remains one of the safest places to live in Ireland. Sinn Fein councillor Mike McKee had claimed to receive a “tremendous response on social media in relation to these assaults”. Facebook comments by the councillor featured in a Sunday Business Post article...

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