Month: March 2018

Death at the disco

St Patrick’s Day ended in tragedy after a 23-year-old man lost his life when he was stabbed during a fight at a nightclub in the Shannon Knights as festivities drew to a close. The dead man was named as Jamie Higgins from the Dooradoyle area of Limerick. A post-mortem examination of the deceased was completed on Sunday evening. The Knights was closed and remained sealed off all day Sunday and Monday as Gardaí continued their technical examination of the scene and reviewed CCTV footage. According to a local source, the fatal incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday,...

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Taoiseach wrongly implicates Clare County Council

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar caused quite a stir last week when he wrongly implicated Clare County Council during his telling of an unseemly story to President Donald Trump during a lunch at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. as part of his St Patrick’s Day visit to the United States. Earlier in the week, Cllr Gabriel Keating had joked with Clare County Council’s CEO about going to see Donald Trump. Little did Pat Dowling know at the time just how much controversy Trump would cause for his organisation in the coming days! Nobody knows what came over Leo Varadkar when...

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Three Great Days of Easter – by Fr Tom Ryan

At Easter, there is something to be learned from the fact that many Churches are thronged on Good Friday for the celebration of the Lord’s Passion. The pubs may be legally opened for the first time this year on Good Friday, but the drama of the Way of the Cross captured in image and word and the act of veneration seems to touch people who may not be regular Church goers. The story of the Crucifixion and Cross is a story of love. The three days of Easter next week, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, leading into...

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St Caimin’s win LEO Clare’s Student Enterprise Programme

Five budding young entrepreneurs from St Caimin’s Community School in Shannon are among eleven teens chosen to represent County Clare at the national finals of the Student Enterprise Programme in Croke Park on the 2nd May. The five, Sarah Barry, Ali Meehan, Fiachra McInerney, Karolina Mostowa and Cliona Donnellan, were overall winners of this year’s competition run by Local Enterprise Office Clare with their business “The Well Being Fairy”. In County Clare, more than 900 students participated in the LEO Clare Student Enterprise Programme. The county final of the popular event was held over two days, March 7th and...

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Councillors back redress scheme for property owners

Councillors in Clare are supporting a call for a redress scheme to protect homeowners whose properties have been found to be non-complaint with building and fire regulations. A joint motion from Johnny Flynn (FG), Gerry Flynn (Ind), Christy Curtin (Ind) and PJ Kelly (FF), called on the Ministers for Housing and Finance to act on behalf of those who bought properties in good faith on the understanding that all legal, planning and regulatory measures were adhered to. Proposing the joint motion, Ennis councillor Johnny Flynn pointed out that Government funding is now available to avert a crisis in this...

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New fashion shop opens at Shannon Town Centre

Two enterprising local ladies are delighted to announce that they have opened a new ladies’ fashion shop in a corner unit at the Kincora building in Shannon Town Centre. Maurowe Retail is named after the proprietors Rose Mauar and Rosina Rowe. As can be seen from their display, the two have a good eye for fashion with a collection of modern styles to suit teenagers as well as older women. The affordable casual collection includes a range of jackets, jeans and jumpers. The range extends to smart dresses and workwear. When shopping in Shannon, a visit to Maurowe Retail...

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Muse Productions promise an hilarious Easter

Back in 2012, Muse Productions brought the classic Ray Cooney farce, ‘Run for your Wife’ to the Shannon stage. The hilarious comedy about John Smith, a taxi driver married to two women and his attempts (aided and abetted by his neighbour Stanley) to keep his wives apart was incredibly popular with the local audience and sold out for the entire run. This April, from Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th, Muse Productions brings us back to the scene of the crime, only this time its 16 years later, and John has to attempt to keep his two kids by his...

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Kemmy Business School awards for high achievers

Two students from St Caimin’s Community School were among more than 200 from the Midwest region who were presented with Certificates of Achievement from the Kemmy Business School in UL. Jessica Oo, Chetachi Nwarie and the other recipients had qualified by achieving an ‘A’ in the Junior Certificate Higher Level Business Studies. The awards ceremony was held in association with the Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland to recognise excellence in Junior Certificate Business Studies.   Now in its sixth year, the awards are hosted by the Kemmy Business School and were attended by students, their parents, business studies...

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Soroptimists present case to change Direct Provision

One of the saddest and most moving presentations in a very long time was made to members of Clare County Council at their March meeting by members of Ennis & District Soroptimists with regard to people housed at Knockalisheen Reception Centre. At issue was the system of Direct Provision established in 2000 to accommodate applicants for asylum. Originally intended as an ‘interim’ and ‘short-term’ solution, many adults and children have spent years in residential institutions awaiting a decision on their asylum applications while the system itself has changed very little over the last 18 years. Overseen by the Reception and...

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Crowe calls for action to tackle plastic waste

Images of a stricken seal struggling for life with marine refuse around its neck caused Cllr John Crowe to issue a call for the Government to act quickly on the amount of plastic pollution finding its way into our seas. Cllr Crowe called on Clare County Council to request the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to tackle this ticking time bomb before it’s too late. Citing a study by scientists at NUI Galway, the Sixmilebridge councillors said 73% of fish examined had microplastics in their stomachs, “making it one of the highest reported frequencies in fish worldwide”....

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